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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 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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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!!

Why I'm Taking a Break… - Brenna Elmore

Seriously, though her posts are always fun to read! ❤

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post.
  • Display the banner (copy and paste).
  • Link to the original creator: Erin @ Reading On A Star.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag however many people as you want.

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!! ❤



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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 🙂

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The Selena Gomez Book Tag

This tag is made by Nehal @ Books and Words and she graciously tagged me to do this!!

Go check out her blog and support!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and leave a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the tag: Nehal @ Books and Words
  • Answer the prompts.
  • Tag at least 5 people.
  • Just have fun!

Love You like a Love Song: A romance novel that is cliché but you still love it

You Should See Me in a Crown

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

The High School setting doesn’t bring anything new to the field.

Honestly, the characters and the feel good moments of first love is what made this book fun to read.


Rare: A book with a female protagonist unlike any other

The Empress of Salt and Fortune (The Singing Hills Cycle, #1)

Chih the cleric in an Empress of Salt & Fortune by Nghi Vo,

She’s in charge of writing down the stories as authentically as possible.

This is stories nestled inside other stories and searching out the truth kernel inside.


Look at her now: A character who suffered a lot (physically/mentally) but eventually recovered and is now at the better end of life

Inej Ghafa from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, I cannot fathom the things she went through at such a young age. The strength and resilience in her faith was also something I admired.


Wolves: A book that got you out of a reading slump

It’s not a single book but a category, Middle Grade is usually where I go if I can’t read. There’s always an adventure and it’s just an all around fun time.


It ain’t me: A character you used to like but not anymore

Rory Gilmore from Gilmore Girls. I don’t have a book character or at least nothing is coming to mind. However, the one that did pop up is Rory. I liked her at the time that I first watched this show but upon rewatching it I had a very different take. The show in general is awful and not something I could ever make myself watch again.


Feel Me: A character you can’t bear to see with anyone else but you

King of Scars (King of Scars Duology, #1)

This isn’t to say I want them for myself so much as I don’t agree with who they’re being set up to be with in the end.

Obviously, I’m talking about Nikolai.

I like the two characters individually but together eh, I don’t get it.


Same Old Love: A book with an unoriginal and unrealistic romance

Amazon.com: The Will and the Wilds eBook: Holmberg, Charlie N.: Kindle Store

Will of the Wilds by Charlie N. Holmberg.

Her stories tend to be original and fun but this story was flat. Everything from the characters to the storyline just wasn’t dynamic or interesting.

It didn’t do anything new with the fae which I was hoping for.


The Heart Wants What it Wants: A book you regret finishing because you are miss reading it a lot

Bloodwitch (The Witchlands, #3)

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard,

The next book doesn’t come out until June 22, 2021 and I’ve been patiently waiting since February 2019.

I just need to know more!! I have re-read this at least a dozen times.


Back to you: A book you read again and again even though you have other books on your TBR pile

The Night Circus

I could repeat Bloodwitch but that’s boring,

The Night Circus is something I like to re-read every now and then even though I have a horde of books I haven’t read yet. lol


Hit the Lights: A book that just made you forget everything else

Amazon.com: These Violent Delights (9781534457690): Gong, Chloe: Books

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong,

I practically read this in one sitting. I did read it in a day because I couldn’t put it down.  

It’s just nonstop action and the mystery element just begs to be solved. I haven’t had this much fun reading in a while.


Tell me something I don’t know: A book people keep recommending you which you already have it in your TBR pile

Amazon.com: Jade City (The Green Bone Saga, 1) (9780316440868): Lee, Fonda:  Books

Jade City by Fonda Lee,

Look I’m as frustrated as everybody else that I still have this languishing on the pile.

I will read it, one day, hopefully soon.

Not that I’ve been saying that all year lol


I can’t get enough: A book series/world you just want more and more of

The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1)

A Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi,

I know we have a companion novel, A Crown of Wishes, I adored it! Also, the short story collection, Star Touched Stories.

I really loved these and this is why I want to explore more of the world and maybe some other deities.

I love her writing style it’s so pretty and it fits the dreamy and often sharpness of fairytales.


I Tag:

Soph @ Soph’s Book World

Becca @ Toastie Books

Pilar @ The Bookworm Shelf

Tilly @ The Biblioshelf

As always, no worries if you can’t or don’t want to participate 🙂


Thanks for reading 🙂

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Mystery Blogger Award

MY GREATEST CREATION YET: THE MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD – Okoto Enigma's Blog

I’ve been nominated by Pilar @ The Bookworm Shelf. Thank YOU

Rules:

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer 5 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
  • Share the link to your best post.

3 things about me

  • I hate coffee
  • I arrange my books by color that’s right I separate series because I’m a monster who likes rainbows :0
  • I don’t understand the point of golf lol

Pilar’s Questions:

1. What is your fatal flaw? (Yes, you can take a quiz to find out)

I got Curiosity. You want, no need, to know everything about everything. You need to know every possible outcome, fact, and person. If you don’t already know than you need to find out, which can get you in big trouble. I do like knowing stuff that will impact me or the very least have as much possible knowledge to make an inform decision. I wouldn’t have considered this a flaw.

2. What is your worst reading habit?

Picking up books when I don’t know what I’m in the mod for and end up starting and stopping 50 books. It’s beyond frustrating!

3. Who is your godly parent?

I always get Athena when I take those quizzes. I guess this goes back to my fatal flaw LOL

4. Share one of the most boring books you have ever read.

Death of the Necromancer by Martha Wells. I love her Murderbot Diaries so I picked up one of her earlier works, whew don’t do it. This was 400/500 pages of bore. This could have been really amazing but it dragged a ton. Also, mysteries should never exceed 250 pages, just saying, the payout is never satisfying.

5. Who is your favorite book villain?

I really like who turns out to be the villain in the Foundryside series by Robert Jackson Bennett. I can’t say much because spoiler city but the villain(s) aren’t who you or what you think they are. I love it!


My best posts:

Movies vs Books

My Life in Books

A Roast to Me


I nominate:

Tiction @ Books and Words

Sam @ Literary Delirium

Emma @ Turn Another Page

Ashmita @ The Fictional Journal

Rebecca @ Bex the Bibliophile


My questions:

1. You’re visited by future you how do they prove to current you it’s really you?

2. You inherited a curse, what is it?

3. What would you do if you could be Karma for a day?

4. You are a nature witch that means you grow magic like plants, there’s a season for different kinds of spells, what season would harvest dreaming droughts?

5. You’re a space pirate hunting down lost treasure, what do you do with the items you recover?

As always no worries if you can’t or don’t want to participate 🙂


Thanks for reading 🙂

Book Tag, Book Talk

The Festive Christmas Book Tag

Season Greetings 🙂

Whether you celebrate this time of year or not I hope you are safe and loved ❤

No one tagged me to do this but it is my regular upload day and I wanted something festive, heh

The original tag was made by the Booktuber: GirlReading.


1. A fictional family you would like to spend Christmas dinner with?

The crew from The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi. Like they would have the best food and the best banter and it would be held in the fanciest room with our fanciest attire. The splendor of it all & inevitably the mayhem lol

2. A bookish item you would like to receive as a gift?

A Book Beau.  I don’t have one, which is a crime.

3. A fictional character you think would make a perfect Christmas elf?

I want to say Kaz. Just so we’re clear I don’t think he’d be a perfect Christmas elf, which makes this a non answer but I couldn’t get the image of the Dregs standing around in various tasks and outfits working the room for some crazy plan out of my head. I just want fan art of him and the gang dressed up because they’re on a mission. Someone with art skills make this plzzzz.

4. Match a book to it’s perfect Christmas song.

Winter of the Witch, Winter Wonderland. I don’t know if this actually fits but it fits the hardback US cover and that’s how I came up with it. I read too much Fantasy for this to work 😦

5. Bah Humbug. A book or fictional character you’ve been disappointed in and should be put on the naughty list?

Roa from The Caged Queen. She did some things I was not okay with & she never apologizes.Just irks me.

6. A book or a fictional character you think deserves more love and appreciation and deserve to be put on the nice list?

Mehr & Amun from Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri. These two deserve the world ❤ They go through so much

7. Red, Gold and Green. A book cover that has a wonderfully Christmasy feel to it.

The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves, #2)

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

Will silver work? All that glistening ice, makes me cold just looking at it.


Thank you for reading this far I hope you have a wonderful day 🙂

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evermore book tag

In honor of Taylor Swift’s birthday I’m doing a tag of her new album evermore.

I love both folklore & evermore the same but obviously there’s a special place in my heart for folklore. I love the story telling aspect in both of these albums they speak to my story loving heart.

This tag was made by Star is All Booked Up who also made the folklore book tag.


willow- character you’d follow anywhere

Iseult from the Witchlands series by Susan Dennard. Honestly, any character from this series I would follow anywhere. The world and the characters are amazing!

champagne problems- dual POV

We Used to Be Friends by Amy Spalding, not enough stories with the ending of friendships. Often times the hardest breakups are friendships.

gold rush- anticipated release

Witchshadow by Susan Dennard. I have waited soooo long and I can’t wait to devour this story!!

’tis the damn season- small town romance

Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton, this is more small village but same concept. The romance surprised me but fans of Maggie Stiefvater will like this.

tolerate it- lost love, failed relationship

You Say it First by Katie Cotugno, if you’ve read this than you know the relationship in this was horrendous and it was difficult to root for them.

no body, no crime- character who’d get away with murder

Kaz Brekker, Is this cheating?? It feels like it but it’s also the only one my brain can come up with.

happiness- a book that makes you suffer but you find comforting

Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty, this is a bittersweet kind of song and book. I feel this song really relates to a particular character in this series.

dorothea- nostalgic read

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, These are such a good time for me. I haven’t re-read them in a while but they’re just a great escape. I’m happy a new spin off in this world is coming next year.

coney island- star crossed lovers

A Song of Wraiths & Ruin by Rosanne A. Brown, I hope they can get a happy ending even if its not with each other but I know only pain awaits.

ivy- crept up on you

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, this story starts off in a direction of hazy confusion for the reader and slowly begins unfolding its layers to reveal things that I’m still left pondering months after finishing the book. The writing in the song reminds me of this story.

cowboy like me- cat and mouse games

Fallen Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes. This whole series is a big cat and mouse game and everyone is trying to outsmart the others. Its very entertaining.

long story short- never read it again, painful experience

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, I’m grateful I read it the first half of the book is basically all highlighted because it just spoke literally of how my depression was like. It was tough to read it the first time in fact I had to put it down because I was worried of it triggering a relapse. SO as great as it is to find some solace in the words of someone who understood its also too painful to be reminded.

marjorie- book with a beautiful message

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill, This entire series just delivers in every way. From the cute illustrations to the wonderful characters and the messages of each book of family, love, grief, & finding ones self.

closure- a book with bad rep (a betrayal)

A House of Salt & Sorrow by Erin A. Craig, this isn’t a spoiler that obviously someone is going to betray the MC because its a horror and people are dying.

evermore- a journey of self discovery

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta, this story is just wonderful and you get so much of the characters especially Micheal even though it’s written in verse. We watch him grow up and find his footing in the world and the too often difficulties for someone gay and mixed race.


If you are a Swiftie than consider yourself tagged by me 🙂

What’s your favorite song from evermore?

My top 5 as of right now is no body, no crime; ivy; long story short; willow; & ’tis the damn season


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