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Ultimate Book Tag

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Not official picture, I made it!


Today, I'm doing the Ultimate Book Tag, originally from Chapter Chicks, a book related YouTube channel. I found this tag on Angel Erin's Book Obsession. I tag anyone reading this who would like to do this tag. I hope you like it!


1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

No, but I do have trouble reading and don't really understand what I'm reading.


2. Which author's writing style is completely unique to you and why?

I feel like Rick Riordan has a completely unique author because I have never read a book by another author, quite like his. He combines mythology with action to create stories kids are guaranteed to love. This is also why he is an auto-buy author for me.


3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your


If you've read my blog before, you probably know I'm a hardcore Harry Potter lover. It's not that Twilight is bad, but I have to choose Harry Potter.


  1. Twilight has horrible writing and needs to be fixed. Harry Potter is 10 times better than Twilight when it comes to the writing.
  2. Magic! And Dragons! I love all the fantasy in Harry Potter, another reason it's one of my favorite books.
  3. Hermione is my favorite character in Harry Potter, she's independent, she's smart, and she doesn't need anyone, she wants them. I feel like Bella was too reliant on guys. All of her decisions were based on either Edward or Jake; she tried to KILL herself multiple times because her boyfriend ran away. I feel like Hermione is a better role model for kids and that Bella can teach all the wrong things when it comes to guys.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books...)?

No, I don't carry a book bag. However, I do carry a Kindle Keyboard around school, which is kind of like a book bag, it has all kinds of books on it.

5. Do you smell your books?

Yes, when I am in book stores I love smelling the books. It reminds me of when I used to go to Half-Price Books all the time when I lived in Texas. Also, I find the smell really calming when I'm upset or frustrated.

6. Books with or without little illustrations?

I think the occasional illustration is good, but too many can be frustrating, unless the picture serves the purpose of telling a part of the story without words, such as The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a book told almost entirely in pictures. I do like pictures at the beginning of each chapter too, I think it adds to the character of the book.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn't quality writing?

I loved Twilight while I was reading and thought everything about it was perfect, but looking back the writing is really bad. After reading other books with better writing and learning how to tell the difference I slowly started to find plot holes. Also, since I read it a couple of years ago, I have since figured out that at least 95% of Bella's decisions were horrible and completely unrealistic.


8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

Not really, however I was really upset when my Hogwarts letter didn't show up!


9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

I'm not for sure, but I think it is The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan, who is also the only reason I tried the 39 Clues series.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

Once again I'm not for sure, but I think it is The Blood of Olympus, also by Rick Riordan.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I can never seem to write as well as I read, however I have tried when I wrote the Identity Thief, it probably sucks. Please don't hold it against me. However, I do hope to one day become an author, not necessarily a book author though, possibly being a travel writer.


12. When did you get into reading?

I've always loved reading, ever since I remember, but I think Harry Potter was what turned me to fantasy.

13. What is your favorite classic book?

I don't really enjoy classics so I don't have one. However, I can tell you my least favorite. I hated Fahrenheit 451 because I couldn't get interested in it. Also, I didn't like Alice in Wonderland very much either because I couldn't get into the book.

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?

I'm still in school, but yes, English is my best class.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated...what would you do?

I would put in on my shelves because even though I hated it, you can never have too many books. Plus, I love showing off my books!

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

The Harvesting Series reminds me of the Hunger Games. While it's not kids killing each other for a game show, it's kids fighting for their lives. Most of the characters I picture to be late teens and early twenties, having to kill friends and family to save their lives.

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while filming?

Well, I'm not a YouTuber, but I do tend to get off topic while writing blog posts. I get distracted writing another post or playing on Facebook and eventually forget what I was doing. This can be horrible because sometimes I am doing really well and then I get distracted and mess everything up.

18. What is your favorite word?

My favorite words are nonsense or made-up words like manxome, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, or muggle.


19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

I think I'm a nerd because I am obsessed with reading, really smart, and I'm definitely NOT a dweeb! This can be shown when I bring my Kindle or book with me when I go to people's houses or somewhere where I might get bored to read.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

I prefer vampires because fairies are annoying and they typically sound like they were designed to be Tinker Bell's doppelganger.

21. Shape-shifters or Angels? Why?

Shape-shifters because why not. I have a whole post here basically explaining why they are awesome. Plus, a shape-shifter could shift into an angel, obviously!

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Werewolves, but they have to be classic werewolves. I don't want any Jacob Blacks, I want unpredictable Remus Lupin style werewolves.

