The Quick Fire Fantasy Tag

Blogmas 2019

Hello all! I saw this post over on Kristin Kraves Books and decided to tag my self.

RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
  • Link to the creator’s blog (thebookwormdreamer) in your post
  • Answer the prompts below – all fantasy books!
  • Tag 5 others to take part
  • Enjoy!

5 star book

Here’s one I haven’t talked about before. Song in the Silence by Elizabeth Kerner is about Lanen Kaelar, a woman who desperately wishes to meet a dragon, so she heads to the legendary Dragon Isle as part of a harvesting crew that are going to the island in hopes to collect a hard-to-obtain leaf. I like this book because it has good dragons in it, as opposed to so many other fantasy books that portray dragons as evil.

Always going to recommend

The Black Jewels trilogy by Anne Bishop is probably my all time favorite, and I will always recommend it.

Own it but haven’t read it yet

My friend Emily recommended Scar Night by Alan Campbell to me as one of her all time favorites. I own it, I just haven’t gotten around to actually reading it. Hopefully next year!

Would read again

Not only would I want to read Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett again, I think I am going to have to in order to refresh my memory before the second book comes out.

In another world

Song of the Beast by Carol Berg is a bit of a brutal read, it starts off with torture, so fair warning if you decide to pick it up. It takes place in a world with dragons, and I like it because again, the dragons are good rather than evil.

Back on Earth

Here’s another one I don’t think I have talked about. The Silver Wolf by Alice Borchardt is about werewolves in Rome during the 8th century. It can be little hard to orient yourself in the story at first, but it is well worth the effort  to continue reading.


That’s all for today folks! There will only be one more tag, on New Year’s Eve, for the Blogmas line up. The rest of the posts will be year/decade end wrap-up posts.

Christmas Songs Tag

Blogmas 2019

Hi everyone! Yes, I know Christmas is over, but like my friend Emily, I believe it is acceptable to listen to Christmas songs until the new year. ‘Tis the season right?

Anyway, I saw this tag at Amy’s Bookish Life and decided to tag myself. The tag was created by That Artsy Reader Girl.

“All I Want for Christmas Is You”

Favorite bookish couple

So, this prompt was really hard for me because when I started to think about it, I don’t really root for couples much (though I do enjoy when they get together and everything works out). I tend to be much more invested with one party in a couple (or trio, or whatever), or sometimes both equally if they are particularly well written characters, and so long as their story turns out ok in the end (whether they get together or not), I am happy. There are certain tropes I adore though, and the grumpy snark v.s. arrogantly confidant dynamic between Selsor and Jehnonn in Kiss the Rain by Megan Derr was tops.

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

Name a book where a character is away from home (school, vacation, etc.)

The more I think about it, the more I realize how much I enjoyed Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan MacGuire. All of the students in the book are away from home at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, though all of them, teachers included, would prefer to be elsewhere.

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Name your favorite “little” book (children’s book, short story, novella, etc.)

This is a new love, as it didn’t exist when I was a child (it was released this year), but I absolutely adore Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry and Vashti Harrison.

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

What book(s) do you hope Santa brings you this year?

Well, as I have mentioned before, my family isn’t doing presents for the adults, only stocking stuffers, so I expect I will not be receiving any books this year. I hope to get gift cards to bookstores though.

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

Which book turned your nose red (made you cry)?

I think Amy Lane could write a telephone book and it would make me cry. She is a master of angst, and Keeping Promise Rock is one of her more difficult stories to read.

“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

Your favorite book/kind of book to read during the holidays

As I have mentioned before, I don’t have seasonal reads. Though, it is sometimes fun to read the Christmas romances that always come out this time of year.

“We Three Kings”

Your favorite trilogy

The Black Jewels trilogy by Anne Bishop of course! (Yes, I know it is more of a series now, but this is the original trilogy and I love it.)

“Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow”

A character you would love to be snowed in with

Arthur Dent from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, after he has had his adventure so that I can hear all about it.

“Last Christmas”

A book that seriously let you down

I mean, this is a trilogy and not one book, but I really wanted to love The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, but I can’t stand his writing.

“White Christmas”

An upcoming release you’re dreaming about

I want Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett like now please.


I tag Emily (if you don’t get around to this one until next year, it’s all good hahaha)!

Behind the Book Blogger Tag

Blogmas 2019

Hello good people! For those of you who celebrated, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I saw this tag over at Literary Weaponry and decided to tag myself. So, thanks!

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about to do this tag

Why did you start blogging and why have you kept blogging?

My friend Emily got me into blogging. She has a book blog of her own and really wanted me to blog as well. I liked her blog so I decided to give it a go and here we are. I keep blogging because it is fun. I get burned out sometimes though (I am a mood poster) and have to take breaks. I just don’t like forcing myself to write something when I don’t feel like writing it.

What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

I like tags. They are an easy way to give little mini reviews and they sometimes have really interesting prompts.

What are your top 3 favorite blog posts?

I don’t have actual 3 all time favorite blog posts, but my 3 favorite types of blog posts are tags, most anticipated books, and my friend Emily’s fate of her book haul posts.

What are some of your favorite things to do to relax?

Read, play video games, binge Netflix.

What are 3 of your favorite things?

My friends, my cat, books.

What are your proudest blogging moments?

Uh…blogging is very VERY casual for me, so I don’t really feel things like pride over it. I suppose if I manage to actually complete Blogmas this year I will be happy. I dunno if I will be proud though.

What are your hobbies outside of blogging?

Reading, traveling, playing video games, playing table top games, watching anime, knitting.

Describe your personality in 3 words?

Cheerful, introverted, quirky

What are your top 3 pet peeves?

I hate being in wet clothing, I hate getting my face wet, and I hate creating dirty dishes when I cook.

What’s something your followers don’t know about you?

I was adopted.


That’s all for today, folks! (I know, I know, according to the rules I am supposed to tag 5 people…eff that, I almost never tag people. If you liked the tag and wanna do one yourself, then tag yourself. Cheers!)

Christmas Eve Book Tag

Blogmas 2019

Hello dear hearts! Is everyone who celebrates Christmas ready for tomorrow? Got all your presents wrapped and under the tree? Personally, I am good to go (phew), and I wish anyone out there buying last minute gifts the best of luck!

As for today’s tag, I actually had to google to find one, and found this particular one at Little Panda Reads. It was originally created by Samantha at Sam’s Nonsense (on Youtube), but I tweaked some of the questions so they weren’t quite so wordy.

Christmas Eve morning: what is a book you anticipate reading? 

Deeplight by Frances Hardinge. I even have it right here next to me on the couch. Gonna read it while I am visiting my rents here in Arizona.

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

Candy Canes

Family Time: What is a book that fills you with happiness and love?

I get the warm fuzzies every time I read Striker by Lexi Ander.

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

Fairytale of New York is probably my favorite, but I like most of them.

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

I just made an entire post about this recently, but number one is probably Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett.

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?

Very recently Vassily the Beautiful by Angel Martinez kept me up until 2am on a work night (I get up at 6am)…EVEN THOUGH I HAVE ALREADY READ IT BEFORE. Sigh.

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

Well, I know for a fact I am not getting any books from my family since we aren’t doing gifts for the adults this year, only stocking stuffers. But I do hope I get at least one gift card to a book store.


That’s it! Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates it, otherwise, happy December the 24th & 25th! There will not be a post tomorrow as I am taking the day off for the holiday. Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Second Tome Around Book Tag

Blogmas 2019

Hi all! Saw this tag over on All Things Momma blog and decided to tag myself. It was created by Hungry Bookworm on Youtube.

Do you buy second hand books?

Yes.

What is / was your latest purchase?

It has actually been awhile…so I am not exactly sure, but possibly Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

What condition do you find acceptable? ie, tatty or not tatty etc

I don’t mind if they are a little tatty if they are a rare edition or something, but otherwise I prefer them to be as pristine as possible. I know that is not always possible, and so I compromise, but it is what I prefer.

