Lost in Translation Tag + Baby It’s Cold Outside Book Tag!

Hello everyone and welcome back!! I can’t wrap my head around the fact that it’s officially the last day of January?? I honestly can’t understand how time works?? January was a pretty slow reading month for me, so I’m not planning to publish a separate monthly wrap-up, but I’m making it up to you today with two book tags I was tagged for an eternity ago. One is the Lost in Translation Tag, which Eryn @ Love_Your_Shelf — the original creator — tagged me for back in October. The other is the Baby It’s Cold Outside Book Tag, which I’m pretty sure I was supposed to do before the holidays, but…. we’re rolling with it ๐Ÿ˜‚ After all, it’s still cold on the East Coast, and according to the forecast, we’re supposed to get lots of snow tomorrow! Thank you so much to Cherelle @ A Bolt Out of the Book and Nehal @ Books and Words for tagging me ๐Ÿ˜Š

Onto the questions!

Lost in Translation Tag ๐ŸŒŽ

As I mentioned in the intro, the Lost in Translation meme was created by Eryn, and it’s a super quick and super fun idea! Here are the rules:

  1. Pick the last book you read.
  2. Put that book in Google Translate and translate it into 3 different languages, then back to English. (Please put which languages you used to translate them!)
  3. See how close (or how far) it is to the original book title.
  4. Lastly, put the original book title at the bottom and talk about your last read!

Thank you so much for tagging me, Eryn! Eryn is such a sweet, lovely person, and everyone should definitely check out her blog, as she recently came back from hiatus! This meme is open for everyone to participate in — but don’t forget to tag Eryn as the creator ๐Ÿ™‚

I translated the title of my last read into Lithuanian โ†’ Latin โ†’ Thai , and back into English, and this is what I got…

Frozen Rose

AHAHAHAHA UMMMMMM. Wow. I mean, I can see where this came from, but…. it’s still hilarious to see how badly Google Translate messed up ๐Ÿ˜‚

The original title is…

is this not the cutest gif ever omg

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

WHOOP WHOOP the THUG prequel is here!!! And wow, let me just say that it is going to break all of your hearts. I’m convinced that Angie Thomas must have some kind of secret ingredient, because she somehow turns me into a leaky faucet basically during every single chapter. Her characters have so much life, I really don’t know how she does it. Our main character Maverick is fiery, flawed, and overall just fantastic. There are moments when he’s so overwhelmed and vulnerable but trying not to let it show and ughhh I just want to give him a hug. And the themes are amazing ๐Ÿ˜ญ There was this one chapter where Mav disses Jefferson Davis and the entire concept of Columbus “discovering” the Americas and *chef’s kiss* was I living for that or what. Love him so much. And have I mentioned that Baby Seven is the absolute CUTEST?? Because he is. The absolute cutest. ๐Ÿ˜

In conclusion, ASDFGHJKL;. It’s so good okay?? 100% worth your time. (Though I definitely wouldn’t recommend it to everyone… the trigger warnings are real here, and there is some content that not all readers might be comfortable with. I’ll go into the content warnings more detail on that soon, as I hope to write a review in the near future.)

But in the meantime, click here for the trigger warnings.

Gang life, cheating, depression (postpartum), gun violence, racism, imprisonment, murder & attempted murder, death of a close family member (on-page), grief & loss depiction, sex (fade-to-black), smoking & drug use, teen pregnancies, abortion (mentioned, considered), substance addiction, toxic masculinity (general theme, challenged)

I Tag…

Noelle @ Wordgazing and Magic
Becky @ Dusts of Magic
Kirsten @ The Novel Existence
Allison @ Just a Bookworm

Of course, no pressure if you’re not interested or if tags aren’t your thing!

Baby It’s Cold Outside Book Tag ๐ŸŒจ

Now itโ€™s time to complete the Baby It’s Cold Outside tag!! Thank you again to Cherelle and Nehal for tagging me!! To everyone else: both Cherelle and Nehal have personalities that are larger than life, and they have the most wonderful blogs — you should all go check them out!

And thanks so much to Erin (blog linked below!) for coming up with this creative idea! ๐Ÿ’œ

The Rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post.
  • Display the banner (copy and paste).
  • Link to the original creator: Erin @ Reading On A Star!
  • Answer the questions!
  • Tag however many people as you want!

โ›„ Snow Day โ€“ Whatโ€™s your โ€œcomfortโ€ book?

I don’t reread my favorites often enough to call any of them “comfort books,” but the Legend trilogy is as close as it gets. It’s filled to the brim with early YA dystopian tropes — totalitarian government, all-important test you take as a teenager, love triangle/rectangle, you name it — but I adore it nonetheless. The angst! The romance! The sibling relationships! The commentary on social class! The ending of Prodigy! The ending of Champion! Everything about Rebel! Daniel “Day” Altan Wing! June Iparis! So good!

๐Ÿ˜‡ Snow Angels โ€“ Whatโ€™s a book that you love so much you would want to be buried with it (a little morbid, butโ€ฆ)?

Oh wow, this one is hard! Assuming that the Bibleโ€™s a given, I guess Iโ€™ll go with A Curse So Dark and Lonely?? Not only do I love this series with my entire heart, it’s also been a pivotal part of my blogging journey. I know I’ve mentioned before that I started my blog after discovering Cait @ Paper Fury, but searching up reviews for this book is how I stumbled on her site in the first place. Her review is hilarious and 100% accurate (linked here) and had me going through her entire archive of blog posts. Here’s her review for Book 2 as well, because why on earth not ๐Ÿ˜‚

On that note, my copy of A Vow So Bold and Deadly arrived yesterday, and it. IS. GORGEOUS. I don’t take pictures of my books often (because my photography skills are nonexistent) but I made an exception for this series (please ignore the complete lack of aesthetic):

AREN’T THOSE COVERS SO GORGEOUS *starry eyes* ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜

I’m planning to binge it on Monday, as I’m off from school…. I actually dreamed about this series a few nights ago, that’s how stressed I am about how it’s all going to go down. The obsession is real, folks. Also, #TeamGrey4Ever.

๐Ÿงฆ Warm Socks โ€“ Whatโ€™s a book that makes you feel warm inside? (The fluffiest, cutest romance youโ€™ve ever read?)

I debated between Tweet Cute and Jo & Laurie for this question, but I went with the one I’ve been less vocal about on the blog! Jo & Laurie is a spin-off of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women in which the authors spin a romantic reimagining of the eponymous characters’ relationship. While Jo’s headstrong character made for a sometimes frustrating read, I was thoroughly entertained by her and Laurie’s camaraderie. And the will-they-won’t-they of their romance was the cherry on top! Even if you’re a fan of Jo and Laurie’s original ending, I would still highly recommend this book if you’re looking for something pleasant and delightful to read.

โ˜• Hot Cocoa โ€“ What winter-themed novels have you previously read?

I’m not much of a seasonal reader, so this puts me in a difficult spot! I do, however, currently have The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss on hold. I pressed the “place hold” button on a whim, purely because the blurb sounded cute and I’m in the mood for a proper friends-to-lovers. The Goodreads reviews seem to be rather mixed, though, so… we’ll see where this book takes me.

Other wintery books I’d like to read sometime include: Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva, The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, & One Way or Another by Kara McDowell!

๐Ÿ›ท Sledding โ€“ Whatโ€™s a book with the best plot twists? Whoโ€™s an author that always keeps you on your toes?

Hands down Sabaa Tahir. I don’t know how she does it, guys. Every time I think it can’t get any worse, it does. I do not understand this sorcery. Her Ember quartet is a great example of her plot-twisting skills. Now that the last book in that series has been released, I can’t wait to see what else she will come up with next!

On a related note, my hold for A Torch Against the Night finally arrived yesterday, and I’m loving my reread so far. Looking at Laia from the beginning of this book and comparing her to the one we left at the end of the last one, I’m once again mindblown about the scope of her character arc. Sabaa is a genius.

๐Ÿงฅ Ugly Sweaters โ€“ Whatโ€™s a book with the ugliest cover?

