Hii everyone!! ☺️
Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it’s been almost two years (!!) since my last blog post. I hope you all are doing well and staying safe 💛 I’ve honestly missed y’all and blogging so so much; I’m reallyyy excited to be writing this post (and hopefully rejoining the blogosphere) aahhh!!
I’ve been wanting to write and publish a blog post for literally months now, but I kept pushing it off and pushing it off and pushing it off…… until…..before I knew it, it’s now December 2020, and 2021 is just on the horizon (W H A T !!!!!! 🤯). So here I am, on the evening of December 29, 2020, determined to finish writing this blog post before 2020 ends. I actually started this post in June 2020 HAHA – other than the next two paragraphs, I wrote everything up until the Grover Underwood prompt in June 2020, and everything after that, I’m writing now (in December 2020). So this post is lowkey a mixture of past (June) Dezzy and present (December) Dezzy AHAHAHA. I’m sorry if that’s confusing lmaoooo we all knew i’m a mess askldjfds
I really appreciate y’all bearing with me and the chaotic mess that is myself, and I’m genuinely super happy and excited to be back in this bookish space and commenting + screaming about books + interacting with you all again! 💓 2020 has been the most chaotic year …to say the least, and even though I wasn’t active in the book blogging community for the most part, books have been a highlight and brought me a lot of joy this year (and I stayed connected with some of you through book twitter!) 💗
I’m also extremely proud to say that I achieved my 2020 reading goal a couple days ago – 45 books !! 🤩 Even in a year in which I felt soo unmotivated to do anything, I’m glad I was still able to read 45 books this year :’) And the same goes for all of you – no matter how many books you managed to read this year, I’m SO proud of you hehe ur doing amazing <33
Now, let’s get started with the Percy Jackson Book Tag, which was created by the lovely May from Forever and Everly !! 💓 not gonna lie, when i saw she created this tag, i almost screamed because I LOVE THIS SERIES SOOOOOO MUCH !!!!!!!! ……okay. i’m calm now. i swear
May designed and drew all of the amazing graphics for each prompt, I’m in loveeee 😍 I’m so excited to do this tag, because (if you didn’t know already) Percy Jackson is quite literally my favorite series of all time and will always have a special place in my heart 💙 I’m currently rereading the PJO series for the 3rd time (just finished The Titan’s Curse hehe) and I’m enjoying it so much; it’s making me so happy !! ☺️ I’m so hyped for the live action series, IT’S WHAT WE DESERVE KSDJFKSDJFKD
yes i’m gonna be screaming throughout this entire post. yes this is gonna be a very long post. yes you’re gonna be annoyed by me. deal with it.
Also, thank you May for creating this tag and singlehandedly reviving my blog because as a true Percy Jackson fan, how can I NOT do this incredible tag? 😍 Coming back with a (unnecessarily long) Percy Jackson book tag post, love that for me 😌 Hehe okay, enough rambling now….. let’s get started 👀
Note: there are 18 prompts for this tag, but I won’t be doing all of them! or else this post would be wayyyy too long askldfjs
- Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post.
- Link to the original creator: May @ Forever and Everly! Please note that she made the artwork/graphics, if using them. *If you care about graphics having a clear quality, make it big enough so that the dimensions are 1103 x 175!
- Match books with the given prompts.
- Tag however many people as wanted!
- Copy-paste the rules and list of prompts.
…lol this is a tough one to answer. Tbh 2020 has not been a great year in terms of reading 5-star books for me (actually, it hasn’t been great in terms of everything lmfao,, but i digress). It’s already June and I still haven’t read a 5-star book so far this year, which is so sad 😔 I just want a 5-star read @ universe !! I just want a book that I unequivocally fall in love with and cannot put down for the life of me and can’t stop thinking about the characters because they own my entire heart and I would do anything for them……that’s all I want 😔 is that so hard???
Lol sorry went on a mini rant there. Anyways, as you can tell, I just want to read a 5-star book, but alas, the universe said no❤️ That’s not to say that I haven’t read great books this year (I have plenty of 4-star reads), but I just haven’t read a book that speaks to my soul (yet). :’) I think that’s why I’ve been rereading my favorite books lately – my only 5-star reads so far in 2020 have been rereads, which don’t really count in my opinion? :’) So I’ll mention two books for this prompt – one a reread, and the other one not!
