Little things I’m thankful for

Happy Turkey Day!

Originally I was going to do the Thanksgiving Book Tag but I’ve done that tag every year now for a few years, so I figure I’ll do something different. Next year I think I’ll try to find a new version of the tag or something like that to do.

So today’s post will be ‘Things I’m Thankful For’ (shocking, right).

This list is gonna be little things I like – I’m not gonna include my family or friends or good health or anything, so just know they’re implied. I am thankful for them too.

So, the list of little things I’m thankful for:

  • Coffee cups with thumb indents on the handle
  • Television remotes that I don’t have to point at one specific spot for them to work
  • Book cases that hold up through a trip on a moving truck
  • Mangakas
  • Avocados that stay perfectly ripe for more then six seconds
  • Not having a stuffy nose
  • Windshield wipers that don’t leave streaks
  • The ability to put ice in luke warm coffee and turn it into iced coffee
  • Mornings when my cat doesn’t meow at the foot of my bed at 6am
  • Saturday mornings
  • Pizza cutters
  • Second-hand bookstores
  • When I throw away trash from across the room and it lands in the bin the first time
  • Electric blankets

And many more but this is what first comes to mind. Tell me little things you’re thankful for this year! Happy Thanksgiving!

Top 5 no thanks situations

Top 5 Wednesday topics can be found here!

Today’s topic is ‘No Thanks!’ as in, situations you wouldn’t wanna find yourself in! This is a neat topic I think – because there are a lot of books where I just know if I found myself in the middle of them I’d just like go die immediately.

These are some of those books:

Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba – This is definitely a story I wouldn’t want to be in, either as a bystander or the main character. The decisions made here are way too morally loaded for me and I don’t know if I could handle it.

If I had a notebook that could kill anyone, would I use it like the main character did to kill off the villains in the show and become a villain myself? I’d like to say no, but I don’t want to be put in the position where I’d have to find out.

Midori Days by Kazurou Inoue – I definitely wouldn’t want to be in this situation. Midori, the girl with green hair on the cover, wakes up one day to find that she’s replaced the right hand of Seiji, a teenage boy. Romance and hijinx insue but like… the series kept this pretty light and fluffy and comedic, but there are definitely ways this could have ended up horrible if she would have ended up on a bad person’s hand. Yeah no thanks.

The Forest of Hands & Teeth by Carrie Ryan – This is a blanket ‘no zombies’ statement. None of the zombies books, please.

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer – Despite the fact that I ended up not particularly caring for this book, it’s one that has lodged itself in my head and I think about it a lot. It’s basically climate horror, and no no no I don’t wanna be in it, thanks.

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins – This is another one of those books set in a world that would just be like… horrifying to live in. I mean a) I’d died right away but also b) who in the world wouldn’t?! It’s terrifying!

And that’s it! On the off chance a magical book fairy ever appears and goes ‘I’ll put you in a book!’, these are the five that I’ll be like ‘yeah no, but thanks’.

Top ten fantasy worlds I’m thankful for

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl!

Happy Tuesday! Today’s topic is ‘Thanksgiving freebie’ so I’m interpreting it as ‘fantasy worlds I’m thankful for’.

So basically, these are fantasy worlds I jumped into during important parts of my life, where they either helped me make some friends from shared interests or they were a safe haven when life was stressful. They’re worlds I think about all the time, even if I haven’t read the books they’re from in years.

 

Dragon Ball Z by Akira Toriyama – I first got into this one when I was nine years old or so, when there were new episodes playing weekdays at 5pm after school. This was one of my gateway animes (I did later read the manga, so it counts as a book, shh). This was one that both my sister and my dad got really into too – and the three of us would watch the new episodes together. My husband and I right now are watching through the original Dragon Ball, and after we’ll pick of this series – it’ll be his first time watching it, I’m pumped.

Pokemon – Again, I got into this one really young, when I was around eight or nine years old. While the last one I used to bond with my family, this one really cemented me to my friends, particularly in fourth grade. None of those friends have really stuck, unfortunately, except for one or two. But it is how it is. Nine year old me though loved it. And now as an adult, I never really grew out of Pokemon. I feel like I’m not alone in this as well – that the creators know their target audience has aged and are still interested. I think it’s great, hah. The book I selected is the first in a series of chapter books written in the late 90s. I read this thing so many damned times, along with the rest in the series.

Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi – This is the first anime where I delved into the fandom online. I remember being fourteen or fifteen years old and discovering fanfiction for the first time. This is the series I mainly read from, and I wrote a fair few as well. I also ended up making lots of online friends through this series, most of which I still have today. I’ve even flown to the other side of the world to meet up with one of them at this point. Out of all the series, this is the one I have the biggest soft spot for and am most greatful for. My life and friendships would not have gone in the same directions without it. Honestly I probably wouldn’t have met my husband if it wasn’t for this show getting me into anime years before I met him, which led me to join anime clubs in college, which is where I did run into him.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine – I used to go to the library and rent and re-rent this book all the time. I’ve mentioned this book multiple times before at this point, but it’s really, really stuck with me. And thinking about it now, this is the first book I ever read that had a romance as a main plot line in it. I remember being like fourteen and absolutely swooning, as it was all brand new. I loved it.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke – This book (and its sequel) were the first two books I ever bought with my own money. I remember my dad convincing me to spring for the hard back editions, as they would last longer, and I’m glad he did, as they did. I read this book and the second multiple times (but weirdly, never read the third? It’s on my list) and remember trying to write my own stories about people coming out of books as a result. I looooved this series.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer – After Inkheart, this was one of the series I picked up next. I’ve read this first book I don’t know how many times, and this was another fandom I really got into. I remember reading and writing fanfictions and coming up with theories – the whole nine yards. This book was such a great escape. We do not speak of the movie. It does not exist.

Harry Potter – I think this would be on this kind of list for a lot of people. Growing up, I rented these books from the library countless times, and when I got my own copies, I read them to death. I used to be sooo obsessed with this series, and part of me still is. It’ll always hold a special place in my heart – it came to me during the perfect age range, and I ate them up. We do not speak of the author. She does not exist.

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher – Usually when I mention Catherine Fisher’s books, I tend to focus on her Relic Master series, which I still think is seriously underrated. But this series, the Incarceron duology, also holds a place in my heart. I picked this up during my first bout at college. It was during a time when my living situation wasn’t great and I was spending as much time as possible outside of my apartment. I ended up on the campus library a lot, and I picked up these books during that time. Before that, I was in a multiple year long reading slump. I didn’t not read, but it was really slow – maybe ten books a year? But this book really got me back into it. It got me to make a Goodreads account honestly. So while I haven’t reread this book at all or anything, it really did help me cope with my life when I was 20 years old, and I really appreciate it for that.

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa – I chose this one because in addition to one of the best narratives I’ve ever read, it was one of the ones I read the longest. I picked up this series when only two volumes were out, and I bought the new release every time up until volume 27, the final one, came out when I was in my early twenties. I remember agonizing during the waits, because sometimes it would be months in between volumes and it really killed me. This series is one of the most consistently good series. No slow parts, no bad subplots, nothing. It’s perfection, man.

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik – Third book pictured above! I picked this book up at the recommendation of a friend in college and I fell in love with it. This was one of the last books I read before I fell into that multiple year slump I mentioned, and it really was a high point. I’ve since reread it recently and adored it just as much as I did when I was 18. It really is a masterpiece and I know it’s a series I’m going to reread again.

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And that’s it! Ten fantasy worlds I’m really thankful exist. Each one was a formative book to me, and they’ll always be in my heart cockles.

Thanksgiving decorations 2020!

I decorated for Thanksgiving this year, which is something I’ve never done. I used being stuck inside my house because of the plague as an excuse to get extra festive because I won’t have anyone visiting to be festive with otherwise.

So this is everything I set up!

As you can see it’s mainly my livingroom that’s decked out. Christmas decorations will spread to other rooms but since this is my first time decorating for Thanksgiving, I didn’t have too many things to decorate with. The flowers are on my kitchen table, but other that that, it’s all in the main living area.

Let me know what you think! I think it came out pretty nice if I do say so myself.

I won Nanowrimo!

I won Nanowrimo! I hit 50,000 words last night!

I realize I just posted my Blogmas schedule yesterday, and that today was supposed to be ‘Update 3’, next week ‘Update 4’ and then December 1st the results, but I was also planning on like… not finishing until then. But I ended up finishing early, so today is results! The other two planned nano posts will be subbed to something else, I’ll figure it out.

But yeah, I won! And honestly, after fifty thousand words, I barely got through act 1. So my novel is not complete, I just beat Nano. I’m going to give myself some time off and come back to it, because man am I burnt out.

Here are some stats!

So as you can see, my daily word count was all over the place – I was never consistent, except in that I was over the goal word count every day, no matter how much or little I wrote.

