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Mystery Blogger Award

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Hello! A blog award today! :”D I was nominated by Chelsea @SpotlightOnStories so thank you much!

The Rules:mystery-blogger-tag

Put the award logo/image in your post.
List all the rules.
Thank whoever nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
Nominate 10-20 people and notify them.
Link back to the creator of the award, Okoto Enigma
Ask nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with a weird or funny question.
Share the link to your best/favourite post of yours.

Three things about me:

1 – I’m a metalhead. I like power metal and symphonic the most, but am not against heavy, progressive, etc etc. I tend not to like anything with growling though, so black and death are (usually) out. There are a few exceptions though. Favorite bands (currently) include: Sonata Arctica, Kamelot, Nightwish, Blind  Guardian, Noctural Rites, TYR, Powerwolf, Allen & Lande, Sabaton, Dark Moor, Within Temptation, Silent Force, Avantasia and Iron Maiden. I LOVE THEM ALL ❤

2 – Every food I hated as a kid or teen I have (so far) eventually ended up loving with the exception of cauliflower: Mustard, broccoli, coffee, coconut, horseradish, beer, guacamole… the list goes on. I now actually even consider myself a beer and coffee snob, haha. That’s how far it has gone.

3 – I’m getting married in three and a half weeks. Woot!

Chelsea’s questions:

1 – What other languages do you speak and which would you like to learn?

I speak tourist-level German, enough to ask where the bathroom is, how to buy stuff, and make small talk. Other than that though, no other languages. I’m currently (slowly) working through Japanese, Spanish and Italian on Duolingo, though.

2 – What would your idea home library look like?

Okay picture this:

Wooden floors, recess shelving filled with books on every wall, a nice fluffy rug on the ground. A fireplace crackling along one wall with a big, plump armchair with a blanket thrown across it, a foot rest and a reading lamp in the corner of the room.

And then me in all that with a book and some coffee (or beer, depending on the time of day). I want it.

3 – Describe your favorite tea or coffee mug

You’re in luck! I did a post on my mug collection during blogmas last year. Out of all of those, this is my favorite one:

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4 – Which author, living or dead, would you most like to meet and why?

Probably JK Rowling, because I feel like I’d have the most to talk about with her.

5 – What is your unpopular food opinion?

Ketchup is disgusting. Pbtbt.


My questions:

1 – Where is your favorite place you’ve ever been?
2 – Which book of yours has the most sentimental value?
3 – What is your Saturday morning like?
4 – Do you have any pets? Share a picture!
5 – What’s your unusual pet peeve?

I tag:

Book Snacks
Zezee with books
All ’bout them books and stuff
The Oran-gutan Librarian
MetalPhantasmReads


Current favorite post:

Currently, my favorite post is the one I wrote called On Borrowing Books, a Harrowing Tale of Betrayal. You should uh… you should go read it.


And that’s it! :”D Happy reading

 
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Posted by on 07/08/2017 in Book Tag, Books

 

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Top 5 books without romance

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Happy Wednesday! (Hush, I know, pbtbt.) I haven’t participated in T5W in about a month or so, but this month’s topics are calling to me much more than last month’s ones. So, I’m hoping to participate in each one this month. Wish me luck! 😀

Here is the link to the T5W group if you would like to participate as well!


So this week’s topic I thought would be really hard to come up with five books that didn’t have at least a romantic subplot in them, but look at that, I came up with seven. And, since they’re all wonderful books, I’m going to list them all  (the bottom two being honorable mentions).

Honorable Mentions

A Monster Calls  The Martian

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and The Martian by Andy Weir. The only reason they’re down on this list instead of the main one is because I mentioned them so damn much. I figured I’d try to get in less-talked-about-books onto the top 5 list. Otherwise, both of these are fantastic and I highly recommend each of them.


5 – The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)So, when I originally read this, I went into it thinking it was a YA fantasy. It is not. It is definitely not YA. It follows a young woman who has been raised in secret in preparation for taking and holding the crown that is her birthright. This character is rather wonderful overall (I wrote a review on this book, where I go into my likes and dislikes of it) and she definitely gets a small crush at some point but it’s never really focused on or forms into anything more. So as far as romance goes, there isn’t any. It’s wonderful.

The land where this story takes place is really neat – it’s in Earth’s future in a regressed society, on a continent that surfaced out of the ocean between America and Asia. It’s so neeeat. The trilogy just finished recently and while I have the second book, I still haven’t read it. I need to get on that, man.

