The Reread Tag!

Happy Day! Today I’m doing the reread tag, which I found on Zezee @Zezeewithbooks‘s blog. It was created by Brianna @Brianna’sBooksandRandomness. I wasn’t tagged but I can always pretend.

A childhood favorite you could read 100 times and still love

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer – It was a staple book for me growing up. I have no idea how many times I’ve actually read it. Somewhere over 20 at least.

A book you DNF’d but would be willing to give a second chance to

The Atlantis Complex (Artemis Fowl #7)

The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer – As much as I love the first, second, and third Artemis Fowl books and consider those staples, for me as the series progressed, the worse the books got. I ended up DNF-ing this one, the seventh one. Though I can see myself giving it another try at some point, just because I do own the eighth and final book and do want to know how it ends. We’ll see.

A new favorite you would reread

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

Black Butler by Yana Toboso – This series ended up on my favorites list in 2020, and I do plan on rereading the first 28 volumes again before picking up vol 29. Hopefully vol 30 won’t be too far off either.

A book you hated and never want to read again

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 book made my bottom books of 2020 list, and I have 0 interest in giving it another shot nor continuing with the series.

A classic you read in school but want to try again


1984 by George Orwell – I remember disliking this book when I was 17 because I wanted a happy ending. Now, I feel like I could appreciate the ending it did have more.

An author you would reread anything from

Hiromu Arakawa

Hiromu Arakawa, author of Fullmetal Alchemist, Silver Spoon, and artist of The Heroic Legend of Arslan. Everything I’ve picked up that she’s been associated with, I’ve loved. Any time she puts out something new, I’ll be all over it. Master storyteller, I’m tellin ya.

A series you want to reread for the fun of it

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)

Eventually I’d like to reread Brent Weeks’ Lightbringer series, but that will involve me finishing book five for the first time first :p

A book you’ve read but want to listen to the audio book

Assassin's Fate (The Fitz and the Fool, #3)

Basically any of the books in Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings world. I read all sixteen books physically but am considering picking them up on audio for a reread. We’ll see!

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

Books I want to read but don’t want to read tag

Well, hi! A tag today. Wasn’t tagged, but this seemed fun. This tag was created by Jamishleves, so go check out the original.

PS, for the ‘don’t want to read’ bits, I do want to read all of these, they’re either just so damned intimidating or the previous one in the series was ‘just ok’ or… any number of reasons. But my point is the title. I do want to read these, but there’s something blocking me mentally. Also, all the books mentioned I do own already, so while they’re being difficult in my head, they’re also taking up TBR space, the goons.

A book you feel you need to read because everyone talks about it

The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, #1)The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan – As a self-proclaimed fantasy fan, it’s a bit weird that I haven’t attempted this series yet. It’s so scary though, thirteen books is a commitment! Maybe a buddy read would help me out here.







A book that’s really long

JerusalemJerusalem by Alan Moore – This is the author’s magnum opus according to him, and it’s over 1000 pages. And from what I heard, it’s one dense sonofabitch. But I do wanna read it. Eventually. Some day.







A book you’ve owned/had on your TBR for too long

The War of the FlowersWar of the Flowers by Tad Williams – I think I bought this book when I was 18 years old. I’m thirty now, for reference. I do wanna read it – it’s survived countless purges. I just need to actually pick it up.






A book that is ‘required’ reading
(eg, school text, really popular classic – something you feel obligated to read!)

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien – Again, ‘fantasy fan’, I feel like I should really read this at some point.







A book that intimidates you

The Bone ClocksThe Bone Clocks by David Mitchell – Honestly anything outside my “normal” genres intimidate me, literary fiction in particular. And this is a chunker of a literary fiction. Soooo. I know it’s also fantasy-esque, so I’m hoping that helps.







A book you think might be slow

The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated PrimerThe Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson – Both of the previous books I’ve read by him I’ve liked, but both of them were a tad slow, so this one will likely also be.









A book you need to be in the right mood for

The Time Traveler's AlmanacThe Time Traveler’s Almanac by a slew of authors – Anyone who’s been on my blog for any amount of time knows that short stories aren’t my thing. Nothing against the authors or their stories, I just tend to not love them. This is a short story collection. Going into it, I really need to be in the right mood. Honestly it’s barely survived multiple purges now, and it might end up being canned before I do get to it. We’ll see!





A book you’re unsure if you will like

From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash, #1)From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout – This is a very recent purchase for me. I haven’t even hauled it yet. It’s about a 50-50 chance whether or not I’ll like it. It’s weird, I love the process of reading books like this, but don’t always end up liking the book itself. So even if I rate this a one star, I’ll probably still like the time spent on it? I don’t know how to explain it better. But it’s a chunker in its own right. The thing is a brick.




And that’s it!

If you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged!

New Year’s Eve Book Tag!

Happy Monday! Today I’m doing a tag that I was tagged in back in January of 2020. It’s one that by the time I noticed it, it was a bit too late to do it. So I’m doing it now instead!

I was tagged by Narrative Paradise – thanks friend!

The Rules
↠ Link back to the tag’s creator.
↠ Thank and link back to the person that tagged you.
↠ Feel free to use the pre-made graphics or create your own. Credit is appreciated if you do.
↠ Answer the questions as best as you can. No answer is incorrect!
↠ Tag some people to do this tag. No minimum or limit. Spread the love and have a happy 2020 (2021?)

Good As Hell || Favourite Book

Spoilers! This’ll get its own post after the new year.

Green Light Go || Green Cover

Hands Off!, Vol. 1Hands Off! – This is a fluff supernatural manga about psychics. It’s very early 2000s, and I really like it.



LBD || Sexiest Character

I don’t have one! It’s been an age since I had one.

Dally || Best Moment of 2020

Honestly, it was nothing to do with a particular book, but my reading in general: I read over 170 books this year, and it’s insane.

Sin Querer Queriendo || Silly MC (or Side Character)

Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 1 (Ouran High School Host Club, #1)Literally every character in Ouran High Host Club. They’re all just so goofy.



7 Rings || New Books Friends

I made a bunch of book buddies this year! I followed a lot of new blogs – probably over a hundred, and I consider you all buddies

Kill This Love || First Book in 2021

I haven’t decided yet! I know I’ll be picking up a buddy read on New Year’s day, so perhaps that one? We’ll see!


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

Christmas Eve Book Tag

Happy Christmas Eve! And like every Christmas Eve, a tag today.

1) Christmas Eve morning: what is a book you wake up excited to read? one you anticipate reading or one you read in the past that you want to get back into?

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (The Herdmans #1)Today I’m going to read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! I’m so pumped about it.



2) Christmas Eve breakfast: what are your favorite treats during the holiday season?

Lately it’s been the irish cream cold brew for drinks and the tollhouse chocolate cookies with oreo bits mixed in for snacks. I’ve baked a ton of them at this point, they’re so delicious.

3) Family Time: What is a book that fills you with happiness and love? the warm fuzzies in general?

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, Vol. 1 (Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, #1)This year it’s been Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits because it gives me Spirited Away vibes and I love it.



4) Christmas Carols: What are your favorite Christmas Carols or holiday songs?

I’m such a sap for Carol of the Bells. Always will be.

5) Anticipation: What is a book release you are very much anticipating?

Honestly I’m not sure yet – I have an anticipated release post coming up next month but I haven’t actually gone through and looked yet. I’ll get there!

6) You hear sleigh bells on the roof and are so excited you can’t sleep!: What is a book that kept you up all night?

HuntedMost recently it was this book! I definitely lost some sleep reading this one. It was pretty good!



7) It’s Christmas morning, and Santa has come!: What is a book on your wishlist that you hope to unwrap?

I made an entire post about this on Tuesday! Books I hope Santa brings! Go check it out!


And that’s it! If you celebrate Christmas I hope you have a lovely Christmas tomorrow. If you don’t, I hope you have a lovely whatever you celebrate on whatever day(s) it is, or just a lovely day if you don’t celebrate anything.

Merry Christmas! I’ll see you all on the 26th.

Christmas Book Blogger Tag!

Hi, a tag today! I’m scooting around my schedule for Blogmas a bit – I’m unprepared for the other posts, ahh! So a tag, a tag, a tag.

I saw this tag on Alex @WhimsyPages blog and stole it. :”D


❄️What Is Your Favourite Christmas Scene In A Book?❄️

I really like the scenes in Harry Potter honestly. Each book touches on it at least a little bit.

❄️Do You Have Any Christmas Book Traditions?❄️

Best Christmas Pageant EverI try to read at least one Christmas book a year. This year I’m rereading The Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever.



❄️Do You Prefer To Get Presents Of Book Vouchers Or Books?❄️

Gift cards for sure – I do love receiving books, but I also love receiving a trip to the book store.

❄️Do You Give Books As Presents?❄️

Occasionally, yes. I tend to only do it if I know exactly what they want or if they’re like ‘send me something you like’ though.

❄️What Bookish Item Is On Your Christmas Wishlist?❄️

Recessed shelving. One day, one day.

❄️What 3 Books Would You Love Santa To Have In His Sack For You?❄️

I’m not answering this one because it’ll have it’s own dedicated post in a few days!

❄️Fake Christmas Tree Or Real Christmas Tree?❄️

Real. My current one is fake because my lease doesn’t allow real, but… real. Always real.

❄️What’s Your Favourite Thing About Christmas?❄️

The whole thing. The festivities, the togetherness, the spirit of it, the reason for it, the gifts, the food and drinks, the weather, everything.

❄️What Christmas Book Would You Recommend?❄️

The one I’m rereading: The Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever.

❄️What Dish On Your Christmas Menu Are You Most Looking Forward To?❄️

Egg bake. It’ll have its own post at some point! Recipe!

❄️When Do You Open Your Christmas Presents?❄️

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – My inlaws we usually do on Christmas Eve and my family usually on Christmas Day. That’s obviously gonna be different this year, though.

❄️What’s Your Favourite Christmas Song?❄️

Carol of the Bells, by a long shot.

❄️Are You Dreaming Of A White Christmas? ❄️

Yes. We have snow right now. I’m hoping and praying it doesn’t melt by Friday.


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

Jingle Bell Book Tag!

Happy Day! A tag today – originally I was planning on doing a recipe but life got in the way and I didn’t actually make the food :p So a tag it is~

I saw this tag on Book & Corner‘s page, so thanks pal for posting it at the perfect time for my eyeballs to see it.

1. “All I Want For Christmas Is You…” 

What book do you want to see under the Christmas Tree?

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig – There are a lot of books I’d like, I’m going to be honest. They’ll have their own post later in the month. This one, I requested from my husband, so we’ll see if it happens. (If not, I’m gonna go buy it :p)

2. “Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time…”

What book that you have read this year have you enjoyed the most?

Again, there are a lot, and they’re also gonna get their own post! So I’m not saying anything now, spoilers!

3. “It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”

Which book has most festive look to it?

Santa and Pete by Christopher Moore and Pamela Johnson – Just look how wholesome it is!

4. Elf

What book unleashes your inner child?

Really anything to do with Pokemon. I loved it when I was nine and I love it now. This book in particular was the first ever official handbook they released, back when only gen 1 existed. I had this and probably still have it at my parents’ house somewhere.

5. The Grinch

Your favorite villain…

I’m pretty sure I answered this question yesterday too, but I really like the undertaker from Black Butler.

6. The Holiday

Name your favorite TWO couples…

This one I can’t answer. None of the couples I read this year really spoke to me. I said the same thing yesterday too on a similar question. Oh well, maybe next year!

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

Whatever book your heart most desires. I don’t think I could pick one that everyone could love, so you pick, and pretend that I want to give it to you :p


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

12 Days of Christmas Book Tag!

Happy Sunday, a tag today! Wasn’t tagged as per usual but it’s Christmasy themed, so we’re going with it, peeps. I did this tag last year as well so I’m going to attempt to come up with different answers.

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: A partridge in a pear tree!

The partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favorite stand alone?

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio is definitely up there on my favorites list. I read this book this year and I fell in love with it. The tone that it sets is so melancholy, it’s great!

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Two turtle doves!

Love is in the air! Who is your one true pairing?

Honestly, same as last year: I don’t really have one. I looked through all the books I read this year but none of them really had a couple that made me swoon. I did read some decent romances but none of them really spoke to me. Maybe next year!

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Three French hens!

In the spirit of threes, what is the best trilogy you have read?

The Fitz and the Fool trilogy by Robin Hobb is super up there. Last year I chose the Tawny Man trilogy from the same overarching world, so I figured I’d branch out a bit. I gotta tell ya though, I went through my books of 2020 and I didn’t finish a single trilogy this year. None. Wow.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Four calling birds!

Since series usually consist of four or more books, what is your favorite series?

Black Butler by Yana Toboso is definitely a new favorite. It’s currently 29 volumes long and is still ongoing. Volume 30 is supposed to come out in English sometime in early 2021 and I’m pumped about it.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Five golden rings!

One ring to rule them all! Who is your Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

I really like the undertaker from Black Butler. He’s such a neat character.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Six geese a laying!

Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favorite world/world-building?

The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier has some pretty good world building in it. It takes place in ancient Ireland and plays with fae and fae worlds and all sorts of stuff. I dig it.

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Seven swans a swimming!

Who needs seven swans when all it takes is one good animal sidekick? Who’s your favorite animal sidekick?

Nighteyes from Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series. I picked Nighteyes last year as well but man, he’ll always have my heart.

One the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Eight maid a milking!

Milk is so 18th century. Which book or series takes beverages/food to a whole new level?

Graineliers by Rihito Takarai has a unique take on food, particularly seeds. Seeds give you weird abilities in this world, and are strictly controlled as a result. And as a result of that result, obviously an underground black market for seeds has popped up. This really is an interesting story.

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Nine ladies dancing!

Dancing is just one skill of a Lady! Who is your favorite kickass female lead?

Loibhan from Juliet Marillier’s Warrior Bards trilogy is pretty great. She’s six feet tall and could pick me up and throw me.

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Ten lords a leaping!

How about your favorite leading lad?

I really like Ciel from Black Butler (and I like Sebastian too). For a kid, he’s so smarty and witty and such a trooper. He’s pretty entertaining.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Eleven pipers piping!

What is your favorite book or bookish thing with musical influence? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

Given by Natsuki Kizu is an obvious choice – the main characters are in a rock band. I gotta say though, I think the better medium for this series is the anime, because then you can actually hear the music. But the manga is really good, too.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave ot me: Twelve drummers drumming!

Drum roll please…what is your favorite read of this year?

Spoiler! You’ll find out at the end of the year :p


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

The Christmas Cracker Book Tag!

Happy Friday! A tag today! I wasn’t tagged, so we’ll just pretend I was. I found this tag on WonderfullyBookish!

Pick a book with a wintry cover

The Girl from the Other Side by Nagabe – Specifically volume 2. I really need to catch up on this series, I’m so behind.

Pick a book you’re likely to buy as a present

Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida – I actually did buy this one! I got my husband the full series. He doesn’t read my blog, so it’s safe to say, dun worry.

If you read my blog and know him and you spoil it, I’m gonna bop you. I’m talking to you, Amanda. :p

Pick a festive themed book

My True Love Gave to Me by a buttload of people – It has just occurred to me that I missed this book in my ‘All the Christmas books I’ve read to date‘ post I made the other day.

I forgot about this one because I unhauled it because I didn’t like it. Whoops. So throw this one in there too. It was festive sure, but I’m so bad with short story collections. I didn’t love this.

Pick a book you can curl up with by the fireplace

Hunted by Meagan Spooner – This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and a very recent read for me. It was so pleasant. It was nice and simple and fluffy and the beast in this was actually a beast. Not a brooding hot guy. It was so refreshing.

Pick a book you want to read over the festive period

The Book of the Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick – This book takes place during the dead days – the time between Christmas and New Years – so I figured it’d be the perfect time to read it! This book was recommended to me over ten years ago by one of my best friends and bad me still hasn’t read it. I’ll read it this year.

Pick a book that’s so good, it gave you chills

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio – This book was an unexpected five stars for me. It’s outside my typical genres so I didn’t think it’d ensnare me so, but surprise, it did.

Pick a book that’s going on your Christmas wish list

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse – This book just looks so neat, man. If I end up not receiving this as a gift, I’m gonna go out and get me a copy.

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

The Anti-TBR Book Tag!

Hi, it’s Sunday now! Today I’m doing a tag! I saw this on Deanna @ANovelGlimpse‘s blog and tagged myself, so I was tagged, dammit. This tag was created by Nicole & Her Books!

A popular book that everyone loves that you have no interest in reading

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – I know this one tends to get good reviews but honestly it just doesn’t speak to me.

A classic book (or author) you don’t have any interest in reading

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Again, it just doesn’t speak to me. I know this book is a lot of people’s favorites, buuuut

An author whose books you have no interest in reading

Rick Riordan – And this is nothing against the guy at all, mind you. I just don’t tend to gravitate towards middle grade and that seems to be what he writes. Should he put out an adult fantasy I’d change my tune.

A problematic author whose books you have no interest in reading

Orson Scott Card – I recently purged my copy of Ender’s Game because of this (and because of general disinterest because I’ve already seen the movie). Buuuut I do have one more book by him… it was a gift from a friend, so I feel like I might at least give it a shot. I’m going to try to separate art from artist but we’ll see how it goes.

An author you have read a couple of books from and have decided their books are not for you

Ernest Cline – I’ve read two books by him now. Ready Player One I gave three stars and Armada I DNF’d. I just don’t dig his storytelling style, nor his characterization of women. I know Ready Player Two is coming out soon and for the people who are pumped, I’m happy for you. Personally I won’t be picking it up.

A genre you have no interest in or a genre you tried to get into but couldn’t

Young adult romance. I’m not knocking it, mind you. I don’t hate it, but the majority of the books I’ve read from it have turned out to be three stars. It’s just ok. I’m not against giving new books in the genre a try, but my expectations are kinda meh. If it’s mixed with something else I tend to like it more, but if it’s just like… contemporary fluff romance between sixteen year olds it doesn’t really do much for me.

A book you have bought but will never read

Life of Pi by Yann Martel – I bought this years ago, but have since purged it from disinterest. I watched the movie and thought it was ok, but it wasn’t striking enough to make me wanna pick up the book too. So technically I don’t own this, but I did buy it at one point.

A series you have no interested in reading or a series you started and have dnf’d

I make a list about this every December and the one for this year is coming out next week or so, so sneak peak.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I read the first one. It was ok. I gave it 2.75 stars. I can’t say I’m super thrilled to continue, and I’ve gotten multiple opinions now that it just gets worse, soooo.

A new release you have no interest in reading

So a lame answer for this one: I can’t think of one. I mean sure I could go grab a random book I’ve never heard of and go ‘not this’ but it feels arbitrary. I can’t think of one where I heard it came out and immediately went ‘NOPE’. So… no answer. I feel like just randomly going on an ‘anticipated list’ and grabbing a book isn’t fair.


And that’s it! I tag Zezee @Zezeewithbooks. Peer pressure, do it.

Also if you wanna do this tag, I also tag you, officially. You’re tagged!

The book addiction tag!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They keep me pretty entertained.


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