The Nope Trope Book Tag

First, here are some important stuff for you to check out:

This carrd compiles a lot of resources about petitions you can sign and ways to donate

https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

Check out this playlist of black booktubers

Check out the Blackout Buddy reads readathon (Which I will try my best to complete the books within the timeframe. I have them both, they’re on my kindle and I have this week off so hopefully I’ll make good progress on them)


On to the tag. this tag was created by yerabooknerdzoe, if you haven’t already you should check her out, she is absolutely hilarious. This tag is basically centered around tropes that Zoe does not like.

Eavesdropping w/ miscommunication – Name a book you heard great things about and expected to love but ended up hating

I could probably give a list here… but I’ll go with Caraval by Stephanie Graber. This book was hyped to the heavens as the new Night Circus and as some amazing magical performance thing and firstly, there was no performance magical or otherwise. Secondly everything else was also poop (except for the cover, that was gorgeous). So yeah, this book sucked, I hated it.

Love Triangles – Name a series where you can’t pick your favourite book

First, let me say SAME! Love triangles (and polygons of any description, we don’t discriminate here) suck and they should just die.

A series I couldn’t pick my favourite… I could once again give a list, but I’ll talk about one I’ve not talked about before and that is Nevermoor by Jessica Townsed. I’ve not posted a review of this because I’ve not really posted much at all, but I binged the two books in this series earlier this year and it is now one of my favourite middle grade series. It’s so much fun and I honestly could not pick a favourite. I’m so excited for the third one coming out later this year!

Not Like Other Girls/Didn’t Know I’m Beautiful – Name a book that has a pretty cover but was boring as all hell

Once again, yeah I agree. This trope is overdone and annoying and it makes it sound like being a girl like other girls is an undesirable thing or that being aware of your beauty is a bad thing. And I bought into that lie for a long time as a youngin and it harmed me. I am a woman just like any other and that in itself is a good and beautiful thing. Thank you for coming to my TED talk.

As for my choice for the prompt, I will go with The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I really wanted to enjoy this book but honestly I was bored out of my mind. I DNFed it at around 180 pages or so. I just could not get through it. I do really like the cover though.

All-Consuming Love – Name a book that gave you a book hangover

Ah yes! You know when you pick up a cool sounding fantasy and you’re really excited because there’s dragons and magic and whatever and the first 100 pages are wonderful and you fly through them, and then Jane meets Tarzan and it’s all about their boring, awkward romance and the dragons and magic just get lost. And it sucks. If I wanted to read a romance, I’d have picked up a romance.

Have you ever gone to a beer festival and tried honey mead for the first time and found that it’s delicious and tastes nothing like alcohol and before you know it you’re throwing up on someone’s shoes in a train on your way back from Oxford and then you wake up the next day and you wish you hadn’t woken up at all? No? Me neither. But that’s the level of hangover that this book gave me.

Douchebag Boyfriend – Name a book that took you a while to get into, but you ended up loving

Yeah… why is that a trope? Although, I will say I’m a sucker for the brooding guy with a tortured past blah blah (I’m looking at you Will Herondale) trope which is very close to this one. And I know it’s trash and if someone actually behaved that way in real life, I would tear him a new one. But for some reason, I read about it and I love it. What is logic? But then there’s also the “He was a douchebag before but she fixed him” angle and yeah… I hate that one.

I can’t really think of anything right now. I’m sure there are some, but I can’t think of any. So instead, I’m going to go with one that I put off for a long time because I wasn’t sure I would enjoy it and ended up absolutely loving it and that is the Bear and the Nightingale series by Katherine Arden. This series was honestly a balm for my soul. I loved it so much.

Tell us your favourite or least favourite trope!

I think my least favourites have probably mostly been covered. There are a few more like the new kid in a small town school one that really annoy me. As for my favourite, I’d say probably discovering magical abilities, magic schools and assassins.

Another Try a Chapter Thing

Everyone keeps doing these and they’re actually useful. I once again find myself overwhelmed by my TBR and I want to get rid of some books. I have a bunch that are sitting on my shelves and I’m not very excited about, but I also don’t want to unhaul them. So I’ve decided on another try a chapter thing to decide whether they stay or no. I’m going to do 6 books today, because I feel like more than that would just be too much. Anyway, here we go.


A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy

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I read the prologue and first chapter and didn’t really like it. It basically feels like a ripoff of Three Dark Crowns (which I’m currently reading) but with vampires and fae and shapeshifters added. It’s basically about this Princess who has a specific type of magic and she has a sister who she has to fight to the death for the throne and her sister has a different type of magic. Sound familiar? Not only that, but I also didn’t like the writing. It was super info dumpy in a super annoying way. Here, it’s easier to illustrate with a quote:

Glamour, the fey ability to to cast illusions over the world and themselves
made their glossy skin shine as bright as the moon. Beside them, groups of
human girls [...] passed around tiny cups of ouitza, dark liquor made from
the sugarcane that grew along the river.Three-story akelaes - Myrean homes 
built around a central courtyard [...]

And it just goes on and on and on like that for nearly a page. It’s like reading a dictionary. And then there’s a bunch of boring tropes that are in no way creatively implemented: gay best friend, best friend who’s kind of a goody two shoes and the wild and mischievous MC who gets them to loosen up, MC with super duper rare and powerful magical abilities unseen for generations. And this was just the first chapter. So yeah, this one’s going. I’m really enjoying Three Dark Crowns and I think I’ll stick to that for my fill of rival sibling queens. I realise that I just hauled this recently and now I’m unhauling it, but I have had it for a couple months. I just didn’t do a haul for a long time.

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

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I have had a bit of a falling out with Sarah J. Mass. Used to be a huge fan, but didn’t really like her last few books. Which is why this is on the list. I’ve had it for nearly two years now, or however long it’s been since it came out and I’m never tempted to pick it up. However, after reading the first chapter, I think I will keep it for at time when I’m the mood for some dark, gritty superhero trash. It’s definitely not high quality literature, but it does capture that DC grunge. Reading the first chapter kind of felt like watching an episode of Arrow (which is the last DC show I’ve watched because I don’t have a life) in terms of atmosphere. So I want to have something like that on hand if the mood strikes.

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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I was never really going to unhaul this. I just wanted to see what it was like. I’ve been avoiding it because usually John Green = romance and I really haven’t been in the mood for romance in the past 2 years really. Which is how long this has been on my shelves. I read the first chapter and it’s very John Green, philosophical teenagers and all that. I know that it’s very personal for him and that it depicts his own struggles with OCD and anxiety and thought spirals. And it’s somewhat relatable for me. While I don’t have OCD, I do have anxiety and I understand how hard it is to stop the thought spirals. Anyway, I digress. I am definitely keeping this, but I’m giving myself permission to take it off my TBR for the time being because I cannot handle reading it in my current state of mind.

The Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

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I’m a bit conflicted about this. I enjoyed the first chapter. But I know this is a romance. It’s marketed as one and I’ve heard people say that it focuses much more on the romance than it does on the Korean folklore. The folklore is really the reason I would like to read this and the reason I enjoyed the first chapter is because we haven’t met the love interest yet. So I think I’m going to let this go. But I will say that the book was decently well written and it’s probably worth reading if you’re looking for a YA fantasy romance. Of course this is just based on the first chapter, so it’s not a particularly reliable recommendation.

Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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This is another one that has been on my shelves for ages and I never reach for it. But I should because I really loved Nielsen’s Ascension trilogy and just reading the first chapter of this brought back all the things I really loved about her other series. I’m glad I did include it in this challenge because now I want to read it, so it renewed my interest in this book.

The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund

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This is definitely staying as well. I can tell that it’s the type of thriller I will enjoy. You know, the kind that’s actually thrilling and keeps you on edge, not the boring type about a cop with a drinking problem, tortured past and toxic “relationships”.

Books and Bakes Book Tag

Here is another book tag from me because I’m really busy and don’t have time to review books. I saw this on Sam’s from Thoughts on Tomes channel.


Cupcakes – name a collection of short stories, poems, or anthologies where you couldn’t read just one section and had to go back for another

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I don’t read a whole lot of anthologies or poems or anything like that. But Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. I read it in one go. It made me cry. It’s a great poetry collection.

Lemon Pound Cake – Name a book that has 400 pages or more that you considered a comfort read and a classic

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I’m not sure if this means a classic that is over 400 pages. Buy I’m just going to go with a book over 400 pages that I consider a comfort read. And that is Uprooted by Naomi Novik. That book just makes me happy.

Red Velvet cake – Name a book that you thought was one thing, but ended up being something completely different

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The first that comes to mind is Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Unfortunately, this is not a positive example. I did not enjoy this book. You can read my review for more information if you are interested, but I was expecting something different from this based on the synopsis.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – Name a book or a book series that you can read over and over again even though you know that it’s bad for you

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I don’t think I have any books or series that are necessarily ‘bad for me’. But I guess the Harry Potter series. I don’t even know how many times I’ve read them at this point. At least 5, probably more. They’re easy and fun to read and I can just read them over and over and over again.

Apple Pie a la Mode – Name a book that was really good but could have been better with a little bit of ice-cream

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Not sure what is meant by ‘ice-cream’. A book that was absolutely fantastic but it wasn’t quite 5 stars (though that’s mainly because my astronomical expectations from the author) was The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. I loved it, but there were some issues with pacing every now and again in my opinion. Kind of hard to avoid with such a long book, but yeah it was just a little bit shy of perfection.

Gingerbread Cookies – Do you like your gingerbread cookies crunchy or soft.

  1.  If you like your cookies soft name a book that was squishy in the middle, but the beginning and the end were really good.

  2. If you like your cookies crunchy or more like ginger snaps name a book that you finished, but that you wanted to throw at a wall, or snap

I like crunchy ones dunked in tea. So… kind of both. So I’m going to answer both prompts.

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1. For this, I’m gonna go with Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch. Now this was by no means a bad book. But it was longer than necessary in my opinion and it dragged a little in the middle. I have reviewed it if you want more of my thoughts on it.

2. This is probably a tie between Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, Caraval by Stephanie Garber and Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. I have rants for the latter two, so you can check those out. But these books just got on my very last nerve.

Brownies – Are you a corner piece or a middle piece?

  1. If you’re a corner piece, name a book that starts off strong and then all comes apart.

  2. If you’re a middle piece, name a book that kept you in the feels the entire time.

I’m probably just slightly more of a corner piece, though I love both for different reasons. A book that starts off strong, but crumbles afterwards… most YAs I read, to be honest. They have this really cool premise and the first few chapters are exciting, then flop. However, I’m actually going to go with a series and that is the Illuminae series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

The first book is absolutely amazing. The following two are progressively worse. I wouldn’t go as far as calling either of them bad. But they went from amazing to meh. I have reviewed all of them (12, 3) so check them out for more info. But I was sadly disappointed with especially the final book.

Birthday Cake – Name a book series or an author that you feel like keeps coming out with a book, short story, novella every year

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Brandon Sanderson. I don’t know how that man does it, but I am grateful that he does. He consistently churns out books, most of them pretty huge and good quality too. Sometimes even more than one a year.

Carrot Cake – Name a book that sounded healthy for you, but ended up being unhealthy either with content, or put you in a reading slump

What do you mean carrot cake isn’t healthy? I can’t really think of anything for this. I’ve been pretty slumpy this year, but that’s had less to do with what I was reading and more to do with my mental health. As for content, I’m fairly good at filtering out content that I can’t handle. There are a number of books that are currently on my TBR and I’d like to read, but I’ve had to put on hold for now because I just can’t handle them. And if a book does start upsetting me, I will just put it down before it really does any damage. So that’s just a very long way of saying I don’t have an answer for this and also carrot cake is great.

 

The Fall Bucket List Book Tag

I was tagged by Caffeine and Books, thank you very much for the tag.

The rules:

  • Link back to the creator (Read By Tiffany)
  • You can use their graphics if you want
  • Tag 7 people at the end

the colour of magicThe Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett. Any Discworkd book, I imagine, though I’ve only read a couple of them. But yeah, this is just lighthearted fun and it’s hilarious. If you enjoy puns and irony, this is for you.

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I would have to agree with my tagger on this one and say Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. On the list of autumn releases that are a) hyped and b) I’m interested in, this is the one that has the most hype (even if it’s not the one I’m most interested in).

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I have some issues with the final book in this series, but this second book is still one of my favourite books, with one of my favourite friend groups.

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I just love this book so much. It just makes me happy every time I read it. And it’s a comfort read for me.

No one fits this prompt better than Mrs. Weasley, let’s be honest.

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Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson. Especially towards the end, there were bits that made me pump my fist and yell “YESSSSS!”


I tag anyone who wants to do this. Spread the autumn love around!

Books that I associate with autumn things – Original? Book tag?

I know, that title is absolutely genius.

So, here are some of my favourite things about autumn and some books I associate with them.


Scented Candles – Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I love scented candles. I love reading and feeling that waft of fragrance from my candle. I love the flickering light. I just love the atmosphere they create. daughter of Smoke and Bone is the book I most associate with them, because the writing is so beautiful, it delights the mind just to read the words, and that complements the way that scented candles delight the senses. It’s also so atmospheric. It takes place in Prague, at least in part and I always associate Prague with flickering candle light. Don’t ask me why, I just feel like that’s the vibe of Prague. Even the cover and the title remind me of blowing out a candle and the smoke you get.

Tea – The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Specifically chai. There’s just something about The Name of the Wind and Patrick Rothfuss’ writing that reminds me of a nice, hot cup of chai tea. The spices in the tea complement the story so well. In my mind, tea (only black tea), is associated with long fantasy stories. And The Name of the Wind is one of the best fantasies I’ve ever read, so I have to pair it with one of my favourite teas. But it’s more than that. It’s hard for me to explain, but Kvothe’s story is like cinnamon and all those autumn spices. It’s kind of… unfurling. I don’t know if that makes any sense to anyone else, but yeah…

Pumpkin Pie – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

Specifically this Harry Potter book. For the most part, I associate Harry Potter with winter. But this first book, I associate with pumpkin pie. Even more so the film for some reason. I know most people don’t like the first film because of the bad acting, but it’s my second favourite film (after goblet of Fire). I don’t care about the bad acting. I love the atmosphere of the first two films. Where they actually wear robes and pointy hats it’s all so magical. It’s also a book that I could read over and over again and I love pumpkin pie to the extent that I could eat nothing but pumpkin pie all day.

Piles of colourful leaves – Any Cosmere book by Brandon Sanderson

As a kid, I used to get out of school and go the park and pick up leaves. I would look for really beautiful ones and made little bundles of them. I also loved just making piles and jumping in them. I would look forward to that all day. My birthday is mid October and the weather was often really nice for my birthday. You know those crisp, yet sunny autumn days. Just thinking about it makes me happy. With the leaves and sunlight and scent of the leaves and birds about (especially crows and ravens). Amazing. Sanderson’s Cosmere books are like that. They’re colourful and varied. They have unique worlds and magic systems. Whenever I’m reading one (like now), I’m constantly looking forward to my next reading session. I just want to jump right in. And they’re also vast. Both in page number and in scope and complexity. And I just remember going to the park as a kid and everything would be covered in leaves. Just a colourful carpet.

Cozy blankets/clothing – Middle grade

This is obviously a genre, rather than a specific book. But I just love a nice, fun middle grade. I find them cozy. I love snuggling up with a fluffy throw and a nice middle grade. I actually have a huge middle grade craving right now and I don’t own a lot of middle grades that I haven’t read. So I need to get some asap (if you have any good recs, comment and you will have my gratitude).


These are some of my favourite autumn things and the books I associate with them. Feel free to do this yourself you you’re so incline and ping me so I can see your post. Or just leave it in the comments, I’d love to know. Just writing this post made me happy, so I’d love to read more of them.

Reader Problems Book Tag

I’m really in the mood to blog right now, but at the same time, my mind is blank about what to write and I don’t really feel like writing a review. So I’m turning to the good ol’ trusty book tag. I found this on Thrice Read’s blog (as I often do with tags). So let’s get into it.


You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

Pretty much whatever I feel like. I don’t really plan TBRs and if I try to, I usually don’t stick to them. Like I could probably manage yearly TBRs (I’ve dipped my toes into that with my TBR for the second half of 2019). Depending on how that goes, I might continue doing that kind of TBR in the future. But yeah, usually I just look at my books and read whatever I feel like.

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?

I usually put it down, telling myself I’ll pick it back up at a later date. However, I’ve started officially DNFing books now. I’ll still probably give a book a couple of chances, as I am very much a mood reader and sometimes, I might not enjoy a book in that particular moment but might like it later. I’ll also sometimes push through a book I have issues with just because I really want to review it and rant about it. So it really depends.

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The end of the year is coming and you’re behind on your reading challenge. Do you try to catch up? And if so, how?

I’ll try, but not too hard. If I’m a couple of books behind, sure I might push myself a little or read a graphic novel or two. But if I’m significantly behind, I’ll just cut my losses.

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The covers of a series you love do not match. How do you cope?

I’m less particular about this than I used to be. I will buy specific editions for some books if I really love a series, but most of the times, I just don’t care anymore.

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Everyone and their mothers love a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

I just rant on the internet. There’s usually at least one person who feels the same.

You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?

If you’d asked me a year ago, I’d have said I just wouldn’t cry. I’m usually pretty good at holding back tears. But this past year, I’ve cried so much (often in public) that I’ve realised no one really notices and if they do, they don’t really care. So I’d just let myself go.

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The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?

I’m more likely to just read a summary. Or just jump right in. I tend to remember what happened in the previous book once I start reading a sequel.

You do not want anyone borrow your books. How do you politely say no when someone asks?

I don’t usually get asked and I don’t usually mind lending my books. But if there was a book I didn’t want to led, I’d just be upfront about it.

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You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

Like that.

There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read. How many do you end up buying?

Probably all of them. Though I would only buy the ones I’m actually dying to read. Not the ones I’m interested in, but not dying to read. Those can wait.

After you purchase all of these books that you’ve been dying to read, how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?

If they’re ones I’m really dying to read, I will usually read them fairly quickly. That’s why I want to get my TBR down to a reasonable size. So I can buy books and quickly read them without feeling guilty because of the 50 other books that have been waiting for months.

 

Mid Year Book freak Out Tag – 2019 Edition

I did this in 2016 and 2017 and then I skipped it last year, but I think it’s a nice way of reflecting on the books I’ve read so far this year. And it’s really interesting to see what my answers were like in previous years and how my reading tastes have changed. As of writing this, I have read 35 books this year.


Best book you’ve read so far in 2019

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I’ve read so many good books this year. However, some of them were re-reads so I will give this one to Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence. This has become one of my favourite series. I’ve talked about it a lot, it’s amazing and I can’t wait to see what Mark lawrence has for us next in this world.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019

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Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel. This is another one of my new favourite series and Waking Gods was my favourite book in the series. Again, I’ve talked about this a lot already. It’s definitely worth checking out if you enjoy sci-fi.

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

Limited Wish by Mark Lawrence. I’ve read the first book in May and the second book has now been released with the third one upcoming later this year. These are very short and i really enjoyed One Word Kill. I think I’m going to wait for the third one to come out and just binge read them though.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

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Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff. It’s interesting that my answer for 2017 was Godsgrave. So it’s nice to see that some things haven’t changed.

Biggest disappointment

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I’ve been pretty good about picking books I really enjoy this year, but I think the book I was most disappointed with was Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky. I had a lot of issues with this and I was expecting to really enjoy it. So it really disappointed me. I recently reviewed it so you can check that out for more details.

Biggest surprise

I think for this, it’s a tie between Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst and City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty. I enjoyed both of these way more than I was expecting and I’m glad I read them.

Favourite new author (Debut or new to you)

Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples. I started reading Saga this year and man was that a great decision.

Newest fictional crush

I don’t know, I don’t think I have one.

Newest favorite character

Nona from The Book of the Ancestor by Mark Lawrence. Technically, I was introduced to her last year, but since I didn’t do this tag last year, i think it’s fair and I don’t really have anyone else.

Book that made you cry

I don’t think any books have made me cry so far this year.

Book that made you happy

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The Martian by Andy Weir. It genuinely brightened my mood. I loved it so much.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

Some of my faves I got this year.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

All of my owned TBR, really.

Spring Cleaning Tag

I stole this from here.

Rules:

  • Please link back to Daniel @ Page to Page
  • Respond to the scenarios
  • Tag 5 people (or however many you like)

It’s time to make your bed, but you’re going to have some friends over later and want to pick the perfect book to place on your nightstand for them all to see that you’re “reading”. Which book do you choose?

I don’t know honestly. I don’t really care about whether my friends know what I’m reading. But I guess, when at its most tidy, my nightstand usually holds my Bible and whatever book I’m reading at the time.

Oh no! The house needs dusting, but you just can’t put that book you’re reading down! What book would you buy on audio just so you could continue the story while cleaning?

I don’t even need to think about this because I’ve already actually done it with either The Fifth Season or The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin. Don’t remember which one exactly. But basically I would have done it with any of the books in the series. Are you surprised? Is there any post I don’t mention this series?

Darn it! The ceiling is leaking! Turns out Mass-Market Paperbacks are the best things to soak water up! Which popular book do you use to soak up the water?

I’m not sure if this question is asking me for a book I own in mass market paperback format or one I wouldn’t mind using to soak up water with. :/ If the former, then I’d just used a rag because the only books I own in mass market paperback format are my old Lord of the Rings and Hobbit books and there’s no way in hell I’m using those as mops. If the former, then I have a nice collection. Maybe my Red Queen books. Or Caraval. The Sin Eater’s Daughter.

Bathrooms need a good scrubbing, and your 2007 Cosmos are a little outdated and need replacing. What book do you place in the bathroom for some light reading for when people need to take care of business?

Either a poetry book, such as Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. Or What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe. Because both can be read in short bursts and I don’t want to encourage anyone to spend too much time in the bathroom.

Family is coming over, but you have no idea what to make for dinner! You read somewhere that tearing up the last chapter of a book whose ending you hated and sprinkling it in a casserole dish makes for the perfect meal! Which book do you choose?

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Gotta love some hate casserole. I can’t think of any book where I specifically hated the ending. The only book I can think of where I hated a specific part of it but generally enjoyed the book, is A Court of Wings and RuinAlthough that part was not the ending. If you want to know which part and why, you can read my discussion on it, but beware of spoilers.

Organization is key, right? When it comes time to organize your bookshelf, you realize you have enough room (and money) to get three new books! Which books do you buy?

Hmm… hard to choose. But since I have to, the books on my wishlist I currently want the most are

  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seannen McGuire
  • The Shadowed Sun by N. K. Jemisin
  • Alloy of Lay by Brandon Sanderson
  •  Saga Vol. 4 (I get 4 because both Saga and Every Heart a Doorway are very short, so they’ll fit on my shelves 😀 )

Finally, some peace and quiet! But, before you can relax, you realize you forgot to send your Aunt a thank you gift for the lovely “ADULT LIFE FOR DUMMIES” book she gave you for Christmas (maybe she’s trying to tell you something?). What book do you send to her to show her how much (this is sarcasm) you appreciate her gift?

Well obviously I’d choose my book for the title. I’m not sure if I’d go for something sweet and to the point such as:

Or go for something more subtle like:

I guess it would depend if she sent me anything else beside the offending book.

 

The Mass Effect Book Tag

I recently started playing Mass Effect, so when I saw this, I decided to do it. I found it on here.


1. Commander Shepard 
Paragon: A main character that puts the needs of everyone else before their own

Nona Grey from The Book of the Ancestor by Mark Lawrence. She always puts her friends first and I love her for it.

Renegade: A main character that chooses to do bad things for “the greater good”

Rhys form ACOTAR. He’s done some pretty bad things to protect those he loves. I feel like there is actually a better character for this that’s nagging at the back of my mind, but I can’t think who right now.

2. Eden Primethe book/book series that got you into reading

This question pops up often in tags and I don’t really have an answer for it. I’ve been into reading for as long as I can remember.

3. Liara T’Sonia book that taught you something new 

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The Martian by Andy Weir. It taught me how to survive on Mars.

4. Garrus Vakariana character that brought joy/life to an otherwise sad/too serious book

Sand dan Glokta from The First law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. This isn’t so much sad or serious, as it’s just grim. But I always enjoyed Glokta so much. His narrative is so dry and witty, I couldn’t help but laugh.

5. Virmire 
Kaidan Alenkoa book that was boring in the beginning but ended up becoming good

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Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. I honestly don’t remember a whole lot about this book besides that I really enjoyed it and that it started up slow. i might have to re-read it.

Ashley Williams: a book/book series that no matter how many times you’ve tried you just can’t get into it

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It pains me to say this, but The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien. It’s just so dense and not really a cohesive book. I really want to know all of the things it talks about, but so far, I have tried reading it at least 6 times. And I never get very far into it. It’s just so hard to keep track of all the characters and places and timelines. I invariably end up confused and give up like 200 pages in. I have read the first part of the book so many times and I still don’t remember who all the characters are.

6. Jokera book that made you laugh

Any Jonas Jonasson book.

7. Tali’Zorah vas Normandya character that grew throughout the book and ended up becoming an amazing character

I don’t want to use the same character again, but I have to mention Nona again. She was always an awesome character, but she grew so much throughout the series.

Also, Nassun from The Broken Earth

8. Mordin Solus and Thane Kriosa character that had a tragic death that you wish you could bring back to life

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Lady from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. Stop killing animals, please. Thank you.

9. Reapersa villain that you love

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Sebastian Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (art by Cassandra Jean).

10. The Ending 
Destroy: a book/book series you wish you could make disappear

I don’t know. There are some books that I’d want to make disappear from my brain, but I don’t necessarily think they’re harmful and should stop existing. Maybe Fifty Shades of Grey. Although I haven’t read that. But if it’s even half as toxic and awful as I’ve heard it made out to be, then I’d want it to stop existing.

Control: an author you wish you could control in order to change something about their book/book series

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Patrick Rothfuss. I would make him WRITE BOOK 3 FASTER!!!

Synthesize: two authors you wish would co-write a book

I don’t really know for this one. :/

 

Book Mashup Part 2

Part 1

I did this a long time ago and I had a lot of fun with it so I decided to give it another go. Basically, I selected 6 books and then randomly selected 3 pairs. For each one of the pairs, I’m going to write a mashup synopsis.


Caraval & The Blade Itself

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Until she receives an invitation.

Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck, so when he finds a mysterious invitation, he doesn’t hesitate. 

Nobleman Captain Jezal dan Luthar, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But he never could resist an invitation.

Inquisitor Glokta, cripple turned torturer, would like nothing better than to see Jezal come home in a box. And when an invitation arrives in his office, he realises he might just get his wish.

Enter the wizard, Bayaz, better known as Legend; a bald old man with a terrible temper and a flair for the dramatic. Once a year, he hosts a magical performance in which the audience and the performers are one and the same.  

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.


This was very hard to do. The two books could not be more different. But I tried my best.

The Archived and The Hunger Games

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Most children in Panem dread the Reaping each year. But Mackenzie Bishop is not most children, she dreads what comes after the Games are over. Mac is a Keeper of the dead.

 Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen knows she’s been handed a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. Underfed and on her own, she is the first victim to fall in the Arena. But when she wakes up in a strange, dim corridor, she begins to understand that The Hunger Games have only just begun. 

The Raven Boys and Snow Like Ashes

Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest to find an ancient locket that is said to contain the power of Winter. 

Blue is sceptical at first, but as she is pulled into the world of the raven Boys, she begins to understand that this is more than a rich boy’s entertainment and all that she holds dear may be at stake.


These were all so much harder than the last time. I picked the books with a random number generator, so they wre randomly selected from the books I’ve read and I also randomly chose the pairs. It took so long to write these three and try to make them work at least a little. I had two other pairs that I just ran out of patience and ideas with. So I’m going to leave them here and if you guys have any ideas for them, I’d love to hear them.

A Court of Thorns and Roses and Spinning Silver

Red Sister and The Selection