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.

Mango Book Tag!

Book Tag

This tag was created by Nandini @NovelsandNebulas

Well hi. I’m doing a tag today! I was pseudo-tagged by Zezee @Zezeewithbooks, who said mango lovers are tagged. I mean it was peer pressure at the most extreme, I felt like I would be crushed into nothing if I refused.

Also I gotta tell ya: I had never heard of many of these mango things going into this tag. I looked them all up and learned about them a bit. This is a neato tag.

Anyways here some mango stuff about books:

Raw Mango: Your most anticipated release

The Tyrant Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #3)

The Tyrant Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – This is the third book in the Masquerade series, and I’ve been pining for it for a year. It comes out on August 11th and while I plan on picking it up release day or very shortly after I do need to reread the second book so my memory is fresh. I’m gonna pick it up right after my current read.

Goodreads synopsis of book 1: 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.

Banganapalli: Longest book on your TBR

Jerusalem

According to Goodreads, it’s Jerusalem by Alan Moore, coming in at 1266 pages. This is the guy who wrote V For Vendetta and The Watchmen, and from what I heard this is apparently his Magnum Opus. It’s a novel too, as opposed to the graphic novels he’s famous for. Eventually I’ll pick it up. Honestly it’ll probably have to be as a buddy read, I’m rather intimidated.

Goodreads synopsis: Fierce in its imagining and stupefying in its scope, Jerusalem is the tale of everything, told from a vanished gutter.

In the epic novel Jerusalem, Alan Moore channels both the ecstatic visions of William Blake and the theoretical physics of Albert Einstein through the hardscrabble streets and alleys of his hometown of Northampton, UK. In the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England’s Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap housing projects. Embedded in the grubby amber of the district’s narrative among its saints, kings, prostitutes, and derelicts, a different kind of human time is happening, a soiled simultaneity that does not differentiate between the petrol-colored puddles and the fractured dreams of those who navigate them.

Employing, a kaleidoscope of literary forms and styles that ranges from brutal social realism to extravagant children’s fantasy, from the modern stage drama to the extremes of science fiction, Jerusalem’s dizzyingly rich cast of characters includes the living, the dead, the celestial, and the infernal in an intricately woven tapestry that presents a vision of an absolute and timeless human reality in all of its exquisite, comical, and heartbreaking splendor.

In these pages lurk demons from the second-century Book of Tobit and angels with golden blood who reduce fate to a snooker tournament. Vagrants, prostitutes, and ghosts rub shoulders with Oliver Cromwell, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce’s tragic daughter Lucia, and Buffalo Bill, among many others. There is a conversation in the thunderstruck dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral, childbirth on the cobblestones of Lambeth Walk, an estranged couple sitting all night on the cold steps of a Gothic church front, and an infant choking on a cough drop for eleven chapters. An art exhibition is in preparation, and above the world a naked old man and a beautiful dead baby race along the Attics of the Breath toward the heat death of the universe.

An opulent mythology for those without a pot to piss in, through the labyrinthine streets and pages of Jerusalem tread ghosts that sing of wealth, poverty, and our threadbare millennium. They discuss English as a visionary language from John Bunyan to James Joyce, hold forth on the illusion of mortality post-Einstein, and insist upon the meanest slum as Blake’s eternal holy city.

Alphonso: A hyped book you love

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas – It’s specifically this one I love. The first and third in the series are nowhere near as good. Fight me. :p

Goodreads synopsis of book 1: Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

Totapuri: A book with a green or yellow cover

Shaman's Crossing (Soldier Son, #1)

Shaman’s Crossing by Robin Hobb – A recent read that I really enjoyed! I buddy read this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks and man, we both really liked it. We’ll be picking up the second one next week and this first one just won’t leave my head. I think of it multiple times a day!

Goodreads synopsis: Nevare Burvelle is the second son of a second son, destined from birth to carry a sword. The wealthy young noble will follow his father—newly made a lord by the King of Gernia—into the cavalry, training in the military arts at the elite King’s Cavella Academy in the capital city of Old Thares. Bright and well-educated, an excellent horseman with an advantageous engagement, Nevare’s future appears golden.

