We’ve seen it all over the bookish blogs and booktube for years. It is time, once again, for the Mid Year Freak Out Tag! This is something that I’ve done the past few years, like many of you, and I always enjoy it. So, here is to 2020. What a crap year it has been but hopefully the second half treats us all a little bit kinder.Continue reading
Happy 2018, everyone! I saw this tag at Bookmark your Thoughts and it seemed like the best tag to start the New Year with. I remember sitting down January 1st of last year and putting together my first book review for this blog which was for The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova. Since then I have discovered so many new authors and opportunities and am looking forward to seeing what 2018 brings to the literary world.
I think we have all seen this tag hanging around the bookish sphere the last month or so. Who is late to the party doing it? That would be me. Story of my life. Anyway, TA-DA! Happy slightly-more-than-halfway-through-2017 book tag! Appreciate the second half of the year, folks. We are all going to blink and it is going to be Christmas. Going…too…fast…
Best book you’ve read so far in 2017?
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. This book blew me away when I read it back in January. I had picked it up on a whim and continue to be grateful to my freezing winter self for doing so. Schwab quickly became one of my favorite authors after reading this Shades of Magic trilogy.
Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017?
Hands down A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. I loved it so much I read it twice in a week. That takes a lot of affection and dedication for that monstrous book.
New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack. I ordered this one pretty much right after it came out June 13th and it is still sitting on my shelf. I really need to get to it…
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore. This book will either be amazing or I will mock it mercilessly. There will be no in between, you can just tell.
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. People rave so much about this book/series/author. I bet they organize sacrifices to it. With all the wonderful things I heard about it I expected to at least like this book, if not be over the moon for it. I wasn’t. I hated it quite passionately. I’m considering changing my review on Goodreads from two stars to one I hated it so much.
24690 by A. A. Dark. I had not read a horror/thriller/whatever in a long time before I picked up this book. I can’t even really remember what drew me to it but I recall having that I MUST READ THIS BOOK feeling when I first spotted it. 24690 is definitely not for the faint of heart but for me at the time, it really hit the spot.
Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Pierce Brown, hands down. I hadn’t read any of his books, heard about him, nothing before 2017. How did that even happen? I’m so glad I picked up his Red Rising series. He has become one of my favorite authors. Not to mention his snarky, sharp humor on twitter gives me the jollies. Seems like a good guy that writes amazing books.
Newest fictional crush.
Striker from Deanna Raybourn’s Veronica Speedwell mysteries. Granted, I have been completely obsessed with Raybourn’s books lately but Stoker would be amazing either way. Intelligent, resourceful, a bit prickly, and his roguish eyepatch all together make a fairly irresistible character.
Newest favorite character.
I’ve pondered this one for several minutes while browsing the list of books I’ve read this year and no character is really standing out for me as an overall favorite. There have been several I’ve enjoyed but none jump out enough to be considered a favorite. Hm…
Book that made you cry.
Literal tears? Nothing. The closest I got was a sense of fury when a certain character died in Golden Son by Pierce Brown. So many characters died in that book so I’ll leave you to guess which one.
Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
While I am certainly got a fan of Caraval by Stephanie Garber I can’t deny that the cover for it is absolutely striking. The one I have shown here is the US cover but the UK cover is equally as beautiful.
What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Any that strike my fancy? I don’t make a reading list and stick to it, I just read whatever gives me that spark in the moment. I have a nice TBR list on Goodreads and then I end up just picking up something at random. You never know.
Favorite Book Community Member (Blogger, Booktuber and Bookstagrammer)
I love browsing through other reading blogs. There are a few that I will typically click on no matter what the topic is but for the most part I’m happy to browse and try to appreciate the wide variety of opinions and reading tastes in the community. Even though I do occasionally roll my eyes…
That’s all folks! I hope you have had a great first half of 2017 and feel free to leave a link to your mid-year tag in the comments.
Guys, I originally wrote this in February and just found it hanging out in my drafts. Looks like I had finished it, don’t know why I didn’t put it up. Here it is now in all its belated glory!
