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June Bingo Board || General Updates, 1 Year Anniversary

Hey is this thing on? Hello everyone long time no post. The last month and a half has been hectic to say the least. I’ve read nothing so it’s made coming on here the last thing I want to do. I have no content to provide for you. 😦 I’m so sorry for the lack of comments and interaction. I haven’t been in a good spot to interact.

I still wanted to post my June Bingo Board because I have enjoyed making these even though I haven’t used my last two.

I figured I would also take this time to update on a few things since I don’t know when I will be able to post again. It’s been a whole year today since I started this blogging journey and I already failed😅😆  I didn’t post my first post until June but I signed up in May. I’m hoping to get back soon because I have posts planned but not finished/edited..so we will see.

I don’t want to go into many details just that life is weird and annoying right now and my mental health has taken a hit. And it has made motivation and content nonexistent. In more upbeat news I got a kitten take a look

His favorite pastimes are sleeping, eating and annoying his older sisters lol

I am somewhat consistent (as in a post at least once a week and use the stories feature)over on Instagram @PasteGreetings. I’m debating on making it more books and crafts because right now it’s just crafts. Buuut that means more work and commitments that I don’t think realistically I can do. That’s been the problem with this content I have no time and no motivation. 😑

I hope all of you are doing well and I hope to get to your posts real soon💙 Thanks for sticking with me!

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The Feelings Tag

I’ve been nominated by the wonderful Nehal @ Books and Words I didn’t know this existed but I’m so happy to be tagged ❤ Go follow Nehal because she is funny & sarcastic. Her posts are always entertaining!

This tag was created by Jheel @ fantasybookworm.

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and give a link to the blog.
  • Answer the 5 feelings given to you.
  • Write the reason in 5 to 6 lines of why does that particular book come under that feeling.
  • Nominate between 5-12 other bloggers.
  • Give your nominees 5 feelings too.
  • Notify your nominees once you’ve uploaded your post.

Nehal’s Questions:

A book that always gives you giggling vibes.

Take a Hint, Dani Brown (The Brown Sisters, #2)

Take a Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

Romance hands down makes me giggle whether for the good or the down right cringe. I giggled out of pure enjoyment with this one. I have yet to read the other two and I really need and want to. It says a lot about this book/ author that I’m interested in reading a romance. This book strikes a great balance between life’s complexity and fun.

A book that was neither good nor bad.

The Year of the Witching

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

Not good but by no means is this a terrible book. I was hoping to love this book. It sounds incredible and there are aspects to enjoy in this story. However overall, this didn’t leave a huge impact one way or the other. I am curious to see this series continue. It’s hard to talk about middle of the road books.

A book character that always made you roll your eyes.

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1)

Lucia from Fallen Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes

Ugh, I’m surprised my eyes are still in my head. I for sure thought they were going to keep on rolling. I’ve never hated a character more. There are six, SIX books and she has to be in every. one. of. them.

I’ve never wanted a character to die more lol

A book that was way too deep for you to enjoy.

Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers #3)

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

The problem that I didn’t enjoy this isn’t exclusively that it was too deep to enjoy it’s an element but not the sum. This was definitely a combo of not connecting to the characters and the sad tragedy being used to catapult everyone’s character arc. I just felt really weird and sad about the whole thing and it made it impossible to enjoy.

A book you did the mistake of reading during a slump

The Gilded Ones (Deathless, #1)

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

I dnf’ed this one for now, read that again for now. I will read this someday. I definitely picked it up at the wrong time. It’s been a struggle to read lately so when I was feeling productive after having read something great I picked this up but I tend to fall into a pit for some reason after reading an exhilarating book. So I set this book up to fail from the jump. I only read the first chapter but I can tell it’s going to be a grand adventure.

I’m Tagging:

Pilar @ the Bookworm Shelf

Asmita @ The Fictional Journal

My questions:

  • A book you want to punch
  • A book that gives you cozy vibes
  • A book villain that scares you
  • Book/series that gives you butterflies
  • A book that intimidates you

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The Aesthete Blogger Award

I’ve been graciously nominated by Ashmita @ The Fictional Journal (The creator of this fantastic award) and Pilar @ the Bookworm Shelf

I adore both of these ladies so much and I always look forward to their posts because they’re funny and wonderful. If you haven’t done yourself the favor and followed them you need to. You won’t regret it.

