[If Your Book Had a Soundtrack] John Dies at the End by David Wong

Woo! I have finally finished reading John Dies at the End by David Wong. Man, that took forever. I love love this book. It was so much fun. And, to make this accomplishment even more exciting and awesome, this will be my very first I.Y.B.H.A.S book!

Book: John Dies at the End by David Wong

Song: Atlantis to Interzone by  Klaxons

If you were to ask me what John Dies at the End was about, I wouldn’t know where to begin. I’m not even sure what genre this book is. All I know is that it was so much fun to read, it definitely  made me laugh (although I’m not sure it was supposed to make me laugh as much as it did) and it put me in a good mood (which again, I’m not sure it’s supposed to, it gets a bit dark and gory at times).

Similarly, I have absolutely no idea what Atlantis to Interzone is about. First of all I only understand about 30% of what they’re saying (it’s in English), and when I looked up lyrics I just couldn’t figure out what they were about. However, I absolutely love this song. It’s so upbeat, it’s so much fun to listen to and attempt to dance to. It puts me into a really good mood!

I strongly recommend  John Dies at the end if cynicism and sarcasm is your type of humor. Or if you just enjoy the misery of others (just a little bit). And I strongly recommend you listen to Atlantis to Interzone if you enjoy listening to fun upbeat songs you may or may not understand the lyrics of.

Please check it out!


My Life in Books Tag!

I found this tag on afrolicthroughfiction‘s blog.

1. Find a book for each of your initials.

My initials are R.L.R.R, I seriously doubt I have that many books that start with an R.


Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Legend by Marie Lu. This is the only book with an R I could find. Wow I already failed this tag.


2. Count your age along your bookshelf. What book is it?


Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.


3. A book that has your favourite colours on the front cover.


Assassination Classroom Vols. 1-4 by Yūsei Matsui. I don’t have a book with my favorite colors but I do have part of a manga series! I love bright colors and these covers are just beautiful!


4. What book do you have the fondest memories of?

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R.L. Stine shaped my love for reading and the first book of his I remember reading was Goosebumps: Let’s Get Invisible. Harry Potter was my first series and first hardback books I bought, but before R.L. Stine and Harry Potter, I loved The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.


5. Which book did you have difficulty reading?


Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch Of the West by Gregory Maguire. I pretty much hate every single character in this book. I stopped half way and I just can’t bring myself to keep reading.


6. What book on your TBR will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment when you complete it?


Kasmah Forma by S. Vagus. This book is 618 pages long and it’s like nothing I’ve read before. I don’t much about this book and I’m excited to read it, but the amount of pages is a bit intimidating. I’m such a slow reader so this will definitely feel like an accomplishment when I finish it.



That was fun! I tag escapefromrealities  and niksipiksi to do this tag next!

The Instagram Tag!!

I saw this tag on Bluchickenninja’s Blog and it looked like fun so I decided to do it too!

1. What’s your Instagram name?


2. How many people do you follow?

85, I started “Bookstagram” just last month. I’m also picky about who I follow. I don’t do F4F, I’ll follow people if I like what they post, and I don’t expect them to follow me back.

3. How many followers do you have?

44, I actually can’t believe that many people follow me, thank you for liking what I post!

4. What are your favorite hashtags?

#bookstagram that’s why I’m there!

5. What is your favorite genre of pictures?

Books! Books and book related things! Books and nature!

6. How often do you post?

Whenever I have something pretty to take a picture of.

7. How often do you check Instagram?

I try to check it every day, but recently I haven’t had much time.

8. What’s your favorite filter?

I don’t use the instagram filters, I use other apps first. I use Photo Wonder, Aviary, and Photo Grid if necessary.

9. iPhone only, purist or rebel?

I own an Android so…. actually, I’m not really sure what this question is asking.

Christmas Bookathon Book List!

December is almost here and you know what that means~~ Book-a-thon time!!

This year I will be participating in the Christmas Bookathon on Goodreads! This is my first bookathon with challenges so I’m very excited. That being said, my main goal for this book-a-thon is to read some of the books I already have. This means that I won’t be able to do some of the challenges unless I buy new books, which I really don’t want to do. I have too many unread books just sitting on my shelf.

The Christmas Bookathon will start on December 1st, 12:00AM – December 31st, 11:49pm. Join us for some amazing bookish fun!

Listed are the challenges and the books I plan on reading! I’ll probably update this list again. The challenges without a book are the ones I probably won’t be able to complete.

1) Read a book with red AND green on the cover.

Warm Bodies by  Isaac Marion

(some words are in green!)

2) Read a book set during Christmas or a Christmas classic

Hogfather by Terry Pratchett


3) Read a hardcover or paperback with either WHITE, GOLD or SNOW on the cover

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

4) Read a book set in winter

5) Read a book that you recently got as a Christmas present or a book that was recommended to you by a friend

[Will add it once I get it]

6) Read an author you’ve never read before

Kasmah Forma by S. Vagus

7) Read a children’s book set in Christmas

Russell’s Christmas Magic by Rob Scotton

8) Read a book that’s been on your TBR since last Christmas

Mort by Terry Pratchett


9) Read a summer/holiday romance

10) Read a book that has a different cultural or religious aspect to your own

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

11) Read a book with the word Snow, Red, White, Green or Christmas in the title

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

12) As Christmas is the season of giving – Donate a book/books to your local charity, goodwill or secondhand bookstore and if you can find a good book there buy one in return and read it.

The TBR Book Tag!

I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I wanted to do the tag anyway. I love tags, they’re so much fun! I copied the questions from


1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I use Goodreads. I’m on it everyday multiple times a day. Unfortunately, every time I go on I add another book to my TBR, so it just grows and grows and grows.


2. Is your TBR mostly print or E-book?

Print! I only read ebooks if I have to.


3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

I’m very much a mood reader, so whatever I’m in the mood for.


4. A book that has been on your TBR the longest?

I’m not really sure but I think Wicked has been on my list the longest. I did start it once, got halfway done but dropped it. I do plan to finish it, I just need to feel motivated.


5. A book you recently added to your TBR?

The last three I added are:



6. A book strictly on your TBR strictly for it’s cover?

The Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich, I don’t know anything about this book, it hasn’t even been published yet, but the cover grabbed my attention. The fact that the title says “creeper man”, but has a picture of a girl is just so very interesting.


7. A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?

But… if I don’t plan on reading it…then why would it be on my TBR?


8. An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

The sequel to The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I’ve been waiting for years for a sequel!! How much longer will I have to wait?!


9. A book on your TBR that everyone has read but you?

All the popular ones, seriously: The Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments, Outlander, Fan Girl, Throne of Glass, The Maze Runner, the list goes on! The ones I’m most looking forward to reading are:



10. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you? 

Clockwork Angel, because William… Also, because it’s an amazing book and series!


11. How many books are currently on your Goodreads TBR list?

There are 499 books on my TBR list. Will I ever to all of them? I sure hope so! It’s certainly a challenge that I’m willing to take head on! Just thinking about it makes me excited! Ooh~ I can’t wait! Must read now!

[November 9th: morning] Strange Dream #1

The tall dark man stood there, watching me.

He was wearing a suit jacket, a tall hat, and had what appeared to be a mustache.

His eyes were dimly yellowed and his irises were almost black.

His teeth were yellow, sharp, and crooked.

His skin and clothes were black, as if covered in soot.

“I will eat the child,” he said in a surprisingly pleasant voice.

“Eat… as in… EAT?” I asked.

“Yes,” he said and grinned.

I turned around and noticed a large blue cooler. 

I opened it and looked inside.

Unlike a normal cooler, this one felt warm and had steam streaming out of it.

“There really is a child in there,” I said. 

“Is he…dead? Is he cooked?!” I asked to myself.

The tall man kept grinning behind me, when suddenly….

My alarm went off.

“Why would a man want to eat a child?” I asked myself still half asleep.

As my head started to clear I realized that I felt relief. Had the dream continued, it would have certainly turned into a nightmare.

Possessive with Two Nouns

I used to have so much trouble remembering this rule.

Writing Tips

The possessive case can be confusing, especially when two nouns are doing the possessing. Fortunately, The Chicago Manual of Style sheds light on this conundrum.

Chicago says that when two nouns “possess” the same entity, only the second takes an apostrophe (‘):

my aunt and uncle’s house

Gilbert and Sullivan’s lolanthe

Minneapolis and Saint Paul’s transportation system

On the other hand, when two nouns possess different entities, both possessives take an apostrophe:

my aunt’s and uncle’s specific talents

New York’s and Chicago’s transportation systems

our friends’ and neighbors’ children

Isn’t that neat?

If any writing questions have you stumped, send them in. I’ll check them out for you.


Tara Treasurefield
Tara’s Writing Studio

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