Life has been surprisingly busy lately. A whole week has passed since I last posted something or read someone’s blog post. My hope was that August would be a bit slower, allowing me to catch up on here, but that hasn’t happened. However reading-wise, all is good. I’m participating in Tome Topple, which is going on right now, and have completed 1 tome so far.
Since it’s been a while since I posted something, I’ve decided to do a book tag! My plan was to do the Days of the Week Book Tag that I found on a blog back in June, but it seems that the blog was deleted so I googled the tag and found various versions of it. So, in classic Zezee fashion, I shall do them all! 😆
Starting with this tag created by Tera at Adventures Between Pages:
Secret Book Sunday
What book or series do you secretly love that you don’t always tell people?
I don’t think I have any books for this. I talk about all the books I read on here and review everything as well. I guess the only thing that fits this is that I sometimes read funny adult-content webcomics, like Oglaf, which I never mention on here because I sometimes discuss kids books and putting those two together don’t fit.
Which two books or series do you think would be cool if they were mashed up as one book or series?
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
I believe these two would work perfectly together. If Will Henry and Pellinore Warthrop from the Monstrumologist series, a YA horror series about a scientist who studies monsters, hence monstrumologist, could be included in the next Fantastic Beasts movie, that would be awesome! Will Henry and Dr. Warthrop and Newt Scamander are basically in the same business, but Dr. Warthrop is a very practical man who doesn’t believe in fantasy so it would be entertaining see how he’d process Scamander’s world. These two would also work great together because I think both are set around the same time.
What is your favorite trilogy?
At this time, I’d say the Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb, which I read and completed last year. I’ve mentioned it often on here because I really enjoyed reading these fantasy books about the bastard son of a prince who is apprenticed to an assassin. However, it’s possible that another assassin trilogy might usurp this one and that’s Brent Weeks’s Night Angel trilogy. I just read the first book, The Way of Shadows, and now I want them all. If the other books in that trilogy are as good as the first, then I’ll end up with a new favorite.
What book has the wackiest story or wackiest cover?
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
I chose Lawson’s memoir because of its cover, which is wacky but I love it. That raccoon sure looks happy. 🙂 The memoir is humorous and is about Lawson’s experience with mental illness.
What book or series brings back memories from your past?
The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol
Recently, that happened with The Apprentice Witch, a middle-grade fantasy novel about a witch who failed her assessment and must redo her apprenticeship. I enjoyed reading this novel and it made me nostalgic for the fantasy books I read as a kid. I’ve been trying for years to remember the titles of them but can’t. I just remember there being fairies and illustrations.
Freaky Book Friday
What book freaked you out the most or what book cover freaked you out the most?
The Curse of Crow Hollow by Billy Coffey
The real answer to this question is the news. The news these days is scary. Also, to see a book cover that freaks me out, check out this Hogwarts tag I did. I refuse to post that cover on my blog again.
The Curse of Crow Hollow isn’t scary, but I’m a wuss so I get scared easily. It’s a horror novel set in a small town in Virginia. A witch is provoked causing her to curse the town. I enjoyed reading this because nothing is as it seems. It’s a bit of psychological thriller too.
Post a picture of your favorite bookshelf, a couple bookshelves, or an entire bookcase.
That would be my fantasy shelf in my new bookcase. The bookcase is large and can fit about three stacks of books on one shelf. The photo above is about 2 stacks deep. Coming soon to that shelf will be Brent Weeks’s Night Angel trilogy.
Next up is a tag created by booktuber Jay Dee Archer:
To do this tag, one has to select books that fit things commonly associated with the days of the week, be that religion or mythology or other stuff.
Day of the sun, which is represented by the Greek god Helios, known as Apollo by the Romans
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
This is the first book in Riordan’s Trials of Apollo series, where Apollo, a sun god, is punished by Zeus for stuff that happened in the Heroes of Olympus series…I think. I haven’t read it yet. Actually, I don’t even own it. Riordan is usually an autobuy author for me, but his books seem to be a repeat of the same things, so I haven’t been enthused to try the new stuff.
Day of the moon, which is associated with the goddesses Artemis, Selene, and Hecate
The Devourers by Indra Das
Since werewolves are connected to the moon, I chose a novel that has one, though I don’t know how the werewolf is used in it since I haven’t yet read The Devourers. It looks like it will be a good read though. I was really excited about reading it last year, before I got distracted.
Apparently it’s named for Týr, a Norse god of law and heroic glory who was often depicted as one-handed and was associated with Mars
The Art of War by Kelly Roman, illus. by Michael DeWeese, trans. from Sun Tzu’s classic by Lionel Giles
Considering the god of Tuesday, I think this graphic novel is fitting for it. I haven’t read it and do not own it, but I’d love to get it one day because the artwork is freaking crazy!! It seems to be Sun Tzu’s classic in graphic novel form.
Day of Mercury. The Norse god Woden, a.k.a. Odin, was associated with Mercury and also war, healing, wisdom, death, sorcery, and the runic alphabet.
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 3: Commercial Suicide by Kieron Gillen, illus. by Jamie McKelvie with colors by Matthew Wilson
I had to choose this! The Wicked + The Divine is a comic book series where gods are incarnated as humans and become pop stars. In this volume, we get to know more about Woden. I like the story, but I didn’t like this volume much because they switched the art style for parts of it.
Thor’s day; named for the Norse god of thunder. Let’s take a look at him:
Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter by Nina MacLaughlin
MacLaughlin’s memoir about how she transitioned from being an editor to becoming a carpenter. Looks like it will be a good read. I chose it for this category because Thor has a hammer. 😐
Day of Frige, a.k.a. Frigg, the Norse goddess of sexuality and fertility who was wife of Odin/Woden
Somebody’s Gotta Be On Top by Mary B. Morrison
I was hooked on Morrison’s romance novels when I was in high school. I haven’t reread them since so I’ve forgotten much of the plot. I don’t think they’re for teens though. There’s a lot of adult content in it. But these days it’s hard to judge those things considering how raunchy YA can get sometimes. So… read it if you want to….?
Named for the Roman god Saturn, which was called Kronos by the Greeks, a primordial god of time
A Time Code by Ruth Ozeki
This is the first in an autobiographical series of books called The Face where authors write about their face. In this one, which I read and loved last year, Ozeki observes her face for 3 hours and jots down her thoughts.
Here’s another tag I found on Adventures Between Pages:
A book you love to read in the summer or makes you think of summer
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
This is such a sweet YA contemporary series that’s perfect for the summer since the stories always take place in the summer. I’m about a book or two away from completing the series. I always breeze through them.
Favorite murder/crime book
Lady Killer, Vol. 1 by Joëlle Jones (illus.) and Jamie S. Rich
I don’t read much murder mystery or crime books so I don’t really have an answer for this. But I chose Lady Killer, a comic book about a 1950s housewife who freelances as an assassin, because it’s a fun, quick read and the artwork is pretty cool.
A book that made you laugh out loud
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
The happy raccoon is back! Lawson had me rolling sometimes. As I’ve said above, this memoir is humorous.
A book that made you weepy/cry
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
A YA historical novel with a hint of magical realism set in World War II. It’s such a great read and I loved the characters. I didn’t cry but an errant tear escaped me toward the end.
A book that made you really think/reevaluate the world/your life
Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better by Pema Chödrön
This is the commencement speech Pema Chödrön, an American Buddhist nun, gave at the University of Boulder, in Colorado, back in 2014. I read the book in 2015 and Chödrön’s advice has stuck with me since. I’m more mindful of my internal conversation (how I speak to myself or berate myself when I think I’ve failed). I’m also not so hard on myself when I do fail and I don’t often shy away from trying something new anymore.
Favorite fantasy book/series
No words needed. Moving on…
A book you just could not get into or finish
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
No matter what I do, I can’t finish this book. I think I’ve attempted to read it about 3 times. Maybe I need to try an audio version.
You’d think I’d be tired by now. I am. But I saw this tag on Thrice Read and I just gotta do it too!
A book you didn’t want to end
The Way of Shadows by Breny Weeks
I just read this and I LOVED IT!!! 😀 Awesome assassins! I plan to get the rest of the trilogy. I’ve only read the first book so this doesn’t fit the question exactly but my favorite character dies and, gosh, I wished his story didn’t end. I want to know so much.
By the way, this is a fantasy novel with assassins. And that’s all I’ll say…
A book you’re too lazy to read
A compendium of Edgar Allan Poe’s tales and poems
I think I bought this years ago when Borders was going out of business and I have yet to read it (or maybe I got it Barnes & Noble, hmm… either way, it was years ago). The book is too damn thick to read. I’d have to read it at home and I hardly ever read at home. That’s Sims time. 🙂
A book that was hard to finish
Eldest by Christopher Paolini
This is the second novel in the Inheritance Cycle, an epic, high fantasy series about dragonrider Eragon, a young farm boy who learns he’s destined for great stuff. In this installment, Eragon is being trained in magic and dragonrider history and philosophy and all that and it drags and drags so though I love this series, I had to set this book aside for a couple months because I was BORED!
A book you haven’t finished
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
I started this book, which follows four different life paths of the protagonist, earlier this year and loved what I read but was unable to finish it because it was due at the library. 😦 Also, I could only read it at home because it’s super thick and is a hardcover. I’m waiting for the paperback to be published before continuing with it.
A book you don’t recommend
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
This is a very unpopular opinion because lots of folks enjoyed it. Caraval is a YA fantasy novel about a girl trying to save her sister. I think the world building needed more work and I didn’t like the writing or the characters so I can’t recommend it, but, as I said, I’m probably one of few who thinks this.
A book you can’t wait to be released
Whatever that new Harry Potter book will be. The new Song of Ice and Fire book (whenever that will be). Another Night Angel book (though I haven’t yet read the following two books after The Way of Shadows).
A book you wanted to re-read right away
Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar, illus. by Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunkett
A Superman comic that reimagines the character as a communist regime hero. This was such a great read. When I got to the end, I had to reread the whole thing with it in mind.