When Nano first started, I took November 1-3 off from work so I could get a good boost. I knew that this month was gonna be busy so I wanted a cushion. Lucky me though (or unlucky?) my month cleared up shortly after that, and I was able to maintain a nice lead.

Honestly, I really owe it to my buddy, who did writing sprints with me almost every day. She’s doing Nano too and is gonna win any day now, I can feel it!

So that’s it! Nanowrimo 2020, at least for me, is over. I really like what I made, though it needs some serious revision. But I definitely think it’s got potential.

Yay!

Blogmas 2020 has arrived! | Tentative posting schedule

It’s here, it’s here! Blogmas has begun!

But what, you say? It’s only November 21st? You’re right! But I’m being nuts this year and starting Blogmas today!

Why? Well, because I normally post on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, aaaand next week has Thanksgiving on Thursday and I make a special post for that as well. So between now and December first, the “normal” start of Blogmas, I’d be posting seven out of ten days anyways. So I figured I’m gonna start the bloggy cheer early this year!

I’m also planning on doing all those end-of-year posts between after Christmas and into the beginning of January, meaning I’ll be going for a while after the normal date range as well.

So from today until January 7th, you’ll see a post from me every day!

The only exception being Christmas Day. I’m giving myself that day off because it’s Christmas, man.

This is my tentative posting schedule. Everything is subject to change, but as of right now, this is what I’m leaning towards. If you’re doing Blogmas as well, feel free to swipe ideas:

November:

  • 21 – This post!
  • 22 – Nanowrimo update 3
  • 23 – Thanksgiving decorations
  • 24 – Top 10 Tuesday, Thanksgiving edition
  • 25 – Top 5 Wednesday, “No Thanks”
  • 26 – Thanksgiving Day Book Tag
  • 27 – TIME TO GET FESTIVE, fall bucketlist check-in/holiday bucketlist
  • 28 – November favorites
  • 29 – Nanowrimo week 4
  • 30 – November wrap up

December:

  • 1 – Nanowrimo results
  • 2 – Top 5 Wednesday, TBD
  • 3 – December currently reading
  • 4 – Book haul fate
  • 5 – Christmas decorations 2020
  • 6 – Christmas movies to-be-watched
  • 7 – Music Monday, Christmas edition
  • 8 – Top 10 Tuesday, Holiday/Seasonal edition
  • 9 – Top 5 Wednesday, TBD
  • 10 – Blogmas/vlogmas faves and shoutouts
  • 11 – Christmas cracker book tag
  • 12 – Unfinished series/series I won’t finish 2020
  • 13 – 12 Days of Christmas book tag
  • 14 – Christmas stuffing recipe
  • 15 – Top 10 Tuesday, books on my winter TBR/book buying ban is over!
  • 16 – Top 5 Wednesday, TBD
  • 17 – Baking cookies
  • 18 – Christmas book blogger tag
  • 19 – Coffee mug collection 2020
  • 20 – Christmas breakfast egg bake recipe
  • 21 – Fantasy bingo update
  • 22 – Top 10 Tuesday, Books I hope Santa brings
  • 23 – Top 5 Wednesday, TBD
  • 24 – Christmas Eve book tag
  • 25 – Merry Christmas! No post from me today
  • 26 – December favorites
  • 27 – 10 in 2021
  • 28 – December book haul
  • 29 – New year’s eve book tag
  • 30 – Top 5 Wednesday, books I didn’t get to in 2020
  • 31 – December wrap up

January:

  • 1 – 2020: A year in review
  • 2 – Reading resolutions 2021
  • 3 – Bottom books of 2020
  • 4 – Music Monday
  • 5 – Top 10 Tuesday, Top books of 2020
  • 6 – Top 5 Wednesday, TBD
  • 7 – Bookshelf tour 2021

And that will be it – my posting schedule (give or take) for the next month in a half. I will be pre-writing a lot of it, but some posts obviously I won’t be able to. I might end up swapping out some of these with book blabbers, should anything really grip me. I don’t plan blabbers ahead of time as I don’t know which books will inspire them. But don’t be surprised if a few pop up! Also, those ‘TBD’s on the Top 5 Wednesday are there because the prompts have not been posted yet. When they are, I’ll either do them if I like them or sub them out for some other post if I don’t. Either way, there will be a post.

My everyday posting will end as I said on Jan 7th, that’ll give me a day of break, and then that weekend, I’ll resume my normal Sat-Sun-Tues-Wed schedule, starting with my January currently reading and a holiday bucketlist check-in post, followed by 2021 Anticipated Reads and a Top 5 Wednesday! And then after that I need to start planning again because I’ll be out of ideas!