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Here are the rules:-

  • Use the official logo/graphic of the award and display it on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Show some love to the one who nominated you!
  • Mention the creator (Ashmita@ the Fictional Journal) and link it back to the original post.
  • Tell me a something about this world that you admire.
  • What is your favourite form of creativity?
  • Nominate 7 lovely people and notify them by commenting on their posts; spread some love!
  • Ask your nominees 4 questions.
  • Share something you created. (can be anything!)
  • And lastly, just so you know: I LOVE YOUR CREATIONS!

Ashmita and Pilar asked

What colour is your soul?

Without taking the quiz I say Blue, specifically baby blue. Upon taking a quiz I got Blue! I’m not surprised it is my favorite color. It’s so beautiful but it is also so calming.

Ashmita question

Think about your happiest memory. Then tell me the book/song that you are reminded of?

For some reason this is terribly difficult for me to do Lol. One of my happiest memories is going to the lake as a kid and feeding this grumpy swan. Looking back that swan reminds me of the old man from UP! The swan was sad and grumpy because it had lost it’s partner. All this to say that this happy memory reminds me of the sad book A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

Pilar question

What Disney or Pixar animated movie do you think is the most artistic?

Finding Nemo. I loved the art of the underwater landscapes but I also really enjoyed the storytelling aspect as well. Honestly every one of their movies is masterful in some way and this was incredible difficult to pick one. However even as a kid I knew this was something special. I haven’t seen Raya yet but I really need too!

Ashmita question

Finish the sentence: once upon a time, there lived a turtle in…

an alcove on the edge of the world. They moved there for peace and tranquility but they found something shocking. It seemed that every turtle had that same idea. The wait times to reserve a spot on a outcropping was astronomical. The water was warm but too full to relax within. This once in a lifetime adventure was turning more sour as the days passed as more and more turtles continued to show up. Every which way they turned stacks upon stacks of turtles. If they had wanted to be this close to another turtle they would have stayed in their family’s pond. Did the turtle stay or did they leave? Find out for me because I have no idea how to end this story LOL

Pilar question

Have you ever tried your hand at acting, painting/drawing, dancing, etc.?

I had to take drama one time for school and I hated it. I”m super duper shy so I hate being in the spotlight. I would rather be behind the scenes making sets or costumes literally anything other than being on stage reciting dialogue. I LOVE art on the other hand mostly drawing but painting is fun now and then. Dancing I’ve only ever done in the comfort of my home lol I did gymnastics growing up which was fun.

Ashmita asked

Do you have an aesthetic?/What is your favourite aesthetic?

Is chaotic lazy an aesthetic? because that’s mine lol If I could pick an aesthetic it would be Bubblegum Witch. It combines the pastel whimsy with the moon, stars and crystals.

Pilar asked

If you had to give up reading or listening to music (including playing an instrument), which one would you choose?

Woooow hurtful much LOL Two of my favorite things and I have to give up one of them?? I would give up reading because at least with songs I would still have a story. I love stories the most but I also really love music and at least I would have a little of both with music.


A favorite form of creativity for me is crafts I made a post (Shadowbox Butterfly) recently showcasing something I created. I’m trying to make more posts on the things I craft but if you want sneak peeks you can check out my Ig: PastelGreetings for what I’m working on.

Thank you So Much Pilar and Ashmita!!! ❤ ❤

I’m tagging:

Elaine Howlin

Bex the Bibliophile

Soph’s Book World

My questions for you are:

1. What does your dream library look like?

2. If you could create a new animal, what would it look like?

3. What was something fun you made as a kid?

4. What creative talent do you wish you had?

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The Zodiac Sign Book Tag

I was tagged by Ashmita @ Fictional Journal since I’m also a Scorpio There are two prompts one for music & one for books but I’m just going to do the book one. All the original graphics were made by Panna @ Just Dreamland

The Rules:

1. Link back to the creator(@Just Dreamland).
2. Answer all the prompts.
3. I was tagged by Ashmita @ Fictional Journal 
4. Use the original graphics and credit @Just Dreamland.
5. Name your Zodiac sign.
6. Don't forget to use #ItsAZodiacThing.
7. You can do either the music one or the book one or both!
8. Tag five bloggers.
9. Have fun!


The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1)

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty fits this description so well!!

This is such an incredible journey that lasts three books. The banter between the characters to the wonderful descriptions and worldbuilding. You never know what’s going to happen next and I love that! <- I think that encapsulates an Aries through and through.

These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights, #1)

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

,,, I mean it was the first one to come to mind. I obviously want a happy ending but considering what it’s based off of I’m not holding my breath but I can dream. It’s a tale as old as time and with so much blood between the families I wonder if they could put differences aside and embrace each other.

