End of Year Book Tag!

Happy Saturday! I did this tag last year as well but it’s a new year, sooooo doing it again! I wasn’t tagged! Wah!

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

The Maze Runner by James Dashner – I started this one a couple weeks ago, but it’s fallen by the wayside because of buddy reads I’m in. I’ll finish it though!

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

I hate the word ‘autumnal’.

I choose Vita Nostra by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko – I’m currently buddy reading this with my irl buddies Katy @Bookbinderway and Amanda @LadyCorvinous. So far I’m really digging this, and I think the other two are as well. It’s not necessarily a book that takes place during fall, but it has ‘fall vibes’ if that makes sense.

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

I don’t think so. Aside from being on a ban, preventing me from buying anything anyways, I don’t believe any of my anticipated releases for this half of the year have still to come out. Or if they do, it’s obvious it wasn’t that anticipated. There’s one manga that’s come out since going on my ban that I definitely wanna pick up as soon as the ban is over, so that’s the closest I can get to answering this question.

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

Renegade’s Magic by Robin Hobb and Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin are two buddy reads I have coming up, so I’ll definitely be getting to them. Slade House by David Mitchell is… well, it’s one of the shortest books I own, and I’m like 17 books away from my TBR goal for the year, so… short books are gonna make up a lot of my reading for the rest of the year. Hwe hwe. Slade House gives me spooky vibes too so I’m hoping it’ll be good for fall-y season.

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

Honestly Vita Nostra, mentioned above, might just do it. I wasn’t expecting to love it but it’s surprised me so far. We’ll see how the ending is – it’s gonna make or break it.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?

Tentative ones, yes (This is the exact same phrasing I used to answer this last year).

If I achieve my TBR goal, I’ll set another, lower one. I also plan on making a manga TBR goal, and a buying-restriction of some kind. Not an outright ban but maybe like a ‘5 books a month’ thing or something. I’m not quite sure yet.

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

 

Spoopy Memes Book Tag v2! [Original]

Around this time last year, I created the original Spoopy Memes Book Tag, and I think it went over pretty well – I got to see a lot of answers and found a bunch of new bloggers to follow! So this year I’m re-creating it with all new questions and memes!

If you’d like to check out the original tag, go here! If you’d like to do that tag, do it!

  • If you do this year’s tag, please link back to me so I can see your answers!
  • Feel free to use the banner (and I highly recommend also copying the memes. That’s the whole point!)

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Name a character that keeps repeating the same mistakes, despite having multiple opportunities to prevent them

I’m choosing Fitz from Robin Hobb’s Farseer trilogy (and every other book he’s in by her). Fitz has this habit of getting an idea in his head and going with it, despite those around him making other well thought out plans. He consistently feels like his impulsive actions will have better results than anything anyone else comes up with. He’s annoyingly consistent with this, despite his impulsivity often being his downfall.

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Name a book where the characters got their just desserts

I’m definitely going with Goblin Slayer by Kousuke Kurose, and the characters I’m referring to are the goblins themselves. I mean, what did they think was gonna happen after consistently stealing people and killing people and doing terrible things to people?

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Name a book that tries to put a positive spin on something terrible

Hands Off! by Kasane Katsumoto does this pretty well I think. One of the characters in this series can see images of the past. For instance, he avoids hospitals and the like because every time he’s in there, he just sees and hears people dying and the cries of the families around them. He’s a rather disturbed character as a result of always seeing these phantoms of past violent acts, understandably. The book spins it though, as because of this skill, this character is often also able to track down people that have gone missing and prevent further acts of violence, by seeing where they were beforehand and who they were with. This is a pretty interesting series, honestly.

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Name a book that delves into an existential topic

I chose I Want to Eat Your Pancreas by Yoru Sumino, because despite the title of the thing, this is a pretty serious manga. The main character comes across the journal of a girl who has terminal pancreatic disease, and knows she is going to die. The story deals with the mentality of someone who knows their life is almost over, and also deals with being that person’s loved one. Obviously this book is a tear jerker, and it’s definitely worth reading.

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What trope or theme in a book do you really like that you don’t feel gets enough attention?

It’s kinda hard to put it into just a few words to give this trope an actual name, but I really love it when a book dives into the thought process of a character that originally you feel like is going to be a hero, but then turns out to be an anti-hero. I get that the anti-hero trope is pretty common, but I haven’t really read too much where you can see them turning into one enough so that the character themselves realizes they fully aren’t ‘good’ anymore, and has to deal with the mental crisis that they themselves might be a monster. I’ve chosen The Traitor Baru Cormorant as my example here, because I’m seeing heavy, heavy hints of this in books one and two. Three is out now and I haven’t read it yet, but my hopes are high man.

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Name a characters whose humor is consistently underappreciated by those around them

I chose Kip from Brent Weeks’ Lightbringer series. Now, Kip is written to be funny. I think he’s hilarious and I’m sure so do many others, but a lot of the characters don’t really react to his sense of humor, which is rather self-deprecating. Personally, I think he’s a hoot. Most of the characters things he’s weird.

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Name a book (or two or three) that has helped you get through this year

Black Butler, The Harp of Kings and Shaman’s Crossing all have. This year obviously has been a rough one for everyone, but I gotta tell ya, I’ve read some really good books this year. The three I’ve named here are really up there among them. They’re just so engrossing and I got obsessed with them to the point where it helped me pass the time. And boom, now it’s October. There are so many more books I could name here as well, but honestly that might be a separate post.

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What are your plans for Halloween this year if you celebrate it? How do you plan on spending what’s left of October?

I decorated my house this year, moreso than just putting up a pumpkin, which I’ve never done before. I will also likely going to be seeing a buddy and watching a scary movie. Other than that, nothing really. I haven’t decided if I’m gonna give out candy for trick or treat or not this year because of the plague. Maybe I’ll just throw snickers at children from the second story window? :”D

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And that’s it! I’m going to tag people below, but if I miss you and you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged!

I tag (also, you should follow):

Peer pressure, do it

The Beatles Book Tag!

Hi, a tag today! AND I was actually tagged by my buddy The Orangutan Librarian, who made it! So thanks friend! :”D It’s been a million years since I’ve been tagged in something. (HINT, PALS.)

Rules:

  1. Tag back to the original creator Orang-utan Librarian
  2. Thank whoever tagged you
  3. Tag people and keep it going!

Honestly literally any animal character. I never seem to be the favorite with my pets. I want it to happen. Please! I JUST WANT MY CAT TO LOVE ME, OK.

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke – This is a childhood favorite of mine that I don’t think I’ve ever actually mentioned, or if I have, it hasn’t been for a long, long time. This is a magical realism-y fantasy set in the streets of Venice, following a boy and his brother and a mysterious leader of a gang of children who calls himself the Thief Lord. This is a middle grade novel, and it really makes me think of being twelve years old.

Black Butler, Vol. 15 (Black Butler, #15)

Black Butler by Yana Toboso – This manga series is a new favorite of mine: I picked it up right after the quarantine started and buzzed through all twenty eight volumes. Twenty nine is out now, and I own it, but honestly I really wanna…. reread the entire series again before I pick it up. That’s how much I love it, man. This series follows a young boy, who after the massacre of his family, sells his soul to a demon to get revenge. But man, it is so so so much more than that.

All My Friends Are Dead

All my friends are dead. by Avery Monsen and Jory John – Really gave me a positive outlook on life, y’know.

Just kidding, I can’t come up with a good one for this. :p

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

In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park – Honestly I think about this book so much. I think I read it five years ago or something now. I really need to get myself a physical copy.

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess – Now, I totally get that you’re not supposed to like this book but man, I really hate this book.

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

This one was super hard, and honestly I don’t have perfect answer for it. A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan – the story is told through the main character’s narration. Like you read a travel journal of hers, more or less. Other than this and Fangirl, which Orangutan Librarian used, I haven’t read a book about an author. My goodness.

The Library at Mount Char

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins – It’s weird, but like in a best (and worst) way.

Fruits Basket, Vol. 13

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya – This story is about a huge family, but each person in it is lonely in their own way. When I was a teenager, I went into this for a fluff romance. What I got was so much more than that.

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14 by Peter Clines – This is the book I took with me on my honeymoon to read during my down time. When I think of it, I think of Hawaii.

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

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime by Fuse – This one definitely does, as the story overall is wholesome and cute, but the main character is a grade A creep, and it’s written to be funny instead of what it is: creepy.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #1)

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – It was exactly what I wanted exactly when I wanted it.

Forest Mage (Soldier Son, #2)

Forest Mage by Robin Hobb – I was all over the place with this book. I was mad at it and loved it and hated it and thought it was great.

If We Were Villains

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio – I chose this one because the plot is literally all about shaking things up.

Graineliers, Vol. 1

Graineliers by Rihito Takari – This one was such a neat read.

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

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James – I was so pumped for this one, man. But it was definitely not a book for me.

Dragonball Z: An Unauthorized Guide

Dragonball Z by Lois and Danny Gresh – When I first got into DBZ at nine years old, my parents bought me this book, which is a publication by a mom and her son about the series, made because they were huge fans of it. I remember reading this thing over and over to the point where the spine offered no resistance when you’d open it up. I probably still have it around here somewhere.

Nod

Nod by Adrian Barnes – This has an average rating of 3.38 on Goodreads, which is pretty not great. I thought it was really good though! Only caveat here is that it’s no secret that I like it. I like it!

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 27 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #27)

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa – This series will always hold a special place in my heart. I grew up with it, and thinking about it makes me feel like a teenager again. ALSO it’s just… amazing. The twists, the characters, the setting, it’s grade A stuff, man.

The Gene: An Intimate History

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee – Obviously I had to pick a nonfiction for this question.

Magus of the Library, Vol. 1

Magus of the Library by Mitsu Izumi – This manga is just so wonderful and fluffy and it’s about books! What more could you want, really

Ella Enchanted (Ella Enchanted #1)

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine – I’ve literally lost count of how many times I read this as a teen. I should really read it again.

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And that’s it! I tag Zezeewithbooks, Bookbinderway, and AllThingsMommaBlog! Do it, peer pressure!

 

 

Book Superlatives Tag!

A tag again! Wasn’t tagged (pbtbt) but it was created by Chelsea Palmer!

1. Best Dressed: A book with a beautiful cover

Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James – While unfortunately I didn’t care for this book, I can’t deny that it’s absolutely beautiful. This picture doesn’t do it justice, man.

2. Class Clown: A book that made you lol

A Man & His Cat by Umi Sakurai – This is a cute, simple, fluffy manga about a man who adopts a cat. While I expected this to be funny, which it is, I didn’t also expect it to pull on my heartstrings, which it did.

3. Cutest Couple: A book that features your favorite OTP

Kiss Him, Not Me! by Junko – I chose this one because my ship actually became canon, man. That never happens, dammit. I was so proud of me for picking the right one.

4. Most Popular: The most hyped book on your shelf

Coming in at nearly seven million ratings on Goodreads, this is the most popular book I own!

5. Nicest Car: The most expensive book you own

Not including my $300 organic chemistry textbook or any other text book, it would have to be Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya, specifically volume 23.

Why? Because it’s the last volume of an out-of-print manga series, and since the anime was rebooted, copies of this puppy have become scarce. I think I paid forty bucks for this thing, and honestly I’m glad I did: they’re going for 60-100 now, last time I checked.

6. Worst Car: A book with a bad cover but still a solid story that took you for a ride

Easy by Tammara Webber. This is the first romance I rated five stars but man, that cover.

7. Biggest Nerd: The nerdiest book you own

Probably one of these three. All of them are nonfiction and deal somehow with computers or psychology, both of which I have degrees in, so I think they’re pretty neat.

8. Most Likely to Be Late: A book that is under hyped and you are still waiting for the fandom to arrive

Scar Night by Alan Campbell. PLEASE AUGH. PLEASE.

9. Most Likely to Succeed: A first book in a series that is going places

Shaman’s Crossing by Robin Hobb – While I’m in the middle of the second book and it’s definitely a more difficult read than the first one was emotion-wise, I still feel like this series could turn out to be amazing. I just need something HAPPY TO HAPPEN PLEASE D:

10. Most Athletic: The biggest book you own (physical size or page length)

Jerusalem by Alan Moore. This might not be the biggest size-wise, but it’s the longest book I own, coming in at 1266 pages. I haven’t read it yet because it’s intimidating. But you can bet your butt I picked it up when I saw it for eight dollars. I do intend on reading this… at some point. When I get a buddy because I’m scared.

It is really heavy.

11. Most Intellectual: The most thought-provoking book you’ve read

Honestly probably this text book. I know it’s a bit of a cheat answer, but I’m serious. This is the book that drove me off the psychology path and onto the neuroscience one (and would later farther drive me into computer science, where I am now. I’d love to get back to neuroscience in the future though).

This book is just so interesting. I read it cover to cover. Brains are so weird.

12. Best All Around: A book or series that you will always recommend to anyone

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik for sure. Recently this book has been getting some hype around it, as people have started picking it up after reading Uprooted or Spinning Silver but man this is Naomi Novik’s magnum opus. It’s just so good and I feel like all sorts of people could like this one.

Fantasy fans, military buffs, historical fans, animal fans, all sorts!

And that’s it! If you have uh… brown hair, or are wearing a shirt with blue on it, I tag you. Peer pressure, do it.

Independence Day Book Tag!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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


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

50 Rapid Fire Book Questions Tag

Book Tag

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

1. Hardback or paperback?

Paperback

2. Dust jacket off or on?

On! I’m a heathen, I know.

3. Second hand or new copies?

Doesn’t matter, I’ll buy both.

4. Audiobooks or nah?

Sure!

5. Do you cover buy?

Occasionally

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

Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)

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

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

8. First book you ever read?

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

Just a Little Critter Collection (Little Critter)

9. Last book you finished?

Shaman King, Vol. 4: The Over Soul

10. Last series you finished?

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

11. Last book you bought?

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

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

12. What’s your favourite genre?

Fantasy!

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

How dare you.

14. What genre do you never reach for?

True crime

15. Do you read poetry?

Occasionally

16. Popular science?

Not really

17. Middle grade?

Occasionally

18. Do you have book box subscriptions?

Nope

19. What’s your favourite bookish item?

My Fullmetal Alchemist pocket watch:

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20. What’s your current bookmark?

This one!

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

A beer bottle

22. Book jackets or nah?

Didn’t we already ask this question?

23. Who’s your fictional boyfriend?

I don’t have one!

24. Favourite book couple?

Probably Ed and Winry from FMA

25. Favourite book villain?

Naraku from Inuyasha

26. Favourite book adventure?

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

27. Series, trilogies or standalones?

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

28. Mixed media books or paragraphs?

Paragraphs

29. What’s your favourite book adaptation?

Miyazaki’s rendition of Howl’s Moving Castle

30. Film adaptations or tv adaptations?

Television

31. What book needs an adaptation?

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)

32. Favourite book world?

Harry Potter. Cliche but true.

33. Favourite writing style?

Probably Robin Hobb

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

Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, #1)

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

Rumble

36. Favourite childhood reads?

The Pokemon chapter book series!

I Choose You (Pokemon Chapter Book, #1)

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

Rurouni Kenshin, Volume 01

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

38. What book did you hate at school?

Lord of the Flies

39. Do you buy to collect?

Yep

40. Do you donate books?

Yep!

41. What’s your favourite reading snack?

Goldfish crackers

42. What’s your favourite reading position?

Usually stretched out in a recliner

43. Natural light or lamp light?

Natural

44. Outside or inside?

Inside

45. Breaking the cover or keeping it smooth?

Smooth. What kind of heathen breaks the cover?!

46. Do you read in other languages?

Not really

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

Shaman King!

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

The Tyrant Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #3)

Soon.

49. Do you have a favourite book influencer?

No.

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

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


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

The intimidating TBR tag!

Book Tag

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

What book have you just not been able to finish?

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

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

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

Caliban's War (The Expanse, #2)

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

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

The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War, #2)

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

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

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

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

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

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

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

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

Saving Fish from Drowning

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

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

Jerusalem

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

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

Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1)

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

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

S.

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


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

Wanderlust Book Tag!

Book Tag

In the famous words of Zezee @Zezeewithbooks (who tagged me in this, thanks pal):

When in doubt, do a book tag.
When unprepared, do a book tag. 😀

So here we areeeee. The tag was created by Alexandra @Reading by Starlight.

Secrets and lies: a book set in a sleepy small town

Hotel Africa, Volume 1

Hotel Africa by Hee Jung Park – this was an unexpectedly delightful read. It’s set at a hotel out in the middle of the desert in Utah, and follows a young man named Elvis both as a child at the hotel with his mom, and as an adult, trying to navigate life like the rest of us. This is a really, really great character study and I adored it.

Salt and sand: a book with a beach-side community

The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #1)

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – Baru’s country, at least where she’s placed in it at the beginning of the book, is along the coast I’m pretty sure.

Here there be dragons: a book with a voyage on the high seas

Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2)

Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik – This is the second book in the Temeraire series and they spend half this book if not more on a boat bound for China!

Tread lightly: a book set down a murky river or a jungle

Dragon Haven (The Rain Wild Chronicles, #2)

I have to go with Zezee’s answer and say Robin Hobb’s Rain Wild Chronicles. When ‘murky river’ is mentioned, the Rain Wild River was definitely the first one to pop into my head.

Frozen wastes: a book with a frost-bitten atmosphere

Blankets

Blankets by Craig Thompson – Unfortunately I didn’t much care for this book, but hey, it fits the prompt.

The boonies: a book with ruff or isolated terrain

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #1)

Hyperion by Dan Simmons – A modern day Canterbury Tales, this book has so many wacko terrains and planets and everything, including the Time Tombs where, well, you should read it. This is definitely a good book.

Hinterlands and cowboys: a book with a western-esque setting

Priest, Volume 1. Prelude for the Deceased

Priest by Min-Woo Hyung – Gothic vampire western. It’s seriously a good series, I really like it.

Look lively: a book set across sweeping desert sands

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson – I gotta tell ya, desert settings are typically not my thing. This book is the exception to the rule, and was pretty great.

Wild and untamed: a book set in the heart of the woods

Daughter of the Forest  (Sevenwaters, #1)

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier – Can’t get more foresty than it being in the title, now can you.

Wildest dreams: a whimsical book shrouded in magic

The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, A Rún, Volume 1

The Girl From the Other Side by Nagabe – This book is so neato, and I should really read volume three. It’s been on my shelf for like months now.


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

Sunshine Blogger Award!

Hello, a neat thing today! I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger award by Alex @MyBookWorld24, so thanks pal!

  • Rules
    • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
    • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
    • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
    • Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts/pinging them
    • List the rules and display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

 

Alex’s questions:

  1. Favourite book?

This is a difficult question. According to my favorites shelf, I have 42 favorite books, so I’m going to go with my most recently added favorite, which is Our Dining Table by Ori Mita!

Our Dining Table

  • If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Honestly somewhere with more snow. When I was a kid, it would start snowing in October and keep snowing until April and I loved it. Now, we’re lucky if we get blusters before Christmas, and it’s usually about done by March. Keep in mind it never stays cold enough to keep snow on the ground anymore. It all melts every few days. 😦 So yeah, somewhere colder… but a place that’d still give me a short spurt of summer. A short one.

  • Favourite blog design?

The one I have! It’s called ‘Choco’ and I think it’s not supported anymore by the creator, which is a bummer.

  • What’s your best life advice?

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it’ll take to achieve it. The time will pass anyway.”

  • A quote to stand by?

Uh.. see above? :”D

  • Your dream job?

Computational neuroscientist!

  • What’s one thing you think the world needs to work on?

Being effing nice to each other.

  • If you could live on one food, what would it be?

Tacos.

  • One post that you enjoyed doing?

I really love doing Blogmas, I can’t pick one kind of post in particular. But all the end of year ones and holiday ones and just the atmosphere of everyone doing all this together for a month or so… it’s so great, I look forward to it every year!

  • What’s the first thing that comes to your mind right now?

…tacos

  • A blog you just started following?

Lauren @Narrative Paradise! And it’s funny because… I thought I’d followed her a long time ago, because I know I’ve been on her page a few times now and have interacted a handful of times too through tags and whatnot. But I was on there today leaving a comment and the little ‘follow?’ button popped up and I went ‘wat, I already did’. But apparently my dumb ass never actually hit the follow button way back when. I am sorry friend, I have fixed that now. :”D Forgive?

PS everyone go check her out, she’s neato!


I nominate:

NarrativeParadise | BookBinderWay | WindsorWrites | TheMadiWay

My questions:

  • What’s your favorite place you’ve ever been?
  • What object that you own is the most precious to you?
  • If you were to combine two books to make a better book, which would they be?
  • If you could add some plot device or character twist to a favorite book, what book and what would you add?
  • Did you participate in the Book-It program as a kid? Did they have it where you grew up?
  • Do you decorate your bookshelves at all?
  • Would you rather have a goat scream in your ear every time you sat down to eat dinner, or have to eat dinner standing up for the rest of your life?
  • What’s the most disappointing book you’ve ever read? Not bad per say, but a let-down
  •  What is your favorite video game, if any?
  • Coffee or tea or something else?
  • Are you a morning person or a night person?

That’s it! Now run away!

Characters of the year tag!

Book Tag

Hello, a tag today! I saw this tag on Zezee @ZezeeWithBooks‘s blog and she said to tag myself if I wanna so GUESS WHAT. This will be all the favorites from my 2019 reading year!

Favorite male character of the year

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

I have to go with Zezee’s answer and say Fitz from the Fitz and the Fool trilogy by Robin Hobb. I’ve always liked Fitz, but in this trilogy series, he really, really grew on me. I love that he’s such a dumbass. And I don’t say this to bash him – I mean it like… he’s developed so well that his character flaws are very realistic. And Fitz’s happens to be… that he’s a dumbass. Every time there’s a plan to follow, he goes off on his own. Every time some mechanism is set in motion, he finds a way to fudge it up. But in his mind, the reasoning we’re given for him doing what he does, makes sense. He’s not dumb. His logic is usually sound, but at the same time, he trusts in others’ abilities so little that he tends to just do his own thing… and most of the time wrecks the overall motion of events as a result. Fitz is a dumbass. But I love him.

Favorite female character of the year

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

(spoiler for character introduction/family relation in Fool’s Assassin) Same series as above, but the character here is Bee, Fitz’ daughter. When she’s born, she’s born weak and small, and isn’t expected to make it. But she does, and as she grows, she becomes this intelligent, independent girl who slowly realizes the world is different than her upbringing suggests, and her growth as a result of it is one of my favorite character arcs. Bee is so great, and I hope that if Robin Hobb ever decides to continue in her Realm of the Elderlings series, that she writes book following Bee.

Most relatable character of the year

O Maidens in Your Savage Season 1

Basically the entire group of girls from O Maidens in Your Savage Season by Mari Okada. They’re all fifteen or so and are beginning to go through the ‘oh no, there are boys, what do I DO?!’ phase. It’s heart warming and endearing and reading it reminded me of the way my mind used to go ‘BUT WHAT!’ when I was a fifteen year old about literally everything. I love this series, it’s so cute.

Couple of the year

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

Shirotani and Kurose from Ten Count by Rihito Takari. I’ve only read the first volume so far so they’re not a couple yet but I know it’s comin’, man. I just know it. And despite what the cover suggests, there is a solid plot in this series. (and honestly, this first volume could have been rated T. I just assume it’s M because of content in later volumes.)  Everyone is just so sweet and cute and lovely.

Villain of the year

Land of the Lustrous, Vol. 1 (Land of the Lustrous, #1)

I use the term ‘villain’ here loosely because I always have trouble coming up with villains. But I really like the Lunarians in Land of the Lustrous by Haruko Ichikawa. This series really grew on me this year, and a lot of it is due to the development of this group called the Lunarians. They’re so odd but also understandable and I think they’re neat.

Most disliked character of the year

You (You #1)

Joe from You by Caroline Kepnes. Ugh, such a creep.

Royal of the year

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

Kelsea from The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. Kelsea really grew on me, particularly in books two and three of this series. Back when I originally read book one, my main issue with it was that Kelsea was a bit unbelievable – her social skills were too developed for being literally only around two other people her entire life. But as the story continued and she continued to stick her to Lawful Goodness, she grew on me. I really like her.

Sidekick/non-main character of the year

Wild Ones, Vol. 1 (Wild Ones, #1)

The yakuza members from Wild Ones by Kiyo Fujiwara. Man, these guys cracked me up. This series follows the girl on the cover, who goes to live with her grandfather after her mother passes away, only to find out that her grandpa is a mob boss and lives in a house full of yakuza. And honestly, they’re so wholesome. A bit insane at times to be honest, but also funny and warm. I still need to get myself a copy of this series. They’re out of print so I need to just pick them up as I see them.

Sibling of the year

Daughter of the Forest  (Sevenwaters, #1)

Sorcha from Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. The amount of absolute shit that this girl goes through to save her brothers and bring them home is horrendous. The whole book follows this – Sorcha trying to save them – and man, they really owed her after all that. Wow, what a sister.


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