Monday, January 15, 2018

THE BIBLIOPHILE SWEATER TAG // purple books + toy story

Long, long ago in a blog post far, far away, my good friend Ivie Brooks tagged me for the Bibliophile Sweater Tag.

It's been around three months, I think, but HERE I AM, finally getting around to this fun-looking tag! Yes, I should have done it way back in autumn, but at least it's still winter. If I waited until warm spring weather hit, no one would be wearing sweaters anymore, and that would just be awkward??

Anyway, I'm super excited to answer these questions because they're all about A) books, and B) sweaters - two wonderful blessings that help me endure the most bone-chilling winter days.


Give the person who tagged you a never-ending supply of cookies (or just thank them. Either works.)

*sends Ivie a never-ending supply of cookies* Thanks for tagging me, friend! <3

Answer all the questions and use the blog graphic somewhere in the post. 

Pass along the tag to at least five other people.

Wear a sweater. (This is optional, but why wouldn't you want to?)


Look at me, I'm wearing a turquoise sweater! (And I swear I've been wearing it almost all day - I didn't run to my closet just now and pull one on. Come on now. I wouldn't cheat like that.)

Fuzzy Sweater - a book that is the epitome of comfort

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Every time I read this book, I am blown away by the beautiful descriptions. And the story in general is just so sweet and light and wonderful that whenever I read it, I feel like dancing through a meadow with a handful of flowers.

Striped Sweater - book you devoured every line of

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Cress by Marissa Meyer. There's no better way to describe what I did to this book - the other TLC books too, though this is the best one - than to say I DEVOURED it. Her gorgeous writing just begs to suck you in.

Ugly Christmas Sweater - book with a weird cover

The Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale. I find this cover weird because I feel like its different elements don't work well together. Besides, I've never liked faces on book covers. :P

I still haven't read the further books in the Pendragon series, but I want to at some point, because this first book - despite the weird cover - was really good. Despite a spattering of mild language and a make-out scene on, like, page five. *cough*

Cashmere Sweat - most expensive book you've bought

Five Magic Spindles by Rachel Kovaciny, Kathryn McConaughy, Grace Mullins, Michelle Pennington, and Ashley Stangl. I ordered a brand-new paperback because I wouldn't have it any other way, and BOY were those 20 or so dollars worth it!

Hoodie - favorite classic book

The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas. This book, guys. Please. Read. This. Book. I don't even have any words to describe its amazingness.

Cardigan - book you bought on impulse

This has never happened to me, to be honest. In fact, I rarely buy books even when I really, really want to. #cheapskate

Turtleneck Sweater - book from your childhood

The Doll People by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin. I remember reading this series as a younger bookdragon and absolutely LOVING it. It has the same concept as Toy Story, but then it goes even deeper with it. The nostalgia... :')

Homemade Knitted Sweater - book that is indie published

I don't think I've read a single self-published book in my entire life. I KNOW, IT'S REALLY SAD. But I recently got a free ebook of Disowned by Sarah Addison-Fox, so it might be the first one I read. (Just look at the cover - it's so... purple. <3 <3)

V-Neck Sweater - book that did not meet your expectations

I had high hopes for There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones - hopes that it wouldn't adopt the following stale cliche: God isn't much involved in the story because the MC feels that God isn't really paying attention to her. Therefore, the story can now focus on the hot, mysterious love interest. Yay.

My book didn't meet those hopes. HOWEVER, it's a beautiful book anyway, with uplifting Christian themes. I actually really enjoyed it (except the kisses were a little too passionate for a Christian book, if you ask me *shakes head*). I was just disappointed because of my high expectations.

Argyle Sweater - book with a unique format

I'm too lazy to type out the annoyingly long title, but this Ally Carter book is the only one I could think of. Most of the format is perfectly normal - it's just that some of the chapters begin with a creative (and often hilarious) pros and cons list before returning to the story. The Gallagher Girls series is SO good, by the way - some of the best spy fiction I've ever read. Though, of course, I haven't read much spy fiction...

Polka-Dot Sweater - a book with well-rounded characters

Oh, geez. What a decision. Well, I'm in the midst of reading the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan, and the character development is just fantastic. Becoming really, truly, DEEPLY attached to characters is not as common an occurrence as I would like, but the seven demigods in this Percy Jackson spin-off jump off the page with everything that makes a great character!

I'm going to break the rules and not officially tag anyone for this. But I unofficially tag anyone who wants to do it!

~ Lila Kims

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
Are you currently wearing a sweater, and if so, what color is it?
Aren't purple books beautiful???


  1. Cress is amazing! Funny story: I wasn’t on Goodreads yet when I started them and there’s no numbers on the spines for TLC...and that was the only one on the Guess who read Cress first without realizing! XP

    I still have to get Five Magic Spindles. But I’m so poor and I keep spontaneously buying new books...I HAVE ISSUES!

