Top ten fantasy worlds I’m thankful for

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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.


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.

Top ten characters I’d name a pet after

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It’s Tuesday again and this week’s topic is the title. I haven’t ever named a pet after a character before so making this list will be fun I think! I’ve never had a dog, so all these are names I would give to a cat.

I’m also someone who gives pets human names so if that bugs you, pbtbtbt.

And that’s it! Some are simple names, some are weird, but all of them I think could fit a cat if you got one with the right personality. Lemme know what you think!

Top 10 books I read because my best friend peer pressured me into it

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Happy Tuesday! Today’s topic is books I read because my best friend made me recommended them to me. She peer pressured me, I tell ya! Originally I was just gonna make a ‘books that people recommended to me’, which is what the topic technically is this week, and then I started making the list and realized that nine out of every ten books I’ve been recommended in my life were by her. She has this habit of showing up with a literal bag full of books when she visits, going ‘hey I want you to borrow these’. So she gets her own post I guess. She doesn’t read my blog so she’ll never see this anyways. But hey thanks pal for all these books, you fiend.

PS I have multiple best friends, some who do read this blog, so other besties don’t worry I still love you, even if you recommend me fewer books, pbtbtbtbt.

These are in no particular order.

Livingstone by Tomohiro Maekawa – This is a four volume urban fantasy-y, paranormal-y manga about souls, and how they interact with their fates and the living. I wrote a full, spoiler-free blabber on it where I give an actual decent synopsis, so if you’re interested, check that out. This is definitely a unique manga and I do recommend it if you like philosophical topics being thrown into your reading (and handled well, at that).

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik – Anyone who’s been around my blog for any length of time will probably recognize this title, as it’s one of my favorite books of all time. Aaaand yes, she recommended it to me, originally, back in 2008 or 2009 or something. This is the first book in an amazing nine book historical fantasy series about dragon warfare during the Napoleonic era.

Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat – I realize this book is very polarizing to readers – some hate it and some love it. I am in the love it camp. When I originally borrowed this from my buddy I buzzed through it in like a day or two and then ended up getting my own copies so she could have hers back.

Saiyuki by Kazuya Minekura – This is a nine volume manga series set in almost-our-world, about a group of four people, two demons, a half demon and a human, who go on a quest into the east to discover why all the demons in the world have suddenly become bloodthirsty and insane. This is a really good series with deep characterization and meaningful bonds. I really, really liked this one. I did a full blabber on this too!

Scar Night by Alan Campbell – Hey look, another ‘favorite book of all time’ book. My buddy has a nice track record when it comes to recommending me books, but at the same time she also has a horrible track record. I tend to either absolutely love or absolutely hate the things, and luckily this one was firmly in the ‘I love it’ camp. This is one of the most underhyped books I have – I’ve never seen anyone else talking about it. You should really pick it up, man. It’s a dark steampunk-ish fantasy about renegade angels and false gods set in a city dangling over a seemingly bottomless abyss, held up only by large, ancient chains whose origins are unknown. It’s really, really, really good.

The Demon Ororon by Mizuki Hasake – This is a four volume manga series (shown above is the bindup of all of them) about a romance between a devil and the orphaned daughter of Michael the archangel. It takes place in modern day and has a very sedated, melancholy feel to it. My buddy first recommended me this back in high school and I loved it. I read it again probably a handful of years ago now and still really enjoyed it. This is a good one.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – This is a bit of a unique take on zombie apocalypse. It deals with religious cults and societal expectation, and also goes into the horrors of well, zombies. This is a solidly good one.

Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice – I just read this book in its entirety for the first time earlier this year or late last year or something. I don’t remember, it’s all blurring together. But originally, I was recommended this in high school. During that time I read about half of it, remember liking it, and then had to give the book back or got distracted or something. I don’t quite remember why I didn’t finish it. But anyways, actually finished it now, and I love this book.

Hotel Africa by Hee Jung Park – This is the most recent recommendation from my buddy that I’ve loved. Originally I read it last year or so, and then more recently maybe last month. This is a slow moving, introspective manga about a young boy and his mother, who run a hotel out in the middle of the desert, and the people who show up there. It’s really, really good.

Hands Off! by Kasane Katsumoto – I’m actually reading this series right now, on and off. Again, originally, I was recommended it in high school and remember loving it. So technically this is a reread but man it’s been so long that I remember nothing about it, so it’s like reading it for the first time again. I’m pretty entertained by it so far.

And that’s it! I pruned this list down to ten books and series, but honestly this friend of mine has recommended me probably a grand total of one out of every four books I’ve ever read. She’s basically made it her job to make me read things.

If you’ve read any of the above, do let me know! Happy reading!

Top ten covers with autumn colors

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Last week I did a top 5 wednesday topic about book with autumn vibes, and I mentioned that covers would be separate. Well, this is why. I had another post coming up. 😛 So this topic will be specifically covers that give off autumn vibes. Do let me know what you think!

Locke & Key vol 1 by Joe Hill – While this series isn’t my favorite, I can’t deny that’s it’s spoopy looking.

The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht – Another book that wasn’t my fave, but it did have a really good tone. It definitely screamed ‘it’s blustery and chilly fall time’.

Midori Days vol 4 by Kazurou Inoue – It’s kinda obvious why I picked this one. I don’t talk about this series much though – I used to own part of it and ended up getting rid of it after I finished reading the thing. Part of me wants the full set again though, as it was a good series. Maybe if I see it used? I really need to stop getting rid of manga: it’s the one thing I routinely regret. Books? No. Manga? …. usually. No more purging manga for me.


Rurouni Kenshin vol 5 by Nobuhiro Watsuki – I don’t believe the season is particularly specified in this series, but I can’t remember, it’s been years. This cover caught my attention though, particularly because of the clothes being worn by Kaoru, the main female character. It just looks so warm and soft.

Land of the Lustrous vol 5 by Haruko Ichikawa – I think this cover is a bit obvious as well. All the covers in this series are so bright and colorful. I dig them!

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll – This one is obviously spoopy.

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier – This book I believe actually take place over multiple seasons, but the cover says ‘fall’ to me. Like late fall, bordering on winter.

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – I mean it’s all orange and red. What more can you ask for.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – This cover in particular, obviously. It’s been over a decade since I’ve read this – what season does it take place in?

Windwitch by Susan Dennard – The storm combined with the color scheme of this cover makes it fally to me. I dig it.

And that’s it! Ten covers that are autumny fally. Lemme know what you think!

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Quotes!

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Today’s topic is quotes! Honestly this one’s kind hard for me: I don’t typically tab my books or anything, nor do I underline quotes or whatever. So I don’t have ten, I have seven, pbtbtbt. Also, these are in no particular order, except the last, which is my favorite.

When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world you fear what he might say.

George R. R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

Could there be irony crueler than this? How, upon his rescue, the truth had brought him here, to a house for the mad, for only a madman believes what every child knows to be true: There are monsters that lie in wait under our beds.

Rick Yancey, The Monstrumologist

My mother said I broke her heart…but it was my integrity that was important. Is that so selfish? It sells for so little, but it’s all we have left in this place. It is the very last inch of us…but within that inch we are free.

Alan Moore, V For Vendetta

When considering a man’s motives, remember you must not measure his wheat with your bushel. He may not be using the same standard at all.

Robin Hobb, The Assassin’s Apprentice

The internet is amazing because it connects us with one another. But it’s also horrific because . . . it connects us with one another.

Felicia Day, You’re Never Weird on the Internet

More than anything else in the universe, more than power to dictate law at Taranoke, more than the knowledge of the count of stars in the sky, Baru wanted in that moment to speak the truth.

But she had no tongue for it. She had burnt all her truth away. Alloyed it into the machine.

Seth Dickinson, The Traitor Baru Cormorant

Senlin loved nothing more in the world than a warm hearth to set his feet upon and a good book to pour his whole mind into. While an evening storm rattled the shutters and a glass of port wine warmed in his hand, Senlin would read into the wee hours of the night. He especially delighted in the old tales, the epics in which heroes set out on some impossible and noble errand, confronting the dangers in their path with fatalistic bravery. Men often died along the way, killed in brutal and unnatural ways; they were gored by war machines, trampled by steeds, and dismembered by their heartless enemies. Their deaths were boastful and lyrical and always, always more romantic than real. Death was not an end. It was an ellipsis. There was no romance in the scene before him. There were no ellipses here. The bodies lay upon the ground like broken exclamation points.

Josiah Bancroft, Senlin Ascends

Top 10 books on my Fall TBR!

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Happy Tuesday! Today’s topic is books on my fall tbr. So I want to start off by saying I don’t really do tbrs, except during readathons. So this is definitely a tentative list. So at the time of writing this, these are the ten books that are calling to me the most:

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams

These three are all on my 10 in 2020 list. Luckily for me, they’re still at the top of my ‘want to read’s. The first one I have a buddy read lined up for. The other two, to be honest, are intimidating. One’s a Stephenson book, and the other is a brick. I’m hoping I enjoy both though!

The Scar by China Mieville
Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
Renegade’s Magic by Robin Hobb

The Scar is another 10 in 2020 book. Caliban’s War I’m actually most of the way through, it’s just on the back-burner. Renegade’s Magic is gonna be bitter sweet. It’s the last full-length novel I have to read of Robin Hobb’s. When I’m done with it I’m not sure when I’m gonna do. It will, as always, be buddy read with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks :”D

Hunted by Meagan Spooner
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

The ones on the ends are somewhat recent purchases, and I wanna pick them up, they’ve been on my mind! The middle is another 10 in 2010 book, the last of them. I’m gonna finish that list this year, dammit. I’m gonna.

Vita Nostra by Marina & Sergey Dyachenko

This is the final book I wanna read this fall, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be picking it up soon-ish, as I have a buddy read set up with Katy @Bookbinderway :”D We’re both rather looking forward to this one!

And that’s it! Ten books I really wanna read. Will I get to them? Well, I mean I hope so. Pbtbt.

Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Covers with people but no faces

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Today’s topic is ‘Cover Freebie’, aka ‘pick something cover-related’. So I chose covers that have people on them but don’t have any faces.

I own about fifteen books that fall under this category, and seven of them are read. I featured those seven, plus three I haven’t read yet – they’re the ones I’m most excited to read out of the rest, so that’s why they’ve made the cut!


Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennet, Sea of Ghosts by Alan Campbell, and Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell are the three unread books in this week’s list. The first two are fantasy, the second in particular being by one of my favorite authors, so why I haven’t read it yet I don’t know. The third is historical fiction!

  • The Martian by Andy Weir was my favorite book of 2015 (or 2016? I don’t remember)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones I read I think either earlier this year or late last year, it’s all a blur at this point
  • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson I read way back when, shortly after I started dating my husband, at his suggestion. When he suggested me a book I got all excited because it was like ‘yes he likes reading too, this might work out’. So this one holds a special place in my heart.
  • The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks I read a few years ago and loved. I mention this series I swear every other post. Man, this is a good’un.
  • Golden Fool by Robin Hobb – Out of all the books here, this one is probably my favorite. I love all of Robin Hobb’s books but this one in particular blew me away, man.
  • The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson is one of those books that I almost bought fifty times, and then finally took the plunge and picked up. I ended up rather liking it, too.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern was such a magical read. I know the author came out with another book recently and I’ve been meaning to get it. If it’s anything like this book, it’ll be enthralling.

And that’s it! I’m hoping I took a unique spin on this topic, but if you did this same thing, I apologize for copying! At the time of writing this, I haven’t read anyone else’s posts yet so I promise it wasn’t intentional.

Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books for my younger self

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Happy Tuesday! Today’s topic is books for my younger self. I don’t have ten books this week (oop) but the ones I did pick I’m rather happy with.


The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – I know this is a popular one, but I never read it growing up. I still haven’t read it, and honestly I don’t think I’m going to read it. But I wish I would have read it as a kid.

Everyone who loves this series seems to be really nostalgic about it and that’s the kind of experience I would have wanted.

Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke – This is the third and final book in the Inkheart series, and while I picked up and read books one and two as a teen and loved them, for some reason I never read this one. I still own it – I own the whole series. But at this point I’d have to reread the entire thing to read this. It might happen. Even if it doesn’t though, I plan on keeping these books to have my future kids read.

My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi – This is definitely the kind of series I would have loved as a teen. Mind you I love it now but I know if I would have picked it up when I was 15 or 16, I would have been obsessed. I would have jumped into the fandom. I would have read fanfictions out the butt, I just know it.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire – This one I read recently and liked it but honestly had no desire to pick up the next one. I feel like if I would have read this at sixteen or seventeen I would have buzzed through the entire series.

It just didn’t leave me wanting more: I really liked it as a stand alone story.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – This is another one I’ve owned since childhood but have never actually read. I haven’t seen the movie either – I do want to read the book. Maybe I’ll pick it up during a readathon or something. But I kinda wish I would have read this when I was twelve or so. I feel like I would have loved it then.

And that’s it! Maybe next week I can come up with ten books. :p

Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that should be adapted into movies

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Happy Tuesday! Last week I made a post about books that should be adapted into television shows. This week, instead of the ‘official’ topic, I’m going to do books that should be adapted into movies. Specifically movies, as opposed to a mini series or something.

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson – Basically this is for anyone who liked Ready Player One but wanted far less teenage angst and awkward romance. This is a deep dive into a digital universe, and plays with a modern dystopia, along with the origins of language. It’s really a fascinating read.

Inspection by Josh Malerman – This is the same author that wrote Bird Box, and this book is just as good in my opinion. It’s fast-paced and eerie, perfect for a two hours and change movie. It follows a bunch of boys, whose names are no more than letters of the alphabet, living in a tower, isolated. I don’t wanna say more than that, because it’s better to just find out.

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio – This one I think would have to be a bit of a longer movie, like say two and a half, three hours, but I think it could be done well, especially if a lot of work is put into the tone of the movie. This is a thriller Shakespearean extravaganza, and I think it would adapt really, really well to film.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green – I feel like this book would be a good movie right now. And by that I mean I don’t think it would be a movie that ages well, because it relies heavily on technology that currently exists, and in twenty-thirty years it would seem really dated. I don’t mean that in a bad way, I’m sure future us could appreciate this for what it is, I just mean if they’re gonna do it they need to do it soon.

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – The only reason I’m recommending this one as a movie as opposed to a tv show is that it’s a novella. I feel like a movie could actually pick up all the detail in it and do it well. If we’re talking the entire series though, yeah then a tv show (or a series of movies), but for just this specific one, I think a movie could do it justice.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch – This is a technological thriller and honestly it’ll be rare that I think a thriller should be anything other than a movie. A TV show wouldn’t portray the sense of urgency how I think it should be, if that makes sense. This one I think could be particularly good, especially if the budget is where it needs to be.

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins – While this one isn’t a thriller persay, it’s definitely thrilling. While I do think a movie would be the better medium for this, I do think it’d have to be a long movie, like three hours or something. It has a lot of weird detail in it that I feel is needed to convey how entirely weird this book is.

Santa & Pete by Christopher Moore and Pamela Johnson – Going in the opposite direction of the dark novel above, this one would be really fluffy and heartstring-y. It’d be the perfect holiday classic and honestly I do think it’d become a classic if it was made and given the right promotions.


So I just googled this out of curiosity and apparently it was made into a movie in 1999. Well now I have to watch it this Christmas. I’m keeping it on the list though because I made this list before I knew it was already adapted.

14 by Peter Clines – Again with the weirdness, just like a few others on this list. This is a fast-paced, small-setting book that I think could be really good. It has just the right dose of weird, along with a plot that doesn’t stray too far from a few choice locations within the setting. I think it’d be great.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Honestly I will be surprised if this doesn’t get picked up for a movie eventually. It’s just so enthralling and whimsical and mysterious, something that I just know would have this lilting, haunted soundtrack. I can already hear whispers of it in my head. Again this one would have to be a longer movie to really get the full impact but man, I’d be there for it.

And that’s it! What do you think of my movie choices vs my tv choices? Also if you’ve heard of any of these being picked up, do let me know. Happy reading!