It’s the best time of the year! | November Favorites ’20

It’s the end of the month again! During my favorite time of the year, I do favorites posts. This is the second one, check out the first if you’re interested!

Food & Drink

 

Eight O’Clock’s decaf has been a life saver – I can’t do a lot of caffeine anymore because reasons, and this is the best tasting decaf I’ve found. It’s lovely. Also, peppermint schnapps in hot chocolate. It’s. baller.

Media

I’ve been watching a lot of Dragon Ball recently. My husband has never seen it, so we’ve been making our way through the original series. At this point, we have under twenty episodes left, and then he’ll pick up Dragon Ball Z!

Nightwish’s live concerts are awesome. Above is their concert from Wacken in 2013. In addition to that one, I’ve been listening to their Wembly and Tampere concerts as well!

This ‘Epic Instrumental’ playlist has been great this past month. As I’ve mentioned earlier, I did Nanowrimo all month and this is one of the music playlists I had playing almost constantly. It’s just a good vibe for fantasy novels!

Miscellaneous

Finally, my Thanksgiving decorations! I think I did a particularly good job this year, especially considering I had 0 decorations to start with and had to find them all. Tell me what you think!

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And that’s it! These are my favorite things for the month! Tomorrow, Christmas movies to-be-watched!

Little things I’m thankful for

Happy Turkey Day!

Originally I was going to do the Thanksgiving Book Tag but I’ve done that tag every year now for a few years, so I figure I’ll do something different. Next year I think I’ll try to find a new version of the tag or something like that to do.

So today’s post will be ‘Things I’m Thankful For’ (shocking, right).

This list is gonna be little things I like – I’m not gonna include my family or friends or good health or anything, so just know they’re implied. I am thankful for them too.

So, the list of little things I’m thankful for:

  • Coffee cups with thumb indents on the handle
  • Television remotes that I don’t have to point at one specific spot for them to work
  • Book cases that hold up through a trip on a moving truck
  • Mangakas
  • Avocados that stay perfectly ripe for more then six seconds
  • Not having a stuffy nose
  • Windshield wipers that don’t leave streaks
  • The ability to put ice in luke warm coffee and turn it into iced coffee
  • Mornings when my cat doesn’t meow at the foot of my bed at 6am
  • Saturday mornings
  • Pizza cutters
  • Second-hand bookstores
  • When I throw away trash from across the room and it lands in the bin the first time
  • Electric blankets

And many more but this is what first comes to mind. Tell me little things you’re thankful for this year! Happy Thanksgiving!

Top 5 no thanks situations

Top 5 Wednesday topics can be found here!

Today’s topic is ‘No Thanks!’ as in, situations you wouldn’t wanna find yourself in! This is a neat topic I think – because there are a lot of books where I just know if I found myself in the middle of them I’d just like go die immediately.

These are some of those books:

Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba – This is definitely a story I wouldn’t want to be in, either as a bystander or the main character. The decisions made here are way too morally loaded for me and I don’t know if I could handle it.

If I had a notebook that could kill anyone, would I use it like the main character did to kill off the villains in the show and become a villain myself? I’d like to say no, but I don’t want to be put in the position where I’d have to find out.

Midori Days by Kazurou Inoue – I definitely wouldn’t want to be in this situation. Midori, the girl with green hair on the cover, wakes up one day to find that she’s replaced the right hand of Seiji, a teenage boy. Romance and hijinx insue but like… the series kept this pretty light and fluffy and comedic, but there are definitely ways this could have ended up horrible if she would have ended up on a bad person’s hand. Yeah no thanks.

The Forest of Hands & Teeth by Carrie Ryan – This is a blanket ‘no zombies’ statement. None of the zombies books, please.

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer – Despite the fact that I ended up not particularly caring for this book, it’s one that has lodged itself in my head and I think about it a lot. It’s basically climate horror, and no no no I don’t wanna be in it, thanks.

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins – This is another one of those books set in a world that would just be like… horrifying to live in. I mean a) I’d died right away but also b) who in the world wouldn’t?! It’s terrifying!

And that’s it! On the off chance a magical book fairy ever appears and goes ‘I’ll put you in a book!’, these are the five that I’ll be like ‘yeah no, but thanks’.

Top ten fantasy worlds I’m thankful for

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl!

Happy Tuesday! Today’s topic is ‘Thanksgiving freebie’ so I’m interpreting it as ‘fantasy worlds I’m thankful for’.

So basically, these are fantasy worlds I jumped into during important parts of my life, where they either helped me make some friends from shared interests or they were a safe haven when life was stressful. They’re worlds I think about all the time, even if I haven’t read the books they’re from in years.

 

Dragon Ball Z by Akira Toriyama – I first got into this one when I was nine years old or so, when there were new episodes playing weekdays at 5pm after school. This was one of my gateway animes (I did later read the manga, so it counts as a book, shh). This was one that both my sister and my dad got really into too – and the three of us would watch the new episodes together. My husband and I right now are watching through the original Dragon Ball, and after we’ll pick of this series – it’ll be his first time watching it, I’m pumped.

Pokemon – Again, I got into this one really young, when I was around eight or nine years old. While the last one I used to bond with my family, this one really cemented me to my friends, particularly in fourth grade. None of those friends have really stuck, unfortunately, except for one or two. But it is how it is. Nine year old me though loved it. And now as an adult, I never really grew out of Pokemon. I feel like I’m not alone in this as well – that the creators know their target audience has aged and are still interested. I think it’s great, hah. The book I selected is the first in a series of chapter books written in the late 90s. I read this thing so many damned times, along with the rest in the series.

Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi – This is the first anime where I delved into the fandom online. I remember being fourteen or fifteen years old and discovering fanfiction for the first time. This is the series I mainly read from, and I wrote a fair few as well. I also ended up making lots of online friends through this series, most of which I still have today. I’ve even flown to the other side of the world to meet up with one of them at this point. Out of all the series, this is the one I have the biggest soft spot for and am most greatful for. My life and friendships would not have gone in the same directions without it. Honestly I probably wouldn’t have met my husband if it wasn’t for this show getting me into anime years before I met him, which led me to join anime clubs in college, which is where I did run into him.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine – I used to go to the library and rent and re-rent this book all the time. I’ve mentioned this book multiple times before at this point, but it’s really, really stuck with me. And thinking about it now, this is the first book I ever read that had a romance as a main plot line in it. I remember being like fourteen and absolutely swooning, as it was all brand new. I loved it.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke – This book (and its sequel) were the first two books I ever bought with my own money. I remember my dad convincing me to spring for the hard back editions, as they would last longer, and I’m glad he did, as they did. I read this book and the second multiple times (but weirdly, never read the third? It’s on my list) and remember trying to write my own stories about people coming out of books as a result. I looooved this series.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer – After Inkheart, this was one of the series I picked up next. I’ve read this first book I don’t know how many times, and this was another fandom I really got into. I remember reading and writing fanfictions and coming up with theories – the whole nine yards. This book was such a great escape. We do not speak of the movie. It does not exist.

Harry Potter – I think this would be on this kind of list for a lot of people. Growing up, I rented these books from the library countless times, and when I got my own copies, I read them to death. I used to be sooo obsessed with this series, and part of me still is. It’ll always hold a special place in my heart – it came to me during the perfect age range, and I ate them up. We do not speak of the author. She does not exist.

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher – Usually when I mention Catherine Fisher’s books, I tend to focus on her Relic Master series, which I still think is seriously underrated. But this series, the Incarceron duology, also holds a place in my heart. I picked this up during my first bout at college. It was during a time when my living situation wasn’t great and I was spending as much time as possible outside of my apartment. I ended up on the campus library a lot, and I picked up these books during that time. Before that, I was in a multiple year long reading slump. I didn’t not read, but it was really slow – maybe ten books a year? But this book really got me back into it. It got me to make a Goodreads account honestly. So while I haven’t reread this book at all or anything, it really did help me cope with my life when I was 20 years old, and I really appreciate it for that.

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa – I chose this one because in addition to one of the best narratives I’ve ever read, it was one of the ones I read the longest. I picked up this series when only two volumes were out, and I bought the new release every time up until volume 27, the final one, came out when I was in my early twenties. I remember agonizing during the waits, because sometimes it would be months in between volumes and it really killed me. This series is one of the most consistently good series. No slow parts, no bad subplots, nothing. It’s perfection, man.

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik – Third book pictured above! I picked this book up at the recommendation of a friend in college and I fell in love with it. This was one of the last books I read before I fell into that multiple year slump I mentioned, and it really was a high point. I’ve since reread it recently and adored it just as much as I did when I was 18. It really is a masterpiece and I know it’s a series I’m going to reread again.

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And that’s it! Ten fantasy worlds I’m really thankful exist. Each one was a formative book to me, and they’ll always be in my heart cockles.

Thanksgiving decorations 2020!

I decorated for Thanksgiving this year, which is something I’ve never done. I used being stuck inside my house because of the plague as an excuse to get extra festive because I won’t have anyone visiting to be festive with otherwise.

So this is everything I set up!

As you can see it’s mainly my livingroom that’s decked out. Christmas decorations will spread to other rooms but since this is my first time decorating for Thanksgiving, I didn’t have too many things to decorate with. The flowers are on my kitchen table, but other that that, it’s all in the main living area.

Let me know what you think! I think it came out pretty nice if I do say so myself.

The Thanksgiving book tag!

Blogmas 2019

Happy day two of Extended Blogmas! If you’re participating in Blogmas and are looking for ideas, check out the tentative schedule that I posted yesterday.

Also, Happy Thanksgiving! For all my non-American friends, here’s the context:

Anyways, on to the tag. I wasn’t tagged, but I’m festive dammit, so I’m doing it. This tag was created by Erin and Becca, and I found it on The Sassy Book Geek‘s blog.

1. Bread- What book is purely fluff, and has no real plot line?

They're Made Out of Meat

I must tell you, it took me forever to find a book that fit this prompt that I actually liked. I’m not one for a meandering plot, typically. This works though because it’s a short story. This is They’re Made Out of Meat by Terry Bisson, and it’s about aliens being grossed out at humans because we’re meat. It’s cute and funny.

2. Turkey- What book made you want to fall asleep?

Flight, Vol. 1 (Flight, #1)

Flight by a collection of authors – this was unfortunately a one star read for me. It’s a graphic novel of short stories surrounding flight. You’d think the fact it was a graphic novel would be enough for me to get through it but man, I really struggled.

3. Gravy- What book makes the whole series worth reading?

Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)

Golden Fool by Robin Hobb – Book 8 in Hobb’s over-arching Realm of the Elderlings world and book 2 in Hobb’s Tawney Man trilogy, this book was everything. So many things set up in earlier books came full circle, the character development expanded so much, the plot was exciting… all of it. I loved this book, and I’d gladly read another sixteen book series if I knew a book like this was in the middle or end of it.

4. Stuffing- What book is stuffed full of action scenes?

Goblin Slayer, Vol. 1 (Goblin Slayer Manga, #1)

Goblin Slayer by Kumo Kagyu – This is probably one of the most intense series I’ve read. I warn you though, it’s not for the feint of heart.

5. Mashed Potatoes- What book looked good, and then wasn’t?

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

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James – I cannot stress how much this book disappointed me. It sounded like something I would normally love. But augh, the execution was terrible. It’s gorgeous too, so unhauling it took a bit of self-persuasion on my part, even with hating it. I wrote a full spoiler-free blabber on it, if you’re curious.

6. Cranberries- What book has the sweetest romance?

Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)

Easy by Tammara Webber – An old favorite from 2015 or so, this book was a sweet and cute and lovely. I feel like until ‘new adult fantasy’ becomes a thing, that this is my favorite ‘new adult’ book, period.

7. Corn- What’s the corniest book you’ve ever read?

The History of the World Through Twitter

The History of the World Through Twitter by Jon Holmes and Mitch Benn – This is corny in the best way. This book is a collection of tweets by prominent historical figures from the creation of the planet (ie God tweeting about flat animals, cavemen tweeting about rocks) to I believe the second Bush administration, when this book was published. The humor is very tongue-in-cheek and very British, so if that’s your cup of tea, you’ll probably love this.

8. Green beans- What book is too long and needs to be shortened?

House of Leaves

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski – This book is just over 700 pages and honestly I feel like it would have delivered its message and actually had a stronger eeriness factor if it was about 300 pages shorter. There was so much in there that was just tangents, that never got resolved nor was actually relevant to what was going on. You can show someone is losing their sanity without making a reader sit through 300 pages of blather.

9. Pumpkin Pie- What book do you read to get out of a reading slump?

Manga. It really doesn’t matter which – there’s nothing I particularly seek out to reread, but just manga in general tend to get me reading.

10. Dog/Cat- What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food that you would steal from the table?

Man. Stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey, cranberry stuff, gravy, rolls, corns, all of it. The only thing I don’t particularly care for (but like if I’m in the mood for it) is green bean casserole. Anything else, I’ll totes take it.


And that’s it! Go eat turkey!