After you have read said book, do you keep it for a re read or re donate it?

I never get rid of books unless I am moving (particularly overseas or something) and need to do a book purge. Once it is mine, it is mine, regardless of whether I plan to re-read it or not.

Do you have a favorite place you like to go to, when looking for second hand books?

Caliban Book Shop or Half Priced Books. I know, I know, Caliban has that big whole awful thing (if you don’t know what I am talking about, google Caliban and Pittsburgh and you will find out), but I still love the store and they have a really great selection so I still go there.

Hardback or Paperback, do you have a preference?

For used books I prefer hardback.

Have you found any real gems?

I have first editions of all three of Edward Gorey’s Vinegar Works, that I got from Caliban.

OPTIONAL – Find a book from your shelves that you can donate to a good cause or your local Charity / Goodwill shops

Uh…no. (See above, “Once it’s mine, it’s mine.) I bought a house 2 years ago, so I actually have a library now, that is rather empty after having lived overseas/moving around a lot, so I need to be building UP my library, not removing books from it. I will find something else to donate, or go buy books for the express purpose of donating them. Clothes! I can donate clothes. *decisive nod*


That’s all! I tag Emily.

Two Books, One Stone

Blogmas 2019

I saw this tag over on Kristin Kraves Books. I wasn’t tagged, but I really liked the unique prompts so decided to tag myself.

The second-last book you read

Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen – This was hilarious, and I relate so much

The second book from the top of your TBR

Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny – This is actually second from the top of my shorter “To Buy Next” TBR list

Two 2-star reads

Lord Seabolt by Megan Derr and His Cursed Prince by Ryan Loveless – These two books are my first two, two star reads from this year. Too many twos in that sentence hahahah.

Two great books by the same author

Anne Bishop is one of my favorite authors, and I love both her Black Jewels series and her The Others series.

Two bails, or two books you’d wished you’d bailed on, or two books you hated

Perhaps two of the biggest books I have bailed on are A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer.

Two favorite books this year

Circe by Madeline Miller and Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett are probably my two favorite reads this year. It’s so hard to choose because I have read at least 5 truly outstanding books this year.

Two new favorite book bloggers

I decided to go with “new-to-me” for this prompt: All Things Momma blog and The Madi Way. I learned about All Things Momma from my friend Emily, and I really enjoy her blog. Her husband died this year, and having lost my mom when I was ten (I know, totally different experience but even so) I am trying to offer whatever solace and advice regarding grief that I can. Madi is actually a friend from work who is just getting her blog started, but I am really excited for some of the things she has planned. It is not strictly a book blog, but she will be talking about books occasionally.

A book you’ve read (more than) twice

I couldn’t think of a book that I had read only twice so I added the (more than) to this prompt. Though, it is possible I have read Archangel by Sharon Shinn only twice. For sure it has been twice, but it could also have been more than that. I honestly can’t remember.

Two fabulous quotes from books you’ve read recently

Courage, my dear Belikov, has been assigned the wrong part of speech. Courage is not a noun, not a thing you have. It is a thing you do. You might be shaking so hard your legs threaten collapse, but you still do. Any fool without sense can seem brave. It’s either experience or stupidity most times. But you… you forge on, act when you must, even when you’re most afraid. That, boy, is courage.

 Vassily the Beautiful by Angel Martinez

Luxury always comes at someone else’s expense. One of the many advantages of civilization is that one doesn’t generally have to see that, if one doesn’t wish. You’re free to enjoy its benefits without troubling your conscience.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

10 Year Challenge Book Tag

Blogmas 2019

Hi again everyone! Yes, I know this week is full of tags, but you’ll just have to bear with me. My friend Emily actually tagged me in this one! Thanks friend! This tag was originally made by Rincey Reads.

What was your favorite book in 2009?

….You actually expect me to remember that far back? What are you high? I also wasn’t tracking my reading back then, so literally no idea. Probably something M/M romancy since I was reading a lot of that at the time. I think. Like I said, literally no idea.