You Should See Me in a Crown

You Should See me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

This was soo much fun to read. I love how witty and great the group of friends were. It’s a cute and fun story that really entertained.

Monday's Not Coming

Monday’s not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

Who isn’t moved by this story? How can it not resonate within your soul. This is a heartbreaking journey for our main character and the reader that will change both lives. The love of friendships that transcends time and life itself is so beautiful.

The Luxe (Luxe, #1)
Rumors (Luxe, #2)
Envy (Luxe, #3)

The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen A book with drama? Check. Love? Check. Fancy wear? Check. and Hope? maybe. lol This series takes place in 1900 New York. The start of a new century tends to have hope. This series would be great for those that love Gossip Girl as this is full of fashion and DRAMA. I can’t say how well this series holds up as its been a decade since I’ve read them but I remember the fancy dresses and soooo many scandals.

Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers #3)
The Galaxy, and the Ground Within (Wayfarers, #4)

Record of a Spaceborn Few OR The Galaxy and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers,. You can’t go wrong with either of these two. This is a series that you can read out of order. I say personally for me I enjoyed The Galaxy and the Ground Within, which is book four way more. The former book is more introspective and there’s a thing that happens that makes everyone re-evaluate their lives and I really didn’t like how that was used in that way. These stories have that cozy comfort feel which I feel is very fitting with a Virgo.

Concrete Rose (The Hate U Give, #0)

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

This has a remarkably frank look at life. It’s refreshing in that we’re seeing the teen dad side of fatherhood. We never see that depiction and what that entails. Thomas’s writing style brings so much raw honesty to a hard situation that many people face. I love how it showcases that no matter at what stage in life you are raising a family takes a whole village.

The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

This one was hard to come up with because I don’t read many twisty thrillers which apparently is going against my sign LOL I wouldn’t say this has a good plot twist but it is a thrilling story. Reading this felt like watching a horror movie in that the closer to the end the louder the music played. The writing and the style of journal entries set an incredible pace that kept my heart rate up.

A Universe of Wishes: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology

A Universe of Wishes edited by Dhonielle Clayton.

To me summer read makes me think quick stories. Short stories are a great way to read a little at a time. These stories are full of adventure, heart and soul. They each have something to offer everyone with the magical, fantastical or space adventures. Just because these stories are short doesn’t mean they aren’t full of depth and heart.

Raybearer (Raybearer, #1)

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

The whole dynamic is that they’re attuned to one another and are a family to each other even though they we’re formed to protect the next emperor. The friendships bond are as close as family they literally get sick if they aren’t in contact with each other for a couple of days. The world and myth in this story is fascinating and is only briefly touched upon. It has so much left t explore with their bond and what it means.

Piranesi

Piranesi by Susanne Clarke

Umm this was unique, quirky in a sense. To me quirky makes it seem as though this book will be fun, and light-hearted but that’s not the case especially the further you venture into this story. It makes you think and wonder what are you reading but slowly but surely it reveals itself. This won’t be for everyone but it’s so intriguing that you have to keep reading because you have to know what is happening.

A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen, #2)
Star-Touched Stories
The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)

I’m picking an author because each one of their books has bewitched and enchanted me beyond worlds I couldn’t have dreamed up on my own.


Well that’s the tag! If you’re interested in doing this consider yourself tagged by me!

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Get to Know the Fantasy Reader tag

If you’ve been here any length of time than you know that fantasy is my favorite genre. It’s my most read & I don’t foresee that ending anytime soon. I’ve seen this tag around and I always say I’m going to do it but then I forget LOL So I’m doing it now before I forget again xD

I was not tagged by anyone to do this. I also won’t be tagging anyone as this is an old tag and I don’t know who hasn’t already done this.

Bree Hill originally created this tag as the Get to Know the Romance Reader Tag, and The Book Pusher adapted it for fantasy readers.

1. What is your Fantasy origin story? (how you came to read your first fantasy novel)

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

If we’re talking first, first The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Clearly comes to mind. I received this as a kid in school when someone I think from publishing came to talk to us and they gave out books. I recognized the author’s name because of Beevus and Ramona.  

2. If you could be the main character in a fantasy novel who would be the author and what’s one trope you’d insist be in the story?

We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya, #1)

I would want the Sunshine- Grumpy duo I could play either part Lol. The author I’d want to do this is Hafsah Faizal of We Hunt the Flame. I love her writing style and I already know that she would do that trope so much justice!!

3. What is a fantasy you’ve read this year that you want more people to read?

Raybearer (Raybearer, #1)

I haven’t read as much fantasy this year, yet. However, Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko is one that I saw talk of when it was releasing last year but has since disappeared from the forefront and that can’t stand. This was a fantastic story with such an interesting world of magic and myths. It has found family with a plethora of amazing characters.

4. What is your favorite Fantasy sub genre? What sub genre have you not read much from?

Gods of Jade and Shadow

A favorite sub genre is Historical Fiction fantasy, a la Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno- Garcia or The Gold Seer trilogy by Rae Carson. Historical fiction alone is alright but put a fantastical element or a mystery and its better. My least read sub genre of fantasy is Magical Realism or Contemporary Fantasy. This feels paradoxical since historical fiction is contemporary of the past and yet I’m okay with it. xD don’t try to make sense of me because you can’t lol

5. Who is one of your auto-buy fantasy authors?

The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1)
A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen, #2)
The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)

Roshani Chokshi. I love the worlds she creates and her writing is exquisite! For me auto-buy authors are people who I would literally read anything they produce. She could write in any genre about any old thing and I will be buying it. She has such a way with not only words but characters. They’re always so vivid and lifelike it hurts.       

6. How do you find fantasy recommendations? (GoodReads, Youtube, Podcasts, Blogs, Instagram, etc)

All of the above (well not podcasts cause I don’t listen to those). I’ve been doing this *gestures to reading on the internet* for a long while and you just learn to cultivate a system. GoodReads was the first place I started getting recommendations and it was a bit of a hit or miss. I now follow people whose taste align with mine and whose opinion and judgment I trust.

7. What is an upcoming fantasy release your excited for?

The Jasmine Throne (Burning Kingdoms, #1)

I am looking forward to The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri. This is coming out near another exciting release & I’m expecting a huge reading slump to follow.This story sounds amazing and I really enjoyed the last book I read from this author. I believe this has enemies to lovers trope sooo YAY!

8. What is one misconception about fantasy you would like to lay to rest?

“All fantasy is the same.” No genre or age category is all the same. It shows a lack of effort on the part of the speaker who isn’t trying to find books that they like. It’s okay if you outgrow a genre or age category you can always come back to it, it’s not going anywhere. I just think it’s disingenuous to shelve every story into one slot. And sometimes you need to ask yourself if it really is the book/genre or you with the problem. 

9. If someone had never read fantasy before and asked you to recommend the first 3 books that come to mind as places to start, what would those recommendations be?

Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet, #1)
Stain
Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha, #1)

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi this is middle grade which is easy to get into and has a lot of action and humor, Stain by A.G. Howard standalone YA fairytale retelling. Again something easy to slide into and a story that may be known but with a fresh take and there’s no huge commitment since it’s a standalone. Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri, this is an adult standalone but it has a companion novel. This is slower paced so no fear of being overwhelmed with the lore of the world while getting to know the characters.


What’s your favorite fantasy book?


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Anti- TBR Book Tag



I originally was just going to talk about books and/or authors that I didn’t want or won’t be reading more from in the future and then I discovered a tag. The Anti TBR and I knew it was meant to be. This tag was created by Nicole at @nicoleandherbooks,

Never say never however, I’m 1000% positive I will not be picking these up & reading them in this lifetime.

Disclaimer: If you or someone you know loves these books, Good! I’d hate for them to never find their home. This is a non-bashing zone. I will have reasons for why I won’t be picking these books up but no harm will come to the book, the author, or the readers who love them. 🙂

Heavily unpopular opinions incoming…



A popular book everyone loves but you have no interest in reading

Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1)

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

The cover had me intrigued & the hype that came along further enticing me until it didn’t.

My interest died the minute someone compared it to Sarah J. Maas (yes, this is a spoiler of what’s to come) and then read me portions of the book.

If it was 2013 I would have been in the front row screaming about this book but now, nope. I’ve out grown these kinds of books.


A classic book/author you don’t have an interest in reading

Moby-Dick or, the Whale

Moby Dick. Who reads this outside of class for fun??

Even if I had read this for school I would have most definitely used Spark Notes. This sounds tedious and boring as hell. If ever I need to fall asleep I’ll be sure to have someone hit me upside the head with this book.

Nothing and I mean nothing about this story makes me want to wade through the wreckage to maybe find something interesting about this book to make it seem worth my time.


An author whose books you have no interest in reading

They Both Die at the End
History Is All You Left Me
Infinity Son (Infinity Cycle, #1)

Adam Silvera, His first two books never appealed to me because they’re the sad contemporary and I avoid those as much as possible. His fantasy series did peak my interest but as time has gone on I just never feel compelled to pick it up. I’ve heard nothing good or bad which is weird since his other books are always talked about and favored.


A problematic author whose books you have no interest in reading

Wow, this list could go on for days. I’ve lost respect for a few authors while others I never had any respect for to begin with. J.K Rowling looking at you. Jay Asher, Lauren Myracle,Jaime Mcguire. There are more but these are the few that pop up immediately. If you don’t know why these people are on this list Google is your best bet to find out.


An author you have read a couple of books from and decided their books are not for you

Illusions of Fate

Kiersten White

I hate discovering that certain authors writing is just not for you. I really love the concepts of the worlds she builds but I can never get engrossed with the characters or story.

And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga, #1)

A genre you have no interest in OR genre you tried and couldn’t get into

Red, White & Royal Blue

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston.

Romance is one I just can’t get into. I do try and pick up one or two a year. It is usually due to the high volume with which I’m loving yelled at to read. The problem being I’m gray ace so finding romance books that center someone like me is like hunting for the Loch Ness monster*, Nessie is out there but not readily available.

It would be nice to see more range in the romance side since a lot of sexual identities are already so underrepresented and people who identify with them are more than likely experiencing rapid doubt that they’ll find someone for themselves.

*I actually don’t believe Nessie is real, sorry to disappoint

A book you bought but will never read OR a library book you borrowed but returned unread

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

This is another example of everybody gave me #fomo. I picked this up from the library with the intentions of reading it and finding out exactly why everyone was obsessed. I read the first two chapters and put it down because it was reminiscent to everything else I had already read and was getting tired of.

Sometimes this happens and it’s not the book or the readers fault.


A series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started but have dnf’d

Wildcard (Warcross, #2)

Wildcard by Marie Lu

I was really excited when the first book came out even though I’m not much of a gamer or coder I still thought it sounded cool. And it was for about the first third and then it became predictable. Being predictable isn’t the problem until nothing new is presented. Some things are to be expected but if every move is guessed well in advance where’s the fun in that? I expect some surprises along the way. Idk what else to say except it was a disappointment and I don’t care to finish this duology.


A new release you have no interest in reading

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1)

Sarah J. Maas, Crescent City or whatever it’s called. Sorry it has a weird/ bad marketing of the name. In any case I could have put her in authors whose books are not for you. I also could put Throne of Glass and ACTOR in the previous question.

I don’t know how to articulate why I don’t or can’t read her books. They’re quick to read but are also quick to fade away. I know a lot of my sourness comes from the misrepresentation of the first couple of books in TOG. Those were all that was out & everyone kept talking about how badass the female assassin MC was. None of that was shown in the first book or even the second book. The overwhelming disappointment coupled with the fatigue of struggling to remember what was happening every time I stepped away from the book did not win me over.


What book are you not interested in reading?




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End of 2020 Superlatives



I was tagged by the wonderful & hilarious Pilar @ The Bookworm Shelf

Thank you for thinking of me!! ❤

This tag was created by Alex over at The Scribe Owl

Rules:

  • Fill out each of the prompts with your answer. Each character/book you choose has to be one you read in 2020.
  • Tag as many or few people as you want, but preferably somewhere around 10.
  • Have fun and happy new year!!

Best Villain

Small Spaces (Small Spaces, #1)

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden,

Even though this series is directed towards a younger audience the villain in this series is not a one dimensional or mustache twirling cartoon which is refreshing to say the least. However, the dangers posed to the kids are very much real scary stuff that as children many of us have had. I say us but I mean me lol

Dead Voices (Small Spaces, #2)

Best Main Character

Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries, #3)

Murderbot Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells

The third novella in the series. I had to go with the very relatable just wants to watch their stories and be left in peace away from people. Murderbot is the name they’ve given themselves. They don’t want to acknowledge their feelings but still do the best that they can even if it means they get shot. It’s a pain to find a good place to get repaired in space.  


Best Side Character

Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy #1)

Clef  from Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett ,

Clef is a talking …key. He is so funny and wonderful but full of secrets even from himself. He is more than just a magical tool in this world. I don’t know what to tell you but if you can give a personality to a key I’m going to love it.


Tough Luck

A character that you’re glad you aren’t
Catherine House

Ines from Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas

This is mostly due to the fact that I just don’t have fond feelings towards the character. She was forgettable and spent most the story high or drunk. This is not a state I like to be in. It was like that time in high school when they made us wear these goggles to show what the affects of drinking and driving was like. This book is those googles.


Best Place to Raise a Family

A setting (preferably not in our world) that you wouldn’t mind settling down in
The Tea Dragon Society (Tea Dragon, #1)
The Tea Dragon Festival (Tea Dragon, #2)
The Tea Dragon Tapestry (Tea Dragon, #3)

Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill This world is so stinkin’ cute!! Part of the reason is the dragons but the other is the community. It’s so diverse and teeming with so much love. They remind me of Studio Ghibli. I really wished this was animated because it’s messaging is much needed.   


Uninhabitable

A setting you would never want to live in
The Lottery

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson,

You could argue that we do live in this type of society but I don’t want to live in it and I actively fight against it. This is a very short story that delivers a very clear message. Doing things because they’re ‘tradition’ without examining where this originates and the whys behind it can mean generations suffer while others look on and participate.


Most Likely to Succeed

An indie or under hyped book that everyone would like it they just tried it
A Spark of White Fire (The Celestial Trilogy, #1)

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna  or When the Tiger came down the Mountain by Nghi Vo,

I talk about the former a ton because I just adore & enjoyed it so much! It gets no recognition and that is unacceptable.  The latter is a sequel in an ongoing series of short stories, if you like stories within stories that have remarkable characters and an interesting world, I can’t recommend this series enough. 

When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain (The Singing Hills Cycle, #2)

Life of the Party

A book that kept you laughing and having a good time
Take a Hint, Dani Brown (The Brown Sisters, #2)

Take a Hint Dani Brown  by Talia Hibbert  

I said in a previous post that I don’t typically read romance and that this book thawed my frozen dead heart I wasn’t exaggerating. I wasn’t laughing the entire time but I enjoyed the hell out of this book the entire time. I appreciate everything it gave us and I look forward to the next in the series.


Most Unforgettable

A book you couldn’t forget if you tried
Monday's Not Coming

Monday’s not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson ,

I don’t want to forget this story but I couldn’t if I tried. The love and devotion in this story is so beautiful and heartbreaking. I just want to wrap Claudia up in a big warm hug.


Most Unique

A book unlike anything you’ve read before
The Tea Master and the Detective (The Universe of Xuya)

The Tea Master & the Detective by Aliette de Bodard,

A ship that is in the business of making and distributing tea crosses paths with someone looking to go to an area in space that many won’t traverse. I have never read a story like this before and I absolutely adored it. This is a very short novella but it was compelling and chalk full of interesting characters.  


I tag:

Cherelle @ A Bolt out of the Book

Nehal @ Books and Words




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Baby It’s Cold Outside Book Tag



I was tagged by the incredibly funny & SpongeBob gif gift-er Nehal @ Books and Words

Thank you for tagging me!!

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Snow Day – What’s your “comfort” book?

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

I really want a snow day it’s been years since we’ve had snow. But we’re not here to discuss my woes, just my books.

I always talk about how I gravitate towards Middle Grade when I’m in a reading funk but I also do it in general when life is in a funk.

They’re great way to go on an adventure especially on snow days!


Snow Angels – What’s a book that you love so much you would want to be buried with it

Bloodwitch (The Witchlands, #3)

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard,

Is this a repetitive answer? Probably but that’s how you know its real lol

This series is great but this book is so far my favorite. We’re finally seeing all the threads (hehe) cinching together into a beautiful well crafted tapestry of a world. I re-read this about 9 times in 2019, 2 of those were immediately upon finishing the book. It’s one of those stories were you don’t notice everything until you read the entire books again.


Warm Socks – What’s a book that makes you feel warm inside (The fluffiest, cutest romance you’ve ever read)?

Take a Hint, Dani Brown (The Brown Sisters, #2)

Take a Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

I’m not a romance reader but if this book can thaw my cold dead heart than that says everything.

I read this because of the hype and it was my third romance book of the year so I was optimistically hopeful. I’m so glad I did!

It has amazing rep & incredible love story that was wonderfully realistic.


Hot Cocoa – What winter-themed novels have you previously read?

The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy, #3)

Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden, or Dead Voices by Katherine Arden. Winter of the Witch is the third and final book in the Winter Night trilogy an adult fantasy. The Bear and the Nightingale is the first book which is Russian inspired folktales. Dead Voices is the second book to Small Spaces a Middle Grade horror.

Dead Voices (Small Spaces, #2)


Sledding – What’s a book with the best plot twists? Who’s an author that always keeps you on your toes?

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)

An author that always keeps me on my toes is Susan Dennard

I read this series after reading her other books and I didn’t know what to expect. I was hesitant because zombies just aren’t my thing but this proved me wrong.

The series definitely kept me on my toes and I never saw that ending coming.


Ugly Sweaters – What’s a book with the ugliest cover?

The Burning Shadow (Origin, #2)

Can we talk? I’ve seen a lot of cover changes in my time. & I don’t believe I’ve ever seen one reverse uno itself before. What I mean is usually the covers with the real people are changed to the abstract. Not the other way around, until now. btw I HATE real people on covers. Who changes the covers on the last book??? WHY?

The Brightest Night (Origin, #3)


Movie Marathon – What’s the last book you binge read? 

These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights, #1)

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong.

Literally read it in a day because I couldn’t put it down in fear of what I’d miss lol.

It was like I was running a marathon but I was sitting still. This was a wild ride from beginning to end and I never knew what was going to happen next. There was also very little time for me to contemplate what could happen because I was just too engrossed with the story.


Letter to Santa – What’s a book that’s on your wishlist this year?

We Free the Stars (Sands of Arawiya, #2)

I dedicated a whole post to that, My MOST Anticipated, but for the sake of the question I’ll pick one,

We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal which is coming out very, very soon!!!! I’m not at all excited.

I need to know how this story ends and that everyone gets a happy ending haha I’m not in denial either LOL



I’m not tagging anyone specific. I’ve been tagging people a lot and I feel like I’m annoying Lol.

Anyway, If you haven’t done this tag & you want to consider yourself tagged ❤



Thanks for reading!! ❤



Book Blog, Book Tag

Books I Forgot About

This could also be titled Series I want to Finish but I have to Start All Over. lol Not all of these are series but a couple are and I kind of want to finish them?? I say this like that because it’s been years since I picked up the first book and all of sudden I’m like I want to read those now. I doubt I’ll prioritize them but I thought this would make for an interesting topic.

Has this happened to you? One year you don’t want to continue the series and then BAM! You want too.

I didn’t rank these in any particular order. Sometimes I’m structured and sometimes I fly by the seat of my pants LOL

The first book on my list is


Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)

Graceling by Kristin Cashore, I own Fire & I remember a little more of it but Graceling I only have vague recollection of the first chapter and that’s it.

I apparently read it in January of 2015, I don’t own it but I really want to re-read the series before reading Winterkeep.

Like I said I remember next to nothing so it will be like reading it for the first time lol


The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I’ve only read this first book which was back in Christmas of 2014

I just remember being less than enthused with the ending. It soured my experience because I felt I could see where this story was going based on a previous experience with this author.

All that being said, I kind of want to finish it. Maybe. lol


Flamecaster (Shattered Realms, #1)

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

I made a HUGE mistake. I read this book before reading the first series. It seemed like I was never going to get my hands on the Demon King and that whole quartet. This book was on sale and I thought I could get away with it. So I read this and then got my hands on the Seven Realms series LOLLL

I want to continue with this series and this world but something devastating happens to a character I love 😦 I don’t want to read it again with what I know now 😦 ;(


Poison Study (Study, #1)

Poison Study by Maria V. Synder

I didn’t love this like everyone else but I did grow to enjoy it. It’s just a really long series with a bunch of spinoffs and I wasn’t ready for the commitment lol

I remember the very beginning & the ending but nothing in between.

I’m also interested to see how my opinions will change.


Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha, #1)

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

I just read this back in early 2020 and I didn’t LOVE it liked I’d hoped. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the hell out of it buuut I just didn’t become a die hard. I think this is due to high expectations and reading it as an ebook. Sometimes my lack of enjoyment is due to how I read the book.

I want to read it again and really absorb it!


Gods of Jade and Shadow

Gods of Jade & Shadow by Silvia Moreno- Garcia

I read this in November of 2019 & I loved it!

This is less of I don’t remember it as much as it is I haven’t read since then because I don’t own a physical copy.

I remember this being a trip (literally) and I want to experience it again.



Have you read any of these?


Thanks for reading!!

Book Blog, Book Tag, Book Talk, Uncategorized

Piano Playlist Tag

I’ve been tagged by the wonderful Riddhi @ Whispering Stories. Thank You Riddhi ❤ Go show her some ❤ her and her blog deserve it!!

Rules:

  1. Post the rules in your… post.
  2. Answer all the questions and if you’ve never heard any of the songs, listen to them before you answer the questions.
  3. Link the creator and the person who nominated you (Moi @Bookish Blunders).
  4. Nominate 8 people. Only 8. (Why? There’s no Symphony no. 9, so…)
  5. Use the featured image I’ve posted on this tag. (It’s drawn by Moi and she’d like some recognition)

Beethoven–Moonlight Sonata : A book you read that had an unexpected plot twist near the end:

A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1)

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn.

This the first book in the Veronica Speedwell Mystery series.

In a mystery you expect for twists but not quite like this.

I have to say for me personally, I didn’t like it. Especially, when this twist comes into play in future books.


Lizst–La Campanella : A book that you couldn’t even finish:

The Vanishing Girl (Daphne and Velma, #1)

The Vanishing Girl by Josephine Ruby, I was really hoping for some good ole fashion Scooby-Doo mystery solving hijinks . I LOVE the tv shows. So when I discovered this I was over the moon.

I could only read a few chapters because I can’t stand the bratty bitch behavior. We’re given the reason for Daphne’s behavior but it doesn’t make it right. The Mean Girl trope is my least favorite and I wish it would stay dead.

I can’t justify wasting my time on this. This was a very big let down.


Rimsky-Korsakov–Flight of the Bumblebee : A book that was crazy and chaotic that you couldn’t even figure out what was happening:

Piranesi

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke,

This is by no means a bad or unreadable book. I enjoyed this story it just took a few chapters at the beginning of the book to find my footing.

This is very much a mystery book and we as readers don’t know what is happening and our main character doesn’t either. Along the way the threads untangle and you start seeing how things are weaved but you still won’t be able to tell what the design is until the very end. And even then it could be a multitude of things.


Mozart–Rondo Alla Turca : A book that is so over-recommended that everyone and their grandma has read it. (it’s still good, though):

These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights, #1)

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong,

Okay maybe not every grandma has read this but it sure does seem that way. Usually I avoid hype trains for a while because been there & have train marks on my back. Although, this time it worked out in my favor because this was everything everyone said and more.

Juliette is the Pokémon evolution of Jude from The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. lol I have to call it like I see it.


Beethoven–Für Elise : A book that has been one of your favorites for ages:

Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles Series is Getting a Brand New Look |  Fierce Reads

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer,

I read them when they were first coming out and I loved the fresh take on these fairytales. I’m a big fan of fairytales and these were a nice edition.


Chopin–Fantaisie-Impromptu : A book that is high up on your to be read list:

Kingdom of Souls (Kingdom of Souls, #1)

So many! And if talking about them could count toward reading them I’d have a lot smaller TBR pile.

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron was something I wanted to read last year but never go to. I want to prioritize this one and finally read it!!


Beethoven–Sonata No. 17 “Tempest” 3rd Movement : A book that you love but isn’t that well-known:

Realm of Ash (The Books of Ambha #2)

Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri a companion novel to Empire of Sand

I may be cheating because I haven’t read this one yet, but I never see anyone talking about this series. And sequels especially companion novels tend to fall off the radar.

It takes place 10 years after EoS and follows Mehr’s sister Arwa.

The lore and magic of this world is so lush and paired with the writing style is just *chef’s kiss*


Mozart–Eine Kleine Nachtmusik : A book that is extremely long, but you still like it:

The Empire of Gold (Daevabad Trilogy, #3)

Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty

This is a big and glorious book that never felt like it dragged. Sometimes big books tend to have some filler content especially in a finale.

I think this was just the right length to build up to the epic showdown and giving me all the feelings. Everything isn’t tied up beautifully but enough is given so you’re satisfied with the new direction the world and characters are taking.


Debussy–Clair De Lune : A book that was wonderful from start to finish:

A Spark of White Fire (The Celestial Trilogy, #1)

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna ,

I know I talk about this book a lot but I’m not sorry.

This was incredible from start to finish.

I especially appreciate it obliterating my hopes and dreams so that I can devote all my time to thinking about it instead.


I Tag:

Rebecca @ Bex the Bibliophile

Ashmita @ The Fictional Journal

Emma @ Turn Another Page


As always don’t feel obliged to do this tag if you don’t wish too!


Thanks for reading 🙂