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Jingle Bell Book Tag!

Blogmas 2019

A tag today! I was tagged by Kristen @thebrunettebookwormblog! Thanks friend! Perfect timing too because I woke up today and realized today was supposed to be my seasonal favorites post… and I have no faves yet! So it’s being delayed, and this is happenin’ now. :”D

This tag was created by Richard @The Humpo Show.

1. “All I Want For Christmas Is You…” | What book do you want to see under the Christmas Tree?

There are quite a few. I would like the big Harry Potter extras books – the History of Magic and the Fantastic Beasts illustrated books. I’d also really like Jade City by Fonda Lee.

Jade City (The Green Bone Saga, #1)

2. “Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time…” | What book that you have read this year have you enjoyed the most?

Probably The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson. It’s pretty sweet, people.

The Monster Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #2)

3. “It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” | Which book has most festive look to it?

Santa and Pete: A Novel of Christmas Present and Past

4. Elf | What book unleashes your inner child?

Well I mean… Harry Potter. :”D

5. The Grinch | Your favorite villain…

I always have a hard time answering this question and honestly I think I give up. I don’t read too many books that have the archetypal villain. Even ones with antagonists… I wouldn’t really call ‘villains’. Wah. Apparently I need to branch out.

6. The Holiday | Name your favorite TWO couples…

Raenef and Eclipse from Demon Diary and Damen and Laurent from Captive Prince! The former is kind of implied, but the latter is very very much actually there. I dig them both.

Demon Diary, Volume 01

7. What book would you like to give as a present to your followers?

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson because I need more people to read it, dammit.

And that’s it! I tag Katy @bookbinderway and Zezee @zezeewithbooks!

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Posted by on 12/10/2019 in Blogmas, Book Tag, Books


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10 Year Challenge Book Tag!

Blogmas 2019

I was tagged in a tag! Thanks Zezee for tagging me! This tag was made by Rincey Reads.

What was your favorite book in 2009?

Rurouni Kenshin, Volume 01

In 2009, I was very much into manga, so my favorite was Rurouni Kenshin. It follows the red-headed character on the front, eleven years in Meiji Era Japan. Kenshin, during the Bakumatsu regime, eleven years beforehand, was a manslayer – an agent of death for one side of the revolution. He killed many, and his killer name – Battousai, became legend. Years after, Kenshin has sworn off killing, and has been wondering, saving people when he can to try to repent for his previous life. His past however, is hard to outrun.

This series is a decent length – 28 volumes – but it’s full of historical fun facts, good character development, interesting arcs and even a bit of humor. I really love this one.

What is your favorite book of 2019?

The Monster Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #2)

The Monster Baru Cormorant – I’ve only rated five books five stars this year (so far) and this is one of them. I can’t pick between them, so I’m going with the one I’ve talked about least recently. This is the second book in Dickinson’s Masquerade series, and this one is just as good as if not better than the first one. I. adore. it.

It follows Baru, a woman whose home is invaded and colonized by a foreign nation, as she tries to bring it down from the inside. This series is smart, well thought out, and twisty. I really, really love it. The third one comes out next year and I’m SO EXCITED FOR IT, MAN.

What was your least favorite book in 2009?

Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)

I wasn’t actively tracking my reading so long ago, so I’m going to go with Breaking Dawn, which is a book I read around then that I remember not liking. I know it’s beating a dead horse, but… honestly I didn’t mind the first three books. I thought they were ok for what they were. But this fourth one man. Holy cow, it was the worst.

What was your least favorite book in 2019?

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

Black Leopard, Red Wolf – I really didn’t care for this book, like at all. It was really explicit, and normally this doesn’t bother me, but the general attitude towards rape in this book is what I didn’t like. Like… I can handle graphic content and themes, but I didn’t like this because it was never called out as a negative. It was never questioned. It was just status quo. Like, things would happen, the main character even would threaten to do things like this, and it was just all… ‘this is how it is here, la de da’. Like there was so much unnecessary violence in here. Characters would get killed via sexual violence and the main character would see it because he happened to be there and then like.. would move on, and none of the characters he saw would be mentioned again, nor would the scene be relevant to the plot. I feel like it was just put in there for shock value, and I did not dig it.