I love when I stumble across a good book tag. I love books. I love cats. When I saw this tag over at Thrice Read I had to do it. Combine books and cats? Don’t mind if I do!
This is my fluffy companion. I took this picture of him earlier this evening in his natural mode – Dorkapotomus. His name is Pogo and he actually fell asleep like that, snoring and all. I stood there waiting for a good five minutes for him to fall off. He didn’t. I was disappointed. I would have considered it comeuppance for his chewing on my toes in the middle of the night. (Ignore the Christmas window clings I haven’t removed yet. The kiddo likes to play with them.)
PURR- AS CATS DO THIS WHEN THEY’RE HAPPY OR RELAXED, WHAT IS THE BOOK THAT MAKES YOU HAPPIEST OR RELAXED?
There is one book that always gives me the warm and fuzzies. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore – good conquers over evil with persistence and determination despite adversity.
SLEEP- WHAT IS A BOOK THAT PUT YOU TO SLEEP OR WAS JUST BORING?
Most recently it was Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I had to drag myself through that book. I wanted to love it like so many other people did but it just wasn’t there for me. The characters were so predictable and the build up took forever.
TWITCH WHILE DREAMING- HAVE YOU EVER DREAMT OF A BOOK YOU READ?
Oh heavens yes. I am a vivid dreamer. The last one I clearly remember was from A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab. I dreamed that I was at the ball looking out over the red river, sizing up my competition for the games. I was going to kick some major booty.
SEEMS TO PLAY NICE…UNTIL THE CLAWS ARE OUT- WHICH BOOK HAD THE BIGGEST PLOT TWIST(S)?
Just from books I’ve read so far in 2017 I’d say A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn. Really good book and when I got to the twist I couldn’t put it down. Devoured the last third of the book.
CUDDLES- WHICH BOOK CHARACTER WOULD YOU GIVE A HUG TO?
I genuinely have no idea. Most of the books I read have brutal murders, strong women, or a whole group of characters I hate. None of them I particular want to display physical affection towards.
CATNIP- WHAT’S A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAVE WARM AND FUZZY FEELS?
I already mentioned that Bitterblue gives me the warm and fuzzies. Other than that I can’t really think of another book that does that for me. Several leave me excited, frustrated, or sobbing in corners but warm fuzzies don’t come along very often.
CAT BREEDS- WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?
Currently I am head over heels for VE Schwab’s Shades of Magic books. I also love Christopher Fowler’s Bryant and May series. His characters are quirky and often a bit grumpy and the mysteries they solve are complex and complicated. Great series.
GETTING THE CAT- HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR FAVORITE BOOK(S).
Goodreads and other reader recommendations for the most part. I am a sucker for a picking up a book for it’s cover, too, and have found a few great books that way.
THE VET’S OFFICE- YOUR LEAST FAVORITE BOOK.
From all of the books marked “read” on my Goodreads list, only one has the distinction of getting only one star. SeQuence (The Heart of the Ocean #1) by Lorraine M.L.M. It is the worst book I have ever read and I’ve read some bad smut in the past.
BEING IN PLACES THEY SHOULDN’T- LEAST FAVORITE CLICHÉ.
I would have to go with a female protagonist needing a man/significant other to complete her or her story line. – I’m stealing this answer from Thrice Read because it couldn’t be more true.
FINAL QUESTION: THE GOOD OLD CARDBOARD BOX- MOST UNDERRATED BOOK SERIES.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. She is planning to write seven books for this series, the third came out in March 2017, and I adore them. I’ve read the first two at least six times and I do not get tired of them. There are some seriously harsh criticisms out there for The Bone Season and I just don’t understand it. They are amazing!
Some of my answers would have been different if I had written this recently instead of months ago but I am still so amused at myself that I left them as is. Happy Friday, everyone!
