I found this tag at And On She Reads and it seemed like a fun little tag to go through. Sometimes bookish tags are just fun little windows into your own personal bookish world! It is just sitting and pondering the books you’ve read or that are on your TBR that could fit each prompt. It is also relaxing which is a high priority this time of year. Fantasy has also been my favorite genre for years and I’ve made it well known that I love me a good trope. So, let’s take a dive into those tropes and see what we see.Continue reading
For the last two months, I haven’t made any BookTube content. Why? I was going in for a major surgery and felt a chaotic mess about it, then there was the post surgery when I literary couldn’t speak, then we get to the crushing anxiety of sending my child back to school during a pandemic. Ya’ll I’ve been a MESS.Continue reading
I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately so I figure that now was the perfect time to put together a book tag! This tag was found at Way Too Fantasy and it seemed like a fun romp. It can be frustrating when you don’t feel like reading but still want to be active in the reading community. Just because you aren’t in the mood to read doesn’t mean that you aren’t a reader, a lover of books and stories. Participate in a way that makes you comfortable. I guess this is my way of saying that even though I don’t feel like reading I’m not going to shut up about the stories I love or even the ones I hate.Continue reading
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!