September book and manga haul #44 – and a book buying ban!

So September, I got more books – particularly manga – than I planned. I mean, I planned on getting them anyways, don’t get me wrong, but a good chunk of these I was planning on getting in August. They just didn’t come in time. I turned 30 last month and in lieu of a party (plague aaaaah) I made myself two huge book orders online. I made these orders in July mind you, so I could have them for my bday. But the one didn’t show up until mid-September, so technically they’re birthday books. So keep that in mind. I’ll point them out when I get to them.

The rest though? Yeah no totally went nutso this month, hence the ban, which I’ll get to at the end of the post.

This is everything I got this month:

The Books

  • The Dark Mirror by Juliet Marillier – Honestly I don’t know what this is about. It’s Juliet Marillier though and she’s basically auto-buy for me. I’m positive I’m gonna love this, considering I’ve loved every other book I’ve read by her.
  • The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling – This one I’ve heard pretty creepy things about. It’s like a scifi horror thriller? Halloween read? If anyone has this and wants to buddy read, do let me know!
  • I also got a cat bookmark. I like it, it’s a cat.

  • A Dance With Fate by Juliet Marillier – Again, Juliet Marillier. I bought this on release day with my buddy and we’re currently buddy reading it – should be finishing up within the next day or so!
  • A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir – I’ve been waiting for this one to come out in paperback. When it did I picked it up right away, and now I can binge the three books that are out so far. I’ve already read the first one but it’s been years. I remember loving it though so hopefully I like the next two as well.

  • The Tyrant Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – This is one of my most anticipated books of the year, man. I love this series so far, and with my ban coming up, I knew I wanted to get this one before it started, so I did. I do need to reread the second book before getting into this one, but man I am so excited. It arrived today and it’s so thiiiiiiick ❤

  • Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer – This one has been on my radar for literally years. I saw it used and about gasped. I snatched up this puppy so fast, man.
  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand – Again, a used purchase. I’ve heard this book is pretty funny, and that it’s based off of historical events? Should be entertaining.

The Manga

  • Waiting For Spring vols 5-7 by Anashin – I really enjoyed vols 1-4 of this, so I’m hoping it keeps being all fluffy like it has been! These were all birthday manga.
  • Spy x Family vols 1-2 by Tatsuya Endo – This is a new one for me: I’ve heard only good things about it so my hopes are high! Vol 1 of this was birthday manga.

  • Kakuriyo vols 4-6 by Waco Ioka – This is a series I’ve been raving about recently. I wrote a blabber on the first two volumes if you’re interested. I am very, very happy to have these. These were all birthday manga.
  • Silver Spoon vols 5-6 by Hiromu Arakawa – This is a series I’ve been slowly making my way through for a while. I wrote a blabber on vol 1 back when I first started it. Since then it’s only gotten better! These were all birthday manga.

  • Noragami vol 4 by Adachitoka – This is another series I’m slowly making my way through. I hasn’t 100% gripped me yet but it’s interesting and definitely has potential, so I know I could still end up loving it!
  • Kamisama Kiss vol 1 by Julietta Suzuki – This is a new one, purchased totally on a whim, if I’m being honest. I find some of the best manga that way so hopefully this is one of those.
  • The Way of the House Husband vol 4 by Kousuke Oono – Continuing this series, I love it. It’s so wholesome and hilarious.

  • Candy Color Paradox vols 3-4 by Isoku Natsume –  Another series I’ve grown rather fond of. It’s nice and cute. These were all birthday manga.
  • Yarichin Bitch Club vol 3 by Tanaka Ogeretsu – This is a series that’s so entertaining. It’s absolutely insane, so don’t go into expecting like… plot. Hah. This was a birthday manga.
  • Given vols 2-3 by Natsuki Kizu – This is the opposite though: Lots of plot and wonderfulness. I really, really like this series. These were all birthday manga.

  • Takane & Hana vol 4 by Yuki Shiwasu – This is another one of those ‘has potential but not 100% sold’ series. I’m getting this one vol at a time because of that. It’s decent so far though.
  • Graineliers vol 1 by Rihito Takarai – This was a really, really interesting one, I’m glad I picked it up. It’s definitely not quite what I was expecting, but I ended up really liking it at the same time. Definitely gonna get more of this one after the ban.
  • Act-Age vol 2 by Tatsuya Matsuki – This one I picked up after rather enjoying the first one. I ended up liking this one too, though not quite as much as volume 1. We’ll see if vol 3 ever is even translated.
  • A Man & His Cat vol 2 by Umi Sakurai – This one I was really looking forward to. Volume 1 was so sweet and cute and wholesome, and I’m sure those themes continue here.

And that’s it for books and manga! As you can see, I got a fair few. Hence:

The Book Buying Ban

So, for the last few years, I made it a reading resolution to do a 2-3 month book buying ban. I think a few years ago, I even did a 4 month one. I’m actually really good at sticking to the bans. I figured I’d give myself a break this year, and didn’t schedule one, didn’t think I needed one.

Well, apparently, I do. My TBR goal this year is in danger of being failed, so this ban is to help me out with that.

I’ve never broken one, and I don’t expect it to change this time either. After this latest haul, my unread physical novels number at 241. My goal for end of year is 200. So obviously if I keep buying books I’m not gonna make that. (And honestly I might not make it now. In addition to needing to really focus on reading more, I will also likely need to do a purge.)

If I do a purge, I can already think of a handful of books I’ll probably drop: ones I’ve owned for literal years and never picked up. We’ll see what happens.

Regardless, I need to just not buy anymore books for a while.

So from today until December 15th, I’m on a ban. And because of that there won’t be any hauls in October or November. December will likely have one because of Christmas, but I’ll be off my ban by then anyways, and won’t be counting Christmas gifts towards this year’s goal. I’ll throw them on Jan 1st for next year’s goal instead.

As stated, I’ve never failed one of these. If you go through my post history, you can see past bans and see that I’ve always completed them. So if you do see me hauling books this fall, do call me out on it. I mean I’m pretty certain I’ll be fine, but there’s nothing like the threat of internet shame to keep me in line, right?

So lemme know what you think about these books! Lemme know what you think about the ban! Happy reading!

 

Fall Bucketlist 2020

Bonus Friday post! I couldn’t find where else to squeeze it in, so HI AGAIN I’M GLAD YOU’RE HERE.

It’s fall! Hooray! Fall and winter is the best time of the year. Technically, my ‘favorite time of the year’ goes from August 1st, which is my wedding anniversary, to January 1st, for obvious reasons. So now that we’re pretty far into the best time of the year and the weather is actually starting to feel like fall, I’m making a bucketlist again!

Last year, I did a Fall and Winter bucketlist, but then I never followed up on it. So this year, I’m dividing it – my fall bucket list will go from today through Black Friday. That day I’ll go over what I did and post my winter bucket list (which if we’re being honest is just a Christmas/holiday list, so shh). I’ll follow up on that sometime in January.

So here’s my fall list. Some of these are already done, as it’s the end of September, but work with me here.

Also, most of my bucket list is food. Pbtbtbt.

Fall Bucket List

  • Pumpkin spice latte
  • Pumpkin cream cold brew – Complete
  • Pumpkin beer – Complete
  • Octoberfest beer – Complete
  • Participate in fall beer exchange – Complete
  • Pumpkin cookies – Complete
  • Break out the fall scented candles
  • Apple cider
  • Buy spoopy decorations for Halloween – Complete
  • Decorate the house all spoopy
  • Buy turkey decorations for Thanksgiving
  • Decorate the house all turkey-y
  • Break out Christmas decorations and do inventory to see if anything new/replacements are needed
  • Organize a list of blog posts to write from now til Black Friday – Complete
  • Organize a list of blog posts for Blogmas 2020 – Complete
  • Pre-write November posts, because Nanowrimo
  • Pre-write at least five Blogmas posts
  • Participate in Nanoplanmo
  • Participate in Nanowrimo
  • Go to an applefest (if possible, the plaaaaague, aaaaah)
  • Get pumpkins
  • Carve pumpkins
  • Hand out candy on trick or treat (if possible, the plaaaaague, aaaaah)
  • Get fall flowers
  • Gobblerito
  • Pilgrim sandwich
  • Turkey and Stuffing
  • Slow cooker hot chocolate
  • Fall nail art
  • Buddy read Vita Nostra with Katy @Bookbinderway
  • Watch The Lord of the Rings
  • Watch Harry Potter
  • Watch a scary movie
  • Hang all the framed art that’s been sitting on the ground, leaning against the wall since I moved in three years ago
  • Buy a new car
  • Read three of my remaining 10 in 2020 books

So you can see a lot of them are food, a lot of them are fall-specific, and a lot of them are blog related. There are a few though that are just ‘you gotta do this soon’, most the car one. My car is about dead, I need to buy a new one soon.

If you have a fall bucket list, or something even remotely similar, lemme know what you plan to do this season!

 

Coffee Time: Rereading Mockingjay a decade later

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)I realize there’s been a bit of a gap between my post about Catching Fire and this, but life is life, y’know.

Obligatory spoiler warning

As stated in my original post about The Hunger Games, I bought the prequel recently and realized I hadn’t actually read the original trilogy since they first came out back in 2011 or so. So I figured I’d reread the whole thing and compare my opinions from then, when I was 20, 21 years old, to my opinion now, being a decade older. The first two books, my opinion of them was more or less positive, just as it had been the first time I read them, but I noticed I liked different things about the books than I originally did. If you’re interested for some in-depth thoughts, you can find my post about the first book here, and the second book here.

So out of the three, Mockingjay definitely had the biggest difference of opinion between 20 year old me and 30 year old me.

When I was 20, I think I rated this book three stars. At the time I wasn’t overly impressed. Thinking back, I’m pretty sure the reasoning was I had expectations about how I wanted the book to go, and when it didn’t happen, my overall enjoyment of it suffered. I remembered really wanting a stronger romance and being annoyed that Peeta had been hijacked, I remembered shipping Katniss and Gale and was bummed it didn’t happen, and most of all, I remember feeling that the whole ‘Katniss has problems with the chain of command’ plot line to be annoying, and I couldn’t understand why they just didn’t let her do what she needed to do. I was twenty, mind you, so I strongly related to Katniss, who was just a couple years younger than me at the time.

So a combination of all of the above, had me really not loving the book, nor how it ended.

Rereading it now though, I had a very different experience. First off, I was better able to invest myself in the whole district thirteen authority struggle. I totally understand why they didn’t let a seventeen year old do whatever she wanted, and I thought they handled Katniss being defiant pretty well – well as well as they could, considering they weren’t even aware of half of what she was doing. And at the same time, I could still understand Katniss’s motives when it came to ignoring orders. The point of contention between the two sides felt fuller, more nuanced, and definitely more interesting than it did the first time around.

Secondly, this time through I wasn’t really shipping anyone, so the romance, or lack thereof, really didn’t bother me. The plot line with Peeta being hijacked was also much more interesting to me, and it was interesting to see how he was making progress to overcome it, and what ended up triggering a violent episode in him. If anything, I wanted more of that plot line. I wanted a POV inside of Peeta’s head, and was a bit disappointed that all we got was Peeta through Katniss, who for a long time was bitter about it at best.

The most striking difference in my enjoyment of this book was where my expectations were. I hadn’t read the book in a decade, and I never watched the last movie, so I only had a vague rememberance about how the book ended, but it was enough not to let my mind decide I wanted it a certain way and then get disappointed. So for what the plot was, I liked it. I remember not liking how many people died in the story the first time around, but this time around, while I still didn’t love it, it felt realistic. There are a lot of YA books that are afraid to kill off characters, especially in pointless deaths, but the reality is, it happens, especially in war. So while I’m sad all the characters that died did die, it felt realistic compared to what war is like.

The only thing I didn’t care for though, and it was the same as before, was the ending. It was very rushed. While Katniss was quickly swept away from where the main story was happening and only heard about it second hand – which again is realistic – it was kinda disappointing that we didn’t get to learn more about how the world ended up, or how the power struggle fizzled out to get there. I understand that Katniss didn’t much care about it herself, which is why we didn’t see it, but I feel like a second POV from someone who was more involved would have been beneficial.

So. Overall, I did enjoy this book much more than I had ten years ago, and I’m glad I reread it. Solid 4 stars. With this third book done, I do plan on picking up the prequel before the end of the year. If you’ve read it, do let me know your (non-spoilery, please!) thoughts.

Happy reading!

Top 10 books on my Fall TBR!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl!

Happy Tuesday! Today’s topic is books on my fall tbr. So I want to start off by saying I don’t really do tbrs, except during readathons. So this is definitely a tentative list. So at the time of writing this, these are the ten books that are calling to me the most:

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams

These three are all on my 10 in 2020 list. Luckily for me, they’re still at the top of my ‘want to read’s. The first one I have a buddy read lined up for. The other two, to be honest, are intimidating. One’s a Stephenson book, and the other is a brick. I’m hoping I enjoy both though!

The Scar by China Mieville
Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
Renegade’s Magic by Robin Hobb

The Scar is another 10 in 2020 book. Caliban’s War I’m actually most of the way through, it’s just on the back-burner. Renegade’s Magic is gonna be bitter sweet. It’s the last full-length novel I have to read of Robin Hobb’s. When I’m done with it I’m not sure when I’m gonna do. It will, as always, be buddy read with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks :”D

Hunted by Meagan Spooner
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

The ones on the ends are somewhat recent purchases, and I wanna pick them up, they’ve been on my mind! The middle is another 10 in 2010 book, the last of them. I’m gonna finish that list this year, dammit. I’m gonna.

Vita Nostra by Marina & Sergey Dyachenko

This is the final book I wanna read this fall, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be picking it up soon-ish, as I have a buddy read set up with Katy @Bookbinderway :”D We’re both rather looking forward to this one!

And that’s it! Ten books I really wanna read. Will I get to them? Well, I mean I hope so. Pbtbt.

Happy reading!

Preptober/Nanoplanmo 2020!

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It’s that time of year again!

The weather has started to get chilly (it was 40F this morning!) and we’re all gonna break out the blankets and hot chocolate soon. That means it’s time to go into a writing frenzy for thirty days.

To do that, I need to do a bit of planning, so I’m going to be participating in Nanoplanmo this year, starting October 1st, and by Nanowrimo Eve, I should be ready to go.

For those unfamiliar with Nanowrimo, it’s an online event that happens every year, where writers of all levels try to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. Check out their website if you’re interested! I’ve been participating every year since 2008 or so, and it’s always a fun time.

The last three years in a row, I’ve won – hit the 50k word mark by November 30th – so this year the bar is high for me.

This year’s project will be another fantasy (shocker) set in the same world as my previous two novels. I have a whole planet mapped out with various magics and cultures and species, and each novel takes place in a different part. At some point I’ll loop them together, but that’s a ways off still.

During October, I’ll be making posts about my planning progress, or covering writing-related topics. I’m no expert mind you, I literally only tend to write during nanowrimo, but hey, that’s ok.

If you’re participating in Nanowrimo, do add me as a friend! And lemme know you’re participating! Happy reading writing!

Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books #9

Happy Saturday! Today’s topic is another fate of my book haul books post. In this, I look at book hauls of the past and see if I ever actually read them, and whether I still even own them.

Today is the ninth post of this variety, so we’ll be looking at book haul #9, posted back on June 2, 2016. If you want to look at past book haul fates, check out my list of Coffee Time posts.

This is what I hauled back then:

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Old Man’s War by John Scalzi – Owned, unread

I honestly don’t remember where I bought this, I’ve had it so long. I am still interested in reading it though, so I won’t be getting rid of it any time soon.

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham – Owned, unread

This is a nonfiction book, and we all know how slow I am about picking those up. I think it’ll be interesting though. I have a post in mind that I wanna do at some point that this book would be included in, so I think I’ll save it for then.

I Used to Know That Science by Marianne Taylor – Unhauled, unread

I think I picked this up for a dollar or two at an overstock store, thinking ‘hey maybe someday’. And then I had to do a purge because I was running out of shelf space and suddenly ‘someday’ wasn’t pressing enough, haah.

Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson – Owned, unread

I own a lot of Stephenson books weirdly, but have only read a couple. This is one of the ones I still haven’t got to – it’s book one in a trilogy of huge, fat books, so it’s a bit intimidating if I’m being honest.

Embassytown by China Mieville – Owned, read

This one, I have read. And honestly I still think about it. It was just so… strange. In a good way, mind you. But the world it created has really stuck with me, and it pops into my head on occasion still, regardless of the fact that I read it years ago.

A Million Suns and Shades of Earth by Beth Revis – Owned, unread

So this one’s hard. The reason I haven’t read these yet is because they’ve been in my purge pile a few times now, and I only pulled it back last second. I own all three, and have read none. I want to at least give the first one a try, but it never actually enters my head to do so. If you’ve read this series, do let me know what you think.

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Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb – Owned, read

Man, have I read this book. Little did I know at the time that Robin Hobb, through this series, would become my favorite author. I loved this book, and all the ones she’s written since then. Augh if I could go back and read these again for the first time. auuuuugh.

Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey – Owned, mostly read

So, this is ‘mostly read’ because I’m about three fourths of the way through it, yet I haven’t picked it up in months. This is why I didn’t mark it ‘currently reading’ because I’m not currently reading it. I am reading it though, and liking it. I do plan on continuing the series – it’d be nice if I could get so far that I was ahead of where the tv show is. That’s why I set this aside – I ended up watching the tv show and didn’t want the repeitition of plot so close together. But I will pick this back up and finish it at some point.

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And that’s it! If you’ve read any of the above, do let me know. This one was a pretty bad one – only a few read. But on the plus side, there was only one or two unhauled, so at least I’m still interested in the majority of them, right? RIGHT?

Top 5 “Reader Canon” books I haven’t read yet

Top 5 Wednesday topics can be found here!

Happy Wednesday! Today’s topic is reader canon books I haven’t read. Meaning, books that considered ‘essential reading’ for one’s niche of reading, in the way that Pride and Prejudice is to classics for instance. Well known ones, y’know! I read a lot of fantasy, so that’s the genre I’m going to be sticking to today! To make it harder (or easier?) I’m going to limit this to books I physically own. I want to read all these, man. I just… haven’t.

And today I have six to talk about!

Starting with the most intimidating ones. The reason why I haven’t read these is well, they’re intimidating. All of them are big and thick and dense and they scare me. I’ll read them someday. I might need a buddy read to do it, honestly. I read scary books like this better in that situation.

These three are a bit more modern, and not nearly as intimidating. I don’t really have a good reason why I haven’t read these yet other than ‘I just haven’t’, I suppose. I have a buddy read lined up for The Fifth Season at least… at some point. We’re in the middle of Juliet Marillier at the moment, and then we’ll hop over to N. K. Jemisin. For the other two? No idea. They’ve survived multiple cullings though so I definitely do wanna read them, I just don’t know when it’ll happen.

And that’s it! If you’ve read any of the above, particularly the top three, lemme know. Give me hope that they’re not as dense as I imagine them to be. Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Covers with people but no faces

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl!

Today’s topic is ‘Cover Freebie’, aka ‘pick something cover-related’. So I chose covers that have people on them but don’t have any faces.

I own about fifteen books that fall under this category, and seven of them are read. I featured those seven, plus three I haven’t read yet – they’re the ones I’m most excited to read out of the rest, so that’s why they’ve made the cut!

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Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennet, Sea of Ghosts by Alan Campbell, and Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell are the three unread books in this week’s list. The first two are fantasy, the second in particular being by one of my favorite authors, so why I haven’t read it yet I don’t know. The third is historical fiction!

  • The Martian by Andy Weir was my favorite book of 2015 (or 2016? I don’t remember)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones I read I think either earlier this year or late last year, it’s all a blur at this point
  • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson I read way back when, shortly after I started dating my husband, at his suggestion. When he suggested me a book I got all excited because it was like ‘yes he likes reading too, this might work out’. So this one holds a special place in my heart.
  • The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks I read a few years ago and loved. I mention this series I swear every other post. Man, this is a good’un.
  • Golden Fool by Robin Hobb – Out of all the books here, this one is probably my favorite. I love all of Robin Hobb’s books but this one in particular blew me away, man.
  • The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson is one of those books that I almost bought fifty times, and then finally took the plunge and picked up. I ended up rather liking it, too.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern was such a magical read. I know the author came out with another book recently and I’ve been meaning to get it. If it’s anything like this book, it’ll be enthralling.

And that’s it! I’m hoping I took a unique spin on this topic, but if you did this same thing, I apologize for copying! At the time of writing this, I haven’t read anyone else’s posts yet so I promise it wasn’t intentional.

Happy reading!

Book Superlatives Tag!

A tag again! Wasn’t tagged (pbtbt) but it was created by Chelsea Palmer!

1. Best Dressed: A book with a beautiful cover

Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James – While unfortunately I didn’t care for this book, I can’t deny that it’s absolutely beautiful. This picture doesn’t do it justice, man.

2. Class Clown: A book that made you lol

A Man & His Cat by Umi Sakurai – This is a cute, simple, fluffy manga about a man who adopts a cat. While I expected this to be funny, which it is, I didn’t also expect it to pull on my heartstrings, which it did.

3. Cutest Couple: A book that features your favorite OTP

Kiss Him, Not Me! by Junko – I chose this one because my ship actually became canon, man. That never happens, dammit. I was so proud of me for picking the right one.

4. Most Popular: The most hyped book on your shelf

Coming in at nearly seven million ratings on Goodreads, this is the most popular book I own!

5. Nicest Car: The most expensive book you own

Not including my $300 organic chemistry textbook or any other text book, it would have to be Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya, specifically volume 23.

Why? Because it’s the last volume of an out-of-print manga series, and since the anime was rebooted, copies of this puppy have become scarce. I think I paid forty bucks for this thing, and honestly I’m glad I did: they’re going for 60-100 now, last time I checked.

6. Worst Car: A book with a bad cover but still a solid story that took you for a ride

Easy by Tammara Webber. This is the first romance I rated five stars but man, that cover.

7. Biggest Nerd: The nerdiest book you own

Probably one of these three. All of them are nonfiction and deal somehow with computers or psychology, both of which I have degrees in, so I think they’re pretty neat.

8. Most Likely to Be Late: A book that is under hyped and you are still waiting for the fandom to arrive

Scar Night by Alan Campbell. PLEASE AUGH. PLEASE.

9. Most Likely to Succeed: A first book in a series that is going places

Shaman’s Crossing by Robin Hobb – While I’m in the middle of the second book and it’s definitely a more difficult read than the first one was emotion-wise, I still feel like this series could turn out to be amazing. I just need something HAPPY TO HAPPEN PLEASE D:

10. Most Athletic: The biggest book you own (physical size or page length)

Jerusalem by Alan Moore. This might not be the biggest size-wise, but it’s the longest book I own, coming in at 1266 pages. I haven’t read it yet because it’s intimidating. But you can bet your butt I picked it up when I saw it for eight dollars. I do intend on reading this… at some point. When I get a buddy because I’m scared.

It is really heavy.

11. Most Intellectual: The most thought-provoking book you’ve read

Honestly probably this text book. I know it’s a bit of a cheat answer, but I’m serious. This is the book that drove me off the psychology path and onto the neuroscience one (and would later farther drive me into computer science, where I am now. I’d love to get back to neuroscience in the future though).

This book is just so interesting. I read it cover to cover. Brains are so weird.

12. Best All Around: A book or series that you will always recommend to anyone

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik for sure. Recently this book has been getting some hype around it, as people have started picking it up after reading Uprooted or Spinning Silver but man this is Naomi Novik’s magnum opus. It’s just so good and I feel like all sorts of people could like this one.

Fantasy fans, military buffs, historical fans, animal fans, all sorts!

And that’s it! If you have uh… brown hair, or are wearing a shirt with blue on it, I tag you. Peer pressure, do it.

Over 30 book tag!

Happy Saturday! A tag today, now that I’m old enough to do it. This tag was created by Inknotblood.

1. Name one of your favorite books that features a protagonist who is thirty years old or older.

I didn’t like how hard it was to answer this question. Out of the hundreds of books I’ve read, I found like four or five that actually fit this prompt, and on top of that, none of the protagonists were women.

I need me some 30 year old lady books, please recommend some.

So I picked Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames. This book was rather entertaining.

2. Name a book that represents who you were when you were younger.

For this one I chose Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi, because it was such an integral part of my teenagerdom. Both through the manga and the anime, I gained a lot of friends who I’ve traveled the world to meet, I became involved in online fandom, and it was definitely a gateway series into my now huge interest in manga and anime.

Man at 15, this was my jam. (It still is my jam, let’s be real)

3. Name a book that represents where you are in your life now.

The first one that came to mind is Wotakoi by Fujita. Granted I’m about five years old than the characters, and I’m married while they are in the dating stage, but the themes of this manga match my life pretty well.

The characters have desk jobs which take up a large part of their day, and then in the evenings they either play video games or read manga and drink beer.

And like, that’s pretty much it, to be honest. Hah.

4. Name a book that represents something that has never changed about you.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and this is for the simple reason that ever since I was little I’ve loved Christmas. If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time I’m sure you’ve picked up this tidbit of information. I do blogmas every year and do holiday theme stuff and all sorts.

I love getting into the season and I always have.

5. Name one of your favorite classics.

I don’t read too many classics, which is a shame, because when I do read them I tend to like them. I feel like I need a buddy read to get me motivated, bwah.

One of my favorites though, is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I read this back in high school for an English class (huge buddy read, makes sense in retrospect) and really liked it.

 6. Name a book you like or would like to read that was published in the year you were born.

I’ve got three! All of these were published in 1990, and all three I physically own in some capacity (the middle one is technically my husband’s but same diff). The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan, which is the start to the well known huge, intimidating Wheel of Time series, Nightfall by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg, which is a sci-fi novel based on I believe a short story of Asimov’s, and Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis, which I picked up in the midst of my 90s fantasy kick but never actually got to. I have a sneaking suspicion that I’ll love it, though.

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And that’s it! If you’re 30 or older, I tag you. Peer pressure, do it.