It’s the start of a new week and, here at Literary Weaponry, what would that be without a Monday tag? This week I’ll be doing the Book Life Tag which I saw over at Thrice Read. Part of why I enjoy doing these tags is because it encourages me to go back through the list of books I’ve read. I get reintroduced to old favorites, stumble back across authors I loved and had forgotten about, and reminds me of the books, both good and bad, that I’ve had the pleasure to read. This tag was created by Crazy For YA.
Who would your parents be?
This is terrible, but scrolling through the books I’ve read I noticed that all the parents in them are either dead or absolutely horrible. Why is that a thing? Can a good protagonist not have decent and alive parents? That is disturbing.
Who would be your sister?
Paige from The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon. I love the characters Shannon has created but sometimes I think dear Paige needs a swift kick in the rear end. Who better to give it to her than a sister?
Who would be your brother?
Stoker from The Veronica Speedwell Mysteries by Deanna Raybourn. He is intelligent, cranky, moody, eccentric, and a whole lot of fun. He is also protective as a brother, I would think, should be.
Who would be your pet?
I don’t even have to think about this one. The Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. How can I resist that cantankerous feline? He is my spirit animal.
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”
Where would you live?
There could be no place better than V.E. Schwab’s Red London. A hint of the familiar with just enough magic and mayhem to make it interesting. I think Cheshire and I would do well there.
Where would you go to school?
Is there any other possible answer for this besides Hogwarts? I mean, honestly…
Who would be your best friend?
Kris from Anne McCafferey’s Catteni series. She is brave, adventurous, resourceful, and has a good head on her shoulders. While I am happy to have adventures I need someone logical and thoughtful with me to keep us out of trouble.
Who would be your significant other?
Yes, I am going with someone from A Court of Mist and Fury. No, it’s not Rhysand. He turned into too much of a lap dog in ACOWAR to hold my interest. Nope, I’m going to take Azriel. Strong, brave, level headed, and he has that “I may be quiet but I have a lot going on in my head” thing going for him. You know it’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for.
That’s it for this tag but it was a good one! I enjoy digging through the books I’ve read trying to find just the right answer. I won’t tag anyone but, if you do this tag, please link back to me so that I can see your answers! Have a lovely day, everyone.
Folks, the book slump is real. I haven’t seriously read in over a week. In an attempt to get out of it I picked up a short, tacky mystery involving cupcakes and coffee this morning in the hopes of at least finishing more than two paragraphs. It’s not working so well. Maybe I’ll try a tacky romance next. At least then I can make scoffing noises to amuse myself and annoy my cat.
Since I have very little book related to bring you today, I figured it was a perfect day for a tag! I found The Ultimate Book Tag with Zuky @ The Book Bum and thought I’d give it a shot.
DO YOU GET SICK WHILE READING IN THE CAR?
Catastrophically. I can get car sick even while driving. It’s terrible. I talked to my mother about it not long ago and she said they couldn’t even leave the house when I was a baby because I’d get so car sick. Motion sickness is real folks…but roller coasters are still fun.
WHICH AUTHOR’S WRITING STYLE IS COMPLETELY UNIQUE TO YOU AND WHY?
Susan Wittig Albert. She wrote a series that revolved around Beatrix Potter’s life called The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter and I was enchanted by them. I usually like flashy stories. Things need to happen constantly to keep me entertained. However, Albert’s writing in these books kept me completely engrossed without the flash. The stories are carefully crafted with interesting characters, softly painted settings, and obvious attention to detail. They are simply lovely.
HARRY POTTER SERIES OR THE TWILIGHT SAGA?
I have not so far, nor will I ever, read Twilight. The only vampire books I’ve ever read are Anne Rice’s because who can resist Lestat? I also took the sorting quiz for Pottermore this morning (I told you I was procrastinating reading) and got sorted into Ravenclaw which was a bit of a surprise.
DO YOU CARRY A BOOK BAG? IF SO, WHAT IS IN IT (BESIDES BOOKS)?
The only time I carry a specific bag for books is when I’m going to the library. Otherwise I just tuck a book into my purse and go on my merry way.
DO YOU SMELL YOUR BOOKS?
I did when I was younger but not anymore. I considered it one day not long ago and then started thinking about inhaling other people’s skin cells and slowly decomposing tree pulp. That put a damper on that book smell. Rory Gilmore would be so disappointed in me.
BOOKS WITH OR WITHOUT LITTLE ILLUSTRATIONS?
It really depends on what I’m reading. For some books it works to have a little illustration at the start of a chapter and in others it feels tacky and misplaced. If I had to make a definitive choice I’d say no illustrations unless I was reading a graphic novel.
WHAT BOOK DID YOU LOVE WHILE READING BUT DISCOVERED LATER IT WASN’T QUALITY WRITING?
24690 by A.A. Dark. Look, even while I was reading it I knew it wasn’t the traditional sense of quality writing…and I didn’t give a damn. As long as I am entertained I really don’t give a horse’s back side if it is socially acceptable “quality writing.” If the story pulls me in and makes me forget reality for a while, that is what matters to me.
WHAT IS THE THINNEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?
Cupcakes, Cappuccinos, and a Corpse by Harper Lin. This is listed on Goodreads at 286 pages but on my Nook it comes in at 155 pages so that is what I’m choosing to go by. I told you I was trying to read a tacky mystery to get out of my reading slump. All that has really happened is I now want a peanut butter cupcake. Damn.
WHAT IS THE THICKEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?
I’d have to say A Dance with Dragons by GRRM at 1016 pages. That is a lot of pages and lot of shelf space that sucker is taking up. A whole tree was probably murdered per book.
WHEN DID YOU GET INTO READING?
Up until I was probably in my mid twenties it was more of a sporadic interest. I enjoyed reading but I didn’t feel that need to pick up a book. My then boyfriend (now husband) saw that I would enjoy snuggling onto the couch with a good book at times and bought me a Nook. Honestly, that really turned things around for me. I could just click on a book, have it downloaded, and start reading it then and there. That made a huge difference for me as I would get overwhelmed in book stores and usually leave empty handed. I’ve since started collecting both digital and hard copy books as well as taking advantage of library services but it was that one thoughtful purchase by him that turned things around for me.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CLASSIC BOOK?
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I always sympathized with the monster and raged against the doctor. Not to mention the history behind the book. If I recall correctly, Mary, her husband Lord Byron, and one other friend were having a friendly writing competition which she wrote Frankenstein for. Just an interesting historical tidbit.
“I do know that for the sympathy of one living being, I would make peace with all. I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.”
IN SCHOOL WHAT WAS YOUR BEST SUBJECT?
As I majored in English and have a love of reading you would expect me to say English, correct? Nope! I excelled in history although English was a close second. I can vividly remember when my love of history began. I was in the eighth grade. My family had just moved to a new town and I was feeling awkward and left out. One of my classes was ancient history taught by Ms. Wilson. Most of the other kids hated her and that class but it was the only place that year I felt comfortable. It was the very first time that a teacher complimented my work. My love of ancient history has stuck with me thanks to Ms. Wilson.
IF YOU WERE GIVEN A BOOK AS A PRESENT THAT YOU HAD READ BEFORE AND HATED, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
It’s a gift. Don’t be a jerk. Be thankful that someone thought to give you a gift. Be grateful…then maybe see if you can exchange it somewhere or at least donate it to a used book store or the library.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORD?
Odd question, there are a lot of lovely words in the English language. Here is one that I’ve enjoyed recently- Suborn – to induce secretly to do an unlawful thing.
ARE YOU A NERD, DORK, OR DWEEB? OR ALL OF THE ABOVE?
I am a lover of literature. A connoisseur of the written word. Impassioned by a fictional tale. There is no single word that can encompass all of that.
VAMPIRES OR FAIRIES? WHY?
Neither? Let us go with neither. Pirates! There needs to be a pirates option. I have a bit of a crush on Captain Hook from Once Upon a Time at the moment.
SHAPESHIFTERS OR ANGELS? WHY?
Both make me think of Supernatural in which they are both pretty much assholes all of the time. I think I’ll go with shapeshifters because angels have that whole “holier than thou” complex which is just irritating.
AND FINALLY: FULL ON ROMANCE BOOKS OR ACTION-PACKED WITH A FEW LOVE SCENES MIXED IN?
Definitely, without a shadow of a doubt, action packed with a few scattered love scenes and those love scenes damn well better be steamy. I’m not a romantic in case you haven’t figured that out.
That was a fun tag for a Monday morning! I think it’s one of the favorites that I’ve done. If you’d like to do it, please feel free, I never tag people for these. Have a lovely day.
Usually on Fridays I have a book review to share with you all. Today, I have nothing. I’ve been in a terrible book slump since I “finished” The Song of Achilles. Every time I pick up a book I get maybe two or three pages in and then end up slamming it down. So, instead of pushing myself to read, which would lead me to hate whatever I forced upon myself, I just decided to take a little break.
A Book for Each Initial
AGE- COUNT ALONG YOUR BOOKCASE
The 30th book on my shelf is A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin. My husband purchased me this entire series, in hardback, just after we got married which was five years ago now. I still haven’t read them all. Don’t get me wrong, I love them, but reading them requires a lot of concentration. The older I get the less time I have for that. Sad.
A BOOK THAT REPRESENTS SOMEWHERE YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRAVEL TO
I have a complete and utter obsession with Ancient Egypt, especially the reign of the heretic pharaoh Akhenaten. This book focuses on his reign from the perspective of his Queen, Nefertiti’s, sister. I know it is not somewhere I could ever travel to because, you know, ancient, but I would love to at least visit the monuments they left behind.
Not only is this cover a lovely shade of purple but the graphics are also completely gorgeous. This book is set for release in August of this year and I cannot wait to read it. Early reviews are glowing and are saying that the writing is lyrical and lovely.
FONDEST MEMORIES OF
As a child my mother would read to me every night at bedtime. One of the first books I have actual memories of her reading to me was Searching for Dragons. I’ve turned back to this book time after time when I’m in need of something comforting. It’s the comfort food of books for me.
MOST DIFFICULT TO READ
In college I took a Shakespeare class as it fulfilled some requirement or another for my English major. What did I discover when I took this class? I hate Shakespeare. Go ahead, fight me. It’s not that I don’t enjoy reading plays, because I do, but Shakespeare and I don’t get along. I got so irritated reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream that I gave up and borrowed a copy of the film from my roommate to watch so I wouldn’t have to torture myself any more.
WHICH BOOK IN YOUR TBR PILE WILL YOU GET THE MOST SATISFACTION/BIGGEST SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT FROM?
“What an odd choice, Amanda,” you might say. Yes, I suppose it is. However, I really want to read this book and I can’t find a flipping copy of it. I could pay 10$ and get a digital copy but I want this cover sitting on my book shelf. I can’t find a hard copy. Anywhere. The author is Australian and I’ve discovered the book didn’t have much of a foothold outside of the country which has made it infuriating to find. Once I finally get it, and I will, it will be so satisfying. My next step is to appeal to the publisher. Fingers crossed.
I hope you all enjoyed the tag and please feel free to do it if it tickles your fancy. Fingers crossed that I get out of this book slump soon. My library recently got in two books I’ve been dying to read and I want to be able to enjoy them. Have a lovely day, everyone!
After waking up at 4am and not being able to get back to sleep (again) I decided to get up and do a book tag. Seemed like a reasonable go-to after a restless night. I found this little beauty over at A Very Fantasy Corner of Books by Cassiopeia’s Moon and it seemed right up my alley. Without further ado on this sleepless night, I give you The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag.
A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT YOU DIDN’T LIKE
If any of you read my review of this book, which can be found here, then you know that I was completely not on board the hype train for this book. I found none of the characters to be genuine or even remotely likable. It took more than half of the book for the action to start and wading through all of the back story and buildup was torturous. So many people adore this book but it just was not up my alley.
