A Week of Tags: The Summer Bucket List Tag

Woah, another tag? Yep! Sophie, from over at Sophie’s Corner (yes, another amazing Sophie!) tagged me to do the Summer Bucket List Tag, that originated over at Read by Tiffany! I know that for me, I have barely gotten into winter but this is the perfect tag to motivate me to find some good summer books for next season, and enough motivation (hopefully) to not put on a lot of warmth weight over the winter (however tempting it may be!)

I have used the amazing graphics provided by the creator of the Tag!


Hmmmm, well, this book isn’t so much set by the water, as much as it is set in the water. I love Jenniffer Donnely’s WaterFire Saga, and Deep Blue is the book to kick this series off! And it includes mermaids. This is one of the full series that I do own and I love it so much; my stepmum bought me the first book ages ago and I was hooked! (please ignore the horrible fish pun. Or don’t. Please don’t hurt me!)


Red Queen certainly has a fiery (snicker) romance! There is a bit of a love triangle (actually, is it a square? Or even a pentagon because there is sort of a five-people thing going on? Because Mare is between Kilorn, Maven and Cal, but Cal is between Mare and Evangeline? Sort of? I am not sure anymore!) Mare and Cal have a passionate and very intensely focused on romance across the whole Red Queen series.


I received this novel as an ARC, and fully recommend that you go have a look at my review because I enjoyed it so much! The book in question is “The Queen’s Wing”; Bel has to travel between two Kingdoms on a large trip on their respective space-craft in order to meet and marry her new fiance, whom she has never met. That. Is. Tea.


This one hasn’t been mentioned (that I could see) for this part of the tag, so I am confident in saying A Court of Mist and Fury, as I remember Starfall whenever I see a shooting star, and whenever I think of classy balls out on rooftops and outside. I know it is very literal, and kind of trashy, but I am convinced that this is the best answer for me to use :)


The Love Interest was a book that I consumed in one sitting. It was really attention catching, and the character development and whole Love Interest character plot line was so interesting too! I loved the few twists and turns and character reveals, and I honestly couldn’t put this book down at the time! Looking back, it was kinda cliche-d and very teen drama show -esque but I loved it, and I will admit that as long as it doesn’t get me in trouble.


What book could I chose other than Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda? It is just such a cute novel by Becky Albertelli, and I am waiting to read the follow up novel based on his best friend, Leah, titled Leah on the Offbeat. It sounds so cute, and since I loved Simon vs. so much, it seems like a step in the right direction.


I really enjoyed To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and I felt that the idea is unique and unexplored, which is really good considering YA is a bit of a limiting genre (if you let it be!). I found the following novels to not be as enjoyable as TATBILB but the first of the trilogy is certainly one I will remember for years to come. Especially since there was a lot of Kissing Booth vs To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before drama around Netflix. Gah.


Now, White Stag is an ARC that we got to read, and it was successful enough to be sold her in New Zealand too, which is saying something, as publishers tend not to send to us unless they know it will be well received. This was the first ever ARC I’ve read that I had seen here in a shop, and I was so freaking excited! Sorry for the backstory, folks! I really loved Janneke, and I felt that she had so many different obstacles to overcome in her journey, that it was such an easy decision to make to pick her!


I remember when Katniss and Peeta first went to the Capitol there was so much food there and Katniss was extremely angry because she and her family had been starving for so long. I also remember Effie Trinket in the film saying “That is mahogany!” But the food was amazing, and the thing I remember most about Catching Fire in the Capitol scenes were the makeup artist and stylist saying “drink this, it’ll make you throw up so you can eat more food!” and if that isn’t a big fat mood, I don’t know what is.

Thank you again so much Sophie for tagging me! I had heaps of fun sharing my answers!

I tag:

Charlotte @ Bewitching Books, Ravenous Reads

Sophie @ Me and Ink

Vaishnavi @ Written in Stars

Please don’t feel like you have to do this tag, I would love to read your answers if you do, though! Let me know if you do it below so I can read your answers!

Have you read any of these books? Which was your favourite? Do you agree / disagree with any answers? Let me know below!

Cover Image by S O C I A L . C U T (@socialcut) on Unsplash

15 comments :

  1. I loved reading your answers and you were tagged by another Sophie yay!! Haha (I do love Sophie's blog)!!
    I really enjoyed your fish 'hooked' pun-- it made me smile. I actually really love puns haha!!
    Yes I remember Starfall from ACOMAF and it sounded so beautiful-- I love the whole star aesthetic and I really want to go to Starfall (please?!? haha)
    I heard about the love interest and that it was like a teen drama and it made me really want to pick it up because they can have such engaging plot and can be really enjoyable so I'm glad to hear you couldn't put it down.
    Great tag and thank you so, so much for tagging me!! I look forward to doing this!!

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    1. Yes I am in love with her blog!
      Thank you, I am not naturally confident at using puns so its good to hear I'm hitting the mark!
      Starfall sounded amazing, and I love the night time because I can take photos of the stars and blur them as if it is Starfall right here!
      The Love Interest was honestly so good, I recommend it!
      Thank you! I'm really looking forward to seeing your answers!

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  2. I love all of your answers here! <3 Ahh, the food in Hunger Games...I remember just how crazy the Capitol was about all the FOOD, haha. Also, I agree, Simon Vs. is the epitome of a cute summer novel!

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, the food was certainly something that the Capitol did NOT mess around with. Well, that and their crazy fashion!

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  3. Thank you so much for the tag (: I'll hopefully get to it soon, I just have a couple of others to post first. I loved reading your answers. I'll have to get on with that Jennifer Donnelly series sometime as I loved Stepsister so I'd be thrilled to pick up one of her other books sometime. I also love the sound of To All The Boys I've Loved Before and the cover for The Queen's Wing is stunning!!

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    1. Please don't feel pressured to do this, I tagged you since I think you would have some fun answers :)
      Yes, Jennifer Donnelly is an author that I instantly gravitate towards, no matter the book. I haven't had the chance to read Stepsister yet, was it good?
      I love the covers for both of the 'The Queen's Wing' novels, although I certainly favour the first over the sequel.

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    2. Thanks :D I am looking forward to doing it (: I just wanted to let you know in advance that there would be a slight delay where I have a couple of others in the works too. It definietely loks fun though :D
      Yes, I loved it :D It was just this really fierce, feminine fairy tale with strong female characters and some really beautiful morals within too. Plus it had this utterly intriguing character called Chance who I just loved learning about. Have you read her Tea Rose series?
      I'll have to look the sequel up to compare (:

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    3. I've read her Tea Rose and WaterFire series which were both so good. I'll keep an eye out for Stepsister at my local shops when sales come on!

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    4. I'll definitely have to get on with them both then. I've been meaning to read the Tea Rose one for a while now. Oh cool, I hope you enjoy it if you get a chance to read it :D

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  4. ooh, I loved this post (thank you doubly for tagging meee)!

    I tried to read "deep blue", but alas, I couldn't venture furthur than three chapters. sorry! but I really love the premise and generally the idea of the book. and I totally don't also like it partly because I imagine how pretty it would look on my bookshelf... totally.

    SIMON, SIMON, SIMON. I loved that book SO. MUCH. all of becky albertalli's writing is superb! the oreos, the music loving high-schooler, the friendhsip/family rep! what's not to love? simon and blue are the. power couple. leah and the offbeat is so nice, and leah's character sarcastically endearing. -sighs-

    I also really enjoyed "to all the boys I've loved before". I remember really getting into baking because of lara jean, haha. I'm still trying to make a "perfect" batch of chocolate chip cookies! (and I may be the one person who still hasn't watched the movie... oops).

    "the white stag" sounds super enjoyable as well! you always have the best taste in books! 💙💙💙

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    1. You're welcome! I really would love to see your answers :))
      Gah, yes I really enjoyed all the books you've mentioned and I'm sorry that you didn't enjoy Deep Blue very much :/
      Thank you so much :)))))

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    2. Also, I am so jealous of your baking skills! I love baking but hardly ever do it because I always make a mess!

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  5. Ooh, you have such good answers!! Simon vs. The Homosapien Agenda is the sweetest, and you also reminded me that I have to continue the Red Queen series because I've only read the first one so far. I've been seeing White Stag around, I have to check it out!

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    1. Thank you! It was and I love rereading it every chance I get - although I haven't yet read Leah on the Offbeat. Please do check out White Stag! I loved it, although fair warning, it is a little graphic on the violence side.

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