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The Spoopy Memes Book Tag! [Original]

Spoopy Memes Book Tag

Happy Spoopy Season, I’ve made a tag! I don’t know about you, but to me, memes are my favorite part about any cultural phenomenon, so I figured I’d incorporate them into a book tag. Buckle your butts, here we go!

  • If you’d like to do this tag, please link back to this post so I can see your answers!
  • Feel free to use the banner above if you’d like, and I highly suggest you copy over the memes, as they give the questions context.

Time to get spooky! What books will you be reading to celebrate this time of year?

I hope to get to the three above books, which are also the last three remaining books on my 10 in 2019 list. The first, Deathless by Catherynne M Valente was actually also on my Five Star Predictions list, so I’m hoping I’ll love it. The other two I also hope I really like, but if I end up not liking Deathless I think I’ll be crushed, haha.

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Do you put up decorations for Halloween? If so, describe them! Even better, show them!

Right now I only have the one decoration. I’m spoopy, dammit.

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What is the scariest book you’ve ever read? What made it so scary?

House of LeavesHouse of Leaves by Mark. Z Danielewski – While I didn’t end up loving every aspect of this book, the horror elements were on point. There weren’t any huge jump scares or anything like that, but this book made me feel weird. Unsettled. You read the writings about found footage of a man who lived in a house that was bigger on the inside than it was on the outside, and the rambling of the man who found the footage. You seem him, as he goes through it all, slowly succumbing to it. It’s just… unsettling. I know I said that already but it’s really the best word for it.

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What’s the last book you read that truly shocked you, made your jaw drop, or made you chuck the book across the room?

Saga, Vol. 9 (Saga, #9)Saga vol 9 by Brian K Vaughan – Since it’s volume 9 and obviously a spoiler, I can’t tell you what shocked me exactly, but man. MAN. I finished this volume and immediately started pining. I was not expecting that. And now the series is on haitus and it makes me sad.

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What’s a book that’s fallen out of the spotlight that you still really like and try get people to read?

Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, #1)Scar Night by Alan Campbell – I picked this book up back when I was a teenager and loved it. I’ve been able to talk a few people into reading it, but I don’t think it ever got the recognition it deserved. This book follows a young angel, an assassin, false gods, a seemingly bottomless abyss, and the city suspended over it by chains. It has hints of steampunk as well. Really, read this.

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Are you dressing up this year? If so, what as? If not, what would be your costume if you were?

I am not dressing up! But if I was, I’d be oatmeal.

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What is your opinion on the word ‘spoopy’, and memes that follow its theme?

I think it’s all great, personally. Memes, dumb stuff, I love it all.


And that’s it! If you’d like to do this tagged and I haven’t tagged you, please consider yourself tagged!

Otherwise, I tag:

Peer pressure, do it.

 

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Posted by on 10/09/2019 in Book Tag, Books

 

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Tolkien Book Tag!

Tolkien Book Tag

Happy Saturday! Today is a special post, done in celebration of the Lord of the Rings marathon I’m currently doing! As I write this, I’m at Katy @Bookbinderway‘s house and we’re knee deep in the first movie, and will hopefully get to more! So I figured, what better way to celebrate?

HOW DID YOUR MIDDLE EARTH JOURNEY BEGIN?

My dad took me to see the first movie when it came out in theaters. When was that, 2001? So I was eleven!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MIDDLE EARTH BOOK?

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I haven’t read the books. :”D Not yet.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?

Probably The Two Towers, extended edition obviously. Once you got extended, you can’t go back.

MOVIES OR BOOKS?

Movies, because well, as stated, I haven’t read the books. :”D Obviously this could change when I do read the books, but we’ll see.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTERS?

Samwise and Gimli. They’re both so wholesome and weird. ❤

WHAT MIDDLE EARTH RACE WOULD YOU BE?

Probably a hobbit or a dwarf. Because this picture explains me perfectly:

BEST ACTOR/CHARACTER CASTING MATCH?

Ian McKellen as Gandalf. Perfecto.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE IN MIDDLE EARTH?

Rivendell. Man, I wanna live there.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THE BOOKS OR MOVIES?

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”


And that’s it! Obviously I tag Katy, but if you’d like to do this tag as well, do it! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 10/05/2019 in Book Tag, Books

 

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September Book Haul! | #32

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Happy end of September! This month, I purchased four books and a buttload of manga. I’ve also put myself on a mini-ban since buying these, around mid-Sept, and it’ll last basically until we can save up enough for my husband to buy a new computer monitor, so about a month or so. Gotta give and take, y’know.

Anyways, here are the books!

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The Girl From the Other Side vols 1-3 by Nagare – I originally borrowed vol 1 from a friend, and ended up reading it and giving it four stars. I decided I wanted to get the series myself and continue it, so here we are!

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime vol 1 by Fuse – This is actually the light novel, and I picked it up to fulfill the LitRPG square in Fantasy Bingo. I needed a game world, man! Isekai! I liked the anime well enough so I figured this’d be perfect.

Inuyasha vol 23 by Rumiko Takahashi – I’ve had a lot of volumes of this forever, picking them up second-handed when I see them. With this addition, I now have 1-24, 26 and 39. One day I’ll have them all, dammit.

Fruits Basket vols 14-17, 19-21 by Natsuki Takaya – Same as Inuyasha above, I picked these up second-hand. They didn’t have vols 18, 22 or 23, or I would have gotten those too. Next time!

O Maidens in Your Savage Season by Mari Okada – I am absolutely in love with this series. It’s so heartwarming and funny and cringey, and reminds me of how I was when I was 14 or 15 years old. It’s just so great. Currently I have all the volumes that are out, but I think volume 4 comes out in October. I’ll pick it up as soon as the ban is done. I wrote a review of the first volume, if you’re interested.

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Adieh – I liked the first one juuust enough to get this. I saw it for six bucks on the bargain shelf, so I scooped it up. 😀

Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young – This book sounded really good. I’m hoping I can buzz through it quickly!

Alice by Christina Henry – I’ve heard so many good things about this book. A few of my coworkers have read it at this point and really enjoyed it, so I’m hoping I like it too!

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames – I bought this for two reasons. The first is it was a personal rec from the users of r/Fantasy, so it fulfills that bingo square for me. Second, it’s a comedy fantasy. My nanowrimo project – sneak peak – is a comedy fantasy, so I plan on reading some others just to get a feel of how people are incorporating humor and world building. So I plan on getting to this one within the next month!


And that’s it! I think I got some pretty damn good ones this month. Have you read any of the above? Lemme know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/28/2019 in Book Tag, Books

 

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The Boujee Book Tag!

Book Tag

It’s been a while since I’ve done a book tag, so here it is! This tag was originally named the ‘Boujee Booktuber Tag’ but none of the questions are specifically video related, so I’m adapting it to blog form. Pbtbtbt pbtbt pbt.

This tag was created by abookolive!

1. What is your average monthly budget for books?

I don’t really have a budget, persay, but I do have a physical limit. I can buy five books per month, not including manga. I am trying to cut back a bit on that even though, just because I’m also trying to buy a house.

2. What’s the most you’ve ever spent in a bookstore?

Probably a bit over a hundred dollars. I tend to splurge a bit right after Christmas if I receive any gift cards or monies.

3. Are you willing to pay full price for a brand new release, or will you wait until you have a coupon or there’s a sale?

I will not pay full price if it’s a hardback book, but I will for a paperback or manga. Luckily between my Barnes and Noble membership and amazon’s prices, I tend to get at least 10-20% off. I’ll take what I can get.

4. Would you rather buy one new book or several less expensive used copies?

It really depends on the book. If there’s a new book and I really want it, I’ll get that. I try not to get books just for the sake of getting more books for my money. I did that a lot in the past and it landed me with too many unread books. ;P

5. What do you think is a reasonable price for a new hardback book? A paperback? An eBook?

$20-25, $15 (or $8 if mass market paperback), $5 respectively. I get why they’re higher sometimes – gotta pay all the peeps involved – but if they are much higher than that, I’ll go out of my way to use coupons or sales to get them down to this level or lower.

6. Is a signed book worth more to you? How about a first edition?

It depends on the book! If I have no idea who the author is or haven’t fallen in love with the book, then I don’t particularly care one way or the other. But a favorite author? Sign my face, please.

7. What is your most valuable book (sentimental or actual value)?

Island of the Giant Pokemon (Pokemon Chapter Book, #2)

Monetarily, no idea. But sentimentally, it’d be all the Pokemon books I got when I was a grade schooler. They were some of my first novels, and I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve read them.

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8. Will you pay more for a cover or edition you like better?

I feel like all my answers to this are ‘it depends’. If it’s a known favorite author or book, I’ll probably dish out extra to get a neat edition. If I’m just shopping though I tend to buy the cheapest one, no matter what it looks like.

9. What physical characteristics does a good quality book have?

Good binding, good smell, paper that’s thicker than Bible paper.

10. If you won the lottery, what bookish things would you do with the money?

Well after doing the ever-elusive dream of paying off my student debt, I’d buy a house with recessed shelving (or add some myself) and make myself an official library. Right now I have a ‘book room’ where I keep all my books and a reading chair, but I want it to be more… official. More wood, more globes. You know, the nerdy stuff. I want it.

BONUS: Give us an image (actual or mental) of your dream home library!

Here’s my current set-up, taken back at Christmas last year. So it’s the same now, but all the Christmas lights have burnt out and there’s more cat fur.

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And that’s it!