What is a book published in 2009 that you still want to read?

The Edge of the World (Terra Incognita, #1)

The Edge of the World – I’ve had this book and the second book in the trilogy on my shelves for, well, almost a decade. I’ll get to it, I’ll get to it.

What is a book published in 2019 you want to get to before 2020?

Honestly nothing. I have my books planned for the rest of the year and none of them were published this year, haah.

What is a genre you used to read a lot of that you don’t read as much of anymore?

Historical and literary fiction. I used to read quite a bit of it on top of manga, and now I stick mostly to fantasy. I’ll still pick historical or lit fiction up occasionally, but I really have to be in the mood for it.

What is a new genre you’ve discovered since 2009?

Science fiction! And by that I mostly mean space operas. I read a bit of light sci-fi back when I was a teen, but I had never picked up a chunky space opera before. I really like them though, and I’m glad I got into them!

What is a reading or book habit you are hoping to leave behind in this decade?

Having hundreds of unread books. I’ve been trying to decrease my purchasing, and I’ve been purging as well. Ideally I want about 20-30 unread books at any one time. Enough to have a selection when choosing something new to read, but few enough that it’s not overwhelming and I don’t feel guilty for getting more. I need to pick up my reading speed, man.

What is a new reading goal or habit you want to create in the upcoming decade?

As mentioned, getting my unread pile of books to a manageable number, either by reading them or by losing interest/purging them. Either way, I wanna get it down.

And that’s it! I tag Katy!

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Posted by on 12/08/2019 in Blogmas, Book Tag, Books, Uncategorized


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Are you ready for sweater weather? Tag!

Blogmas 2019

Hi! I got tagged in a tag so I’m gonna do the tag! I was tagged by the Orangutan Librarian (thanks pal!)

Hot Chocolate – What is your comfort book?

Ella Enchanted (Ella Enchanted #1)

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine – I read this countless times as a young teen, and it always was such a nice experience. I haven’t picked it up in a while, but just thinking about it makes me all warm and fuzzy.

Pumpkin Carving – What is your favorite creative outlet?

Honestly? Probably this blog. My job is very logical and doesn’t leave a lot of room for personal style, and when I get home I usually just read or whatever. I used to paint my nails a lot – I did nail art and all sorts of stuff, but I kinda fell out of that. Maybe I’ll do a nail art for blogmas, we’ll see if I get inspired. I also used to draw a lot – I worked in charcoal, mostly – but I haven’t done so in a long time. This is my favorite thing I ever made:

Used one of my favorite characters for my drawing midterm a couple years ago - charcoal 18x24in.

Falling Leaves – Changes that appear bad but you secretly love?

This one’s easy: The weather, and it’s no secret. I love the cold, I love the ice, I love the snow. I don’t even mind snowy roads when driving to work because luckily, I can work from home if that happens. So it’s like childhood snow days all over again for me.

Pumpkin Spiced Latte – Something you love that other people judge

Sticking with the season, I’ll say the season! And I say this because while I love everything October-December: the temperature, the snow, the holidays, the seasonal drinks, the seasonal beers, all of it, my husband is the exact opposite. He likes the warm weather and the sun, so during the summer I suffer and he’s in his element, but during the winter I thrive and he suffers. And he totally judges me for it.

“HOW CAN YOU LOVE IT WHEN YOU CAN’T STOP SHIVERING?!” he says. I just do, man. I just do.

Bonfire Night – What makes you explode with joy?

Books! Cats! Coffee! Beer! Dogs! Vacations! Sleeping in! Cheese! Chocolate!

Fright Night – Favorite scary book or movie

The Library at Mount Char

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins – This is the only book on my favorites list that’s a horror, so it fits the bill. This is the weirdest book I’ve ever read and I recommend it.

Halloween candy – Favourite thing to eat

Gyros. Picture courtesy of… me! That’s my arm!

Scarves – Your autumn ‘must have’ accessory

Matching socks. You have no idea how hard it is to achieve some days, man.

Fire – A book or film that burns your soul

Castaway on the Moon. Really, you should watch this movie. I think about it all the time.

Toffee apples – a book or film that seems to one thing but really has a different inside

Vanilla Sky. Honestly before I watched it, I thought it was a romance or a rom-com or something. Nope. Watch it. Really. Don’t let its appearance deceive you.

And that is it! If you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged! Otherwise, I tag BookbinderWay and AllThingsMommaBlog!

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Posted by on 12/04/2019 in Blogmas, Book Tag


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The Thanksgiving book tag!

Blogmas 2019

Happy day two of Extended Blogmas! If you’re participating in Blogmas and are looking for ideas, check out the tentative schedule that I posted yesterday.

Also, Happy Thanksgiving! For all my non-American friends, here’s the context:

Anyways, on to the tag. I wasn’t tagged, but I’m festive dammit, so I’m doing it. This tag was created by Erin and Becca, and I found it on The Sassy Book Geek‘s blog.

1. Bread- What book is purely fluff, and has no real plot line?

They're Made Out of Meat

I must tell you, it took me forever to find a book that fit this prompt that I actually liked. I’m not one for a meandering plot, typically. This works though because it’s a short story. This is They’re Made Out of Meat by Terry Bisson, and it’s about aliens being grossed out at humans because we’re meat. It’s cute and funny.

2. Turkey- What book made you want to fall asleep?

Flight, Vol. 1 (Flight, #1)

Flight by a collection of authors – this was unfortunately a one star read for me. It’s a graphic novel of short stories surrounding flight. You’d think the fact it was a graphic novel would be enough for me to get through it but man, I really struggled.

3. Gravy- What book makes the whole series worth reading?

Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)

Golden Fool by Robin Hobb – Book 8 in Hobb’s over-arching Realm of the Elderlings world and book 2 in Hobb’s Tawney Man trilogy, this book was everything. So many things set up in earlier books came full circle, the character development expanded so much, the plot was exciting… all of it. I loved this book, and I’d gladly read another sixteen book series if I knew a book like this was in the middle or end of it.

4. Stuffing- What book is stuffed full of action scenes?

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

Goblin Slayer by Kumo Kagyu – This is probably one of the most intense series I’ve read. I warn you though, it’s not for the feint of heart.

5. Mashed Potatoes- What book looked good, and then wasn’t?

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

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James – I cannot stress how much this book disappointed me. It sounded like something I would normally love. But augh, the execution was terrible. It’s gorgeous too, so unhauling it took a bit of self-persuasion on my part, even with hating it. I wrote a full spoiler-free blabber on it, if you’re curious.

6. Cranberries- What book has the sweetest romance?

Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)

Easy by Tammara Webber – An old favorite from 2015 or so, this book was a sweet and cute and lovely. I feel like until ‘new adult fantasy’ becomes a thing, that this is my favorite ‘new adult’ book, period.

7. Corn- What’s the corniest book you’ve ever read?

The History of the World Through Twitter

The History of the World Through Twitter by Jon Holmes and Mitch Benn – This is corny in the best way. This book is a collection of tweets by prominent historical figures from the creation of the planet (ie God tweeting about flat animals, cavemen tweeting about rocks) to I believe the second Bush administration, when this book was published. The humor is very tongue-in-cheek and very British, so if that’s your cup of tea, you’ll probably love this.

8. Green beans- What book is too long and needs to be shortened?

House of Leaves

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski – This book is just over 700 pages and honestly I feel like it would have delivered its message and actually had a stronger eeriness factor if it was about 300 pages shorter. There was so much in there that was just tangents, that never got resolved nor was actually relevant to what was going on. You can show someone is losing their sanity without making a reader sit through 300 pages of blather.

9. Pumpkin Pie- What book do you read to get out of a reading slump?

Manga. It really doesn’t matter which – there’s nothing I particularly seek out to reread, but just manga in general tend to get me reading.

10. Dog/Cat- What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food that you would steal from the table?

Man. Stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey, cranberry stuff, gravy, rolls, corns, all of it. The only thing I don’t particularly care for (but like if I’m in the mood for it) is green bean casserole. Anything else, I’ll totes take it.

And that’s it! Go eat turkey!


Posted by on 11/28/2019 in Blogmas, Book Tag, Books


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End of the Year Book Tag

Book Tag

Hello, a tag today! And I was actually tagged! Thanks Katy for tagging me! This tag was created by Ariel Bissett.

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – This poor book has perpetually been on my backburner ‘currently reading’ list since… May 2018. I actually even restarted it earlier this year because I couldn’t remember where I was. Right now, I’m 273 pages in, farther than I got last time, but I also haven’t really touched it since July. Ideally I’d like to get it done this year, but… who knows.

And it’s nothing wrong with the book. Honestly it could be a five star book, I adored what I’ve read so far. I have no idea why I keep not picking it up.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)

Deathless by Catherynne M Valente – Personally I think this book has a more wintery feel about it, but considering fall’s almost over, that’s ok.

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

O Maidens in Your Savage Season 5

O Maidens in Your Savage Season vol 5 by Mari Okada – This comes out December 17th according to amazon, buuuut there’s no English translation of the synopsis on goodreads yet, so who knows. I’m pumped for it though.

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

Caliban's War (The Expanse, #2)Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)

Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey – Currently reading this, but it’s a chonk, so we’ll see if I finish it. The other two, Deathless by Catherynne M Valente and Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice are the last two books on my 10 in 2019 list. I will finish it this year, dammit. I will.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

Well… I hope all three of what I mentioned above are five stars, but the odds of that are slim. Fingers crossed, though.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2020?

Tentative ones, yes. But I don’t wanna say because I’ll jynx myself and fail, wah.

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

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Posted by on 11/20/2019 in Book Tag, Books, Uncategorized


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The I Dare You Tag!

Book Tag

Hello, a tag today! I was tagged by Orangutan Librarian – thanks friend!

What book has been on your shelf the longest?

I Choose You (Pokemon Chapter Book, #1)

I’m not positive, but this is definitely one of the oldest. I’ve had it since I was what, 8? 9?

What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Current: You by Caroline Kepnes. Last: Land of the Lustrous vol 7, and next will be the same, but vol 8!


What book did everyone like, but you hated?

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)

I feel like ‘hate’ might be a strong word. I didn’t hate this book, but I definitely had major issues with it.

What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

Hah! Basically any classic I own. It’s basically impossible to get me to read one.

What book are you saving for retirement?

Nothing! Considering who knows if I’ll even live that long, or if I’ll have enough money to retire, or if civilization as we know it will even exist, I’m reading all the books I wanna read when I wanna read them.

Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

…I may or may not be guilty of reading the last sentence of the last page occasionally, long before I get there. Eat me.

Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

Honestly I don’t read them, usually. But if the author feels they’re important, then it’s good that they throw them in there.

Which book character would you switch places with?

None, because I read mostly fantasy, and I also know that I’m very much the type of person to be the ‘first one to die’ like in all scenarios. I’ll stay here, thanks.

Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (place, time, person?)

Oh, loads. The Pokemon books and Harry Potter books remind me of my childhood, same with basically any other book I read over and over growing up. A lot of different manga series remind me of high school… I have some that remind me of college, or of various jobs I’ve had. I read Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and then A Court of Thorns and Roses when I was working full time over winter break at college at the tech desk in the library. I remember reading them – since nobody was on campus, I sat there all day and read. I read each book during one of my eight hour shifts over three days. I’ve literally never read that fast since, hahah.

Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

I got my oldest book, a psychology manual written in 1895, from a box of old books that belonged to my grandmother after she passed away when I was a kid. That’s probably the strangest. I tend to get my books, what, ‘normal’, ways? Who knows.

Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

I haven’t – my books are my books. If I give them away, it’s because I didn’t like them, and then it’s not for a special reason. That sounds mighty romantic though.

Which book has been with you most places?

Probably my copies of Harry Potter. It’s been ages, but when I was a teen, I’d reread them over and over, meaning they went eeeeverywhere with me.

Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

I have a sneaking suspicion that if I reread 1984 now, I’d like it a lot more than I did when I was 17, which was the last time I read it.

Used or brand new?

Either! I don’t really have a preference.

Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Just Angels and Demons. I liked it – the plot was decent, but holy poop, that man likes to talk about short shorts.

Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?


Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

Alton Brown’s Good Eats cook book! This one:

Good Eats: The Early Years

Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

Probably my husband’s. I like getting recs from friends and often do, but a lot of them are hit and miss (but I take them anyways because they could be a hit!) but I’ve never disliked a rec from my husband. Yet.

Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

Right now, I’m rather liking You by Caroline Kepnes, and as it’s a contemporary thriller, that’s definitely out of my zone. I’m digging it though, and if it doesn’t turn awful by the tend, that’ll be neat! It shouldn’t, but you never know!

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

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Posted by on 11/13/2019 in Book Tag, Books, Uncategorized


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Halloween Creatures 2.0 Book Tag!

Halloween Creatures

Happy Halloween!!!

Therefore, a Halloween-esque tag today! I was tagged by Madge @CaffeineandBooks! Thanks friend, perfect timing! 😀


  • Answer all prompts.
  • Answer honestly.
  • Tag 1-13 people.
  • Link back to this post.
  • Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)
  • Have fun!

A Magical Character or Book.

Kings of the Wyld (The Band, #1)

I’m going with Moog from Kings of the Wyld. Moog is a wizard that’s a bit… goofy. He always get everyone out of a sticky situation just in the nick of time but man are there always weirdo consequences. He’s hilarious.

The Perfect Book to Read at Night.

Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts

Hungry Ghosts by Anthony Bourdain! This is a weirdo book, but it’s kinda creepy so perfecto for hot chocolate, a blanky, and a starry sky.

A Book that Truly Shocked You.

Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon, #1)

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville! Just thinking about this book makes me wanna reread it. At the time I rated it a 4, but really, it could probably be a 5. The ending of this book, man. Wow.

The Devil
A Dark, Evil Character.

My Hero Academia, Vol. 1 (My Hero Academia, #1)

I always have such a hard time with this kinda question. Villains should be (and usually are) nuanced, meaning while they might be ‘evil’ there’s like… logic to it, I guess. Makes them more believable? Anyways, I choose All for One from My Hero Academia. He’s pretty bad, I think.

Grim Reaper
A Character that Should Never Have Died.

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

So… without giving spoilers, this one’s hard to explain. It’s not so much a death I wish didn’t happen, but… just… the fates of the characters? from The Queen of the Tearling. If you get to the end of the trilogy, you’ll get what I mean.

A Book that Made You “Hungry” for More.

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

Because see above for reason. PLEASE WRITE ANOTHER.

A Character that You Would Protect at All Cost.

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

The Fool from Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings world. I’m about 120 pages away from the end of the series and I’m SO SCARED AUGH. I CAN’T STAND IT. IF HE DIES I’M GONNA RIOT.

A Book that Sucked the Life Out of You.

And I mean this in a negative way. This was a bit of a slog to get through for me. My poor soul, it’s mushy.

A Book that Still Haunts You.

I’m just gonna keep sayin it ;~;

A Book that Really Scared You.

House of Leaves. This book was eerie, man. Honestly I didn’t care for it overall, but I still think about it a lot.

A Character You Have a Bone to Pick With.

Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle, particularly in the book. He’s just… augh he really grinds my gears. In the anime, he’s a bit more tolerable. A bit.

A Book You Would Preserve Throughout Time.

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls. I think the themes in this book are timeless, past or future, everyone can relate.

Creepy Doll
A Cover too Scary to Look At.

Communion by Whitley Strieber. Cheesey cover? Yes. But when I read this question this is the first book that popped in my head because when I was little, my mom had it on her bookcase. It was before I could read, and I was pulling random books off being a little kid, you know. I remember pulling this one off and getting really creeped out by it. Honestly I couldn’t remember the name of the book for the question, so I called my mom, who told me, and went ‘and you know what, I actually got rid of that book because it creeped me out!’. So… I guess the content matches the cover. Ahaha

The Monster Mash
It’s Fun to Be with Friends on Halloween!
Tag Your Friends!

I tag Katy @Bookbinderway and allthingsmommablog (what is your name or nickname? I dun know!)

Happy tricking and treating!

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Posted by on 10/31/2019 in Book Tag, Books


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