5 — 4 — 3 — 2 — 1 — Book Tag!

Here’s a short book tag I found over on the Corner of Laura and Aquavenatus and just had to do too. Apparently, it began over on Instagram. I don’t know who the creator is, but please let me know if you do.

5 books you love

Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown
Normal by Warren Ellis
salt. By Nayyirah Waheed
Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham, illus. by Lan Medina
Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe, illus. by Roc Upchurch

These five are such good reads. Cinnamon and Gunpowder is a historical fiction, adventure novel set in the 1800s about a renowned chef who’s kidnapped by a female pirate, and Normal is a techno-thriller novella set at a mental institution for futurists. It’s one of the weirdest stories I’ve read. Salt. is a poetry collection (probably the only poetry collection I’ll like because I’m not often a fan of poems) and Fables and Rat Queens are both fantasy comic books.

4 auto-buy authors

Marjorie Liu
Brian K. Vaughan
C.M. Waggoner
Kay O’Neil

I actually do not have auto-buy authors. What I have is auto-buy series. Marjorie Liu is here because of her Monstress fantasy comic book series, which I’m a huge fan of (and need to catch up on), and Brian K. Vaughan is here for his Saga sci-fi/fantasy comic book series, which I love (and also need to catch up on). So too for Kay O’Neil, whose Tea Dragon series I love (and HAVE caught up on). Unnatural Magic is Waggoner’s debut novel, and since the second book she published, which I bought, is set in the same fantasy world as Unnatural Magic, I guess she’s the only one on this list who qualifies as an auto-buy author for me.

3 fav genres

Historical Fiction

Of course, fantasy would top this list. It’s the genre of books I read the most, and here I have one of my favorite fantasy novels from one of my favorite fantasy series by one of my favorite fantasy authors — The Golden Fool from the Realm of the Elderlings series by Robin Hobb. The series is divided into several trilogies and a quartet, and begins with Assassin’s Apprentice, which is about a bastard prince being trained as an assassin.

Historical fiction is next, and I actually didn’t realize that I’ve read and enjoyed so much from this genre until I did the 10 Years, 10 Favorite Books post and listed more historical-fiction novels than I expected. Here I have Middle Passage by Charles Johnson, which was an interesting, entertaining read, despite it being about a freed slave who stows away on a slave ship bound for Africa.

I rolled thriller and horror and all that into one, and for them I’m featuring the DCeased comic book series by Tom Taylor. I love this series because it’s basically a zombie-apocalypse story, one of my favorite kinds of stories.

2 places you read

In a moving vehicle

I love to read in a moving vehicle. I think I get the most reading done there. For some reason, it helps me to focus. I get distracted from reading when I’m still.

In bed early in the morning

Reading in bed early in the morning is also great, especially if it’s raining or snowing. I’ll get distracted if it’s sunny, thinking there’s something else I need to do.

1 book you promise to read soon

The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones

I’m eager to continue with the Chrestomanci books.

Have you done this tag too? Let me know. I’d love to see your answers.


35 thoughts on “5 — 4 — 3 — 2 — 1 — Book Tag!

  1. Oh that’s a fun tag. Not that I have that many auto-buy authors left alive any more.

    Also I really need to retry Monstress, I know too many people who love it. You got the latest one yet?


  2. This seems like a fun tag! I’ll definitely link back when I’ve written my own post.

    I wish I could read in moving vehicles! I used to do it a lot when I was younger, but now I get motion sickness and a 3-day headache if I so much as look at my phone for longer than a few seconds in a moving vehicle.


  3. Such a fun tag! I don’t usually read in the mornings in bed but I did that today and got through a captivating read. It was fun though I kept thinking that I should probably get more sleep instead of reading lol. I mostly read before sleeping. I love that you read when in vehicles. I miss doing that.


  4. You’re one of the people who finally got me into Saga, so I owe you some thanks for that, such a great series, and I’ve only read the first 2 volumes. I will also be reading Monstress in the not too distant future. And since I’m talking just comics at the moment, you have me curious about Rat Queens and Fables. I’ve at least heard of Fables, but Rat Queens is new to me.


    1. Omg! So happy to hear that. Monstress has gorgeous art and the story has a high fantasy feel to it. Hope it goes well for you. I’m only read the first volume of Fables, but it’s wonderful. It’s fantasy, but that first vol. was a whodunit, so I wonder if all the other ones are like that. And I think you’ll enjoy Rat Queens. It has a D&D feel to it. I’ve only read the first two volumes, but I love the all-female cast of main characters.


  5. I love this tag and your answers although I don’t see how you can read in a moving vehicle. I can read on trains or planes but trying to read in a car or on a bus leaves me feeling very sick!!!


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