Amazon.com: The Mad Scientist's Daughter (9781481461689): Clarke, Cassandra  Rose: Books

Look, I respect and appreciate the work of all cover designers, but the cover of The Mad Scientistโ€™s Daughter could really use a redo. I mean, what is that atrocity. I can’t even look at it without cringing. Fortunately, there’s a much more aesthetically pleasing edition of it available to order online. Thank goodness I don’t need to display *that* on my bookshelf.

Phantom: Kay, Susan: 9781933626000: Amazon.com: Books

Also, honorable mention to Phantom by Susan Kay. Iโ€™ve heard the best things about this backstory for The Phantom of the Opera, but Iโ€™m just not willing to spend money on a book with a cover like that. I just… can’t deal with it. I’ve looked up other editions, but they’re all antique and cost like over a hundred dollars on Amazon. It’s ludicrous — simply ludicrous. (Catch that POTO reference? ๐Ÿ˜‰)

๐ŸŽฅ Movie Marathon โ€“ Whatโ€™s the last book you binge read?

I usually take my time while reading, so most of the books I’ve read don’t apply for this question… but Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman is one of the recent exceptions! I started this book at the beginning of December, didn’t have time for it for the next 30 days, and binged 70% of it on New Year’s Eve. There’s something about Heiligman’s writing style that kept me coming back for more. The top review on Goodreads complains about it being sentimental and naive, but as someone part of the target audience, I thought it was perfect for the subject matter. I think it’s safe to say that if all nonfiction were written like this, I’d switch over to that genre in a heartbeat.

๐ŸŽ… Letter to Santa โ€“ Whatโ€™s a book thatโ€™s on your wishlist this year?

I’m going to list two, because why not ๐Ÿ˜‚

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa is a definite priority! This book sounds like one of the sweetest and most heartwarming books to ever exist, and I need it in my life ASAP!! But ahh it also sounds like it’s one of those books that very subtly breaks your heart so that before you know it, you can barely make out the words on the page because of the tears running down your face. (And yes, this oddly specific thing has happened to me more than once.)

Another one is Memento by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff!! After finishing the Illuminae Files series in 2020, I was crestfallen when I learned that this novella from AIDAN’s POV had only been available if you pre-ordered Aurora Rising…. until it was released last October as an e-book!! I NEED this so badly — I’m prepared for my favorite morally gray antihero to break my heart all over again ๐Ÿคฉ

I Tag…

Anybody who’s still suffering from cold weather!

That’s all for today, everyone! Thank you so much for reading โค๏ธ How about you? What’s the fluffiest romance you’ve ever read? The last book you binged? Any snow on the horizon for any of you? I’d love to chat in the comments! (And also, what do you think of the new dividers? Do you guys prefer the arrow I used in my other posts? Let me know what you think!)

Have a great day/night, everybody! Wishing you all a wonderful February ๐Ÿ’–

34 thoughts on “Lost in Translation Tag + Baby It’s Cold Outside Book Tag!

    1. Yep both of these tags were definitely so much fun to do!! Feel free to say that I tagged you if youโ€™d like to answer the questions ๐Ÿ˜‰ And all of the books are definitely amazing ๐Ÿ˜

      Thanks so much for stopping by Sheri!! โค๏ธ

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  1. Thanks for tagging me, Abby! โค๏ธ

    There’s so many awesome books listed here that I have to get to eventually! I have just one book left to finish on my TBR before I can FINALLY start An Ember in the Ashes series. I’m so excited to start after reading so many glowing reviews for the series.

    Oh, and you completely sold the Legend trilogy and Concrete Rose to me. Ahh I need more books like these that go straight for the heart, haha.

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    1. My pleasure!! Canโ€™t wait to read your post ๐Ÿ˜Š

      WOOOO Ember!! That series is a masterpiece and Iโ€™m afraid nobody can convince me otherwise ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ Canโ€™t wait to hear what you think of the books!!