A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO HATE BUT YOU LOVE
Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe. This play was actually assigned reading for me in college. I recall that during the open class discussion many of my fellow students had vehemently negative opinions of it and I simply didn’t understand why. This play made me fall in love with Christopher Marlowe. There are life lessons to be learned from this play and Marlowe presented them in an entertaining yet poignant fashion.
AN OTP THAT YOU DON’T LIKE
So, I had to look up what OTP meant. I read it and starting singing “Whose down with OPP” in my head. So, for anyone else not in the know, apparently OTP means “One True Pairing” or your favorite combination of characters in a fandom. One that I’ve come across numerous times that I just don’t like is (no opinion here). Sorry folks. Even if I don’t agree with other’s opinions on matches in books it’s not enough to bristle my whiskers. Go jump on whatever ship you want, I’ll even discuss it with you if you like, but don’t expect me to be bothered about it.
A POPULAR BOOK GENRE THAT YOU HARDLY REACH FOR
Romance. I strongly dislike books whose story lines are strictly of a romantic nature. I read one a year around Valentine’s Day and that is it. They just don’t appeal to me. I’m usually shouting at the characters, “Don’t do it!” or “You imbecile!” Not my cup of tea.
A POPULAR/BELOVED CHARACTER THAT YOU DO NOT LIKE
At the risk of starting a riot, I don’t like Legolas. I understood his point in the story, I appreciated his contribution, but in general I just didn’t like him. Other than being able to accurately shoot things with magically never ending arrows and giving Gimli someone to harass he was dull to me. His only redeeming quality is the “They are taking the hobbits to Isengard” hilarity. If you have been living under a rock for the last decade you can see what I’m talking about here.
POPULAR AUTHOR THAT YOU CAN’T SEEM TO GET INTO
Neil Gaiman. I just can’t. I tried to read American Gods. Really, I did. I even picked up Norse Mythology just to see if maybe it was only American Gods that didn’t appeal to me. Nope. Nothing against Gaiman, from his interviews etc he seems like a good guy, but I just don’t enjoy his books.
A POPULAR BOOK TROPE THAT YOU’RE TIRED OF SEEING
The Chosen One. You know what I mean. There is only one person in all of the world that can do this one really important thing. Maybe they are the only one who can stop the evil queen, or the only one who can take down the bad guy, or the only one who can save the world. Bullocks. It’d be more fun to kill off a “chosen” character and the world be saved by a lemur tripping said bad guy onto a sword or something. If a lemur can do it, so can you!
A POPULAR SERIES THAT YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN READING
I truly disliked Six of Crows so much that I have absolutely zero interest in reading the popular Grisha Trilogy. Maybe it is wonderful. Maybe they would be ground breaking books for me and the light of heavenly literature would shine down upon me in all of it’s glory imbibing me with magical powers. I don’t care. Still not reading them.
THE SAYING GOES “THE BOOK IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN THE MOVIE”, BUT WHAT MOVIE OR TV SHOW ADAPTATION DO YOU PREFER MORE THAN THE BOOK?
I’ve mentioned I am Legend before but it will never stop being relevant to the above question. When I watched I am Legend and enjoyed the movie (except for the poor dog) I decided to give the book a shot. I expected to thoroughly enjoy it. I didn’t. It was terrible. I donated my copy to the library so that I wouldn’t even have to look at it sitting on my shelves, sullying the other books with it’s foul words.
I never tag people in these things but if you want to do this tag, please, feel free! It was surprising cathartic.
Hello, everyone! I spotted this tag over at The Books Cover Girls and, due to my eternal love and obsession for ancient cultures, had to do it. Seems like a fun tag that I haven’t seen around before so lets get to it, shall we? The original tag was created by Zuky @ Book Bum.
- Pingback to Zuky’s post
- You can use Zuky’s graphics if you like, but you don’t have to if you don’t want
- Tag as many people as you want, but please, share the love
ZEUS: KING OF THE GODS – YOUR FAVORITE BOOK
– It is impossible to choose an absolute favorite book. It changes fairly regularly depending on mood and whatever else is going on in my life. However, I certainly do go through book obsessions. My current obsession is the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas. Her writing style is immersive and I’m very much looking forward to A Court of Wings and Ruin‘s release on May 2nd.
HERA: QUEEN OF THE GODS – A BAD ASS FEMALE CHARACTER
-I love a book with a bad ass female. A woman who doesn’t need saved by anyone else. A woman who isn’t there just to further a ridiculous love story. For this, I give you Paige from The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon. In a world ruled by a highly corrupt government that oppresses it’s people, Paige rises to lead a rebellion to end her people’s suffering. To allow them to live in the light. She is such a strong character and I have loved watching her develop through the first three books of the series. Can’t wait for Shannon to release the next.
JANUS: GOD OF BEGINNINGS – YOUR FAVORITE DEBUT(S)
-I had a little bit of trouble with this. Admittedly, I’m a little bit picky with my reading and tend to only pick up books (or at least only pay for books) that have numerous strong, positive reviews. Typically those are found in established authors. That being said, The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost by Lucy Banks has been one of my favorite books so far this year. It’s an easy read but has entertaining characters and a fun story line. Wonderful debut.
ATHENA: GODDESS OF WISDOM – YOUR FAVORITE NON-FICTION BOOK
–The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones. As I may have mentioned, I have a vibrant love of history. While my main interest is certainly Ancient Egypt, medieval Europe is certainly a close second. I feel like Jones captured the history and eccentricities of the ruling family of Plantagenets. He kept to the facts while keeping it interesting. Very nice read if you enjoy that kind of thing.
APHRODITE: GODDESS OF LOVE – A BOOK YOU ADORE AND RECOMMEND EVERYONE READ (OTHER THAN YOUR FAVORITE BOOK!)
-Usually when given this task I will spout off Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore without a second thought. This time, I think I’ll do something different. Recently I had the pleasure of reading Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I did not expect to love this book. I expected yet another over-hyped knock around. What I got instead was a wonderfully written, thoroughly engrossing fantastical story. Even though I finished it weeks and weeks ago I still can’t get it out of my head. I know at some point I will pick up the rest of the books in that series and I hope they are just as magical as the first.
HADES: GOD OF THE UNDERWORLD – AN EVIL BOOK YOU WISH DIDN’T EXIST
–SeQuence (The Heart of the Ocean #1) by Lorraine M.L.M. This piece of trash needs to go in the garbage and never be heard from again. I have never read a story that has angered me the way this one did. The “leading lady” has no ambition and happily allows herself to be controlled by others. She doesn’t have an original thought in her head and is always saved from her predicaments by a man who claims to love her but spends most of his time ignoring or avoiding her. I can’t believe this book was written by a woman because it encourages women to be little more than door mats. Complete and utter rubbish.
POSEIDON: GOD OF THE SEA & EARTHQUAKES – A BEAUTIFUL & GROUND-BREAKING BOOK
-Let’s be honest, I seriously entertained jumping into the Pit of Sarcasm this morning and putting a book about archaeology here. You get it? Ground breaking? Archaeology? Work with me here, people. My snarkiness aside, I can’t think of a book I’ve read that is truly ground breaking. To me that means pushing the boundaries of what is currently considered fiction and opening the world’s eyes upon something new and mind altering. If/when I stumble across a book like that, I’ll let you know.
APOLLO: GOD OF THE ARTS – A BEAUTIFUL BOOK COVER
–Mayan Mendacity by L.J.M. Owen. Perhaps this cover isn’t conventionally beautiful but I find it stunningly eye catching. Simple yet bold color scheme and with the use of Mayan eyes at the top this cover never ceases to catch my attention.
HYPNOS: GOD OF SLEEP – A BOOK SO BORING YOU ALMOST FELL ASLEEP
–The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova. Usually I can find something nice to say about just about any book I read but oh my God this book was boring. Kostova is a critically acclaimed author and this book was highly anticipated upon it’s release among the community. However, getting through it was a complete and utter chore. I feel like I could have found my way out of a tar pit more easily than it was to drag myself through this thing.
HERMES: MESSENGER OF THE GODS – A BOOK YOU SPED THROUGH
–A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. If you haven’t heard me gush about this book before, it was amazing. Stupendous. I loved every word on every page. I love it so much I loaned out my hard copy of it for someone else to read. I have only ever done that once before as I am very proprietary about my books. I started reading this on a mere whim one afternoon and was sucked in within the first couple of pages. Wonderful book with vivid details and obsessive story.
Well, that’s that. I really did enjoy doing this tag and if you want to do it as well, please feel free! I hope everyone has a wonderful day and happy reading.
It’s 3am and I can’t sleep. So, laying in bed wondering exactly how far I am from a spider at that exact moment (I hate spiders), I decide to get up and find myself a book tag to do. Lo and behold I found this little beauty over at Book Princess Reviews. Please, join me and my sleep addled, arachnophobic brain for the This or That book tag!
- Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks)
- Thank the blogger who tagged you
- Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do them if you want to.
Tag other people to do this tag to spread the love!
READING ON THE COUCH OR ON THE BED?
-I have absolutely no preference either way. Lately I have been relaxing in my husband’s old man recliner to read but I’m just as content sitting on the stairs or sprawled out on the floor. If I have a good book in my hands it doesn’t matter where I am.
MALE MAIN CHARACTER OR FEMALE MAIN CHARACTER?
-I’ve noticed that most YA books seem to have female leads but, after some consideration, I don’t think that I have a preference either way. One of my favorite series, Bryant and May by Christopher Fowler, has two aging gentleman detectives but I also adore a strong female lead. As long as it is a good book I don’t honestly care.
SWEET SNACKS OR SALTY SNACKS?
-I’m one of those weird people who don’t like sweet things. Chocolate has little draw for me but I also don’t find myself reaching for salty things often. Hm. Maybe this needs a savory/other option. My typical reading snack is a cheese stick or maybe a grapefruit. If I do reach for a candy or something along that line it is usually sour. Now I want some war heads…
TRILOGIES OR QUARTETS?
-As long as it is a good series, the more books the better. Sometimes you run across a quartet when the fourth book feels forced that leaves you wishing they’d stopped at a trilogy. Other times you can read five or more books with the same characters and still want more. It all depends on the story and the author.
FIRST PERSON POV OR THIRD POV?
-Usually I find myself gravitating to a more third person POV. I’m not sure why but when I pick up a book written in first person I feel an immediate turn off toward it. When that happens it isn’t a conscious choice just an automatic knee jerk reaction. I honestly couldn’t tell you why. I’m sure a psychologist could have a field day with that…
READING AT NIGHT OR IN THE MORNING?
-While I usually only have time to read in the mornings I love reading late into the night. Recently when my husband was out of town I was up until nearly four in the morning devouring a book and it was glorious. GLORIOUS I TELL YOU!
LIBRARIES OR BOOKSTORES?
-Libraries. Definitely libraries. The older I get the more and more I dislike wandering through a book store. It just feels overwhelming and I end up never finding anything I want. Typically I will research a book to read at home and then reserve it at my local library. The only time I buy books anymore is if I am obsessing over getting my hands on a certain book that my library hasn’t been able to locate for me or if I fell in love with a book or series and want to add them to my shelves.
BOOKS THAT MAKE YOU LAUGH OR BOOKS THAT MAKE YOU CRY?
-I love a good laugh. If I want to cry and get depressed I’ll turn on the news. I read for enjoyment, not to bring myself down.
BLACK BOOK COVERS OR WHITE BOOK COVERS?
-Black, white, color, who cares as long as it’s a good book.
CHARACTER DRIVEN OR PLOT DRIVEN?
-Interesting question. Both can be equally good but I think I am more drawn to a character driven story. The book would still need a good plot but a well written character can save a lot of floundering plot lines. Also, I love witty banter between characters and you don’t typically find that in a more plot driven story (at least in my experience).
Thanks for joining me in my middle of the night ramble! If this tag catches your fancy, tickles your pickle, floats your goat, or any other silly saying please feel free to go ahead and do it!