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Jingle Bell Book Tag!

Blogmas 2019

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

This tag was created by Richard @The Humpo Show.

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

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

Jade City (The Green Bone Saga, #1)

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

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

The Monster Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #2)

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

Santa and Pete: A Novel of Christmas Present and Past

4. Elf | What book unleashes your inner child?

Well I mean… Harry Potter. :”D

5. The Grinch | Your favorite villain…

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

6. The Holiday | Name your favorite TWO couples…

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

Demon Diary, Volume 01

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

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


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

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

 

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10 Year Challenge Book Tag!

Blogmas 2019

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

What was your favorite book in 2009?

Rurouni Kenshin, Volume 01

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

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

What is your favorite book of 2019?

The Monster Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #2)

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

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

What was your least favorite book in 2009?

Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)

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

What was your least favorite book in 2019?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


And that’s it! I tag Katy!

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

 

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Christmas Decorations and Holiday Scents 2019

Blogmas 2019

Happy Blogmas Day 6!

If you remember from my Blogmas announcement post, I was going to post a ‘Holiday Scents’ thing and a ‘Christmas Decorations’ thing. Well, I’ve decided to combine them, so here we go! This is my decorations set up for this year:

I’ve got the tree, my mantle and my book room decked out. I’m rather liking how the tree turned out in particular.

And for this scents, these are all the Christmasy/Fall-y/Winter-y candles I’ve got going this year:

Needless to say, my house smells pretty damn good right now.

The left photo are the candles on my mantle in the living room, and the right photo are those in my book room. I think my favorite is the one fare to the left in the first photo, the caramel pecan one. ❤

And as a bonus, here’s a couple of my cat enjoying the season:

And that’s it! Simple post, but colorful! If you’ve decorated and care to share, lemme see!

 
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Posted by on 12/06/2019 in Blogmas

 

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Are you ready for sweater weather? Tag!

Blogmas 2019

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

Hot Chocolate – What is your comfort book?

Ella Enchanted (Ella Enchanted #1)

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

Pumpkin Carving – What is your favorite creative outlet?

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

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

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

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

Pumpkin Spiced Latte – Something you love that other people judge

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

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

Bonfire Night – What makes you explode with joy?

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

Fright Night – Favorite scary book or movie

The Library at Mount Char

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

Halloween candy – Favourite thing to eat

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

Scarves – Your autumn ‘must have’ accessory

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

Fire – A book or film that burns your soul

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

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

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


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

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

 

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November Book Haul! | #34

Blogmas 2019

Hello! I got some books this month, and I’m pretty pumped about them:

I took myself on a date this month – went to see Frozen 2, and then got coffee and went to Half Price Books, which is where the above three came from. It was nice, and I might make it a monthly or bi-monthly thing.

A Curse So Dark And Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – Honestly I don’t know too much about this one other than it’s an angsty retelling. I’m in the mood for something like this so hopefully I’ll dig it.

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware – This one’s a bit outside my normal genre, and while it sounded intriguing, it was going to be a library read for me… until I saw it for cheap at HPB, soooo

The Passage by Justin Cronin – To be frank, this book intimidates me. It’s big, it’s not a happy book, and… it’s big. I’ll get to this. I want to read it. But man, I am going to have to work up my courage to do it.

The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith – This one sounds really, really good. It’s a new release but it came out immediately in paperback, something that was unexpected but super great. I prefer paperbacks when I can get them.

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier – Finally, finally I’ll be started a Marillier book. This really should have gone into my currently reading yesterday – I’m buddy reading it with a friend – but I hadn’t technically started it when writing that, so. Needless to say, this one won’t be on my TBR for long.

Food Wars vol 1 by Yuto Tsukada – I’ve read this one, yay! And I liked it. I’ve been following this anime for a while now, and when I saw book one on the shelf, I had to grab it. I intend to collect this series here and there as I see them.

Again!! vols 1 and 2 by Mitsurou Kubo – These were utter impulse buys for me. I can’t tell you a single thing about them, other than that they were on the shelf at HPB and I think it’s some kind of sci-fi? Who knows. I hope I like it though, should be quick to get through.

Fruits Basket Another vol 3 by Natsuki Takaya – This is bittersweet. I loved Fruits Basket as a teen and with the re-release of the new anime this summer, this series has been on my mind a lot. This particular one follows the next generation of Sohmas, and this – volume 3 – is the final volume. Considering the original series was 23 volumes long, I was hoping there’d be more of this too. But I’ll take what I can get, man.


And that’s it! With Christmas coming up, my buying is gonna be limited. I plan on getting two books that I can think of – one of them a manga – but aside from that, any books I get will likely be gifts or the result of a gift card.

If you’ve read any of the above or are planning to, lemme know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 12/03/2019 in Blogmas, Book Haul, Uncategorized

 

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December Currently Reading! | ’19

Happy December! I’m switching today’s and tomorrow’s post around because I haven’t taken pictures of my books for this month yet. 😛 Cry.

This is what I’m currently reading!

Bloodwitch (The Witchlands, #3)

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard – This is my current audio book, and I’m rather digging it. After the novella, which in my opinion dragged, this is nice change of pace.

Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)

Deathless by Catherynne M Valente – I’m pretty sure this was on last month’s currently reading too… I’m still liking it, it’s just been a busy month and I haven’t had much time to sit down with it.

Caliban's War (The Expanse, #2)

Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey – What reading I did do last month was in this book – I’m about half way through it now, and I’m really liking it. I hope to finish it soon!

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – One day I’ll finish this book. ONE DAY.


And that’s it! So instead of this post tomorrow, tomorrow will be my November Book Haul. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 12/02/2019 in Blogmas, Books, Currently Reading

 

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November Wrap Up | ’19

Blogmas 2019

Happy December! Well, almost December. Happy end of November! This is what I read this month:

Books

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

Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb – I finished it. I finished Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series and man it tore me apart. I buddy read this with Zezee and I’m pretty sure both our reactions at the end were just AUAUUGHAHSHHGHGH. This book was absolutely fantastic, and I feel like it tied up enough of the plot that it was a satisfying ending, yet it kept just enough open that if Hobb would decide to write another book in that world, that she could pull it off rather easily. – 5 stars

Sightwitch (The Witchlands, #0.5)

Sightwitch by Susan Dennard – This was a novella I picked up on audio that takes place between books two and three of the Truthwitch series. It was neat, and I liked it, but otherwise it didn’t leave much of an impression on me. – 3 stars

Noragami: Stray God, Vol. 2 (Noragami, #2)

Noragami vol 2 by Adachitoka – I picked up this series originally last month and thought it had a solid beginning. This second volume expanded on that, and I’m definitely invested now. – 3.5 stars

Land of the Lustrous, Vol. 7

Land of the Lustrous vols 7 and 8 by Haruko Ichikawa – This series is getting more and more interesting with each volume. I have so many questions now, augh! – 4 and 3.5 stars respectively

You

You by Caroline Kepnes – I’m still not sure what I read, but I liked it. Man, this book was so unsettling, and it made me feel so many mixed emotions. But wow, was it compelling. I read this so fast, maybe within two or three days. Do I ever want to reread it? No. But it was definitely a ride. – 4 stars

Food Wars!, Vol. 1

Food Wars vol 1 by Yuto Tsukuda – I’ve been following the anime of this for a while and when I saw vol 1 sitting on the shelf, I figured I’d pick it up. This follows the main character on the front as he goes to culinary school. It’s absolutely out of it’s mind and all over the place, but it’s also hilarious, so I liked it. – 3.5 stars


Other things

  • I participated in Nanowrimo! Results will be posted tomorrow.
  • I put up my Christmas tree yesterday! There will also be a post about that.

Reading Goals

  • Read 50 books – 115/50 – Complete!
  • Finish the 10 in 2019 list – 8/10
  • Keep book purchases around 4-5 books per month
    • J – 5 | F – 6 | M – 7 | A – 0 | M – 0 | J – 3 | J – 5 | A – 5 | S – 4| O -2 | N – 5 | D
  • Go on a 2 to 3 month buying ban – Complete!
  • Reduce physical TBR to 250 books – Currently 249 – Complete (now maintaining)
  • Finish the r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge by Mar 31, 2019 – Complete!
  • Post monthly book hauls
    • J | F | M | A (on ban) | M(on ban) | J | JA | S | O | N(scheduled) | D
  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Keep track of statistics
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D

That’s it! I hope your November was lovely! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 11/30/2019 in Blogmas, Books, Wrap-up

 

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