      Hahaha, mission accomplished on my end ๐Ÿ˜‰ And same!! Emotional books are the best!! Thereโ€™s nothing like sobbing your eyes out over a book and having to remind yourself that these people donโ€™t actually exist. Itโ€™s the best feeling, am I right ๐Ÿ˜‚

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting Noelle!! Hope you have a great day/night ๐Ÿ’ž

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  2. Thanks for doing the tag!

    I definitely didn’t guess Concrete Rose and I recently just looked at it in the bookstore. ๐Ÿ˜‚

    Those covers are gorgeous for A Curse So Dark and Lonely. ๐Ÿคฉ I only read the first 2 and I am waiting for my library to get in the third!

    Also I have recently checked out A Silence of Bones because I saw your review and I can’t wait to get to it! ๐Ÿ˜†

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    1. No problem!! It was so much fun to do ๐Ÿ˜Š And hahaha, nobody can blame you…. Google Translate is rather unpredictable ๐Ÿ˜‚

      Ahhh I know right?? I could stare at the three of those covers forever ๐Ÿฅฐ And ahh I hope you enjoy Vow when it becomes available!! I donโ€™t buy that many books these days but I made an exception for this series because one: Iโ€™m seriously hyped, and two: have I mentioned the covers??!! ๐Ÿคฉ

      AHHH Iโ€™m so excited for you to read Silence of Bones!! I still cannot get that book out of my head ๐Ÿ˜ I hope you end up loving it as much as I did!

      Thanks so much for the comment Eryn!! Have a great day (or night) ๐Ÿ’•

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  3. Aaaaah, An Ember in the Ashes was soooo exciting!!! I’m finly reading the second book, hope I like it too.
    And oh, the covers of a curse so dark and lonely are indeed gorgeous!!๐Ÿ˜
    Lovely post, Abby!

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    1. Ahhhhh yesss!!! Omg I hope you love Torch, it starts with a bang and (in my humble opinion) only gets better from there ๐Ÿ˜ And I know right?!? I could stare at that collection of covers forever ๐Ÿคฉ

      Thanks so much Nehal!! Hope you have a great February โค๏ธ

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  4. I mean… at least google translate got half of the title right ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ And omg, I didn’t even realize Concrete Rose had baby Seven in it, but now that you’ve told me that, I want it even more badly!! But there are now only 10 books left on my TBR, so I really think I might be able to stick to my resolution of not buying anything new before I’ve read them ๐Ÿ˜… Maybe ๐Ÿ˜‚

    Also, that Phantom cover is absolutely horrendous. It looks like those Word Art posters my friends and I used to make back in elementary school, when we were learning how to use PowerPoint. Which definitely isn’t a compliment! ๐Ÿ™ˆ

    Your new dividers look amazing, though! I love all these aesthetic features you’re adding to your blog! ๐Ÿ˜

    Anyway, great post as always, Abby! I hope you get to enjoy your snow!

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    1. Ahaha true, I guess we have to give it some credit for that ๐Ÿ˜‚ And yessss baby Seven is soooo cute omg ๐Ÿ˜ And Maverickโ€™s love for him was so sweet. My heart might as well have exploded every time the two of them were in the same room โ€” so…. basically the entire book ๐Ÿ˜… And ahh good luck with the rest of your TBR!! You can do it [insert motivational emoji here]

      I KNOW RIGHT?!?! It looks so half-baked! I swear, Iโ€™ve seen that font before on Microsoft…. and the mask and everything else on the cover look like free clipart from Google ๐Ÿฅด

      Ahhh thank you so much!! Haha Iโ€™m doing my best… nice to hear Iโ€™m at least not hurting your eyes ๐Ÿ™ˆ

      And thank you!! Weโ€™re currently in the middle of a full-on blizzard here. Itโ€™s been snowing for hours, thereโ€™s been a travel ban, and I can barely see outside my window ๐Ÿ™ƒ In other words, the perfect scenario to curl up with a book ๐Ÿ˜Š

      Thank you for reading Naemi!! Hope you have a fantastic February โค๏ธ

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  5. Great post! I loved seeing all of your responses to these questions. I absolutely loved both Legend and A Curse so Dark and Lonely as well! I actually still need to get to A Vow as well, and I hope that you enjoy your read of it on your day off!

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    1. Thank you so much Allison!! And yesss both those series are amazing ๐Ÿคฉ And thank you! Iโ€™m over 70% through Vow at the moment and Iโ€™m enjoying myself immensely ๐Ÿ˜Š Canโ€™t wait to hear your thoughts when you get around to it!

      Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading ๐Ÿ’–

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  6. Abby! Ahh don’t worry, I’m with you 100% on being embarrassingly late to tags, thank you for taking the time to do it still! I’m extremely excited after reading your thoughts on Concrete Rose, Mav was one of my favs and I’m incredibly excited to get to explore him more, especially after how you described him! AND BABY SEVEN?!

    Ooh yes, I love Marie Lu’s books but have yet to get to Legend which I have heard so much about ahh! EMBER! Indeed, I am still not over the events of Sky and Sabaa is SUCH a genius, glad to hear that you’re enjoying the reread! Lovely post Abby and the dividers are gorgeous! โค

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    1. Haha, it was my pleasure!! At this point, Iโ€™m convinced that anybody who is caught up on tags is otherworldly ๐Ÿ˜‚ And yesss Concrete Rose was amazing!! Mav is such a complex and flawed character and Iโ€™m still in so much love with him. And Baby Seven is too good for this world, heโ€™s SO CUTE omg ๐Ÿ˜

      Legend is so good!! Weโ€™re basically on even ground here as I still havenโ€™t gotten around to the rest of her backlist yet…. ๐Ÿ˜… And yes, Sabaa is definitely a certified genius, Iโ€™m with you in still not being over that series.

      Thank you so much Cherelle!! Glad to hear you like the dividers ๐Ÿฅฐ Hope you have a great rest of the week! โค๏ธ

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  7. I loved reading through your answers!! And the ‘Vow so Bold and Deadly’ cover is stunning! I really need to order mine soon, I’ve been eagerly awaiting this conclusion to the series, and I’m really excited to see your thoughts on it! Please do let me know if and when you read it and post your review.

    Also, I definitely agree with you about Sabaa always serving us those plot twists! I really love her writing so much and, as you said, I cannot wait to see what she does next ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thanks so much Sanah!! And yesss the covers for that entire series are so pretty ๐Ÿคฉ I actually just finished the book yesterday and I have so many thoughts omg… hopefully I can get a review up within the month! Canโ€™t wait to see what you think of it ๐Ÿ˜Š

      Sabaa is definitely one of the best writers out there! You bet that when her next book deal is announced I am POUNCING on that โ€œbuyโ€ button ๐Ÿ˜‚

      Thanks so much for reading Sanah!! Happy reading โค๏ธ

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    1. I know right?? The covers are so beautiful when displayed like that ๐Ÿคฉ Ooh I’d love to know what you think of Book 3 when you get to it!! It was a pretty solid conclusion, in my opinion ๐Ÿ˜„

      Thanks so much for stopping by Kimberly!! Have a great day ๐Ÿ’œ

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  8. Ooh, I love that you chose Lithuanian as your first translation! I get a bit of nerdy delight/pride whenever I see Lithuania mentioned anywhere.

    I borrowed a copy of Phantom (with a better cover) from a friend years ago; it was lovely, but yeah, I wouldnโ€™t spend antique prices on it. Then again, Iโ€™m not a hardcore Phantom fan… actually, I just checked ebay and people are selling copies with better covers for very reasonable prices! I say itโ€™s worth reading once and, if you donโ€™t love it, re-sell it at Half-Price.

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    1. Haha thank you! My knowledge of the Baltic states is very limited but Lithuanian stood out to me on the list of languages after reading Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (which is an amazing book, by the way) ๐Ÿ˜„

      Ooh I’m glad to hear you enjoyed Phantom! Ahh I had no idea that better covers are available on eBay!! I’ll have to check it out ASAP, I am really quite desperate to read that book sooner rather than later! Thanks so much for the tip ๐Ÿ˜Š

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