I tag: Zezeewithbooks, Bookbinderway, TheOrangutanLibrarian, Dragonsandzombies, MetalPhantasmReads, ThoughtsOnFantasy, BooksInHerEyes, and you if I didn’t tag you! If you do this tag, lemme know so I can snoop on it!

 
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Posted by on 09/21/2019 in Book Tag, Books

 

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The Audiobook Tag

Book Tag

Hello, today we do the audiobook tag! I listen to a fair amount of them – maybe two or three a month – so I figured this would be a good tag for me.

Also, today is my blog’s fifth birthday! It’s kinda weird when you think about it. I don’t think I’ve maintained anything else in my life for five years yet, aside from like… a relationship/marriage and my overall education. That’s it. So happy birthday blog!


Have you always listened to audiobooks, or when did you begin?

I started maybe a year after starting this blog. So, four years ago?

What is your favorite audiobook?

Probably The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The narrator did such a fantastic job.

The Night Circus

What is your least favorite thing about audiobooks?

The hit and miss with narrators. No offense against any audiobook narrator, mind you. But sometimes I start an audiobook and I just can’t handle how they voice the characters, or how they do emphasis, something, and it makes me have to give up and switch to a physical book.

What do you think is the difference in experience between physically reading a book and listening to it?

I feel like the difference for me personally is occasionally I’ll miss details when listening, just because the narrator either doesn’t emphasize them or I zone out while driving or something like that. When reading physically I catch everything better. But man, audiobooks are just so damn convenient.

How and when do you listen?

Mostly in the car on my way to work, or while I’m cooking or cleaning or doing other house things. Or simply when I wanna read but also wanna mindlessly play flash games on my phone, haa.

I tend to listen on 1.2x or 1.5x speed. Any slower and it drags, any faster and I feel we lose the style that the narrator is bringing.

What style/genre do you prefer?

My audiobook preferences line up with my physical book ones: mostly fantasy and scifi. I will however use audiobooks to get through books I wanna read but feel I’d have a hard time reading physically, like classics or nonfiction. They’re great for that.

What are some audiobook/narrator recommendations?

Literally anything by Simon Vance – try out he Temeraire series by Naomi Novik or the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks, both narrated by him. Dude, he could read his grocery list and I’d listen to it.


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

 
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Posted by on 07/20/2019 in Book Tag, Books, Uncategorized

 

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Mid-Year Freakout Book Tag | 2019

Book Tag

Hi! Yesterday I did the Half Year Book Tag and the questions on this one are different enough that I figured it was worth doing both. Next weekend will deal more with stats/reading goals, etc, but for now, more questions!

Best book I’ve read so far:

So, I’ve only read three books this year that I’ve rated five stars (I’ve read 45 total). So I figured I should mention all three of them.

The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – I absolutely loved the first book when it came out and this one I think was just as strong. It really opened up the world, the cultures and the political maneuverings of the various countries. No longer do we see only Baru’s tactics but everyone else’s as well. I’m so excited for book three!

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Four Panel Collection by Hiromu Arawaka – As mentioned yesterday, this is the collection of comics found at the back of the manga and anime box sets. I loved this and it made me really wanna reread the whole series (which… I might, now)

Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik – This is the eighth of nine books in the Temeraire series and it really holds its own. You’d think after eight books that the series would slow down but man, I loved this one.

Best sequel I’ve read so far:

See above, minus the Fullmetal book

New release I haven’t read yet but want to:

The Priory of the Orange Tree

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – I bought this shortly after in came out back in March, I think? But I still haven’t read it. I’ll get there!

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:

The Burning White (Lightbringer #5)

The Burning White by Brent Weeks – Fifth book in the Lightbringer series. Technically I’m still in the middle of the fourth book, buuuut with the way it’s going, I know the fifth is gonna be great!

Biggest disappointment:

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy, #1)

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James – Aside from being my lowest rated book so far, it’s also the most disappointing. I really wanted to love this, and I bought it right after release, thinking that I would. But, I didn’t. Honestly I kinda hated it. I’ve since purged it from my collection.

Biggest surprise:

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Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik – Honestly as much as I’ve enjoyed the rest of this series, I was hesitant about this one. Why? The synopsis informed me that it would be using the amnesia trope. I hate the amnesia trope. So I actually put this off for a month or two before picking it up because I was scared I wouldn’t like it and the whole series would be ruined for me. But hey – Novik actually did really well and this book ended up being one of my favorites of the year. Who knew.

Favorite new author (debut or new to me):

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

Susan Dennard, author of Truthwitch! Not a debut author, but new to me. I picked up this book by her and ended up really liking it! I’m currently on the second book and am liking it just as much.

Newest fictional crush:

None!

Newest favorite character:

Honestly? None. Nobody’s really stuck out at me

Book that made me cry:

Fool's Assassin (The Fitz and the Fool, #1)

Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb – There was a death midway through this book and man, I bawled.

Book that made me happy:

Fruits Basket Another, Vol. 1

Fruits Basket Another volume 1 by Natsuki Takaya – When I was in high school, I loved Fruits Basket. This book is about the next generation and it gave me such nostalgia.

Favorite book to film adaptation I saw this year:

Crazy Rich Asians Poster

Crazy Rich Asians! I read the book this year too and I gotta say… I liked the movie more. Blasphemy I know, but whatevs.

Favorite review I’ve written this year:

Goblin Slayer, Vol. 1 (Goblin Slayer Manga, #1)

Probably this review I wrote for Goblin Slayer vol 1, just because I want more people to read Goblin Slayer.

Most beautiful book I’ve bought so far this year (or received):

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Recursion by Blake Crouch. LOOK HOW SHINY IT IS.

Books I need to read by the end of the year:

Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)

 
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Posted by on 07/07/2019 in Book Tag, Books

 

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Half Year Book Tag | 2019

Book Tag

Hello! I saw this tag on Zezee @ZezeewithBooks’ blog and though it was neat, so I’m gonna do it! This tag was created by BexnBookx!

So! Here we go!


Favorite standalone book hauled and read so far in 2019:

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Four-Panel Comics

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Four Panel Comics by Hiromu Arakawa – This is, as stated, the completed collection of four panels of FMA. At the end of each manga, dvd set and blu-ray set, there are four-panels that the author threw in as extras. This collects them all and displays them in publication order. It’s really neat, and I absolutely loved this book.

Favorite series that I started or continued to read in 2019

The Monster Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #2)

The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – Book two of the Masquerade series, this was just as fantastic as the first one. It’s one of three books I’ve rated five stars this year, and man, I really want the next one. It’s. So. Amazing. For anyone who hasn’t heard of this series yet, here is the synopsis of book one:

Tomorrow, on the beach, Baru Cormorant will look up from the sand of her home and see red sails on the horizon.

The Empire of Masks is coming, armed with coin and ink, doctrine and compass, soap and lies. They’ll conquer Baru’s island, rewrite her culture, criminalize her customs, and dispose of one of her fathers. But Baru is patient. She’ll swallow her hate, prove her talent, and join the Masquerade. She will learn the secrets of empire. She’ll be exactly what they need. And she’ll claw her way high enough up the rungs of power to set her people free.

In a final test of her loyalty, the Masquerade will send Baru to bring order to distant Aurdwynn, a snakepit of rebels, informants, and seditious dukes. Aurdwynn kills everyone who tries to rule it. To survive, Baru will need to untangle this land’s intricate web of treachery – and conceal her attraction to the dangerously fascinating Duchess Tain Hu.

But Baru is a savant in games of power, as ruthless in her tactics as she is fixated on her goals. In the calculus of her schemes, all ledgers must be balanced, and the price of liberation paid in full.

Favorite bookish items purchased or received this year:

Probably another bookcase. I’m up to seven now.

Favorite debut author:

I haven’t read any authors that have debuted this year, yet! I’ve read a couple that debuted in 2018, but that’s not the question, is it?

Favorite under-hyped book that I read this year:

Silver Spoon, Vol. 1

Silver Spoon vol 1 by Hiromu Arawaka – This is the author that wrote Fullmetal Alchemist, which is amazingly well known among manga/anime fans. This series though is very different but I think it can hold it’s own. It follows a young man who goes to agricultural school and I think it’s just so quaint and nice and relaxing and wonderful and more people should read it.

Favorite book read this year that you were late to the party on:

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – This series has been around for a few years now. Book three just came out, I think? But I read book one last month and adored it. I’m in the middle of book two now and am enjoying it just as much. 😀

Potential favorite that you haven’t gotten around to reading yet:

Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)

Deathless by Catherynne M Valente – I’m hoping I love this. It’s on my 10 in 2019 list and I really hope I adore it. I hope I hope I hope I hope!

Favorite re-read in 2019:

Fruits Basket, Vol. 1

Fruits Basket vol 1 by Natsuki Takaya – I reread this for the OWLs Magical Readathon and I enjoyed it just as much as I did when I was a teenager. It’s been about a decade since I read it, so I was glad I still really liked it. Anyone following the reboot of the anime? I adore it, man.

Favorite cover on a book released this year:

Recursion

Recursion by Blake Crouch – I bought this recently. It was in last month’s haul. But man… It. Is. So. SHINY. I LOVE IT.

(Optional) Favorite book box this year:

None! I can’t remember the last time I bought a box set, man. Or are you talking subscription box? I don’t get those either. 😛 pbtbtbt


That’s it! I tag Meredith @Allboutthembooksandstuff and Katy @Bookbinderway!

 
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Posted by on 07/06/2019 in Book Tag, Books

 

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