What is your favorite book of 2019?

This prompt was really hard because I have read several really excellent books this year, but I think I am gonna go with Circe by Madeline Miller.

What was your least favorite book in 2009?

See my response to favorite book in 2009.

What was your least favorite book in 2019?

The Magician’s Apprentice by J.A. Jaken was the only book I DNFed this year (so far).

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

I still need to read 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami.

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

I wanna read Demon Slayer Vol. 9 by Koyoharu Gotouge before 2020.

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

…none? Well, M/F romance I guess, though I do still read them occasionally.

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

Science fiction. I had only read a few prior to 2009, but in the last two years in particular I have discovered lots of amazing science fiction books.

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

Staying up all night on a work night to finish a book. I am not young anymore and can’t stay up all night without feeling absolutely destroyed the next day.

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

I want to go back to my old habit of completing a series in one go (if it is all available). I got out of this habit because all of the readathons I was doing made it difficult, if not impossible, to read books in a series one after another. But it really upsets me, because I start to forget plot and characters if there is a long time between reading the volumes, so I want to get back into the habit.


That’s all!  Feel free to tag yourself!

The ’90s Cartoon Book Tag

Blogmas 2019

Oh man, nostalgia hit me hard on this one. I was a kid in the ’90s so I grew up watching these cartoons. And my favorite cartoon is the one everyone is using in their introductions for this tag:

Image result for 90 tv cartoons gargoyles That’s right! Gargoyles! I have heard you can watch it on Disney+….kinda makes me want to get the streaming service just for that.

Anyway, I saw this tag originally over on Foxes and Fairy Tales: Book Blog. (I was not tagged, but decided to tag myself.) The tag was created by Ben Sanders.


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Rugrats: Find a book that is a nostalgic read

It has been an age since I read The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs, but man I remember loving it and reading it multiple times. I couldn’t tell you now what most of the plot is though. Even so, feels super nostalgic thinking about this book.


 

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Doug: Find a book about growing up

Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey is all about growing up, having to deal with really awful situations, and learning to live with the consequences of bad decisions.


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Johnny Bravo: Find a book whose main character you don’t like

I really can’t stand Hamlet in the eponymous play by William Shakespeare.


 

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Rocket Power: What is your favorite sport-centered book scene?

So, I almost never read books that feature sports. But I love every fencing scene in the Fence graphic novels by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad.


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Futurama: What is your favorite sci-fi book?

This is probably the hardest question I have ever had to answer in one of these tags. There are so many phenomenal sci-fi books that it is neigh impossible to pick just one favorite. So, I decided to go with my first favorite, Dune by Fran Herbert.


 

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Powerpuff Girls: Find a book with a kick-butt female lead

Wow, again, there are so many. I decided to go with an unconventional one. Because for most of A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge, Neverfell does not seem much like the kick butt type, and yet by the end of the book she kicks So. Much. Butt.


That’s all for today folks! Sorry theses are coming out later than usual. I am so behind this week it is nuts. Still haven’t missed a post, but it is getting to be a near thing. Wish me luck!

 

Are you Ready for Sweater Weather? Tag

Blogmas 2019

Hi all! I saw this tag over on The Orangutan Librarian’s blog, and while I know it is an autumn tag, and autumn is almost over, it isn’t over yet, and so I’m gonna ride the autumn celebration train as long as I can.

Hot Chocolate – What is your comfort book?

I feel like I always give the same 2-3 answers for this type of question, so here is a new one! Green Rider by Kristen Britain is an old favorite that I have been in the mood to read recently. Will probably pick it up over the upcoming holiday.

Pumpkin Carving – What is your favorite creative outlet?

These days? Knitting. I would also love to learn how to crochet.

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

Towering, roiling, giant, black clouds filling the sky. I love thunderstorms! When I lived in California, I also loved it when the fog rolled in from the ocean. Still do love it, but I hardly ever get to see it these days.

