The Ultimate Book Tag

The

Ultimate

Book Tag

 

I found this tag over on Thrice Read and Maxxesbooktopia. The tag and both posts were so fun that I thought I’d give it a go. If you like this you should try the tag yourself and go check out the posts. 

 

  1. Do you get sick well reading in the car? Most of the time. There have been a few wonderful occasions where I haven’t and I’ve been able to make it through a few chapters. These occasions were always longer drives with very little stop lights. I’m not sure if that makes a difference in general or if I just lucked out.
  2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why? A can’t decide! I might have to return to this question at another time.
  3. Harry Potter or Twilight? Give 3 points to defend your answer: Harry Potter. Always. Points: Hogwarts, World Building, Characters.
  4. Do you carry a book bag? If so what is in it besides books? I do not carry a book bag. If I did probably have a very buff, very non functioning arm. I do carry a book in my purse though. My purse is big enough for one book, my wallet, phone, iPod, keys and a few other odds and sods. I’ve been tempted to get a bigger bag but decided it’s probably better if I do not.
  5. Do you smell your books? Not on a regular basis or anything like that. But yes, occasionally I do smell my books.
  6. Books with or without little illustrations? Either honestly. But with them is always a nice surprise.
  7. What book did you love reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing? I’m sure there are a few but none are coming to mind right now. maybe I’ve blocked them out. I also don’t feel like moving all the books on my bottom shelf to see which ones are behind there to choose from.
  8. What is the thinnest book on your shelf? T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.
  9. What is the thickest book on your shelf? Complete Works of William Shakespeare. The Collins Classics edition. I’m sure I could seriously maim someone with this book if I ever needed to.
  10. When did you get into reading? I don’t remember ever not being into reading.
  11. What is your favourite classic book? Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Anne Shirley has always been a kindred spirit.
  12. In school what was your best subject? Anything that wasn’t Math or the Sciences.
  13.  If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hate what would you do? I would probably keep it but keep it on a bottom shelf, behind other ones.
  14. What is your favourite word? Euphemism
  15. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? or all of the above? A mix between a nerd and a dork. Maybe a geek.
  16. Vampires or Fairies? Fairies. Though I still find vampires intriguing – just maybe not the more recent iterations of them.
  17. Shape shifters or Angels? Shape shifters. Unless they are Fallen Angels. Those make for interesting characters.
  18. Full on romance books or action packed with a few love scenes thrown in? Action packed with a few love scenes thrown in. For the best blended of this see the Emperor’s Edge series by Lindsay Buroker.

 

 

 

The Netflix Book Tag

NETFLIX

BOOK TAG

 

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted on here… I’m trying to get back into writing and blogging so I thought doing some tags might be a place to start. Even though this tag  is at least a few months old, I remembered reading the tag done over by the girls at Thrice Read  and thought I’d give it a go. If you read this and like it go check out theirs. The original creator seems to have been Accio Books but I am unable to find a working link to the original post. 

Recently Watched – recently finished reading: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. I really enjoyed this one. Arden’s writing style is magical and chilling. I can’t wait for whatever comes next from her with this series or otherwise. 

Top Picks – recommended to you based on another book you read:  I have recently developed the very serious problematic habit of purchasing multiple subscription boxes and spending all my money. With that though I usually choose which the ones to get based on the ‘if you liked this then you’ll like this’. The last time that was the case was for Fairyloot’s February box and the book was Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza. I think the ones listed with it were Illuminae, and Rebel Of the Sands.

Recently Added – last book you bought: Though I don’t have the physical copy yet, Radio Silence by Alice Oseman was the last book I bought. I online book shop probably way too often for my bank account. From an actual bookstore the last book I bought was…as I look at my piles of TBR to figure out which one that was… I think it was Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Vol. 3  by Naoko Takeuchi. 

Popular on Netflix   –  a book you have and haven’t read everyone else is talking about: A book I have read that everyone else is talking about would be, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. Yeah, I jumped on that bandwagon pretty late but full speed ahead none the less. On a similar note, one that I haven’t read is Throne of Glass, also by Sarah J. Maas. I do own them now though, once my reading slump passes those are at the top of my list. 

Comedies – find a funny book: Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton. A book everyone should own and keep on their coffee table so all may enjoy and get a taste of feminism and some hilarious parodies of history and pop culture. Also Beaton is a Canadian, so… represent!

Dramas – find a character who is a drama King or Queen: Adam from Maggie Stbievater’s The Raven Cycle. Sure at times he may have his reasons but there were just so many times I desperately wished he’d just let someone help him. 

Animation – a book with cartoons/animation/Illustrations on the cover: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. I love Stevenson’s voice and art. It’s hilarious and fun. Recently she has also been a guest on the show Critical Role, which is where I have laid many of my affections. I will probably write a post about the show soon actually but if you have read her stuff and want more of her maybe check out episode 93-94. 

Watch Again – book or series you want to re-read: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. I never not want to be re-reading Harry Potter. I haven’t re-read it in like 5 years though because university is a thing that takes up a lot of time. And also because my TBR pile has become multiple piles and I feel guilty re-reading books instead of reading new ones. 

Documentaries – find a non-fiction book that you want to recommend to everyone: We Should All be Feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Short but filled with so much power. This book should be read by everyone. 

Action and Adventure – action packed book: Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdoms by Leigh Bardugo, come to mind at the moment. Also I just love both of these books. Characters. Story. Everything. 

New Releases  – a newly released book or book coming out that you are excited about: Once and for All by Sarah Dessen. This book doesn’t come out until June but I’m very excited about it. 

 

Reading List: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson 


At little late posting this according to my other post about welcoming autumn but I can do what I want and the colour scheme for this photo is working for the weather we have had on the island for the past few days. 

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson was the perfect Contemporary YA novel to end off the last of the summer months with. From summer romances and secrets, to tested family and friendship dynamics. The Unexpected Everything gave me exactly what I hoped it would. A feel good summer read with some extra piece thrown in. Like dogs. All of the dogs, all of the time. Normally, I’m all about the cats in books but Bertie the dog is adorable and I want him as much as the fictional boy that comes with him. After all it isn’t the end of summer untiI I have a few fictional crushes. (My crush is on the guy not the dog. Just to clarify) 

Morgan Matson has filled my summer YA fix since I read, Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, a few years ago. And though I still have yet to read her other two novels I will probably be picking them up for next summer because she definitely knows what she’s doing. 
Does anyone else want her to do what Rainbow Rowell did with Carry On from Fangirl and actually write “The Coin of the Realm” or is that just me? 

Also I will now be using the phrase “coin of the realm” often because it sounds cool. 

Reading List: Mother Love by Rita Dove

” This is how easily the pit/ opens. This is how one foot sinks into the ground” 

Persephone Falling


        Just finished reading this collection of poems by Rita Dove! It was so wonderful.

 I’ve been trying to get my hands on it since studying a few of Dove’s poems in my Writing By Women’s class last semester. So I was very happy when I found it at @russellbooksvictoria last week. 

 Dove’s writing is brilliant and powerful. It’s no surprise that she was poet laureate for the U.S from 1993-1995. 

In this collection, Dove works with the Greek myth of Persephone and Demeter to explore the relationships between daughters and mothers at numerous stages and settings. 

I would recommend to friends and acquaintances. Especially if they like poetry, modernized tellings of myths, and women writers who are just completely brilliant. 

Reading List: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

“A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who became something worse. What bound them together?” 

In Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo continues to add the world which she created in “The Grisha Trilogy”. A world the grips and pulls. The plot moves rapidly, sharing fragments of each characters past as the story builds. The characters and the relationships between them are intricate and woven together reaching in a grasping at the darkest of places. 

Six of Crows has grit to it that is hard to wash off even after the last page. I can’t wait for its sequel. 

Reading List: Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

I definitely wandered around the comic book store, slightly overwhelmed by the amount of stories in front of me, until I was drawn to this gorgeous cover. Steampunk Horror. Alternative 1900s Asia. Beautiful and terrifying art by Sana Takeda. Fantastic and dynamic storyline by Marjorie Liu. 

This graphic novel is worth the read. Monstress weaves together the ideas of science and magic, demons and gods, and other elements one would suspect in a graphic novel recommended by Neil Gaiman. 

Everything about the world created in Monstress made me want to keep reading. There were definitely dark moments. Okay,  the whole thing was basically dark but so good. 

Also female writer and artist team so extra love for that.

Reading List: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

photo from my instagram

Vampires!!! It has been ages since I’ve read a book about vampires.

In “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” vampires burn in the sun like they’re suppose to. Holly Black takes on the vampire trope by mixing the old and commenting on the new. Creating a modern world where places like Coldtowns exists and vampire reality shows are a thing.

Black’s writing is occasionally dark and creepy – if you have issues with blood and open veins then be prepared because Black does not shy away from the gore- but she knows how to effectively create worlds that propel her characters and readers forward.

Would recommend this to a friend, one who wants to re-visit their vampire phase or who just generally enjoys YA fiction.