    DISOWNED IS THE ONLY INDIE BOOK YOUVE READ? How is that possible????? I know you’re a cheapskate and all, but...this must be remedied! They tend to be super cheap on kindle, if that helps. XD Blades of Acktar is an indie series, as is Ilyon Chronicles. And the Girl who Could See is an indie book as well.

    This was an awesome tag! Thanks for doing it!


    2. Awww you so sweet thank you!!!! <333333

    3. Wuuuuuut, you read Cress FIRST???? *breathes fast*

      Ack, bookworm struggles. :/

      I HAVEN'T READ DISOWNED YET, ACTUALLY. But I know, it's CRAZY!!! It totally needs to be remedied!!

      Yeah, I know they're cheap, but I'm a really big cheapo... Heh heh... :D

      Thank YOU for reading!! (and I'm with Lisa - I LOVE YOUR PIC, YOU ARE SO CUTE. <3 <3)

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    5. I knoooooowwww, I wouldn’t wish that on ANYONE. *breathes faster*

      I mean, I did spontaneously buy the whole Out of Time series last night with Christmas money, so... XD

      READ IT! That is all!

      I’m a cheapskate too...when it comes to everything besides books...😝


  2. Purple books are awesome!!! I don't think I have many, but they're so beautiful!

    Also, Percy Jackson!!!!!!! Yes!!!!!

    Don't feel too bad about not reading many indie books. I've maybe read one and that was a novella. It's just something we can work on in the future!

    1. Aren't though, tho??? SO PWETTY.

      PERCY JACKSON, AAAAAHHH!!! *flops and flails like a fish out of water*

      Yep, I want to read more self-pubs as soon as... I can get my hands on them! :D

  3. I love this tag, it's so cozy and sweet.

    The Doll People is from my childhood too! XD

    Disowned is great, we need more purple books because *heart eyes*

    1. Thanks, I'm glad you liked it!

      Goodness, I loved that series. xD

      Eeeek, I can't wait to read it!!! And amen - MORE PURPLENESS! *heart eyes*

  4. Love this tag. Need to do it next XD

    1. I love it too! And oooooh, I can't wait!!! xD

  5. Yay!! I forgot I tagged you for this. XD Thanks for the cookies, friend!! <3
    I kind of sometimes wear my hoodie in the spring because I like to wear my hoodie. XD So I would still be wearing a sweater. XD

    I love all your answers. If you're looking for more Indie published books, read The Girl Who Could See. I love that one! Super clean, too. (The cover is stunning as well.)


    1. You're welcome! <3 <3

      Yeah, same, actually, lol! Usually only when the air conditioning is on, though, because then it's cold indoors despite how warm it is outside. xD

      Aaaah, I soooooo want to read that one!! Hopefully I can get my hands on it SOMETIME SOON. :D Thanks!!

    2. I run super cold all the time, even in the hot summer when Texas is passing 100 degrees. XD It's the air conditioner's fault. XD

  6. Anne of Green Gables. My favorite book EVER!!!!!!



    I greatly enjoyed reading this tag, Lila!!! I'm a fellow cheapskate - but being a broke college graduate, I kinda don't have a choice...

    HOWEVER...Amazon does put a lot of good books for free for a *brief* period of time...just search the Kindle app for whatever genre and order it by cost and a lot of good ones will come up.



      I'm so glad! And haha, yeah, part of my cheapskateness sprouts from simply not much money too. xD

      REALLY??!! I'll have to try that method - THANK YOU MUCHLY! :D

  8. This is one of my favorite tags! Sweaters are my THING. xD Plus, they help some when the heater decides to stop working. (That totally didn't happen the last few days. Why would you even think that? ;P )
    I recently bought a book that never ceases to pull my heart strings, buuuuuut, I had to buy the kindle version (I like paperback books more than digital) because I have literally 40 books in a box because there's no room in my bookcase. *pants* Plus, I have little stacks of library books everywhere, so if you ever need suggestions....don't hesitate asking.

    1. Mine too! And I looooove sweaters, they're like over-sized hugs.

      WOW, I'm sorry that happened! I hope it's fixed/will be fixed. xD)

      Same, I ALWAYS prefer print books over ebooks!

      All right, well... I'm always open to fantasy and fairy tale retelling recs!! :D

    2. That's a cool way of explaining it! And it's so true too.
      Thanks! It got fixed, thank goodness.

      I have some Fantasy suggestions for you. :) My sister read City of Masks (Stravaganza) by Mary Hoffman. She really liked it and it has a purple cover too! xD Also, a really really great fantasy series is DreamHouse Kings by Robert Liparulo. It's Fantasy\ YA and kind of historical fiction in a way. I love the books. The sibling relationship is part of the reason I like it so much, and it's also Christian too (later on in the series).

    3. *frantically adds to TBR* They sound AMAZING, LHE! Thanks so much!

    4. You're welcome, and I hope you like them!! Tell me what you think!

  9. Oh my goodness, I remember how expensive it was to buy Five Enchanted Roses! o.o But yet so worth it, because it's awesome reading the stories from people I've heard of in the writing world. :D

    katie grace
    a writer's faith

    1. I KNOW, the Rooglewood anthologies so. freakishly. expensive.

      I got Five Enchanted Roses for Christmas and have read the first story! I can't wait to read the others! xD

  10. *wailing* THIS IS AN AMAZING TAG!

    Purple books ARE beautiful. Which one of these stories would you say is your favorite?


      Agreed. Aaaaaand oh goodness, I don't think I could choose? They are all so good, but I guess The Robe. It's so old and lengthy, but it's A M A Z I N G! O.O

      Thanks for commenting, Mary Kate! <3

  11. Haha, I sometimes wear sweaters in the Spring, if it makes you feel better. :)
    Ah! Your description of Anne of Green Gables! Perfection. I totally agree.

    Aggh I can't wait to read the Lunar Chronicles. I am hoping to get them for my birthday. :D They look so good!

    I don't like faces on book covers either. Unless it's a movie guide, or something. :D But when it comes to fictional novels, I don't like faces, because I like to imagine what I think the character looks like based on their part in the book.

    The Robe, huh? I always loved the old movie, I guess I should try the book. :)

    I am not wearing a sweater right now. *ducks head in shame* Only a tee shirt with a jacket. It's warm, tho. :)
    I enjoyed reading this post!!

    1. Me too, to be honest. Hehe! :)
      Anne of Green Gables. SUCH A WONDERFUL BOOK. <3 <3

      EEEEEEkkkk! I hope you like them - TLC are SOOOOOO good!! :D

      *high-fives* We shall be Team Faceless Book Covers. *nodnod* xD

      I haven't seen The Robe movie yet, ack! I needz to, tho.

      Well, at this moment in time, I'm not wearing one either! SO IT'S ALL GOOD, LOL. :D

      I'm glad you liked it, Amaris, and welcome to my blog! :D

  12. Purple is kind of a little bit MY FAVORITE COLOR

    Sadly, I don't have many books in that color. *hugs copies of Forest Born and The Silmarillion*

    I might have to steal this tag....might...


      Me neither, I don't think? I'd have to go check my shelf... xD

      Go ahead, Julian!!

  13. Ahhh I love this tag. I'm going to have to do it eventually, I think!

    Anne of Green Gables is the sweetest book. I just... I just love it. :D

    I love TLC too. I devoured them, too. #twins

    I haven't read any of the Pendragon books yet, but I want to! I should see if my library has them.

    I've read the other two anthologies from the Rooglewoood competitions, (and quite enjoyed them) but I haven't read Five Magic Spindles! I need to fix that, pronto.

    I've never heard of The Robe, but I'm definitely intrigued. I'll add it to my always growing TBR.��

    You've never read a self published book before? *le gasp* I recommend The Reluctant Godfather by Allison Tebo! It's a Cinderella retelling in novella form, told from the POV of Cinderella's fairy godFATHER. Basically, it's a lot of fun.

    I didn't like There You'll Find Me very much either! Especially compared to some of her other books... In Between by Jenny B. Jones is absolutely hilarious. Have you read that one?

    And to round up this absurdly long comment, GALLAGHER GIRLS AND PERCY JACKSON ARE AMAZING. Although I prefer the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series to the Heroes of Olympus series due to some content in the later books. But you're absolutely right - the characters are all amazing!

    That might have been the longest comment I've ever written. Oops.

    1. You totally should!!

      SAAAAAME to Anne and TLC! Love them all. <3 <3 <3 #totallytwins

      I've only read the first Pendragon book, so at some point I should get the rest of them from the library too... xD

      Yep, you need that fix that MUY PRONTO. It's quite a fantastico collection!!! And also The Robe, oh my gosh. A M A Z I N G BOOK!!!

      I don't think I have! Aaaahhhhh yes, I'm Goodreads friends with Allison and have wanted to read The Reluctant Godfather for a while now!! I must fix that, pronto. :D I trust your judgment, I must read it ASAP.

      I haven't read any other Jenny B. Jones yet, but oh how I want to!! I will... at some point... xD

      AAAAAAHHHH, GG AND PJ!!! And I have to say I'm starting to agree with you about Heroes of Olympus. I just started reading the last book, and I've liked all of them thus far, but... yeah, that one thing. :P

      You may be right, but as you know, I LOVE long comments!! ^.^

    2. I'm actually currently reading Five Magic Spindles, mostly because of this blog post, lol. I'm on the third story - I can't remember what it's called, but it's the one set in the insane asylum. So far, it's my favorite one! :D

    3. Yay!! You'll have to post a review on your blog when you're done, or just tell me what you think of it! And I LOVE The Ghost of Briardale - my favorites are the last two, though. ^.^

  14. Yes!! You love the Robe too! *High fives" That book is just so underrated!

    1. I totally agree!!! It's an amazing classic!!


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