So I randomly decided to reread Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman in April, because I have the hardcover of this book and I was (still am) reallyyyy tired of ebooks, which is the only format I’m reading my books in nowadays since obviously libraries aren’t open. I ended up rereading all 500 pages of this book in one sitting, haha. I honestly didn’t expect to do that, but once I started Thunderhead, I couldn’t put it down. It’s such an incredible book and definitely my favorite one in the Arc of a Scythe series. So many emotional rollercoasters, plot twists, heartwrenching journeys……Neal Shusterman is amazing at writing intriguing & thought-provoking storylines that you just can’t put down. Aahhhh this is such a good series !! 🤩🧠⚔️
“In time, all storms settle to a pleasant breeze.”
Going Off Script by Jen Wilde is my only 4.5-star read of the year so far, haha, and I read it wayyy back in January. wow January literally feels like a lifetime ago….. It’s not a perfect book by any means, but I really enjoyed reading it because it brought me so much joy ☺️ The f/f romance is super cute and sweet and I loved it so much!! One character REALLY got me heated (lmao if you’ve read the book, you’ll know who I’m talking about), I literally wanted to punch him so many times throughout the book smh 😤 i swear i’m not a violent person 👀 Anyway, if you’re in the mood for a heartwarming & cute contemporary about the TV industry, definitely check out Going Off Script!! 🎥🌸✨
I went on Goodreads to check when I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and to my surprise, I read it almost two years ago (July 2018)!! That’s honestly wild, because it doesn’t feel like that long ago when I read it?? Time is so wack, y’all. especially rn in quarantine lmao like how tf are we over halfway thru June already ??? Wild. Ahhh Evelyn Hugo is such an AMAZING read; Taylor Jenkins Reid really crafted such a compelling and captivating plot, balancing the past & present storylines so well. There were a few parts when my jaw literally dropped and I literally had to put down my book for a bit, because I COULD NOT believe what had happened. My mind was blown 🤯 Everything came together so well and I was just truly shook!! 🎬🌹🌈
“When you realize you can tell someone your truth, when you can show yourself to them, when you stand in front of them bare and their response is ‘you’re safe with me’- that’s intimacy.”
Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon!! This was one of my most anticipated 2019 releases, and I ended up enjoying it so much. I loved how well-developed and complex all the character relationships were, from the friendships to the romance. Rachel Lynn Solomon’s writing is so engaging & fun to read, I basically flew through this book. I felt so. many. emotions. while reading this!! :’) I looooved the character development – I loved the person that Sophie grew to be by the end of the book. And Peter and Sophie’s relationship was so complex & intriguing and my heart hurt so much for Sophie at times 😭 This emotional contemporary deserves so much more love !! 🎶🌷💙
Fun author’s note: this is now present Dezzy (in Dec. 2020) writing again. haha
Lol is it cheating if I mention the PJO series in this Percy Jackson book tag? Seriously though, I can’t think of a better book (or book series) for this prompt. Like, I have SO much nostalgia attached to this series and it’ll always have a special place in my heart 💙 I’m so thankful for PJO for kickstarting my love for fantasy & adventure books and helping me recognize the power that books have to spread joy and laughter. As I mentioned earlier, I reread this series earlier this year, and even though I’m older now, these books still gave me just as much happiness and laughter as it did back when I was in middle school. 🗽🖋⚡️
Also, Percy will forever be one of my FAVORITE characters ever. I will not accept any slander against him (if it even exists) 😤 HE’S THE BEST 🤩
“With great power… comes great need to take a nap. Wake me up later.”
The first book that popped into my head when I saw this prompt was Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko, in regards to the bond between the main character, Tarisai, and her council siblings 💛 I recently finished this book earlier this month, and honestly, WOW. This book is incredible and deserving of all the hype it has (and more). Raybearer made me feel all the emotions and drew me in from the very start until the very last page – I never felt bored even once. I was absolutely blown away by the beautifully complex world-building and the rich, diverse cast of characters. Like omg, don’t even get me started on the characters!! They are all so strong and amazing in their own way, and I especially enjoyed Tarisai’s character arc & growth throughout the course of the book. She grew so much from the start of the book and finally learned how to take her life into her own hands, discovering what her true purpose is. She would do anything for her nation and to make the world a better place, and I admire her strength and devotion so much!! So proud of her 😭☀️👑
If you’d like to read more of my thoughts on this absolutely amazing & captivating book, here is my 5-star Goodreads review 👀
“Uniformity is not unity. Silence is not peace.”
DEFINITELY Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston!! I don’t think I’ve ever screamed about this book on my blog, because I stopped blogging in January 2019 and I first read this in May 2019. But oh my goodness, RWRB was one of my favorite books of 2019 and honestly, one of my favorite books EVER. I’ve recommended this book to basically all of my friends, and I’m proud to say that 4-5 of them have read it because of me and LOVED it as well,, love that for me 😌😌 This book is so well-loved in the book community, and for good reason. RWRB broke my heart and mended it at the same time – it made me so emotional and gave me soooo much joy & hope for the future. This is such a touching, tender, emotional, hilarious, entertaining, and absolutely wonderful book, brimming with hope and joy and love and happiness and so much more. Alex and Henry (and their entire squad) really have my entire heart ❤️💙 brb just going to reread this book again…..
“Thinking about history makes me wonder how I’ll fit into it one day, I guess. And you too. I kinda wish people still wrote like that. History, huh? Bet we could make some.”
Haha I guess that’s a nice transition to this prompt, because. yes. I’m going to mention Casey McQuiston again: One Last Stop. I am SO incredibly excited for their next book, coming out in 2021. Casey’s writing, time travel, New York, AND it’s sapphic?????? Honestly, can time just go by faster so I can get my hands on this book?! 😭 I absolutely cannot wait to read this ahhhh!! All the ratings and reviews I’ve seen so far have been nothing short of 5 stars, which is only amplifying my excitement for this book. I have the utmost confidence that I’ll rate this 5 stars too, because how could I not?! Don’t mind me, I’m just going to be counting down the days to June 1, 2021 :’) 🚞🏙🏳️🌈
Sooo I started Avatar: The Last Airbender earlier this year and finished the show in May, and ever since, I’ve been craving allll the ATLA content because. omg. this show is AMAZING and I honestly can’t believe I didn’t watch it sooner. And so I picked up The Kyoshi Novels in July, and WOW. I absolutely LOVED these books, especially the 2nd one (The Shadow of Kyoshi). The Kyoshi Novels follow Kyoshi, the Avatar before Aang, on her unique and tumultuous journey in becoming the Avatar and saving the world from a spiritual threat. These books were so intense and emotional and I was SO scared to reach the end because I knew it would just break my heart, and it did :’) These books were pain💔 but honestly? WORTH IT. And not to mention, these books are so gay – Kyoshi is a bicon, and I loved the f/f romance in this series so much 😭 If you love ATLA just as much as I do, I definitely highly recommend these books to satisfy your ATLA cravings and learn more about what the ATLA world was like before the show + the powerful bi Avatar that is Kyoshi!! ⛰🔥🐉
“To live in balance, we must willingly decide not to take all that we can from the world, and from others.”
Ahhhh this post was so fun to write; I genuinely feel so happy and excited writing this rn, hehe. I’d almost forgotten how much I love blogging – I’m really happy to be semi-back ☺️
I’m not going to tag anyone, because I’m not sure who has done this tag already (haha I know I’m super late to this tag anyways). But if you’re reading this and you haven’t done this tag yet, feel free to consider yourself tagged! I’d love to read your post 🤩 (The list of prompts is at the bottom of May’s original post).
Have you read any of the books I mentioned in this post? What were your favorite books of 2020? How many books did you read this year?
Do you love Percy Jackson or ATLA as much as I do? Who are your favorite characters? Please let me know hehe, I’d love to chat with you or catch up with you in the comments ❤
Since this is my first & probably last post of 2020 (lol), I’m wishing you all the best for 2021 !! Sending so many good vibes & love to you as the new year begins ✨💓
Let’s be friends!
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