4 – Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)Now, it’s been a while since I read this, so there is possibly a minor romance somewhere that I just forgot about, but I’m 95% sure there isn’t one. So if there is, oops.

I feel like this book is one that a reader appreciates in retrospect as opposed to when it’s actually being read. It follows a group of travels as they slowly make their way towards Hyperion, a planet shrouded in mystery, home to the Shrike, who has affected in of their lives in some way. On the way, each of these characters tell their stories on how they came to journey to the planet. Now that I think of it, I think one of the characters miiiight be in a relationship? I think? There might be a tad of romance, maybe. I can’t quite remember. I just remember listening to this audiobook and being completely absorbed. It reads a lot like Gulliver’s Travels, but uh… sci-fi and entertaining. 😛

3 – The Relic Master series by Catherine Fisher

The Dark City (Relic Master, #1)I’ve said it before and I’ll keep sayin it. This is one of the most underrated/underread series in the book community. I still don’t think I’ve seen anyone else ever say anything about it. It follows an old relic master, a uh.. wizard/priest of sorts, and his apprentice, as they survive in a world after being left there by their mysterious founders. All that remains of the race of people that left them on the planet is a series of relics, all of which have a strange power but whose functions are unknown by the relic masters, the ones who collect these items. The world is full of fantasy, sci-fi and all sorts of neat things. I really enjuoyed this one.

2 – Saiyuki by Kazuya Minekura

Saiyuki, Vol. 1Anyone who’s wanting to try a new manga series that’s a finished, complete thing, check this out. I first read this back when I was in high school and have reread it maybe six times since then. I really like this bugger. It follows a group of four – a priest, a half demon and two full-blood demons as they trek across China in search of a mysterious power whose effect has driven all demons in the country crazy, making them blood-thirsty and vicious.

The priest is not your typical priest: he smokes, he swears, he kills people. One one of the demons in his group is the mythical monkey king.

My favorite thing about this series is that it’s hilarious. Plenty of humor while at the same time being a serious, action-driven story. I dig it.

1 – The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)This is the farthest thing from romance that I can think of. Action, horror, ahhh ❤

I’ve actually only ever read the first book in this four book series and every time I mention it on here, I keep telling myself I should read the rest of it. Maybe someday!

 

 

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And that’s it! I literally forgot yesterday was Wednesday, which is why this is late. Whoops. I’m old, time is slipping through my fingers.

 
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Posted by on 07/06/2017 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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July Currently Reading

July Currently Reading

Happy July! Guess what, guess what. :”D I got an engagement thingy yesterday! I’ve been engaged for about six months now, but we finally went out and got a ring. It’s neato!

19620918_10209949746473536_1241093298569675453_oThe reason for the delay was I had originally proposed to him, so I wasn’t gonna be all ‘Hey marry me, also I’m getting myself a ring to give myself while I propose to you’. Because yikes. Also, if you ever want a post on the engagement story… it’s a doozy. Like, gummy bears, hysterical sobbing, everything. I’m never, ever doing that ever again.

The main gem is a lotus garnet, the little ones are diamonds and the band is rose gold. SO’s wedding band and my own are also rose gold so everything fits together nice-like. 😀

So yeah, just wanted to share. It’s weird having a thing constrict my finger 24/7. I usually don’t wear any jewelry at all, ever.

BACK TO BOOKS NOW, FORGIVE THE INTERMISSION.


Currently Reading

Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb

Ship of Destiny (Liveship Traders, #3)This is a buddy-read I’m doing with Zezee (at the time of writing this, I’m about five pages away from where I’m supposed to be for today, so I’m doing that after I’m done here! :”D)

This is the third book in the Liveship Trader’s trilogy and the sixth book set in the Realm of the Elderlings series. This book, this series, man. I love it but it exhausts me.

 

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)I haven’t actually touched this one in a couple weeks… I’ve been buzzing through GRRM’s fifth book, which I finished the other day, on audio and in combination with Ship of Destiny, I haven’t had much time for this one. It’s unfortunate, because I’m smitten with it. I suppose I should pick it up soon and get it off the cat’s cat tree so she can actually jump up there again…

 

Orange – The Complete Collection v1 by Ichigo Takano

Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1Aside from there being multiple volumes of ‘The Complete Collection’ (you goofy naming convention people) this manga is pretty interesting. It follows a young girl who one day receives a letter from her future self, telling her of things to come and urging her to try to change her future. It’s a magical-realism type series, and I’m seriously digging it so far.

 

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That’s it for what I’m currently reading.

In other news, I’ve been on a graphic novel/manga kick, so expect a haul soon. Also, the annual Half Price Books Clearance Sale near me is occuring at the end of the month, so I’m going to try really hard not to buy anything else between now and then. But then after that, expect likely another decent sized haul. Everything is two bucks, man. I’m gonna go bananas. If you’re near the Pittsburgh area, hit me up. I’m gathering a small army to go there, buy books and then gloat over them while eating lunch together.

In other other news, I’m going to try my hand at a normal posting schedule (gasp). My goal is two-three times a week: Saturday, Sunday and (sometimes) Wednesdays. I realized that writing on the weekend is the easiest for me to manage and I’m thinking I can pull at least one post off during the middle of the week. Obviously this schedule will not be solid if say, I’m doing a readathon that requires multiple posts per day, or doing Blogmas or something. But yeah, that’s my goal. Wish me luck.

 

 
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Posted by on 07/02/2017 in Books, Currently Reading, TBR

 

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June Wrap Up | ’17

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June zoomed by, people. I’ve been working full-time now for a month and a half and it still feels like my second week, haha. I feel like I’m slipping into monotony, yay 😀


Books:

This month, I didn’t read too much as far as number of books, but I did as far as pages. So I’m okay with it. :”D

Bungo Stray Dogs vol 1 by Kafka Asagiri

Bungo Stray Dogs, Vol. 1This manga I picked up at a recommendation from a friend. She found a person offering book suggestions for one’s friends. You had to send the person a list of manga, books and series that your friend liked and she (I’m assuming it was a she, anyways) would recommend a book based on the given likes. Welp, this is the book that my friend got recommended to tell me, so I picked it up and tried it out.

It follows a young boy (the front blonde dude), an orphan down on his luck, who runs into the dude with the black hair and the trench coat, who turns out to be part of an agency that handles the weird, odd cases that police don’t want to handle. Each member of this organization has a peculiar special ability which helps them solve these cases. It reminded me a lot of the ‘newcomer to the secret society’ trope.

It was pretty decent! A solid 3.5 stars. First volumes of manga (at least for me) are really hard to give five stars. I feel like I’d need to read a few more before deciding whether or not I really like the series or not. But for the first volume, I liked it. It had a decent bit of humor in it – I’d be open to reading more.

3.5/5 stars

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting by Ed Greenwood

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Forgotten Realms)I FINALLY FINISHED IT! Well… didn’t read it cover to cover, but I read it enough to feel like I have a decent grasp on the Forgotten Realms, plus some plot bunnies for a campaign, so yay.

This is a companion book for Dungeons and Dragons – it explains the land called ‘The Forgotten Realms’, a popular world for dnd campaigns. It goes into the creatures that live there, the landscape, the history and lore.. it’s pretty neat! I really liked it. The art in it was absolutely lovely – my favorite part!

4/5 stars

A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)I did it. I’m caught up.

And you know what’s awful? This book became a chore to read after a while, but at the same time, I’m still probably going to read the next one when (if) it comes out. Let me uh… let me break it down I guess.

The story itself is great – I love it. This is what’s keeping me reading the books. The story Martin is weaving is huge. It’s the tale of a world, not of characters. Westeros, the free cities.. it’s all great.

The characters are pretty good too – there are definitely good ones and bad ones and gray area ones, and I feel like each one of them, while not always super interesting to read from, plays a part in this world. Earlier in the books, you couldn’t really tell – sometimes the storylines wouldn’t interact at all. But now, five books in, even new POVs can be quickly determined how they entangle into the world. I think one of my favorite POVs to read from (mild spoiler) is Barristan Selmy. He’s just.. I wanna hug him, haha. Other POVs I cared just as much about, some none at all, but now I can see why all of them are there, at least.

The thing that made this book a chore and why I’ve decided I like the tv show better (blasphemy!) is the writing. Aside from all of the issues I went into in my review of A Feast for Crows (there were a lot), the writing in this book particular stood out to me as uh… unnecessarily detailed. Like, the characters will be talking – on a road, in and inn, at a war camp, etc… okay, so you’d expect the characters and then the background which is full of ‘army guys’ or whatever. But the background characters remain just that. Nope, not in this book. Consistently, Martin goes through each bloody character present whether they’re relevant to the scene or not and gives their name, their nickname, their house, and sometimes even a short history about them. And then poof! They’re never mentioned again. Never.

AUGH IT WAS INFURIATING. I swear – the copy I have is 1125 pages (the audiobook I listened to was 27ish hours). If there wouldn’t have been any irrelevant character introduction (I’m not talking ones that were brought up again later – I’m talking ones that were literally never mentioned again), this book could have been 250 pages shorter. Really.

So this book was alright, I suppose. My irritation at it kinda ruined my enjoyment of it, unfortunately. I still really like the plot and the world and everything, but gah, Martin. Gah.

3/5 stars


r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

I’m the template provided by Millenium_Dodo here, which you can as well if you’re participating. 😀

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I’m getting there! Look, I almost have a bingo! 😀


Blog Activity

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Apparently I posted less this month than I thought… I want to get a regular posting schedule going, yeesh. @@


Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin – Complete!
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson – Complete!
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  4. Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
  5. The Traitor Comorant Baru by Seth Dickinson – Complete!
  6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Weaveworld by Clive Barker – Complete!
  9. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  10. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
  11. 14 by Peter Clines
  12. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  13. The Edge of the World by Kevin J Anderson
  14. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  15. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling
  17. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling

Progress on 2017 Reading Goals:

Complete a Goodreads Reading Challenge of 50 Books: 29/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Was complete, need to do again.

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – None this month, but I kept my eye out.

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 4/17


And June is done, man. That’s it. Time for sleep.

 
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Posted by on 07/01/2017 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

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Wasn’t it just two days ago or something that everyone was gripin’ about it being 2016 and it still being 2016 and it still still being 2016? Now 2017 is half way over. D: Guys, I’m turning 27 this year – I dun wanna!

I’ve done this tag before, but this is one that’s definitely redo-able every year. 😀 And I was even tagged this year! Ann @AnnsReadingCorner tagged me and I saw it and went ‘What! No, it’s way too early for this tag’. And then I realized it was June. AHH DAMN YOU SPACE TIME CONTINUUM.

Anyways, if you’re interested, here is my 2015 post.


The best book you’ve read so far this year

I mentioned this in my last post, but by far it’s the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks. This has quickly become one of my favorite series ever. It follows a handful of character in kingdom threatened by betrayal and war. The magic system in this book is really neat: The users, called ‘Drafters’, can take in visible light and ‘draft’ it into physical material. Most people can only draft one or two colors. A few can draft more. But only The Prism, the religious and political head of the country, can draft all of them. So those who can draft are assets to a kingdom – they populate the government and the army. They’re taught to hone their skills in a training school. And the more a drafter uses her abilities, the quicker that drafter is brought to death. Using the magic kills a person from the inside out.

This series is so good, man. I’m currently in the middle of the third book. There are four out total and I think there will be a fifth.

Your favorite sequel of the year

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)In lieu of just naming the above series again, I choose A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. I read the entire trilogy this year, and this was my favorite out of the three by far. The first one was decent by Tamlin rubbed me the wrong way and the third one’s plot was just a bit too convenient. Like, the plot-points were all very uh… predictable, I guess. Not super great. But the second one, I loved. Oh, I know that this series has its issues as a whole, this book included, but this book was such a fresh breath of air after reading Acotar.

A new release you haven’t read but really want to

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland has caught my eye. It came out all of five days ago, so that’s why I haven’t gotten to it yet. :”D The name ‘Neal Stephenson’ pulled me in and then the goofy synopsis of this book kept me here. The following is from Goodreads:

When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must sign a nondisclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of money.

Tristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents, which, if authentic, are earth-shattering. They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. But the arrival of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its power and endangered its practitioners. Magic stopped working altogether in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace—the world’s fair celebrating the rise of industrial technology and commerce. Something about the modern world “jams” the “frequencies” used by magic, and it’s up to Tristan to find out why.

And so the Department of Diachronic Operations—D.O.D.O. —gets cracking on its real mission: to develop a device that can bring magic back, and send Diachronic Operatives back in time to keep it alive . . . and meddle with a little history at the same time. But while Tristan and his expanding operation master the science and build the technology, they overlook the mercurial—and treacherous—nature of the human heart.

So what: Sci-fi, magic, thriller, time-travel… I need it man. It’s gonna be mine.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

Solutions and Other ProblemsIn theory this book is coming out September 7th, but take that with a grain of salt: it’s been pushed back a few times now.

Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh is my most-anticipated release coming up. A follow-up/continuation/whatevs to Hyberbole and a Half, it follows similar themes and I’m sure it’s going to be as funny and meaningful as the first one. I’m super excited for it. 😀

 

Your biggest disappointment

WeaveworldThat would be Weaveworld by Clive Barker. I don’t know what it was about this book, but it just didn’t grab me. I got to slightly below half-way and had to call it a day. The worst part is that this is one of my mother’s favorite books and now I have to tell her I didn’t like it. I still haven’t given it back to her yet because it’s a conversation I don’t wanna have. xD

 

 

Biggest surprise of the year

Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy. And yeah, I know the question is asking for a book, but this character was my biggest surprise. This character resparked my obsession with fanfiction hawhaw, and it came waaay out of left field. Weird. 😀

 

 

 

Favorite new to you or debut author

Brent Weeks, whom I mentioned above. He’s great. :”D Totes mcgoats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your new fictional crush

Nuuuupe.

New favorite character

I choose Kip Guile from Weeks’ Lightbringer series. He’s just the greatest :”D AND I’LL STOP MENTIONING THIS SERIES SOON, I SWEAR.

A book that made you cry

None…. yet

A book that made you happy

…this is me trying really hard not to mention Weeks’ series again…

Your favorite book to movie adaption that you’ve seen this year

A Monster CallsMost definitely A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (well… its expanded release was Jan 6th, so it counts. It counts. If you haven’t read this yet.. please do. Get the illustrated version, it makes the book.

 

 

 

Favorite book post you’ve done so far

….hehehehe

That would be my On Borrow Books: A Harrowing Tale of Betrayal post. No contest, man. If you want to read it, prepare to have your jimmies rustled.

The most beautiful book you bought/received this year

That would easily be Saturn Run by John Sanford and Ctein… I’m just gonna link my instagram video of the thing. Man, I can’t get over it!

IT'S SO LOVELY 😢 . . . #bookstagram #bookhaul #books #beautiful

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What are some books you need to read by the end of the year?

Everything on my 17 in 2017 list, man. I’m slacking. I’M SLACKING.


and that’s it! I’m currently sitting at 27/50 books read for the year, so sliiiiightly ahead of schedule. Now that I’m working full time and spending 3hrs/day commuting on top of that, we’ll see if I can keep up the pace, haha.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 06/29/2017 in Book Tag, Books, Uncategorized

 

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The Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag

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Hello! A tag today! I was tagged by Zezee! (Thanks friend :”D)

I’m gonna continue the using of the cat pictures. Zezee did some digging and found the artist! The following cat pictures are by the illustrator Marija Tiurina who created them on NeonMob.


Greed: What are the most expensive and least expensive books you own?

I don’t really have one for ‘least expensive’. Probably one of the many I purchased during this library sale or this library sale, where the books were ‘fill a bag for five bucks’. And those are just the two I’ve gone to while I’ve had this blog. There are so many more. I’m a connoisseur of basement book sales, hawhaw.

The most expensive… would have to be my organic chemistry textbook. 😛 It cost $300 and I had to buy it through the school because it came with that damn homework access code that I needed. Buying a used copy and a homework code separately would have cost more than just buying the new package. Dammit. And people wonder why millennials are broke.

Gluttony: What book have you shamelessly devoured many times?

Before I started my book blog, I was one of those people who just read a handful of books over and over (which is why I’m grateful for the online book community – it’s allowed me to spread my horizons big time, man). I’m just gonna list a few of the books I’ve read… goodness I can’t even count how many times:Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1)

Harry Potter by JK Rowling
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki
Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba

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Sloth: What book series have you neglected out of sheer laziness?

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Forgotten Realms)I wouldn’t even say it’s a series, but a single book: The Forgotten Realms campaign setting by Ed Sheerwood. And it’s not any fault of the book. I’ve been ‘currently reading’ it for months now. Haven’t actually touched in lately. I’ve decided recently that I want to try my hand at DMing though, so this book will hopefully get more use soon. I hope.

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Pride: What book or books do you bring up when you want to sound like an intellectual reader?

Oh gosh, you’re giving me flashbacks of my 17-year-old self. I was such a snob. I really try to make a point not to do this anymore, haha. I did a lot of it when I was younger and looking back now (especially with the ‘this day in history’ posts on facebook so I can actually see the shit I posted) I really really hope I don’t still give off that impression. Yeesh, man.

Case in point: When I was 18, I wrote a paper for my college freshmen English class titled something like ‘People who buy books but don’t actually read them aren’t real readers’ and went into it – full ‘prententious 18-year-old that read a classic once’ mode. Gag. Forgive me.

Lust: What attributes do you find most attractive in your characters?

Can we just take a second to point out the the cat for this picture is reading a ‘Playcat’ magazine and drooling?

For characters, I find myself gravitating towards the cold, calculating characters. The Darkling from Shadow and Bone, Sesshomaru from Inuyasha, The Dragon from Uprooted… which is honestly the opposite of what I like in a real flesh-and-blood person. In real life, I like the warm fuzzy people. Weird. xD

Envy: What books would you most like to receive as a gift?

Any of the collector’s editions of books that I’m too cheap to buy myself, hawhaw. I know there’s some really nice versions of Harry Potter, of A Song of Ice and Fire.… any of those, really. They’re all so lovely. *foam*

Wrath: What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Oh, definitely Sarah J Maas. I like her books but I hate them. But I love them. But they’re awful. But they’re sooo gooood. But uck. But waah ❤

Pawsomeness: What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?

Most definitely Brent Weeks’ Lightbringer series. I’m two-and-a-half books deep at this point and I love it.


And that’s it! Happy reading. :”D

 
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Posted by on 06/15/2017 in Book Tag, Books

 

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Anything But Books Tag

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So, fun fact: The letter ‘A’ and ‘k’ in the font I normally use for the banner looks like a ‘U’ and a ‘t’. So it read Unything But Boots’. So different font for this one, yo.

I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I saw this on Dragons and Zombies’ page and figured I’d swipe it. 😛


Name a cartoon that you love

I’m currently stuck on Archer and Bob’s Burgers. Both of them took me a while to get into, but both of them are just so lovely and awful at the same time – I dig them. 😀

What is your favorite song right now?

I have a lot of ‘current favorites’ but my number one, all-time favorite song is White Pearl, Black Oceans by Sonata Arctica. It’s a power metal ballad that tells the tale of a lighthouse keeper who is knocked out on his way home from town. When he wakes up the next day, he finds out that because he wasn’t there to light the beacon in the lighthouse, a ship crashed into the cliffs below and everyone on board died. The song goes through the event, the town’s reaction and his overwhelming guilt. It’s a beautifully sad song. I’ve linked a version with lyrics, if you’d like to listen. If you’re hesitant because it’s metal, dun worry – no growling. Singing, I promise, haha.

What could you do for hours that isn’t reading?

Play Civilization (V or VI), watch hockey, paint my nails, cook food, listen to metal, and code. Maybe not all at once, but you get what I’m sayin’.

What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

I have no idea, really. Nobody’s really ‘weird’ anymore, haha. There’s always someone that does the same thing you do.

What is your favourite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?

Pokemon stats, haha. I like knowing how big they are compared to a human, the stones and stuff involved in evolving them, yada yada. Pbtbtbt, judge me, man.

What is something unusual that you know how to do?

I’m pretty decent at making recipes up on the fly, or finding decent replacements for ingredients in a recipe that I find out that I’m lacking. Mind you, ‘usually’ is a key term here. I’m also really good at making occasionally shitty food.

Name something you made in the last year and show us if you can.

I programmed a robot to do neat things – I’ve linked it below but in case it doesn’t show up, here is another link to my instagram video of it doing its thing

What is your most recent personal project?

Currently, I’m in the middle of outlining my novel for Camp Nanowrimo, which starts July 1st! If any of you are participating, do let me know. We can be writing buds! :”D

Tell us something that you think about often?

I daydream about being in a band a lot. One day, maybe I’ll take up an instrument again. I used to play a couple in elementary school, but that was almost two decades ago now (yeesh I’m old)

Give us something that is your favorite, but make it oddly specific

Abita Purple Haze is currently my favorite beer. It’s so good, man. It’s so good. It’s a raspberry beer – light and tart and lovely. :”D

Happy Civ Night Sunday 😃 . . . #civ #civilizationvi #beer #abita

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Say the first thing that pops into your head

Time for bed.


:”D I tag Zezee and Ace, if you haven’t done it yet. If you have, tell me so I can read it.

 
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