Pumpkin Spiced Latte – Something you love that other people judge

M/M romance novels and yaoi manga.

Bonfire Night – what makes you explode with joy?

Books, reading, libraries, bookstores, anime, travel

Fright Night – Favorite scary book or movie

I don’t really read scary stories (or watch scary movies) because they give me nightmares. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is terrifying, but in a way where I don’t fear the serial killer hiding in my closet is gonna get me afterwards.

Halloween candy – Favorite thing to eat

Japanese food, particularly sushi, though after living in Japan for 3 years I am a “sushi snob” and can no longer tolerate most American sushi.

Scarves – Your autumn ‘must have’ accessory

Boots

Fire – A book or film that burns your soul

Beasts of the Southern Wild is a phenomenal movie. Phenomenal.

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

So, I went to see World’s End without having seen any previews whatsoever. I was expecting a wild night pub crawl, and I got that, but hoo boy the twist. I did not see that coming at all. Not sure if this exactly fits this prompt, but it was the best I could come up with.


The end! I am sad autumn is ending soon, but at least my second favorite season is next. And please, feel free to tag yourself!

The Ultimate Harry Potter Tag!

Blogmas 2019

Hello once more my book loving friends! Today was supposed to be a review but I just wasn’t feeling it. As I have said before, I almost never write proper reviews, and I really dislike forcing myself to write them. So, I needed to do something quick and easy for today. My friend Emily posted this same tag a couple of days ago, so I decided to tag myself. She has no idea where it originated from, which means neither do I.

General

1) Favorite book?

Prisoner of Azkaban

2) Least favorite book?

Half-Blood Prince

3) Favorite movie?

Chamber of Secrets

4) Least favorite movie?

Prisoner of Azkaban

5) Favorite quote?

“I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed — or worse, expelled. Now if you don’t mind, I’m going to bed.” ― Hermione

Characters

6) Favorite Weasley?

Fred & George

7) Favorite female character?

Hermione

8) Favorite villain?

Snape, he counts right? If not then…Draco

9) Favorite male character?

Sirius Black

10) Favorite professor?

McGonagall

Would you rather?

11) A. Wash Snape’s hair or B. Spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself

I would rather do almost anything than listen to Lockhart, so Snape’s hair it is!

12) Duel A. An elated Bellatrix or B. An angry Molly

Bellatrix. Angry Molly is just asking for death.

13) Travel to Hogwarts via A. Hogwarts Express or B. Flying car

The train for sure

14) A. Kiss Voldemort or B. give Umbridge a bubble bath

Kissing is disgusting (I am Ace) so I choose bubble bath

15) A. Ride a hippogriff or B. Ride a Firebolt

Firebolt

Book to movie adaption

16) Is there a character which you felt differently about in the movies vs books?

It has been so long since I have watched the movies that I honestly can’t recall

17) Is there a movie you preferred instead of the book?

No

18) Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?

Richard Harris by far

19) Your top thing (person or event) which wasn’t included in the movie that annoyed you most

The Marauders (I know they were included a little, but it was very disappointing how they were handled in the movies as compared to the books.)

20) If you could remake any of the Potter movies, which would it be?

Prisoner of Azkaban

Hogwarts

21) Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?

Hufflepuff

22) Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottermore?

Hufflepuff

23) Which class would be your favorite?

Charms

24) Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?

I am with Emily on this one, Accio for sure. I really need either Accio or Jedi powers. Laziness FTW!

25) Which character at Hogwarts do you think you’d instantly become best friends with?

Fred & George

Miscellaneous

26) If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?

Probably the cloak, but to be honest I don’t really want any of them. Too much trouble.

27) Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change? This can be a character, event, anything

Fewer pointless deaths in book 7

28) Favorite Marauder?

Padfoot

29) If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?

Again I am with Emily on this one. Like, I would love to bring Sirius back….but for George? So he could have his twin back? Yeah, I would bring back Fred.

30) Hallows or Horcruxes?

Neither


If you liked this tag and want to do one too, please consider yourself tagged!