23. Zombies or Vampires?

It depends on the book, in some cases I choose zombies because the vampires are poorly developed, *cough* Twilight *cough*, and in some cases the zombies are poorly developed. So, I'm going to have to call this one a tie.


24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Neither! If I'm reading a book, the romance better be a background thing. I don't like romance and think it is a horrible idea and genre in general and romance should be in the background as a bonus, not the main idea or focal point.

25. Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

As I just explained, I prefer action-packed with a few love scenes over full on romance any day. I feel romance books are a disgrace to books and that the Young Adult genre is plagued with way too many of them.

Dragon of the Month Club Excerpt

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Dragon of the Month Club

The Dragon of the Month Club - Iain Reading

Also can be bought at Barnes & Noble
*I got this book from the author for free, this in no way affects my opinion of the book.*

Dragon of the Month Club

by Iain Reading

  • First book in the Dragon of the Month Club series
  • Age 8-12 interest level
  • Independently published through Create-Space December 18, 2014
  • 236 pages
  • Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Adventure


     "The very unlikely friendship of Ayana Fall and Tyler Travers began on a Tuesday afternoon in the maze of bookshelves at the back of the old library."-First sentence of the Dragon of the Month Club

     Every month on the thirteenth there's a new dragon to conjure. This dragon ranges in difficulty and rarity of materials. Each dragon takes two people to "conjure" it through a step of precise steps. However, one mistake while conjuring a steam dragon leads to disaster. Ayana and Tyler find themselves fighting for their lives and they need all the help they can get. Along with five dragons, a few new friends, and even more enemies, will the diverse group survive their journey home?

     Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently resides in the Netherlands working for the United Nations.

     Iain writes middle grade and young adult books. His published works include the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, The Wizards of Waterfire Series, and the Dragon of the Month Club. To learn more, go to Iain's Amazon page.

     I really like the Dragon of the Month Club and believes that it has an interesting and unique storyline that kids 8-12 will like. It is easy to understand, but also includes references that are more mature such as Sherlock Holmes and German Folktales. I think any kid with an interest for Middle Grade Fantasy and adventure will enjoy Dragon of the Month Club. I also really liked the plot twist at the end, not to mention the cliffhanger and the mystery that was left when I finished the book. However, I think that older kids wouldn't enjoy it as much due to the simplicity of the storyline. In the end, I can't wait to see what happens in the next book in the Dragon of the Month Club series.

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Dragon of the Month Club Excerpt

Chapter 2 – The Book


Following their most unlikely of beginnings, the friendship of Ayana and Tyler grew quickly, and before they knew it, they were the best of friends, meeting up with each other almost every day. Sometimes they met up with Ayana’s mother after school at the downtown Dairy Queen for ice cream. Other times they climbed the edges of the coulee behind Ayana’s school and went to Tyler’s house where they did their homework together in his room. But most of the time, they just agreed to meet up at the place where they’d both accidentally bumped into each other on that very first day—amongst the dusty old bookshelves of the old library at the row between the history of the anatomy of earthworms and the illustrated guide to the indigenous mosses of Iceland.


It was on just such a day that Ayana and Tyler first discovered THE BOOK—a name that would be forever capitalised in their minds whenever either of them dared to utter the phrase aloud.


It was a magical book. That much was clear almost from the outset, so perhaps the manner in which these two unlikely friends happened to come across it was magical as well.


It all started on a typical Friday afternoon. Ayana and Tyler had agreed to meet at the library right after school. Tyler had a dentist appointment and would either be a few minutes late or a few minutes early, depending on how long that took. Not surprisingly Tyler was a few minutes late. This could have been expected since Tyler took dentist appointments very seriously. For weeks ahead of time he would be sure to brush his teeth five times every single day—once when waking up, once after breakfast, once after lunch, once after dinner, and once again before bed—which was two more times a day than he usually did. (He normally deemed the wake-up and after dinner steps unnecessary.) All of this was in addition to flossing, rinsing, and otherwise generally trying to keep his teeth in the best possible shape for the check-up.


To Tyler, going to the dentist was like studying for a test in school. Failure was not an option. So it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that once he was actually in the dental chair, he expected the dentist to be every bit as thorough as he was, a process that required a bit more time than it normally would with less fastidious patients.


So Tyler was late.


And so, when he finally arrived, he hurried down the stairs and quickly navigated through the maze of shelves at the back of the library and found Ayana sitting there, crouched on the floor, sobbing her eyes out.


Tyler sighed heavily. He could already guess what must have happened: Heather van der Sloot... again.


He took off his backpack and set it on the floor. Folding his legs under him, he lowered himself down until he was sitting next to Ayana, not too close, of course, but as close as he dared to.


“What happened this time?” Tyler asked.


Ayana sobbed and buried her face even deeper in her hands. After a moment her left arm shot out, pointing an accusing finger toward a stack of soiled and dishevelled papers lying in a heap on an empty space on the shelf opposite them.


“That,” Ayana cried, her voice thin and cracking.


Tyler stared at the papers, and it took him a moment to realise what they were.


“Your poems,” he gasped.


Tyler had to take a breath and swallow. Ayana’s poems were a work of art, neatly written in careful flowing script, one to a page. Ayana carried them with her sometimes in a stiff green cardboard folder with trees on it that had little strings that you used to tie it shut.


Ayana nodded, still sobbing.


“She threw them all over the playground,” she said, her voice raspy. “She grabbed my tree folder away from me and threw them everywhere. I... I ....”


Ayana stuttered and couldn’t speak for a second.


“I don’t know if I got them all back,” she finally said, finishing her thought. “I think I lost some.”


Tyler nodded and crawled over on one knee to pick up the chaotic stack of papers. He sorted through them, one by one, trying to put them back into some kind of order. They were smeared and scratched and crumpled. One even had a dirty footprint stamped squarely on it.


Normally Ayana wouldn’t even let Tyler glance at one of her poems, so he was surprised that she wasn’t bothered by his looking through all of them now. She clearly wasn’t thinking straight, so he tried to make as neat a stack out of them as possible and set it down on the carpet in the middle of the row of shelves.


“There are a lot there,” he said, sitting close to her again. “Maybe you did get them all.”


Ayana shrugged her shoulders hopelessly.


“It doesn’t matter,” she said, staring blankly at the pile of papers. “I don’t care.”


Tyler felt a sudden squeeze around his heart. He had no idea what he was supposed to do to make Ayana feel better.


But as his mind was racing, trying to think of something, the universe intervened.


“I hate her, Tyler,” Ayana said. “I HATE her!”


On this second last syllable, Ayana kicked at the opposite shelves with the heel of her shoe, making the wooden frame shudder and some of the books rattle around. One particular book—a small, thin one high up on the very top shelf—tipped forward as if in slow motion until it was hanging precariously at an impossible angle, almost as if it was levitating, before tumbling end over end to the floor.


Tyler tried to catch it but he was too slow, and instead it crashed into the stack of papers, scattering them slightly, before it fell flat on its back, right side up right in front of them.


how to conjure

your very own dragon

in six easy steps the front cover of THE BOOK in bright yellow letters against a wavy blue background.


Tyler frowned and Ayana stopped crying for a moment. They both stared at THE BOOK with wide-open eyes, neither of them quite able to believe what they were seeing.


“How to conjure a dragon?” Ayana asked, kneeling forward to grab THE BOOK.


Tyler crawled next to her as she opened the front cover.


THE BOOK was very thin—more like a pamphlet, really— with no table of contents, no copyright page, no dedication page. There wasn’t even an indication of who the author might be. It just went straight into the first chapter, which was entitled:


the water dragon


“A water dragon?” Tyler read over Ayana’s warm shoulder.

Underneath the chapter title was a brief list of the various characteristics of the water dragon.


category: lesser dragon

difficulty: medium

classification: common


Below that was a basic introduction and explanation of the dragon followed by some advice to those who might want to conjure one:


this spell is a relatively simple one, but be forewarned that the water dragon is a damp and clumsy creature, prone to making messes and causing trouble. It is recommended to have plenty of towels at hand when undertaking this conjuring.


Underneath this brief introduction was a list of materials needed to actually conjure the dragon.


required material(s): water, towels (optional)


And last but not least came the instructions, six simple steps to conjuring your very own dragon. Tyler could hardly believe what he was reading. The steps were so simple. Just a series of strangely specific hand gestures performed by two people simultaneously. The instructions even had little helpful sketches to help you understand what to do.


It reminded Tyler of IKEA assembly instructions when his parents bought new furniture and let him put it together for them. But that was furniture made of wood and fabric and those little IKEA screws that needed a special tool to screw them in. This was supposed to be a dragon, whatever that meant. How could such simplistic instructions possibly result in assembling anything, much less an actual dragon?


“We have to try this!” Ayana said excitedly.