End of Year TBR potentials – My book buying ban is complete!

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Happy Tuesday! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Books on my Winter TBR, so I’m kinda warping it and combining it here with my book buying ban info, so bear with me.

Yay! I’ve completed my book buying ban! I put myself on one back in September or so, during my last book haul.

So during the past few months, I’ve purchased 0 books in an effort to get my physical fictional TBR down. And today is the last day, it’s over! I’m also happy to say that because of it, I’m definitely gonna reach my goal. I’m 1 book away, and with this TBR listed below, I’ll 100% achieve it, yay.

Though I gotta say, I probably won’t buy any books until after Christmas. I requested a few from friends and fam, and they’re the top ones I’d like, so I don’t wanna go buy them now.

After Christmas though, it’s on, man.

Speaking of Christmas

Starting this Saturday the 19th, I’m on vacation until January 4th. I have an entire 16 days off work in a row and because of the plague, I won’t really be going anywhere. Sure, I’ll play porch santa with friends and family – dropping their gifts off and running away – but I won’t be socializing or sharing meals with anyone aside from my husband. We might do some video calls to family but otherwise, nothing much.

That means I’m going to have a lot of open time, particularly the 21st through the 23rd, as I’m off work and my husband isn’t. So I’m gonna do a lot of reading. At least, I’m going to try to.

This is what (tentatively) I plan on picking up:

 

The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh – I picked this one up last night and am only a few pages in so far. I was luke warm to the first one, so I’m hoping I will enjoy this one more.

Hood by Stephen R. Lawhead – This is my current audio book and again I’m only a tad into it. I think I bought this book when I was 14 or so. It was one of my first purchases when I really got into reading fiction, but for some reason I never actually picked it up. So here’s hoping I love it.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin – This is a buddy read I’m doing with a friend irl and honestly I feel like I’m reading a different book than everyone else. It gets super good reviews but honestly so far I’m not super impressed. Granted, I’m only about half way through so that could change but honestly it kinda reads like a fanfiction to me. If you’ve read this and loved it, please tell me what I’m missing (without spoiling if you can, please). This book we have on schedule to finish by the new year.

Renegade’s Magic by Robin Hobb – This is another buddy read! I’m reading this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks and it’s a bit slow-going. I don’t know what it is about this book, but it’s lagging for me. I’m enjoying it for what it is, mind you, but it’s not the kind of book I can binge read. We’re doing four chapters a week at the moment, so this probably won’t be finished until 2021 unless something happens in the plot where it makes us go ‘LET’S JUST READ THE LAST 300 PAGES IN ONE SHOT NOW, OK’. But yeah, will be reading this, but probably won’t finish it with the pace (and I don’t know if my brain would let me even if we wanted to).

The Book of the Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick – This is another book I’ve owned for a long time, but haven’t read yet. I figured, it’s the perfect time of year. The Dead Days referred to in the book are the days between Christmas and New Year’s, so I’m gonna read it then! This is a favorite book of a buddy of mine so I’m hoping I love it too.

Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori – I used to love this series as a teen and figured it was time for a reread. I have the box set so I’m hoping to get through the whole thing. I feel like it’s been ages since I picked up a manga due to me trying to make that physical TBR goal so I’m particularly pumped about this.

Hands Off! by Kasane Katsumoto – This is another one I read back when I was a teen, and am rereading. I’m about half way through the series – on volume 5 out of 8, so I’m hoping to finish this one as well.

Hotel Africa by Hee Jung Park – I read vol 1 of this last year and loved it. I’m about half way through this one and am liking it as well! I only have volume 2 to read. There is a mysterious volume 3 listed on Goodreads but I don’t know if it ever actually came out or not. Ho hum.

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And that’s it! I’m hoping to get to more manga as well honestly, but I don’t wanna lock myself into what exactly I’m going to read. Let me know what you’re planning on doing for the rest of the year because really, I’m just gonna be a lump and I’m so excited.

12 Days of Christmas Book Tag!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How about your favorite leading lad?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All the Christmas books I’ve read to date

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is ‘holiday freebie’, so I’ve decided to literally just list all the Christmas books I’ve read, in order of how much I liked them, because I gotta tell you, it’s fewer than ten. This doesn’t include like, picture books my parents read to me when I was little for Christmas. Chapter books, yes. Picture books, no.

So in order of least favorite to most favorite:

The Autobiography of Santa Claus as told by Jeff Guinn – This one is technically cheating, as I DNF’d the thing. I got about two thirds through it and had to put it down. It had gotten weird and basically started to pull a Bill and Ted, where Santa went around collecting people.

The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans – This one I read a while ago but I remember enjoying it. It follows a widow and her family as they find this Christmas box. It’s wholesome (but then again, so are most of the ones on this list).

Santa & Pete by Christopher Moore and Pamela Johnson – My mom read this book to me when I was little, one of the few I remember her reading. Usually it was my dad that read to us and mom would do other things to spend quality time, but in this case it was her reading. This story is told through a grandpa telling his grandson a tale while driving around on a city bus. I still reread the thing every few years.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – This one’s a classic and I feel like it’s not even worth going into what it’s about. This is really nice to read, though.

The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans – Out of the two Christmas books I’ve read by this guy, this one is my favorite. It’s a kinda-sorta Christmas Carol retelling? Kinda? It’s pretty good I think!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson – This is my favorite Christmas book, hands down. It’s also for the youngest audience. The cover above is not the one I have, but I chose it because the one I have on Goodreads is teeny tiny and wouldn’t resize well, so pbtbt. But this is another book I’m pretty sure my mom read to me. It’s about a town trying to put on a kid’s Christmas pageant and a bunch of rambuctious “problem” children get cast as the main roles. It’s about understanding the backgrounds of other people and wanting to help them anyways. It’s really sweet and I like it. My copy is riddled with holes and all ripped up. Yes, actual holes, apparently 8 year old me at some point took a hole puncher to the thing. Bad Emily.

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And that’s it! Like I said, I didn’t have ten. I’m always on the hunt for new Christmas books though – I try to read one every year. This year I’m rereading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, but if you have any suggestions, do let me know! Happy Blogmas!

Music Monday – Christmas edition! #3

It’s the first Monday of the month, so it’s Music Monday! And it’s December, so it’s getting a holiday spin! These are some of the Christmas songs I’ve been particularly hooked on this month:

This one makes me super nostalgic. The video clips make me all warm inside and make me wanna cry at the same time.
I’m a sucker for violin
I feel like it’s impossible to not include this one.
SAME WITH THIS ONE.
My favorite Christmas song for cranky people

And that’s it! Quick and easy! See you tomorrow!

Christmas Movies To Be Watched – 2020

I make a list every year of movies I wanna watch. Some of them are actual Christmas movies, others are more like ‘I associate them with Christmas’. As of posting this, any that are in bold, I’ve already completed since Thanksgiving! Some of these I’m gonna be buddy-watching with a friend as well. I’m hoping to get them all, but we’ll see haah – I have some on here that I don’t actually own and I would need to track them down. Wish me luck!

  • A Christmas Carol (animated version)
  • A Christmas Carol (Patrick Stewart version)
  • A Christmas Story
  • Scrooged
  • The Polar Express
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  • Jingle All the Way
  • Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt 1
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt 2
  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Two Towers
  • The Return of the King
  • The Santa Clause
  • Home Alone
  • Home Alone 2
  • Office Christmas Party
  • The Ref
  • Love Actually
  • Elf
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Tokyo Godfathers
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

TIME TO GET FESTIVE | Holiday Bucket List 2020 and Fall Bucket List Check-In

CHRISTMAS SEASON IS FINALLY HERE AND NOBODY CAN GROAN AT ME FOR LISTENING TO TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA. I’M LOOKIN AT YOU, BASICALLY EVERYONE I KNOW IRL.

ahem

My favorite holiday is Christmas, so I tend to try to be in the spirit from the day after Thanksgiving through the new year. Meaning, a bucket list is in order.

Last year, I combined my fall and winter bucket list and then never actually referenced it again.This year, I made a fall bucket list separately, and will go over it here to see what I actually did, and then I’ll make a holiday bucket list specifically for this month and into the new year. I’ll go over this one in January 2021 (writing that date out by the way makes me realize how close this horrid year is to being over, augh). So:

Fall bucket list check-in

  • Pumpkin spice latte ✔️
  • Pumpkin cream cold brew ✔️
  • Pumpkin beer ✔️
  • Octoberfest beer ✔️
  • Participate in fall beer exchange ✔️
  • Pumpkin cookies ✔️
  • Break out the fall scented candles ✔️
  • Apple cider ❌
  • Buy spoopy decorations for Halloween ✔️
  • Decorate the house all spoopy ✔️
  • Buy turkey decorations for Thanksgiving ✔️
  • Decorate the house all turkey-y ✔️
  • Break out Christmas decorations and do inventory to see if anything new/replacements are needed ✔️
  • Organize a list of blog posts to write from now til Black Friday ✔️
  • Organize a list of blog posts for Blogmas 2020  ✔️
  • Pre-write November posts, because Nanowrimo ✔️
  • Pre-write at least five Blogmas posts ❌
  • Participate in Nanoplanmo ✔️
  • Participate in Nanowrimo ✔️
  • Go to an applefest (if possible, the plaaaaague, aaaaah) ❌
  • Get pumpkins ✔️
  • Carve pumpkins ❌
  • Hand out candy on trick or treat (if possible, the plaaaaague, aaaaah) ❌
  • Get fall flowers ✔️
  • Gobblerito ✔️
  • Pilgrim sandwich ✔️
  • Turkey and Stuffing ✔️
  • Slow cooker hot chocolate ㋛
  • Fall nail art ❌
  • Buddy read Vita Nostra with Katy @Bookbinderway ✔️
  • Watch The Lord of the Rings ✔️
  • Watch Harry Potter ㋛
  • Watch a scary movie ❌
  • Hang all the framed art that’s been sitting on the ground, leaning against the wall since I moved in three years ago ㋛
  • Buy a new car ❌
  • Read three of my remaining 10 in 2020 books ❌

So overall I did pretty well. The ones I didn’t do tend to be the ones that involve socializing. My area got really bad again right after Halloween because somebody decided to hold a rally nearby and nobody wore masks. So now we have a spike.

The faces are ones I kinda did. Like watch Harry Potter: I watched the first three. Hang wall art: I’ve hanged a few. Stuff like that. Some of these will transfer to my holiday list, some won’t.

As with the fall bucket list, a lot of this is gonna be food. Shh.

Holiday bucket list

  • Chestnut praline latte
  • Peppermint mocha
  • Winter beer
  • Break out the electric blanket
  • Make a list of Christmas movies to watch
  • Watch those Christmas movies
  • Bake Christmas cookies
  • Ship cookies to buddies
  • Decorate the Christmas tree
  • Go Christmas shopping (online? 😦 )
  • Winter nail art
  • Go Christmas light hunting
  • Hang up Christmas lights outside
  • Get Christmas sweets
  • Get fiction TBR down to 200 books
  • Watch Harry Potter (from beginning!)
  • Watch Lord of the Rings (again)
  • Wrap presents
  • Decorate apartment all Christmasy
  • Finish hanging frames on the walls
  • Buy a car
  • Complete blogmas
  • Irish cream cold brew
  • Get Christmas jammies to wear to bed Christmas eve
  • Learn how to play Carol of the Bells on guitar – in progress!!!
  • Break out Christmas scented candles
  • Finish book buying ban successfully
  • Make nacho dip for New Year’s
  • Send cards to my grandmother

Making this list made me both excited and sad. I had so much I wanted to do that involved other people, but I can’t do it this year – I was comparing last year’s list to this year’s and there were so many things where I was like ‘well, can’t do that this year’. It’s kind heartbreaking honestly.

Next year’s list is gonna be baller though, believe you me. I am gonna go all out. I’m gonna be so damned merry.

Let me know what you’re planning on doing this holiday season! Happy Blogmas!

Blogmas 2020 has arrived! | Tentative posting schedule

It’s here, it’s here! Blogmas has begun!

But what, you say? It’s only November 21st? You’re right! But I’m being nuts this year and starting Blogmas today!

Why? Well, because I normally post on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, aaaand next week has Thanksgiving on Thursday and I make a special post for that as well. So between now and December first, the “normal” start of Blogmas, I’d be posting seven out of ten days anyways. So I figured I’m gonna start the bloggy cheer early this year!

I’m also planning on doing all those end-of-year posts between after Christmas and into the beginning of January, meaning I’ll be going for a while after the normal date range as well.

So from today until January 7th, you’ll see a post from me every day!

The only exception being Christmas Day. I’m giving myself that day off because it’s Christmas, man.

This is my tentative posting schedule. Everything is subject to change, but as of right now, this is what I’m leaning towards. If you’re doing Blogmas as well, feel free to swipe ideas:

November:

  • 21 – This post!
  • 22 – Nanowrimo update 3
  • 23 – Thanksgiving decorations
  • 24 – Top 10 Tuesday, Thanksgiving edition
  • 25 – Top 5 Wednesday, “No Thanks”
  • 26 – Thanksgiving Day Book Tag
  • 27 – TIME TO GET FESTIVE, fall bucketlist check-in/holiday bucketlist
  • 28 – November favorites
  • 29 – Nanowrimo week 4
  • 30 – November wrap up

December:

  • 1 – Nanowrimo results
  • 2 – Top 5 Wednesday, TBD
  • 3 – December currently reading
  • 4 – Book haul fate
  • 5 – Christmas decorations 2020
  • 6 – Christmas movies to-be-watched
  • 7 – Music Monday, Christmas edition
  • 8 – Top 10 Tuesday, Holiday/Seasonal edition
  • 9 – Top 5 Wednesday, TBD
  • 10 – Blogmas/vlogmas faves and shoutouts
  • 11 – Christmas cracker book tag
  • 12 – Unfinished series/series I won’t finish 2020
  • 13 – 12 Days of Christmas book tag
  • 14 – Christmas stuffing recipe
  • 15 – Top 10 Tuesday, books on my winter TBR/book buying ban is over!
  • 16 – Top 5 Wednesday, TBD
  • 17 – Baking cookies
  • 18 – Christmas book blogger tag
  • 19 – Coffee mug collection 2020
  • 20 – Christmas breakfast egg bake recipe
  • 21 – Fantasy bingo update
  • 22 – Top 10 Tuesday, Books I hope Santa brings
  • 23 – Top 5 Wednesday, TBD
  • 24 – Christmas Eve book tag
  • 25 – Merry Christmas! No post from me today
  • 26 – December favorites
  • 27 – 10 in 2021
  • 28 – December book haul
  • 29 – New year’s eve book tag
  • 30 – Top 5 Wednesday, books I didn’t get to in 2020
  • 31 – December wrap up

January:

  • 1 – 2020: A year in review
  • 2 – Reading resolutions 2021
  • 3 – Bottom books of 2020
  • 4 – Music Monday
  • 5 – Top 10 Tuesday, Top books of 2020
  • 6 – Top 5 Wednesday, TBD
  • 7 – Bookshelf tour 2021

And that will be it – my posting schedule (give or take) for the next month in a half. I will be pre-writing a lot of it, but some posts obviously I won’t be able to. I might end up swapping out some of these with book blabbers, should anything really grip me. I don’t plan blabbers ahead of time as I don’t know which books will inspire them. But don’t be surprised if a few pop up! Also, those ‘TBD’s on the Top 5 Wednesday are there because the prompts have not been posted yet. When they are, I’ll either do them if I like them or sub them out for some other post if I don’t. Either way, there will be a post.

My everyday posting will end as I said on Jan 7th, that’ll give me a day of break, and then that weekend, I’ll resume my normal Sat-Sun-Tues-Wed schedule, starting with my January currently reading and a holiday bucketlist check-in post, followed by 2021 Anticipated Reads and a Top 5 Wednesday! And then after that I need to start planning again because I’ll be out of ideas!

This is my fifth year doing Blogmas, and it’s always so much fun. If you’re doing it this year, please let me know. I’d love to follow along on your posts!

Happy Blogmas everyone! I’M SO PUMPED.

December Book Haul! |#35

Blogmas 2019

Happy Monday! This is the only time I’ll say that because I’m still on vacation this Monday, so a happy Monday it is indeed, people. Next Monday is different and we’re denying it’s existence right now.

So for December, I received two books as gifts, bought three on my own, and then used gift cards I received as gifts to get the rest. So technically I went over my five, but hey, they’re gifts and we’re about to enter a new decade. I do not caaaaare.

This is what I got!

Harry Potter: A History of Magic – This book I got from my husband, and man, did he get creative with it. He’s the type of person who buys and wraps everything a day or two before Christmas, so all of the 23rd, he’s hiding in his office, and there are paper sounds and curses and thuds and all that and I’m in the next room reading, just listening to all this, right.

So he finally comes out with a pile of gifts for me, and there’s one that’s about three feet long, two and a half feet wide, and about eight inches thick. And I’m looking at it like ‘there’s nothing I asked for that’s that big, he has to have been creative and got me something else’. So he’s putting it under the tree and I’m looking at it and go, ‘Wow, I have no idea what that could be!’ and he looks at me and goes, ‘It’s a book, obviously!’ and I laugh and he laughs and the cat laughs and we move on.

Christmas morning, I open the honking huge package to find… two giant sheets of styrofoam, sandwiching paper towel tubes that have been taped between them. And on this inside of the paper towel tubes? This book. He had told me it was a book and we all laughed and it was actually a book. What a nerd.

Rave Master vols 7-9 by Hiro Mashima – These three I bought myself. I picked them up second hand at Half Price Books! I’ve been collecting this series as I see it. It’s hard, as it’s out of print, but as of now, I think I have 1-9 and then 12!

The Inheritance and Other Stories by Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm – These are the same people, both pen names. But I picked up this in tangent with picking up The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince, which…. never arrived, waah. The seller contacted me and told me it was damaged in the mail and that they didn’t have a second copy to send me. Sad 😦 So I’ve re-ordered it from another seller, and it’s on its way, but it’s gonna be a bit. In the meantime though, I’m excited about this one.

Jade City by Fonda Lee– My parents got me this! 😀 It was on my books I hope Santa brings list, so I was v happy to get it. I’m pumped about it too!

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden – Second book in the series! I read the first earlier this year and really liked it, so I’m hoping to like this too. I got this for myself at Hpb.

Blackwing by Ed McDonald – Another Hpb purchase, I got this because I saw it and I had heard good things, soo…. it’s mine now.

5 Centimeters Per Second by Makoto Shinkai – Picked this up with giftcards, so thanks, aunts and uncles! Honestly the only thing I know about this is that it’ll rip my heart, and I kinda wanna no nothing else until I jump into it.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin – Another giftcard buy. I’m jumping on the train, whaddya want.

Ouran High School Host Club vols 1 and 2 by Bisco Hatori – Hpb buy! These are actually still in print. I’ve been meaning to pick them up for like… forever, and when I saw them for cheap I couldn’t refuse. I read this originally when I was in high school, so I’ve got the nostalgic factor going for them, big time.

Paradise Kiss by Ai Yazawa – This is a gift card buy, and super nostalgic. A friend I had in high school loved this series, and I’ve since lost contact with her. I remember reading them and liking them, but honestly… I got this series just so I can remember her better. I literally have zero way to contact her. She had no social media that I can find and moved away from the area. -_- MELANIE, I MISS YOU. This is the bind up edition of the entire series and it is thiiiiick.

Dragon Ball bind up vol 1 by Akira Toriyama – I’ve decided to collect the original Dragon Ball series. I grew up watching Dragon Ball Z and loved it, and recently I watched Super and thought it was okay. But the original Dragon Ball, I’ve seen bits and pieces of. So I figured why not collect the manga? As the original editions are out of print, and because I don’t own any already, I decided to collect this edition. Gift card!


And that’s it! A total of six books, eight manga. I’m pretty pumped, honestly.

Also, when I was trying to take pictures of all these yesterday under the tree, my cat came over and reminded me why I can’t have nice things:

Sigh.

Happy reading!

The Christmas Eve Book Tag!

Blogmas 2019

Merry Christmas Eve! It’s finally here! All the gifts are wrapped, all the cookies are made, all the things are thinged.

I posted this tag last year (and probably the year before too) so it’s basically tradition at this point, I guess. Wasn’t tagged, as per usual. The tag was created by Sam @Sam’s Nonsense.

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

Daughter of the Forest  (Sevenwaters, #1)

At the moment, Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. I’m buddy reading this with a pal of mine and we have just over a hundred pages left and honestly I kinda wanna stop writing this and go read that instead. No offense, blog.

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

Lately I’ve been munching on all the cookies that Meredith @Allboutthembooksandstuff sent me. It’s been a tradition since probably 2012, that we send each other cookies every year! This year I made out, man. Everything is delicious!

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

Fruits Basket, Vol. 1

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya, both for content reasons and for nostalgic ones. I first read this series my sophomore year of high school, so it reminds me of all the friends I had then (some of them I still have!). Basically we all were in a group, and all of us owned different manga, and when we wanted to read a series, we just went through the grapevine to see if anyone in the group owned in (there were a lot of us) and it would make its way to you, whether you actually knew the person who owned it or not. Like I said, there were a lot, so sometimes someone would lend you the series by giving it to a friend, who’d drop it off to another, who’d drop it off to another, who’d give it to you, and you wouldn’t actually meet the person until you found them to give the books back. It was a huge trust system obviously, but it usually worked out pretty well.

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

Each and every rendition of Carol of the Bells. Every. One.

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

O Maidens in Your Savage Season 5

O Maidens vol 5, which is technically already out, but I just haven’t picked it up yet. But it’s the last of my 2019 anticipated releases, and I’m pumped about it.

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

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

Most recently, Wild Ones by Kikyo Fujiwara – It’s a shojo romance about a girl who goes to live with her grandfather after her mother dies, only to find out that he’s a yakuza boss. It’s cute, it’s sweet, it’s funny, and it is definitely addicting.

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

I made an entire post the other day on books I hope Santa brings! So literally any of those would be great. But out of all of them, the one I think I want the most is Jade City by Fonda Lee.

Jade City (The Green Bone Saga, #1)


And that’s it! Tomorrow, I’m giving myself a break because, well, it’s Christmas. But starting the 26th, all my ‘end of the year’ type posts will start coming out, and will continue to do so through the first week of January or so.

So Merry Christmas everyone! Happy holidays! Happy bank-holiday-where-you-can-(hopefully)-get-the-day-off!

12 Days of Christmas Book Tag!

Blogmas 2019

A tag today! This tag was created by Lizzie Loves books! I wasn’t tagged, I’m just doin it because CONTENT, MAN.

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?

 

The Martian

The Martian by Andy Weir – This ended up being my favorite book of 2015 or so, and it still holds its title. It’s a pretty great one, and lives up to the hype in my opinion.

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

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

Honestly? I kinda don’t have one. I like a lot of romance ships, cannon and otherwise, but none stick out to me as ‘the 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?

The Tawny Man trilogy by Robin Hobb is definitely up there. Man </3

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?

The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik – it’s a nine book historical fantasy about dragon warfare in the Napoleonic era. It’s super neat.

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?

Augh this question. I can never really answer this question. I don’t read too many books with villains.

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?

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)
Robin Hobb again, but her entire Elderlings world is one of my favorites if not my absolute. I’m such a fangirl.

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?

Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy, #2)

Robin Hobb again – Nighteyes! He shows up in I think the second book of the Farseer trilogy, and captured my heart. He’s such a wonderful wolf.

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?

Food Wars!, Vol. 1

Obviously need to go with Food Wars by Yuto Tsukuda – It’s a story about cooking competitions in a culinary school. It’s rather hilarious and all of the food looks like it’d be to die for.

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?

Ella Enchanted (Ella Enchanted #1)

Ella from Ella Enchanted – This story is a good one I think. The main character is placed under a curse to always be obedient, and though our main character deals with that, she’s still strong-willed and determined to live her own life. I really like her, and as a youngun growing up I thought she was really neat, too.

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

How about your favorite leading lad?

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)

Already mentioned this series, but Lawrence from Temeraire. In the beginning of the series, he’s a naval captain who takes a French ship containing Temeraire’s egg, and once Temeraire claims him as a captain, Lawrence is flung head first into the Aerial Corp, the dragon division of the British military. I like him so much because of his sense of morals. He always strives to do what is right, even if it ends up being illegal, or having huge consequences. Throughout the series, he never loses this moral compass he has, no matter what happens to him, and I really like him for it.

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.)

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)

Rothfuss’s Kingkiller trilogy has a neat thing. As many issues as I have with this book, which you can see here if you’re really curious, I really like the musical dynamic it has. The whole music competition, the high prospects of musicians, all of it. I think it’s really neat.

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?

That… would be a spoiler. :”D I have a full favorites post coming out within the next week or two. You’ll just have to wait, hawhaw.


And that’s it! I know it’s super close to Christmas now, but if you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged!