12 Days of Christmas Book Tag! | Blogmas Day 20

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 and the year before 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?

Definitely one of the best standalones I’ve read this year. It really felt like a melancholy Ghibli story.

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?

Again, same as last year and the year before, I don’t really have one.

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?

This is one of the best trilogies I’ve read this year, if not ever. I’m very late to this band wagon I know but man these books were definitely worth the hype.

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?

This was a really good one I read this year. It has 18 volumes total, and technically it was a reread since I did read it once about fifteen years ago. It had been so long though that I forgot about a lot of it and it was like reading it for the first time.

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?

Definitely Cresades from Bennett’s Founders trilogy. It’s been a while since I was actually unsettled by a villain in a book but man, he’s unsettling.

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 world in Robin Hobb’s Soldier Son trilogy is really interesting. There’s the regular world and then this whole other spiritual world within the trees. It’s really neat.

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?

Obviously Roach the horse from the Witcher series.

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?

Second breakfast.

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?

I feel like I keep bringing up Baru a lot. I keep rereading the series though so makes sense.

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

How about your favorite leading lad?

Logan from this trilogy is pretty wonderful. He’s a huge, rough battle-worn guy but I suspect he’s a teddy bear.

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.)

I don’t have a good answer for this one this year 😦 I didn’t read anything music related.

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?

I’m not telling yet! That is another post.


And that’s it – if you’d like to do this, do it yo. See ya tomorrow.

Favorite TV shows of 2021 | Blogmas Day 19

Like I mentioned yesterday, a lot of my year was spent on my butt. So I watched a decent bit of TV. These were some of my favorites:

Shadow and Bone

I really like all of the creative decisions made with this show and I think it turned out wonderfully.

Cowboy Bebop

I realize this is probably an unpopular opinion but I really enjoyed this adaption! I mean it had its faults but overall I found it entertaining. I’m bummed that it was cancelled.

Sisyphus

This show was really good. The first couple episodes I was just confused as hell in the best way. It’s this neat sci-fi thriller action thing and it was great!

Jujutsu Kaisen

I think this is one of my top anime of the year if not the top. The story is neat and the animation style is so pretty.

Kaguya Sama Love is War

This was the funniest anime I watched this year. It’s a… romance? Kind of? But definitely a comedy, about these two people who definitely fall for each other but refuse to admit it, so they are both set on making the other admit their feelings first. The narrator of the series just makes it too. He does play-by-plays like it’s a boxing match and it’s hilarious.

Fruits Basket

I really love this manga and when they started to remake the anime back in 2019 I was super pumped. This time it stuck to the manga plot the whole way through, and season 3 – the final one – debuted this year. And my heart was exploded.

Hunter x Hunter

This is a weird trailer yet the best I could find so bear with me. Hunter x Hunter I fell in love with this year. It was so entertaining and I ended up thinking about it for a long time after I finished it. If you decide to check it out, give it a handful of episodes. Episode 1 really feels like a little kids show but uh… no. So give it time.


And that’s it! My baby has started crying so time for a bottle I think. Until tomorrow!

Favorite Video Games of 2021 | Blogmas Day 18

A different kind of post today: video games!

With the plague still running rampant, I haven’t exactly been going to concerts or cons or anything that requires travel, and up until very recently I didn’t have a newborn to care for either so a lot of my time was spent reading, watching tv and playing video games. These are the ones I’ve been stuck on the most this year:

Terraria

I’ve been playing Terraria for years but it was again one of my top played games this year. My husband and I started a new map recently with new characters and have been building out a new place from the ground up. We haven’t played since the kid was born but I’m hoping we can again soon.

Rocksmith

So I mentioned earlier this year that I picked up the bass guitar. This is how I’ve been learning. Rocksmith is a game that teaches you how to play an actual guitar. Think like Guitar Hero but it’s the real deal. Again haven’t really played since baby was born but I did play a lot over the summer and earlier this past spring.

Civilization VI

Again, I’ve played this game for years but it was one of my top played this past year. Civ games I think will always been in my library and I’ll never get tired of them.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

I admit out of all the ones on this list, this is the game I’ve played the least. When it first came out I couldn’t put it down but then I… put it down? I still have yet to beat it but I’ll get there. I’m still mourning my completion of Breath of the Wild and this Zelda game doesn’t quite scratch that itch, which is why I’ve had a slow going of it. I will get there though because I do enjoy it.


And that’s it! Honestly my list is a bit short. I’ve been playing fewer games than I normally would. I got kinda slumpy in everything over the summer and now I just don’t have the time. I just need my kid to grow old enough to play games with me, and then we’ll be good.

Books I wanted to read but didn’t get to in 2021 | Blogmas Day 17

I keep telling myself every time I make one of these posts that it’ll be the last time I need to because next year I’ll actually read all the books I want to read. I’ve been doing this for seven years now and it still hasn’t happened. Sigh. Here are the books I wanted to read but didn’t.

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor I ended up picking up right after it released because I loved the first book so much and then I proceeded to not read it. Sigh. A Wrinkle in Time I’ve had for forever and I feel like it’s one of those books that everyone has read. So I’m a bit bummed that I didn’t. And me not reading Caliban’s War is probably the biggest disappointment, because I’ve been about two-thirds through this book for over a year now. I keep meaning to finish it and then I don’t. Sigh. I do love it though – honestly it’ll probably get a four or five stars from me. I just need to actually read the damn thing.

Brent Weeks’ Lightbringer series is one of my favorite series and I haven’t finished it because I’m lame. Same with Seth Dickinson’s Masquerade series. I did start a reread of it this year in prep for this third book, but I haven’t reread the second book yet so I don’t wanna start this one until I can do that. And the fact that I haven’t read Naomi Novik’s Scholomance series yet is such a fail on my part considering she’s one of my favorite authors. Sigh.

One of these days I’ll read all these books.

If you’ve read any of the above, lemme know! Til tomorrow!

Best books to read by the fireplace | Blogmas Day 16

I’m back on track for Blogmas! I’m going to really try to not fall behind again, so wish me luck.

Today’s post are book recommendations to read by the fireplace. In my opinion, the books for those are huge, chunky fantasy novels. So if that’s not your jam you prolly won’t like these too much. I’m going to try to name books I don’t mention all that often. aka not gonna talk about Robin Hobb (though her books totally fit the theme).


 

Perdido Street Station is a book with a rich atmosphere. It’s set in a city sitting in the shadow of some long-dead leviathan’s rib cage, and has a lot of interesting creatures and politics and places. There are characters with bugs for heads and mad scientists and creatures that the ambassador to hell doesn’t even wanna mess with. It’s a really good book.

Daughter of the Forest is another one with a rich tone. I was fully invested in this one. It reads like a melancholy fairly tale and has a lilting, floating plot. It’s the first in a series and I haven’t read the others yet but I definitely plan to. It follows a girl whose brothers are turned into swans.

Tone seems to be a theme with this list. Hyperion is a well known science fiction and if you liked the Canterbury Tales, this is probably for you. It follows a group of people on a journey, and each one tells their story on the way there. It has this melancholy, deep tone and involves time and creatures and all sorts of things and it’s wonderful.

This one is definitely a different flavor of fantasy than the rest. Mogworld is a comedy, and follows a magic student who gets killed by a rival school, and then is revived years later as a zombie by a necromancer and is really grumpy about it.

I don’t wanna tell you anymore because honestly there’s more to the plot than what you see at first glance. I really enjoyed this book. It’s very tongue in cheek.

And that’s it! If you have read any of these or end up picking them up, do let me know! Happy reading!

All I Want For Christmas Book Tag | Blogmas Day 15

I flubbed again! Keeping up a daily posting schedule after not posting for like a year is difficult. But I’m gonna put out two today and get back on track again. So first, a tag: I found this on Livthebooknerd‘s blog.

1) What fictional character do you want Santa to leave under your Christmas tree?

Literally any talking animal

2) What character do you want to kiss under the mistletoe?

Nobody! Pbtbt.

3) You write your Christmas list for Santa, what are the top 5 books on it?

I’m actually gonna wait to answer this question – I have a whole post coming out later about books I want Santa to bring!

4) You get to the spend the day with the characters and movie adaptation actors from one fandom, what do you pick?

Oh this one is tough. I feel like there are a lot that I would like but would probably kill me. Uh…

Inuyasha, for nostalgia’s sake.

5) What fictional animal would you like to replace Rudolph and be able to meet on your roof?

Temeraire from Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series! Who wouldn’t wait a dragon that acts like a British cat?

6) You invite 10 fictional characters to your new years eve party, who do you pick?

Probably the cast from Ouran High School Host Club because it would just be wild.

7) What character would make a good Santa (Doesn’t have to be appearance, personality counts too)?

Tohru from Fruits Basket. Looks nothing like Santa obviously, but I could see her really getting into it.


And that’s it! If you wanna do this tag, consider yourself tagged.

Top Ten Tuesday: End of Year TBR | Blogmas Day 14

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl!

Happy Tuesday! Today’s post is about all the books I’d like to get to before the end of 2021. I have seven books to go on my Goodreads goal, so I’m hoping to finish at least that, but any additional ones would be great too.

So here’s my list of potentials:

My three current buddy reads, which have all picked back up, albeit slowly on my end, now that I’ve birthed and gotten my life somewhat organized again. I don’t know if any of these will be finished by the end of the year, but I’m definitely going to be reading them at least.

Nightbitch is my current solo read, though I admit it’s taken a back seat to my buddy reads. I don’t read my solo books unless I’m caught up on my buddy books and I’m fearfully behind at the moment so… I’m hoping to get to this one in between of the above ones.

And these are all the manga I want to hop into in between the books. I could read multiple volumes of them so that would put me up past the seven I need, hopefully.


And that is it. Buddy reads and manga for me from now til the end of the year! See ya tomorrow!

Bookish Christmas Book Tag! | Blogmas Day 13

Happy Day 13! Only 12 more sleeps until Christmas! I’m doing a tag today. I found it on Whimsically Meghan‘s blog, so go check it out!


Father Christmas: Name a book you received as a child that you treasure to this day.

I Choose You by Tracey West. This was one of the first ‘chapter’ books I owned. My parents got it for me when I was nine or so, and I still have it, along with most of the rest of the original series. As far as I know the series is still going and has like a million books in it now.

The Ghost of Christmas Past: Is there a book or series you like to revisit each year at Christmas time?

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson gets a reread from me every few years or so, and now that I have a kid I can read it to him too. It’s one of those beginner reader books, and honestly it could count as an answer for the first question, too.

Christmas Tree: Name a series that reaches new heights with every entry.

Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series definitely does. Pictured on the right is book uh… eight, and my personal favorite. There are sixteen books total and every single one is worth the read. They’re wonderful.

Friends and Family: Name a book with fantastic characters.

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie has such interesting characters. Like this first book honestly is mostly set up but the characters keep it interesting. Some of them I love and some I hate and some I hated and then grew to love.

Decorations: Name a book with a gorgeous cover you would proudly display on your shelves.

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio – Just look how lovely it is!

Christmas Cards: Name a book that carries a great message.

Our Dining Table by Ori Mita does. It has love and togetherness and acceptance and recovery and all sorts of things. And it’s sweet to boot.

Ice and Snow: Name a book that you were hoping to love but which ultimately left you feeling cold.

I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young I had really high hopes for. It’s so colorful and neat looking but I ended up not enjoying it.

Christmas Lunch: Name a book that was big and intimidating but oh so worth it in the end.

The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee comes in at just under 600 pages and normally that’s not too bad for me, but I chose it because it’s nonfiction, which is always intimidating to me. This book was super good though, very interesting.

Mince Pies: Name a book you found sweet and satisfying.

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft was really, really good. It ended up on my favorites list of… I don’t remember what year. It was at least a few years ago, but I still think about it. What I really loved about this book was the setting. It was just so neat!

Presents: What book do you wish you could give everyone to read?

Literally anything by Robin Hobb

Spreading the Festive Cheer: Tag some friends to help spread the festive bookish love.

Pbtbt!

If you wanna do this tag, you’re tagged.

Until tomorrow, peeps!

My daily routine with a newborn | Blogmas Day 12

With this post I am officially back on track for Blogmas! It is another baby-related post so if that’s not your jam, run away! Book ones resume tomorrow.

So this is a typical 24-hour schedule with me and my now one month old baby. The schedule differs a bit depending on if it’s a week day or a weekend, but not by too much. I’ll start at midnight:

  • 12am – hopefully sleeping
  • 2-3am-ish – Baby wakes up. Change diaper, feeding, rocking back to sleep.
    • On the weekend my husband does this. During the week I do. I’m still off work while he isn’t so I have more chances to sleep throughout the day if needed.
  • 3-4am-ish – Hopefully back to sleep.
  • 6-7am-ish – Baby wakes up. Change diaper, feeding, rocking back to sleep.
    • I do this one no matter what day of the week it is.
  • 7-8amish – Hopefully back to sleep.
  • 9am – Alarm goes off to take medication. Hopefully back to sleep after this.
  • 10-11am-sh – Baby wakes up. Change diaper, feeding. Play with him a bit, back to sleep, this time downstairs in the living room.
    • During the week I do this as my husband is working. On the weekend, we split it. One of us changes and the other feeds. This will be true for the rest of the daytime feedings until the 8pmish one.
  • 11am-12pm-ish – Hopefully baby sleeps. If he was fussy the night before and didn’t sleep much, I also sleep. If not, I get breakfast and make some coffee. I also hang out with the cat while she eats lunch. Shower.
  • 12-2pm-ish – Lately I’ve been putting on a Christmas movie. I tend to write my blog post during this time too. Also the typical farting around on youtube and tiktok and all the dumb places.
  • 1-3pm-ish – Baby wakes. Changing, tummy time, feeding, playing, rocking for a while.
  • 2-4pm-ish – Hopefully he goes back to sleep.
  • 3-5pm-ish – Read a book, get dinner ready or prep it at least. Maybe do some laundry or cleaning.
  • 5-6pm-ish – Baby wakes. Changing, tummy time, feeding. If it’s Wednesday or Sunday, bath time before the feeding.
  • 6-7pm-ish – Hopefully baby goes back to sleep.
  • 7-9pm-ish – Eat dinner if baby woke up during dinner, spend time with husband, read, wash all the bottles dirtied during the day, prep them for the night routine.
  • 8-9pm-ish – Baby wakes. Changing, tummy time, feeding. Rocking back to sleep.
    • If it’s a week night, my husband does this one so I can wind down in prep for overnight feedings.
  • 9-10pm-ish – Hopefully baby goes back to sleep. If it’s a week night I often try to sleep at this time too.
  • 10pm-12am-ish – Baby wakes. Changing, feeding, rocking back to sleep.
    • If it’s a week night, my husband does this one so I can sleep in prep for the overnight feedings.

All the above is typically what we do, but sometimes he doesn’t go back to sleep. That’s why I say ‘hopefully’ so much. If that’s the case, we’ll feed him again two hours after the initial feed and then try to get him to sleep again. If that happens, the rest of the schedule is shifted by an hour.

And this has been my life for like a month now, and I expect it to stay that way until I go back to work at the end of January. Then I’ll have a whole new routine to get used to. Wish me luck.

Book posts resume tomorrow, thank you for letting me yak about my spawn. 😀

Must-have and not-worth-it items as a new mom | Blogmas Day 11

I flubbed! I forgot to post yesterday. Well, two posts today it is, and then I’m back on track for Blogmas!

Today’s post is baby-related so if you’re not interested, run away!

I received a bunch of things at my baby shower, and I’ve picked up other things on recommendation since my kid was born. Some of it I use every day and swear by it. Some of it I haven’t found a need for yet. Some of it honestly was terrible and I stopped using it. This is that list.

Keep in mind, this is from my personal experience. So you might find my not-worth-it items very worth it. And if you do, lemme know because I wanna know how you do, ahaha.

Otherwise if you’re ever buying for a baby shower, maybe keep my ‘must have’s in mind for the new parents.

Not Worth It Items

  • Breast pump. This is solely for the reason that, well, we switched to formula feeding. But now we have this pump that I did use for a bit and can’t really give to someone else to use for sanitation reasons. I’m not sure what to do with it. I don’t want to just throw it away. 😦
  • Short sleeve newborn clothes. Where I am, it’s winter. All the clothes we have with no sleeves (or no legs for that matter) we’ve abandoned. They’re not warm enough.
  • Clothes with buttons. For everyone’s sanity, if you buy clothes for a baby shower, get ones with zippers. Buttons are the devil’s fastener.

Luckily my not-worth-it items lists is pretty short.

Must have items

  • Receiving blankets. Preferably the 30×30 ones. Excellent swaddle size.
  • Sleepers with zippers. My kid basically lives in these right now. They’re awesome.
  • A serving tray with walls. Weird yes, but I’m never going back. We prep his bottles in the kitchen and he sleeps upstairs in our room. He goes through about four bottles a night so it’s nice being able to carry them all up at once… plus his formula and a water bottle for me and blah. A tray is really nice.
  • Stackable formular dispenser.  (shown right) Obviously this only applies for formula fed babies, but having the formula pre-measured and the bottles pre-filled with water is great. All we need to do is dump and shake.
  • Diaper genie. This is a garbage can specifically for diapers. Does it sound like a waste of money? Yes. Is it? NO. It seals in the poopy smell so damned well. We actually have two of them.
  • Nose Frida. (shown right) This is essentially a long tube you use to suck the boogers out of a baby’s nose. There’s a filter in there so you don’t get a mouth full of them, don’t worry. But man this thing is awesome.
  • Gripe water. There’s an age requirement of two weeks before you can use this on a baby, but it works wonders for gassiness. You just give the baby ml or so and suddenly less fuss.
  • Millie Moon Sensitive Wipes. Specifically these wipes. Why? Because they come out of the damned packaging one at a time, unlike literally every other brand. I’m even gonna link them for you because they’re so awesome.
  • Frida Mom Upside Down Peri Bottle. (shown right) Now, when you give birth you get all bleedy and stingy and ouchy right. The hospital should give you a peri bottle to spray your bits with to soothe them but the angle is atrocious. This puppy lets you get all up in there. It’s wonderful. I have multiple of them. One for travel, one for each bathroom. They’re a life saver.

And that is it. Honestly there are more must-haves I could list, which I might do one later as a ‘one year’ thing, because I’m sure I’ll come across a lot of stuff that I find wonderful.

Until then though, should you find yourself preggo or your partner is or you’re buying for a baby shower, any of the above stuff I mentioned is probably wonderful to get.

And because this is Blogmas and this is technically yesterday’s post, look out for another one from me at some point today. See you then. 😀