This is my fifth year doing Blogmas, and it’s always so much fun. If you’re doing it this year, please let me know. I’d love to follow along on your posts!

Happy Blogmas everyone! I’M SO PUMPED.

Top 5 topaz colored manga

Top 5 Wednesday topics can be found here!

Happy Wednesday! This week’s official topic is ‘Latin Lit’ but after going through all my books I realized I don’t have enough books to fill the post! That I’ll have to fix, so if you have any books written by Latinx authors, do let me know!

So today I’m doing the Alternate Topic that was supplied: Topaz. Because it’s November and topaz is the birthstone of November, the topic is to show books with topaz colors! Topaz I know can be many colors but one of the most common ones is yellow-y, so I’m doing yellow-y manga! Specifically yellow-y spines.

This is what I’ve chosen! (There are more than five, hush, I know):

The ones shown are:

Now, most of these I’ve read, but there are a few I haven’t. I’ll get there though, I’ll get there!

If you’ve read any of the above, do let me know! Happy reading!

Top ten characters I’d name a pet after

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl!

It’s Tuesday again and this week’s topic is the title. I haven’t ever named a pet after a character before so making this list will be fun I think! I’ve never had a dog, so all these are names I would give to a cat.

I’m also someone who gives pets human names so if that bugs you, pbtbtbt.

And that’s it! Some are simple names, some are weird, but all of them I think could fit a cat if you got one with the right personality. Lemme know what you think!

Nanowrimo week 2 update!

We’ve reached the half way point in Nanowrimo, and this is my progress so far, as of last night!

As you can see, I’m killing it if I do say so myself. Is it any good? No! But it’s words. I’ll make it good later. This is the third book I’ve written set in the same world and while I liked the other two a lot I think this one is by far my favorite, so I’m happy about it.

Today my plan is to write 5k words, putting me at 45k. Then I plan on finishing up the last 5k during this week so I can be done before the 21st, which is when I’m starting blogmas this year. My goal is to only have one time consuming project going at a time. Pbtbt.

If you’re participating, lemme know how you’re doing! Happy writing!

The book addiction tag!

Hi! A tag today! I wasn’t tagged but I found the thing here!

1. What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?

Honestly, months. It hasn’t happened in years though, that I’ve gone that long without reading.

2. How many books do you carry on your person (physical or device) at any one time?

Usually just one. I read more than one at once, but I tend to only have one on me.

3. Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?

I purge like crazy. I keep a book if I either really liked it or if it’s something I can’t stop thinking about, even if I disliked it. Otherwise I get rid of ones I disliked and don’t care about, or ones I haven’t read but lost all interest in.

4. How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?

Assuming I don’t know what I want ahead of time, anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours

5. How much time per day do you actually spend reading?

Between 0 minutes and 12 hours, depending on the day. During the work week maybe about a half hour a day? On the weekends I can get in a lot more.

6. Where does the task “picking up a book” appear on your daily to-do list?

It doesn’t. It’s not a task. If it was I wouldn’t enjoy it as much.

7. How many books do you reckon you own in total (include ebooks)?

Over 1000. With ebooks though I’m not sure of the exact number. It might add 20 or 30.

8. Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?

It depends on who I’m talking to! If it’s a friend I know reads, a lot. If it’s not, I don’t.

9. What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?

According to Goodreads, A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin, coming in at 1179 pages. This one took me a bit.

10. Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds (searched bookstore, online digging, stalked author, etc.)?

Fruits Basket vol 23 by Natsuki Takaya. It’s the final volume in the series and out of print. When the anime was rebooted, the manga went from hard to find to downright impossible. I found this one though. I paid four times list price for it, but I did find it.

Four times might sound like a lot, but now the price has shot up way more. So I’m glad I bought it when I did.

Also wtf, who thinks it’s ok to stalk an author?

11. Is there a book you struggled to finish because you refused to DNF?

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. It was not a book for me, but I finished it. It even sparked a discussion post on DNF-ing books. I was so torn.

12. What are 3 (some) of your main book goals for 2020 or 2021 (if you’ve started planning)?

For 2021, read at least 40 novels and as many manga as I can manage (I’ll probably set my Goodreads goal to 100 total), knock my physical fiction TBR down to 170, and knock my manga TBR down by 50 (I have no idea what it’s at now).

13. Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (by inspiration or your incessant nagging)?

I’ve gotten non-readers to read books, but didn’t fully convert them, no.

14. Describe what books mean to you in FIVE words.

They keep me pretty entertained.

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And that’s it! If you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged!