Bookish Christmas Book Tag! | Blogmas Day 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friends and Family: Name a book with fantastic characters.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literally anything by Robin Hobb

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


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

Until tomorrow, peeps!

Books I want to read but don’t want to read tag

Well, hi! A tag today. Wasn’t tagged, but this seemed fun. This tag was created by Jamishleves, so go check out the original.

PS, for the ‘don’t want to read’ bits, I do want to read all of these, they’re either just so damned intimidating or the previous one in the series was ‘just ok’ or… any number of reasons. But my point is the title. I do want to read these, but there’s something blocking me mentally. Also, all the books mentioned I do own already, so while they’re being difficult in my head, they’re also taking up TBR space, the goons.

A book you feel you need to read because everyone talks about it

The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, #1)The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan – As a self-proclaimed fantasy fan, it’s a bit weird that I haven’t attempted this series yet. It’s so scary though, thirteen books is a commitment! Maybe a buddy read would help me out here.







A book that’s really long

JerusalemJerusalem by Alan Moore – This is the author’s magnum opus according to him, and it’s over 1000 pages. And from what I heard, it’s one dense sonofabitch. But I do wanna read it. Eventually. Some day.







A book you’ve owned/had on your TBR for too long

The War of the FlowersWar of the Flowers by Tad Williams – I think I bought this book when I was 18 years old. I’m thirty now, for reference. I do wanna read it – it’s survived countless purges. I just need to actually pick it up.






A book that is ‘required’ reading
(eg, school text, really popular classic – something you feel obligated to read!)

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien – Again, ‘fantasy fan’, I feel like I should really read this at some point.







A book that intimidates you

The Bone ClocksThe Bone Clocks by David Mitchell – Honestly anything outside my “normal” genres intimidate me, literary fiction in particular. And this is a chunker of a literary fiction. Soooo. I know it’s also fantasy-esque, so I’m hoping that helps.







A book you think might be slow

The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated PrimerThe Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson – Both of the previous books I’ve read by him I’ve liked, but both of them were a tad slow, so this one will likely also be.









A book you need to be in the right mood for

The Time Traveler's AlmanacThe Time Traveler’s Almanac by a slew of authors – Anyone who’s been on my blog for any amount of time knows that short stories aren’t my thing. Nothing against the authors or their stories, I just tend to not love them. This is a short story collection. Going into it, I really need to be in the right mood. Honestly it’s barely survived multiple purges now, and it might end up being canned before I do get to it. We’ll see!





A book you’re unsure if you will like

From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash, #1)From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout – This is a very recent purchase for me. I haven’t even hauled it yet. It’s about a 50-50 chance whether or not I’ll like it. It’s weird, I love the process of reading books like this, but don’t always end up liking the book itself. So even if I rate this a one star, I’ll probably still like the time spent on it? I don’t know how to explain it better. But it’s a chunker in its own right. The thing is a brick.




And that’s it!

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

The book addiction tag!

Hi! A tag today! I wasn’t tagged but I found the thing here!

1. What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?

Honestly, months. It hasn’t happened in years though, that I’ve gone that long without reading.

2. How many books do you carry on your person (physical or device) at any one time?

Usually just one. I read more than one at once, but I tend to only have one on me.

3. Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?

I purge like crazy. I keep a book if I either really liked it or if it’s something I can’t stop thinking about, even if I disliked it. Otherwise I get rid of ones I disliked and don’t care about, or ones I haven’t read but lost all interest in.

4. How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?

Assuming I don’t know what I want ahead of time, anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours

5. How much time per day do you actually spend reading?

Between 0 minutes and 12 hours, depending on the day. During the work week maybe about a half hour a day? On the weekends I can get in a lot more.

6. Where does the task “picking up a book” appear on your daily to-do list?

It doesn’t. It’s not a task. If it was I wouldn’t enjoy it as much.

7. How many books do you reckon you own in total (include ebooks)?

Over 1000. With ebooks though I’m not sure of the exact number. It might add 20 or 30.

8. Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?

It depends on who I’m talking to! If it’s a friend I know reads, a lot. If it’s not, I don’t.

9. What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?

According to Goodreads, A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin, coming in at 1179 pages. This one took me a bit.

10. Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds (searched bookstore, online digging, stalked author, etc.)?

Fruits Basket vol 23 by Natsuki Takaya. It’s the final volume in the series and out of print. When the anime was rebooted, the manga went from hard to find to downright impossible. I found this one though. I paid four times list price for it, but I did find it.

Four times might sound like a lot, but now the price has shot up way more. So I’m glad I bought it when I did.

Also wtf, who thinks it’s ok to stalk an author?

11. Is there a book you struggled to finish because you refused to DNF?

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. It was not a book for me, but I finished it. It even sparked a discussion post on DNF-ing books. I was so torn.

12. What are 3 (some) of your main book goals for 2020 or 2021 (if you’ve started planning)?

For 2021, read at least 40 novels and as many manga as I can manage (I’ll probably set my Goodreads goal to 100 total), knock my physical fiction TBR down to 170, and knock my manga TBR down by 50 (I have no idea what it’s at now).

13. Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (by inspiration or your incessant nagging)?

I’ve gotten non-readers to read books, but didn’t fully convert them, no.

14. Describe what books mean to you in FIVE words.

They keep me pretty entertained.


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

Over 30 book tag!

Happy Saturday! A tag today, now that I’m old enough to do it. This tag was created by Inknotblood.

1. Name one of your favorite books that features a protagonist who is thirty years old or older.

I didn’t like how hard it was to answer this question. Out of the hundreds of books I’ve read, I found like four or five that actually fit this prompt, and on top of that, none of the protagonists were women.

I need me some 30 year old lady books, please recommend some.

So I picked Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames. This book was rather entertaining.

2. Name a book that represents who you were when you were younger.

For this one I chose Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi, because it was such an integral part of my teenagerdom. Both through the manga and the anime, I gained a lot of friends who I’ve traveled the world to meet, I became involved in online fandom, and it was definitely a gateway series into my now huge interest in manga and anime.

Man at 15, this was my jam. (It still is my jam, let’s be real)

3. Name a book that represents where you are in your life now.

The first one that came to mind is Wotakoi by Fujita. Granted I’m about five years old than the characters, and I’m married while they are in the dating stage, but the themes of this manga match my life pretty well.

The characters have desk jobs which take up a large part of their day, and then in the evenings they either play video games or read manga and drink beer.

And like, that’s pretty much it, to be honest. Hah.

4. Name a book that represents something that has never changed about you.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and this is for the simple reason that ever since I was little I’ve loved Christmas. If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time I’m sure you’ve picked up this tidbit of information. I do blogmas every year and do holiday theme stuff and all sorts.

I love getting into the season and I always have.

5. Name one of your favorite classics.

I don’t read too many classics, which is a shame, because when I do read them I tend to like them. I feel like I need a buddy read to get me motivated, bwah.

One of my favorites though, is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I read this back in high school for an English class (huge buddy read, makes sense in retrospect) and really liked it.

 6. Name a book you like or would like to read that was published in the year you were born.

I’ve got three! All of these were published in 1990, and all three I physically own in some capacity (the middle one is technically my husband’s but same diff). The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan, which is the start to the well known huge, intimidating Wheel of Time series, Nightfall by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg, which is a sci-fi novel based on I believe a short story of Asimov’s, and Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis, which I picked up in the midst of my 90s fantasy kick but never actually got to. I have a sneaking suspicion that I’ll love it, though.


And that’s it! If you’re 30 or older, I tag you. Peer pressure, do it.

Mango Book Tag!

Book Tag

This tag was created by Nandini @NovelsandNebulas

Well hi. I’m doing a tag today! I was pseudo-tagged by Zezee @Zezeewithbooks, who said mango lovers are tagged. I mean it was peer pressure at the most extreme, I felt like I would be crushed into nothing if I refused.

Also I gotta tell ya: I had never heard of many of these mango things going into this tag. I looked them all up and learned about them a bit. This is a neato tag.

Anyways here some mango stuff about books:

Raw Mango: Your most anticipated release

The Tyrant Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #3)

The Tyrant Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – This is the third book in the Masquerade series, and I’ve been pining for it for a year. It comes out on August 11th and while I plan on picking it up release day or very shortly after I do need to reread the second book so my memory is fresh. I’m gonna pick it up right after my current read.

Goodreads synopsis of book 1: Tomorrow, on the beach, Baru Cormorant will look up from the sand of her home and see red sails on the horizon.

The Empire of Masks is coming, armed with coin and ink, doctrine and compass, soap and lies. They’ll conquer Baru’s island, rewrite her culture, criminalize her customs, and dispose of one of her fathers. But Baru is patient. She’ll swallow her hate, prove her talent, and join the Masquerade. She will learn the secrets of empire. She’ll be exactly what they need. And she’ll claw her way high enough up the rungs of power to set her people free.

In a final test of her loyalty, the Masquerade will send Baru to bring order to distant Aurdwynn, a snakepit of rebels, informants, and seditious dukes. Aurdwynn kills everyone who tries to rule it. To survive, Baru will need to untangle this land’s intricate web of treachery – and conceal her attraction to the dangerously fascinating Duchess Tain Hu.

But Baru is a savant in games of power, as ruthless in her tactics as she is fixated on her goals. In the calculus of her schemes, all ledgers must be balanced, and the price of liberation paid in full.

Banganapalli: Longest book on your TBR


According to Goodreads, it’s Jerusalem by Alan Moore, coming in at 1266 pages. This is the guy who wrote V For Vendetta and The Watchmen, and from what I heard this is apparently his Magnum Opus. It’s a novel too, as opposed to the graphic novels he’s famous for. Eventually I’ll pick it up. Honestly it’ll probably have to be as a buddy read, I’m rather intimidated.

Goodreads synopsis: Fierce in its imagining and stupefying in its scope, Jerusalem is the tale of everything, told from a vanished gutter.

In the epic novel Jerusalem, Alan Moore channels both the ecstatic visions of William Blake and the theoretical physics of Albert Einstein through the hardscrabble streets and alleys of his hometown of Northampton, UK. In the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England’s Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap housing projects. Embedded in the grubby amber of the district’s narrative among its saints, kings, prostitutes, and derelicts, a different kind of human time is happening, a soiled simultaneity that does not differentiate between the petrol-colored puddles and the fractured dreams of those who navigate them.

Employing, a kaleidoscope of literary forms and styles that ranges from brutal social realism to extravagant children’s fantasy, from the modern stage drama to the extremes of science fiction, Jerusalem’s dizzyingly rich cast of characters includes the living, the dead, the celestial, and the infernal in an intricately woven tapestry that presents a vision of an absolute and timeless human reality in all of its exquisite, comical, and heartbreaking splendor.

In these pages lurk demons from the second-century Book of Tobit and angels with golden blood who reduce fate to a snooker tournament. Vagrants, prostitutes, and ghosts rub shoulders with Oliver Cromwell, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce’s tragic daughter Lucia, and Buffalo Bill, among many others. There is a conversation in the thunderstruck dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral, childbirth on the cobblestones of Lambeth Walk, an estranged couple sitting all night on the cold steps of a Gothic church front, and an infant choking on a cough drop for eleven chapters. An art exhibition is in preparation, and above the world a naked old man and a beautiful dead baby race along the Attics of the Breath toward the heat death of the universe.

An opulent mythology for those without a pot to piss in, through the labyrinthine streets and pages of Jerusalem tread ghosts that sing of wealth, poverty, and our threadbare millennium. They discuss English as a visionary language from John Bunyan to James Joyce, hold forth on the illusion of mortality post-Einstein, and insist upon the meanest slum as Blake’s eternal holy city.

Alphonso: A hyped book you love

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas – It’s specifically this one I love. The first and third in the series are nowhere near as good. Fight me. :p

Goodreads synopsis of book 1: Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

Totapuri: A book with a green or yellow cover

Shaman's Crossing (Soldier Son, #1)

Shaman’s Crossing by Robin Hobb – A recent read that I really enjoyed! I buddy read this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks and man, we both really liked it. We’ll be picking up the second one next week and this first one just won’t leave my head. I think of it multiple times a day!

Goodreads synopsis: Nevare Burvelle is the second son of a second son, destined from birth to carry a sword. The wealthy young noble will follow his father—newly made a lord by the King of Gernia—into the cavalry, training in the military arts at the elite King’s Cavella Academy in the capital city of Old Thares. Bright and well-educated, an excellent horseman with an advantageous engagement, Nevare’s future appears golden.

But as his Academy instruction progresses, Nevare begins to realize that the road before him is far from straight. The old aristocracy looks down on him as the son of a “new noble” and, unprepared for the political and social maneuvering of the deeply competitive school and city, the young man finds himself entangled in a web of injustice, discrimination, and foul play. In addition, he is disquieted by his unconventional girl-cousin Epiny—who challenges his heretofore unwavering world view—and by the bizarre dreams that haunt his nights.

For twenty years the King’s cavalry has pushed across the grasslands, subduing and settling its nomads and claiming the territory in Gernia’s name. Now they have driven as far as the Barrier Mountains, home to the Speck people, a quiet, forest-dwelling folk who retain the last vestiges of magic in a world that is rapidly becoming modernized. From childhood Nevare has been taught that the Specks are a primitive people to be pitied for their backward ways—and feared for their indigenous diseases, including the deadly Speck plague, which has ravaged the frontier towns and military outposts.

The Dark Evening brings the carnival to Old Thares, and with it an unknown magic, and the first Specks Nevare has ever seen

Neelam: A rainy day book recommendation

Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders, #1)

Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb – Another Hobb book! I still haven’t quite decided my ultimate favorites list in all the Elderlings books but this series is probably up there. And the best part is it’s really long, which is perfect for a rainy day book.

Goodreads synopsis: Not far from the Six Duchies lies Bingtown, hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships–rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness.  Bingtown’s Old Traders, their wealth eroded by northern wars and the rapacity of southern pirates, now face an influx of upstart merchants who bring change to a complex society.

The Vestrit family’s only hope of renewed prosperity is the Vivacia, a liveship they have nurtured for three generations.  Now, as old Captain Vestrit lies dying in Bingtown, the Vivacia cuts homeward through the waves, about to quicken into a living being.  The ship carries Vestrit’s daughter Althea and the conniving son-in-law he has named as the Vivacia‘s next captain.

But lovely, wild-spirited Althea, sailing the Vivacia with her father since childhood and sharing its half-awakened memories and ocean secrets, has bonded with the ship in her deepest soul.  Joined by Brashen–her father’s first mate, now demoted by the Vivacia‘s new commander–she will stop at nothing in a bitter quest to claim its captaincy.

Meanwhile, in the rocky cays known as the Pirate Isles, a ruthless man lusts after his own kind of power.  The pirate captain Kennit, in his scheme to be king of this outlaw realm, has vowed that he will wrest a liveship from its owners and turn it to his own use.  His twisted ambition will bring him into a strange partnership with a boy-priest turned seaman–and into violent conflict with the wizardwood magic of Althea and Brashen.

Mango Pickle: A book that makes you feel nostalgic

The Book Thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – I read this book for a college class back in 2011 or so. It makes me nostalgic just for being in college, particularly back when I was getting my first degree. The atmosphere was just different, and when I went back to the same place for my second degree it just wasn’t the same man. I’ll forever pine for those two years, and this book makes me think of them.

Goodreads synopsis: It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.

By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up, and closed down.

Mango Kulfi: A feel-good book recommendation

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

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan – This is another recent read from April or so. This book is just so wholesome and wonderful and adventurous and I was very happy reading it.

Goodreads synopsis: You, dear reader, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart—no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon’s presence, even for the briefest of moments—even at the risk of one’s life—is a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten. . . .

All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.

Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.


And that’s it! If you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged. Embrace the mango, peer pressure.

Stay at Home Book Tag!

Book Tag

Happy Saturday! As we’re all house gremlins at this point, I figured this tag was fitting. Obligatory ‘wasn’t tagged’, but here’s the original, if you’re interested.

Laying in Bed – book you could/have read in a day

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)It’s been a while since I read a book that wasn’t a manga in a day. I think the last time it happened was around early 2017, when I was working the dayshift at the technology help desk is my college’s campus library – like January or so. Meaning that classes weren’t really happening and I literally either binged X-Files for 8 hours or read an entire book. There were three books I believe I read in one sitting during that, but the most recent of those is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

Snacking – guilty pleasure book

Honestly probably all the manga I’ve been reading recently that have an R rating. I’m not gonna post the covers here because some of them are a little much. But I chalk it up to reading a romance – they’re fun, but they’re not covers you wanna go ‘HEY LOOK AT THIS’ while you’re in public.

Netflix – series you want to start

Shaman King, Vol. 1: A Shaman in TokyoShaman King by Hiroyuki Takei. Technically I’ve started this – I’ve read volume 1. But there are 32 volumes in this series, and I want to get through them all during the quarantine. My sister lent them all to me, so I’m hoping to buzz through them pretty quick.


Deep Clean – been on your TBR for ages

The War of the FlowersThe War of the Flowers by Tad Williams – I believe I bought this book when I was fifteen years old. Fifteen. To give you an idea how long ago that was, I’m 29 now. It’s literally been on my shelves, unread for nearly half my life. There are a few other books I bought around the same time and still haven’t read, but this one is the one that pops into my mind. I have it on my 10 in 2020 list this year, so I’m hoping to read it.

Animal Crossing – book you recently bought because of hype

Honestly, none. They only books I’ve bought in the last month and a half have been manga, and I tend to pick those not on hype but just on what I’m feeling at the moment. I don’t really do that with books, which is weird. But with manga? Yeah, I tend to find all my own (though I won’t say no to a good recommendation now and then)

Productivity – book you learned from or had an impact on you

Assassin's Fate (The Fitz and the Fool, #3)Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb – I chose this one not because I learned from it, but because I finished it literally back in November and I still think about it. This book, when I read it, actually put me into a funk after. Not a reading slump, mind you, but like a mood funk. And honestly it wasn’t due to the contents of the book, it was due to the journey being over. I was pining. This was book sixteen in a long, complex, wonderful fantasy series that I’d been reading for the previous three years, and then I read this and it was done. It’s funny I think about it now, though. I’m about to pick up some short stories set in the same world, so I’ll get a bit of re-exposure.

Facetime – A book you were gifted

Yu Yu Hakusho, Volume 1: Goodbye, Material World! (Yu Yu Hakusho, #1)Yu Yu Hakusho vols 1 and 3 – by my sister! Back when I lived with my parents, I had bought volume 1. But I for some reason decided to not collect it, and gave it to my sister for her collection. Well, with her lending me the entire series of Shaman King recently, I asked if she ever ended up collecting the rest of Yu Yu Hakusho. She said no, she just had the one I gave her, and one other volume she got randomly. And then she gave them to me when I mentioned I wanted to actually start collecting them. So now I have them! This is an out of print series, so finding the rest might be a challenge. But hey, it’s also fun.

Self Care – what is one thing you have done recently to look after yourself

Logging off work at 4pm. And that might sound weird, especially since that’s the time I’m supposed to log off. But recently my team at work has been all ‘gotta work til it’s done!’ and I’m all ‘no, I work til 4’ and then I leave. I’m not a fan of the whole ‘Overtime just because’, especially now that we’re all working from home. The worst part is I kinda feel guilty about it because the rest of my team keeps working… but I am working 40 hours. I’m not slacking. My goodness, corporate America has ruined me.

BONUS – name a book coming out soon

The Tyrant Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #3)


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

Women’s History Book Tag

Book Tag

Happy Saturday! It’s Women’s History Month! So today’s tag is that! I saw this on Zezee @Zezeewithbooks‘ blog and thought it was neato so here we are.

PS – I’ve been working at home for a solid week now and I’m a little stir crazy. So guess who’s pre-writing a million blog posts. Time’s up, it’s me!

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post.
  • Link to the creator’s blog in your post
  • Answer the questions below using only books written by women
  • Feel free to use the same graphics
  • Tag 8 others to take part in the tag

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I think this one’s a given. Elizabeth turns down two marriage proposals, makes her mother nutty with angst as a result, and then turns around and marries for love instead of financial comfort.

Spinning Silver

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – Miryem is pretty sharp. She is able to manipulate situations to her own advantage multiple times throughout the story and shows herself to be a shrewd moneymaker.

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

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – Kelsea, the main character in this book, is queen. And honestly I’ve never read a more lawful good character. She’s pretty neat.

Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente – The writing in this is so lyrical and whimsical and dark. I absolutely loved it.

The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1)

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang – I feel like ‘warrior’ is a term that can be used loosely. In this book, the main character is a member of the military and does see battle, so I figure it fits.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – I’m in the middle of this book right now and I’m rather digging it. It’s so weird and comfy.

The Dark City (Relic Master, #1)

The Dark City by Catherine Fisher – Personally I think Fisher is an underrated author, but for those who have heard of her, they tend to know her Incarceron series moreso than this one. And honestly I think this one is way better (though I do like Incarceron). So if you haven’t checked this out yet, do it. It’s a pretty good ya fantasy.

Captive Prince (Captive Prince, #1)

Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat – Honestly there are a lot of things in this book that I shouldn’t like, but for some reason I still really like the book.

Ella Enchanted (Ella Enchanted #1)

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine – One of my childhood favorites. I haven’t read it in years, but I know it’ll be read by my future kiddos.

The woman:

Commodore Grace M. Hopper, USN (covered).jpg

Grace Hopper, who was a computer scientist and a US Navy rear admiral. She played a prominent role in popularizing machine independent programming, and the development of the COBOL coding language. As a software engineer myself, I really feel her influence in my daily life. She’s super neat.

The book:

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

In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park – This is a memoir written by a woman who defected from North Korea. It’s a tough read, but it’s inspiring.

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

I should have read that book tag!

Book Tag

Hi, a tag today! I was tagged by Lauren @NarrativeParadise. Go check her blog out, it’s neat!

The Rules
  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post.
  • Link to the creator’s blog in your post
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag 10 others to take part in the tag
  • Enjoy the tag!

A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – My buddy Katy was on me to read this for a while. I have it. I’ll read it. Eventually! :”D

A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t read it

Inkdeath (Inkworld, #3)

Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke – This one’s probably been the longest… I’ve probably had it since I was 14 or something. When I first started buying books with my own money, this was one of the first things I bought. I remember reading the first two books and liking them but I never got to this one. I’ll need to reread the whole thing at this point honestly.

A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten around to finishing

The Curse of the Wendigo (The Monstrumologist, #2)

The Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey. I think I read the first one in 2012. Haven’t continued yet…. hehe

A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but have never actually read

Notre-Dame de Paris

Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo – I do wanna read this but I’m intimidated. The copy I have is the English translation obviously, but it’s the unabridged version, meaning it pulls no punches. I’ve heard this one is dark.

A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read

Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1)

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin – One day, one day.

A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but just haven’t picked up yet

Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell – I got this as a Christmas gift in 2012 and haven’t read it. :”D I love the movie though, like love it. It’s probably in my top ten movies of all time.

A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Illustrated Edition

The fourth illustrated Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling – basically I’ll read it when I read it, man.

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


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!

The Joy of Christmas book tag!

Blogmas 2019

Happy Wednesday! Today’s tag was created by Sam @Sam’sNonsense. I wasn’t tagged, I just needed content, so he were are. :”D

1) Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?

O Maidens in Your Savage Season 5

O Maidens vol 5. Technically I think this came out yesterday, but I’m still anticipating it because I don’t have it yet.

2) Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing it’s praises?

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)

Naomi Novik, author of the Temeraire series, Uprooted and Spinning Silver. I think the lowest rating she’s ever gotten from me has been a four stars.

3) Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world building?

Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)

Literally anything by Robin Hobb.

4) A Christmas Carol: Favorite classic or one that you want to read


Frankenstein. This is one of the few classics I’ve enjoyed thoroughly. Nothing against classics but usually, usually they’re not for me.

5) Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas

That’s a spoiler! I’m making a whole post about it this weekend.

6) Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling

Ella Enchanted (Ella Enchanted #1)

Ella Enchanted. It was a childhood favorite and I still love it. I should reread it!

7) Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favorite book covers?

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)

I really love the covers of the Lightbringer series. All five of them!

8) Christmas Joy: What are some of your favorite things about Christmas And/Or some of your favorite Christmas memories?

Man. I think I’ll just link my bucket list, and my first and second seasonal favorites posts to answer this one. I’ll get to the third seasonal one, soonish. But all of the above.

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