But as his Academy instruction progresses, Nevare begins to realize that the road before him is far from straight. The old aristocracy looks down on him as the son of a “new noble” and, unprepared for the political and social maneuvering of the deeply competitive school and city, the young man finds himself entangled in a web of injustice, discrimination, and foul play. In addition, he is disquieted by his unconventional girl-cousin Epiny—who challenges his heretofore unwavering world view—and by the bizarre dreams that haunt his nights.

For twenty years the King’s cavalry has pushed across the grasslands, subduing and settling its nomads and claiming the territory in Gernia’s name. Now they have driven as far as the Barrier Mountains, home to the Speck people, a quiet, forest-dwelling folk who retain the last vestiges of magic in a world that is rapidly becoming modernized. From childhood Nevare has been taught that the Specks are a primitive people to be pitied for their backward ways—and feared for their indigenous diseases, including the deadly Speck plague, which has ravaged the frontier towns and military outposts.

The Dark Evening brings the carnival to Old Thares, and with it an unknown magic, and the first Specks Nevare has ever seen

Neelam: A rainy day book recommendation

Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders, #1)

Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb – Another Hobb book! I still haven’t quite decided my ultimate favorites list in all the Elderlings books but this series is probably up there. And the best part is it’s really long, which is perfect for a rainy day book.

Goodreads synopsis: Not far from the Six Duchies lies Bingtown, hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships–rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness.  Bingtown’s Old Traders, their wealth eroded by northern wars and the rapacity of southern pirates, now face an influx of upstart merchants who bring change to a complex society.

The Vestrit family’s only hope of renewed prosperity is the Vivacia, a liveship they have nurtured for three generations.  Now, as old Captain Vestrit lies dying in Bingtown, the Vivacia cuts homeward through the waves, about to quicken into a living being.  The ship carries Vestrit’s daughter Althea and the conniving son-in-law he has named as the Vivacia‘s next captain.

But lovely, wild-spirited Althea, sailing the Vivacia with her father since childhood and sharing its half-awakened memories and ocean secrets, has bonded with the ship in her deepest soul.  Joined by Brashen–her father’s first mate, now demoted by the Vivacia‘s new commander–she will stop at nothing in a bitter quest to claim its captaincy.

Meanwhile, in the rocky cays known as the Pirate Isles, a ruthless man lusts after his own kind of power.  The pirate captain Kennit, in his scheme to be king of this outlaw realm, has vowed that he will wrest a liveship from its owners and turn it to his own use.  His twisted ambition will bring him into a strange partnership with a boy-priest turned seaman–and into violent conflict with the wizardwood magic of Althea and Brashen.

Mango Pickle: A book that makes you feel nostalgic

The Book Thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – I read this book for a college class back in 2011 or so. It makes me nostalgic just for being in college, particularly back when I was getting my first degree. The atmosphere was just different, and when I went back to the same place for my second degree it just wasn’t the same man. I’ll forever pine for those two years, and this book makes me think of them.

Goodreads synopsis: It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.

By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up, and closed down.

Mango Kulfi: A feel-good book recommendation

A Natural History of Dragons (The Memoirs of Lady Trent, #1)

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan – This is another recent read from April or so. This book is just so wholesome and wonderful and adventurous and I was very happy reading it.

Goodreads synopsis: You, dear reader, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart—no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon’s presence, even for the briefest of moments—even at the risk of one’s life—is a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten. . . .

All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.

Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.

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And that’s it! If you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged. Embrace the mango, peer pressure.

The Mid-Year Freakout Book Tag | ’20

Book Tag

Hi! I and the entire book internet has been doing this tag for a few years now, so you know the drill. Wasn’t officially tagged, but whatevs.

This tag was made by Chami and Ely Jayne!

Best book I’ve read so far

Black Butler, Vol. 1 (Black Butler, #1)

Black Butler by Yana Toboso – Kinda cheating here because I picked an entire series instead of a single book, but man. One of my best friends had been trying to get me into it for years. I’m so mad I waited so long. This series is fantastic. It’s set in Victorian era England, and follows a thirteen year old boy who makes a deal with a devil after his family is slaughtered and vows to get revenge. The boy’s father up until that point had been an earl, so the boy has to take over the title. The devil he makes a deal with parades as his butler.

This series seriously has it all: action, comedy, tragedy, horror, suspense, fluff. All of it! It’s so. good.

Best sequel I’ve read so far

Bloodwitch (The Witchlands, #3)

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard – This is the third book in the Witchlands trilogy and I think it’s the best one yet. So much character development!

New release I haven’t read yet but want to

Burn

Burn by Patrick Ness – I’ve been to like three different bookstores looking for this and nobody seems to have it in stock. I’m going to order it here pretty soon. It’s set in 1957 Washington state, and follows a family that hires a dragon to help them with their farm. Interesting, no?

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

I made a whole post about this a couple weeks ago – go look-it :”D

Biggest disappointment

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Vol. 1 (Light Novel)

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime vol 1 by Fuse – This is the light novel, where the anime was adapted from. I watched the anime and though the first half of the first season at least was pretty decent. So considering it was taken right from this, I thought I’d like this too. Well, no.

This light novel gives a lot more insight to the main character’s thoughts. And usually that’d be great, but it’s not so great if the person whose head your in is just thinking about ladies’ boobs and butts and hips all the time and taking advantage of the fact that he’s a slime to get closer in contact with them than he normally would be able to if he was human, because nobody thinks a slime would think that way. Well, they would be wrong.

My first and only DNF of the year so far.

Biggest surprise

Our Dining Table

Our Dining Table by Mito Ori – I didn’t think I’d dislike this, but this is a fluff one-shot, so I didn’t expect to totally fall for it like I did, either. This is a fluffy romance between a guy who has trouble eating in front of other people, and a guy who wants help learning to cook a meal for his little brother. It is so flippin cute.

Favorite new author (debut or new to me)

If We Were Villains

M. L. Rio, who wrote If We Were Villains – The narration in this is so well written, as is the infusion of Shakespearean verse. So is the tone, it’s so well maintained. Seriously I loved everything about this book and I’ll read basically anything else this author puts out.

Newest favorite character

Black Butler, Vol. 3

Probably Sebastian from Black Butler. He’s the devil butler I mentioned above, and what I like so much about him is he’s so unassuming. He plays his role as butler really well, so well that sometimes you forget he’s evil and is just waiting for his thirteen year old charge to die so he can eat his soul.

But every so often, he slips, you’re reminded of exactly what he is.

Book that made me cry

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas by Yoru Sumino – Man, I knew going into this that I was probably gonna cry. This story is about a boy who befriends a girl, and only after finds out she has terminal pancreatic cancer. So yeah, I knew I was gonna be sad. BUT MAN.

Book that made me happy

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, Vol. 1 (Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, #1)

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits by Waco Ioka – This was such a pleasant manga. I’ve written a full review on it and have said it a million times now, but it seriously reminds me of Spirited Away. It’s so neat!

Favorite book to film adaptation I saw this year

I don’t think I’ve seen any…. I don’t think. I know I went to the theater a couple times back in January of February but I cannot for the life of me remember what I saw.

Favorite review I’ve written this year

Probably this one, because it’s literally the only one I’ve written so far.

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

They’re manga! These volumes of Demon Slayer I think are gorgeous. They’re just so vibrant and colorful!

Books I need to read by the end of the year

Everything still remaining on my 10 in 2020 list. I think there are five or six? I really need to get on it!


And that’s it! I know most people have already done this tag, but if you haven’t and you’d like to do it, consider yourself tagged!

Independence Day Book Tag!

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Happy fourth! I found this tag, wasn’t tagged, as usual. Here’s the original!

1. George Washington: the most overrated book you’ve ever read?

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. Anyone’s who’s been around on my blog for a bit probably knows I have a dislike of this book, namely the main character. It’s such a love-hate relationship, because I like a lot of other things about this book, but I really cannot stand Kvothe. This book has a high average rating though, so that’s why I think it’s overrated. I wrote a spoilerly review of it, if you’re interested.

2. John Adams: the most argumentative book you’ve ever read?

Honestly I don’t think I have one for this question, and the reason for that is because I read so little nonfiction. I assume I’m supposed to interpret this question as ‘book that argues a point’ and it’s kinda hard to do that when it’s not nonfiction. So shrug!

3. Samuel Adams: the most underrated book you’ve ever read?

Hotel Africa, Volume 1Hotel Africa by Hee Jung Park. I’ve mentioned this manhwa a lot because I seriously want more people to read it. It’s a character-rich story following a young man named Elvis, who lives at a hotel his mom runs out in the middle of the desert. It goes into the stories of the visitors who find themselves there. It’s really, really good. I wrote a full spoiler-free review on this one too!

4. Abigail Adams: a secondary character who probably could have handled things as well as the main characters

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1)Naomi from Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey. One of the main plot lines of this story is that Jim Holden finds something that he shouldn’t and then has to deal with the reprecussions of that. And honestly Jim is a bit of a ding dong. His first in command, Naomi, would have done a much better job. But hey, whatevs.

5. Thomas Jefferson: the most hypocritical book you’ve ever read?

Again I feel like this question is geared towards nonfiction, so I don’t really have an answer. Boo!

6. Benjamin Franklin: the book by the oldest author you’ve read?

The IliadThe Illiad by Homer. This is super old, so it works.

7. Alexander Hamilton: the least charismatic – but important – book you’ve ever read?

The Diary of a Young GirlDiary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. And I don’t mean to say this isn’t charismatic as an insult. Far from it, I feel that this diary isn’t written to be. Obviously Anne Frank didn’t think anyone would ever read it. And because of that, she’s very honest with her thoughts in it. Any book that’s a memoir or diary that details someone’s life during an important or horrifying historical event should be held as important. You often get the overview of how things were – military movements, statistics, battles. But things like this let you know what it was like for the people, how horrifying things were. Statistics don’t really deliver that point home.

8. John Hancock: the most charismatic – but least important – book you’ve ever read?

Honestly the answer to this is really ‘most of the fiction I’ve read in the past five years’. And by that I mean… I read fiction. I read for entertainment, for a fun time. Very few of the books I read are actually trying to make a statement, and were written for entertainment purposes. So I’m not saying they’re not important, but most of the books I read are just that, books. Not revolutions, if that makes sense.

9. Paul Revere: a book that ALERTED you to something?

The Gene: An Intimate HistoryI actually have a nonfiction answer to this! The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee. And what alerted me to this was all the eugenics experiments that the United States used to do. I honestly had no idea. I had heard the term eugenics before, but I didn’t know it was practiced here. This book really taught me a lot of disturbing things that my history classes not so shockingly didn’t cover.

 

10. James Madison: the smartest boring book you’ve ever read?

Probably most of my textbooks from back when I was in college. I read a lot of books on computer science and computational theory, a lot of biology, chemistry and bioinformatics, and a lot on psychology. Most were dry as hell, but they all taught me a good bit.


And that’s it! If you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged! If you’re in the states, don’t forget to eat a cheeseburger and blow something up to celebrate your right to each a cheeseburger and blow something up.

50 Rapid Fire Book Questions Tag

Book Tag

Hi, a tag today! Wasn’t tagged. Original can be found here.

1. Hardback or paperback?

Paperback

2. Dust jacket off or on?

On! I’m a heathen, I know.

3. Second hand or new copies?

Doesn’t matter, I’ll buy both.

4. Audiobooks or nah?

Sure!

5. Do you cover buy?

Occasionally

6. What’s a good book with a bad cover?

Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)

7. What’s a bad book with a good cover?

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

8. First book you ever read?

Oh gosh man, I don’t remember. On my own? Probably a Little Critters book.

Just a Little Critter Collection (Little Critter)

9. Last book you finished?

Shaman King, Vol. 4: The Over Soul

10. Last series you finished?

Ten Count, Vol. 1 (Ten Count, #1)

11. Last book you bought?

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, Vol. 1 (Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, #1)

This hasn’t even arrived yet – it’s in transit!

12. What’s your favourite genre?

Fantasy!

13. What’s your favourite book in that genre?

How dare you.

14. What genre do you never reach for?

True crime

15. Do you read poetry?

Occasionally

16. Popular science?

Not really

17. Middle grade?

Occasionally

18. Do you have book box subscriptions?

Nope

19. What’s your favourite bookish item?

My Fullmetal Alchemist pocket watch:

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20. What’s your current bookmark?

This one!

21. What’s the strangest object you’ve used as a bookmark?

A beer bottle

22. Book jackets or nah?

Didn’t we already ask this question?

23. Who’s your fictional boyfriend?

I don’t have one!

24. Favourite book couple?

Probably Ed and Winry from FMA

25. Favourite book villain?

Naraku from Inuyasha

26. Favourite book adventure?

Literally everything that happens in Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings world

27. Series, trilogies or standalones?

This is a hard one. I like them all, I guess.

28. Mixed media books or paragraphs?

Paragraphs

29. What’s your favourite book adaptation?

Miyazaki’s rendition of Howl’s Moving Castle

30. Film adaptations or tv adaptations?

Television

31. What book needs an adaptation?

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)

32. Favourite book world?

Harry Potter. Cliche but true.

33. Favourite writing style?

Probably Robin Hobb

34. What’s a book that you love that people don’t know about?

Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, #1)

35. What’s a popular book that you hated?

Rumble

36. Favourite childhood reads?

The Pokemon chapter book series!

I Choose You (Pokemon Chapter Book, #1)

37. What’s a book that changed your life?

Rurouni Kenshin, Volume 01

It was the very first manga I ever bought, and it introduced me to a world I’m still in the middle of over 15 years later

38. What book did you hate at school?

Lord of the Flies

39. Do you buy to collect?

Yep

40. Do you donate books?

Yep!

41. What’s your favourite reading snack?

Goldfish crackers

42. What’s your favourite reading position?

Usually stretched out in a recliner

43. Natural light or lamp light?

Natural

44. Outside or inside?

Inside

45. Breaking the cover or keeping it smooth?

Smooth. What kind of heathen breaks the cover?!

46. Do you read in other languages?

Not really

47. What book series do you want to finish this year?

Shaman King!

48. What book release are you most excited about right now?

The Tyrant Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #3)

Soon.

49. Do you have a favourite book influencer?

No.

50. Do you have a channel, blog or social media feed?

Well I mean you’re on my blog, so here’s a shameless plug to my instagram.


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

Stay at Home Book Tag!

Book Tag

Happy Saturday! As we’re all house gremlins at this point, I figured this tag was fitting. Obligatory ‘wasn’t tagged’, but here’s the original, if you’re interested.

Laying in Bed – book you could/have read in a day

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)It’s been a while since I read a book that wasn’t a manga in a day. I think the last time it happened was around early 2017, when I was working the dayshift at the technology help desk is my college’s campus library – like January or so. Meaning that classes weren’t really happening and I literally either binged X-Files for 8 hours or read an entire book. There were three books I believe I read in one sitting during that, but the most recent of those is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

Snacking – guilty pleasure book

Honestly probably all the manga I’ve been reading recently that have an R rating. I’m not gonna post the covers here because some of them are a little much. But I chalk it up to reading a romance – they’re fun, but they’re not covers you wanna go ‘HEY LOOK AT THIS’ while you’re in public.

Netflix – series you want to start

Shaman King, Vol. 1: A Shaman in TokyoShaman King by Hiroyuki Takei. Technically I’ve started this – I’ve read volume 1. But there are 32 volumes in this series, and I want to get through them all during the quarantine. My sister lent them all to me, so I’m hoping to buzz through them pretty quick.

 

Deep Clean – been on your TBR for ages

The War of the FlowersThe War of the Flowers by Tad Williams – I believe I bought this book when I was fifteen years old. Fifteen. To give you an idea how long ago that was, I’m 29 now. It’s literally been on my shelves, unread for nearly half my life. There are a few other books I bought around the same time and still haven’t read, but this one is the one that pops into my mind. I have it on my 10 in 2020 list this year, so I’m hoping to read it.

Animal Crossing – book you recently bought because of hype

Honestly, none. They only books I’ve bought in the last month and a half have been manga, and I tend to pick those not on hype but just on what I’m feeling at the moment. I don’t really do that with books, which is weird. But with manga? Yeah, I tend to find all my own (though I won’t say no to a good recommendation now and then)

Productivity – book you learned from or had an impact on you

Assassin's Fate (The Fitz and the Fool, #3)Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb – I chose this one not because I learned from it, but because I finished it literally back in November and I still think about it. This book, when I read it, actually put me into a funk after. Not a reading slump, mind you, but like a mood funk. And honestly it wasn’t due to the contents of the book, it was due to the journey being over. I was pining. This was book sixteen in a long, complex, wonderful fantasy series that I’d been reading for the previous three years, and then I read this and it was done. It’s funny I think about it now, though. I’m about to pick up some short stories set in the same world, so I’ll get a bit of re-exposure.

Facetime – A book you were gifted

Yu Yu Hakusho, Volume 1: Goodbye, Material World! (Yu Yu Hakusho, #1)Yu Yu Hakusho vols 1 and 3 – by my sister! Back when I lived with my parents, I had bought volume 1. But I for some reason decided to not collect it, and gave it to my sister for her collection. Well, with her lending me the entire series of Shaman King recently, I asked if she ever ended up collecting the rest of Yu Yu Hakusho. She said no, she just had the one I gave her, and one other volume she got randomly. And then she gave them to me when I mentioned I wanted to actually start collecting them. So now I have them! This is an out of print series, so finding the rest might be a challenge. But hey, it’s also fun.

Self Care – what is one thing you have done recently to look after yourself

Logging off work at 4pm. And that might sound weird, especially since that’s the time I’m supposed to log off. But recently my team at work has been all ‘gotta work til it’s done!’ and I’m all ‘no, I work til 4’ and then I leave. I’m not a fan of the whole ‘Overtime just because’, especially now that we’re all working from home. The worst part is I kinda feel guilty about it because the rest of my team keeps working… but I am working 40 hours. I’m not slacking. My goodness, corporate America has ruined me.

BONUS – name a book coming out soon

The Tyrant Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #3)

THE TYRANT BARU CORMORANT BY SETH DICKINSON. AHHH I’M SO EXCITED!


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

Women’s History Book Tag

Book Tag

Happy Saturday! It’s Women’s History Month! So today’s tag is that! I saw this on Zezee @Zezeewithbooks‘ blog and thought it was neato so here we are.

PS – I’ve been working at home for a solid week now and I’m a little stir crazy. So guess who’s pre-writing a million blog posts. Time’s up, it’s me!

Rules:
  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post.
  • Link to the creator’s blog in your post
  • Answer the questions below using only books written by women
  • Feel free to use the same graphics
  • Tag 8 others to take part in the tag

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I think this one’s a given. Elizabeth turns down two marriage proposals, makes her mother nutty with angst as a result, and then turns around and marries for love instead of financial comfort.

Spinning Silver

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – Miryem is pretty sharp. She is able to manipulate situations to her own advantage multiple times throughout the story and shows herself to be a shrewd moneymaker.

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – Kelsea, the main character in this book, is queen. And honestly I’ve never read a more lawful good character. She’s pretty neat.

Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente – The writing in this is so lyrical and whimsical and dark. I absolutely loved it.

The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1)

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang – I feel like ‘warrior’ is a term that can be used loosely. In this book, the main character is a member of the military and does see battle, so I figure it fits.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – I’m in the middle of this book right now and I’m rather digging it. It’s so weird and comfy.

The Dark City (Relic Master, #1)

The Dark City by Catherine Fisher – Personally I think Fisher is an underrated author, but for those who have heard of her, they tend to know her Incarceron series moreso than this one. And honestly I think this one is way better (though I do like Incarceron). So if you haven’t checked this out yet, do it. It’s a pretty good ya fantasy.

Captive Prince (Captive Prince, #1)

Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat – Honestly there are a lot of things in this book that I shouldn’t like, but for some reason I still really like the book.

Ella Enchanted (Ella Enchanted #1)

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine – One of my childhood favorites. I haven’t read it in years, but I know it’ll be read by my future kiddos.

The woman:

Commodore Grace M. Hopper, USN (covered).jpg

Grace Hopper, who was a computer scientist and a US Navy rear admiral. She played a prominent role in popularizing machine independent programming, and the development of the COBOL coding language. As a software engineer myself, I really feel her influence in my daily life. She’s super neat.

The book:

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom

In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park – This is a memoir written by a woman who defected from North Korea. It’s a tough read, but it’s inspiring.


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

I should have read that book tag!

Book Tag

Hi, a tag today! I was tagged by Lauren @NarrativeParadise. Go check her blog out, it’s neat!

The Rules
  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post.
  • Link to the creator’s blog in your post
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag 10 others to take part in the tag
  • Enjoy the tag!

A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – My buddy Katy was on me to read this for a while. I have it. I’ll read it. Eventually! :”D

A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t read it

Inkdeath (Inkworld, #3)

Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke – This one’s probably been the longest… I’ve probably had it since I was 14 or something. When I first started buying books with my own money, this was one of the first things I bought. I remember reading the first two books and liking them but I never got to this one. I’ll need to reread the whole thing at this point honestly.

A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten around to finishing

The Curse of the Wendigo (The Monstrumologist, #2)

The Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey. I think I read the first one in 2012. Haven’t continued yet…. hehe

A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but have never actually read

Notre-Dame de Paris

Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo – I do wanna read this but I’m intimidated. The copy I have is the English translation obviously, but it’s the unabridged version, meaning it pulls no punches. I’ve heard this one is dark.

A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read

Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1)

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin – One day, one day.

A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but just haven’t picked up yet

Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell – I got this as a Christmas gift in 2012 and haven’t read it. :”D I love the movie though, like love it. It’s probably in my top ten movies of all time.

A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Illustrated Edition

The fourth illustrated Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling – basically I’ll read it when I read it, man.


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

 

The intimidating TBR tag!

Book Tag

A tag today! Have I done this already? Maybe! I don’t remember! I found this here, but honestly I have no idea where it originates so if you know lemme know.

What book have you just not been able to finish?

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks. Honestly I have no idea why this book has been so slow-going for me. I’ve literally been reading it for over a year, and I’ve actually restarted it once because there was a gap so big where I didn’t touch it that I forgot what was happening. And right now I also haven’t touched it in months. But really though I don’t know why: It’s probably gonna be a 4 or 5 star book for me, from what I’ve read.

What book haven’t you read because you haven’t had the time?

Caliban's War (The Expanse, #2)

Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey. Technically I have started reading this. I’m about 2/3rds through it, but it’s currently on the back burner. I keep getting distracted by other books! And honestly right now I’m really in a manga kick and haven’t read too many normal books period lately. But this book, so far, is also a 4 or 5 star read, so why I haven’t found the time to prioritize it, I don’t know.

What book haven’t you read because it’s a sequel?

The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War, #2)

The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang. I think I bought this book on release day or something. Shame on me.

What book haven’t you read because it’s brand new?

Seven Blades in Black (The Grave of Empires, #1)

Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes. I mean it’s brand new to me. This is my most recent book purchase and technically I’ve started it, but I’m only a chapter or two into it so far and as I’ve mentioned, I’m much more in a manga kick right now.

What book haven’t you read because you’ve read another book by the same author and didn’t care for it?

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I realize it’s a bit of a bandwagon thing to say ‘I didn’t like Shiver,’ but I didn’t, unfortunately. I have heard that this book and all her other works show great improvement over that one but I still have trouble with overcoming the mental block. I’ll get there though: I need a readathon or something for it.

What book haven’t you read because you’re just not in the mood for it?

Saving Fish from Drowning

I feel like this is more of a genre instead of an individual book, but a good example is Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan. Basically any serious-themes literary fiction that will probably just crush my soul. I do want to read them, but man, I feel like I need a buddy read for these kinds of books so I can share my pain.

What book haven’t you read because it’s humongous?

Jerusalem

Jerusalem by Alan Moore. This is the guy who wrote V For Vendetta and The Watchmen and stuff like that, and this is basically his magnum opus, something he’d worked on for a decade or something, and man, it’s 1266 pages. My main hesitation with its length is… I’m not sure I’m going to love this. Like, I don’t know if I want to sacrifice 1300 pages of reading time for something I find just ok, y’know? I mean I hope I do love it, but I’m hesitant.

What book haven’t you read because it was a cover buy and you’ve seen heard mixed reviews?

Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1)

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. This wasn’t necessarily a cover buy so much as a ‘I like this author’ buy, but I know I’m not the only one who’s been hesitating due to the reviews for this that seem to be all over the place. So we’ll see. I’ll get to it. Eventually.

What book haven’t you read because it’s the most intimidating book on your TBR?

S.

S. by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. This is one of those multiple layer stories. You have the book, The Ship of Thesues, and then you have the footnotes by the author, Straka, and then you have a conversation happening between two readers as they write notes in the margins to each other. And this comes in a box and within the pages are folded notes and maps and stuff that come out. I’ve given this a shot once already and got a bit overwhelmed, so I’m intimidated. And the other most recent multiple layer book I read, House of Leaves, turned out to by a disappointment. I know they’re nothing alike but in my mind they’re both up there at the same level. hm hm hm


And that’s it! I tag Katy and Zezee. But if you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged!