Book Cake Book Tag

As I sit here with my stomach grumbling dreading that I’ll have to cook something (I hate cooking), I thought to myself, “Why not do the Book Cake Book Tag that Ann of Ann’s Reading Corner tagged me for ages ago?”

Actually, that’s not what I said to myself. It was more like “Ugh… I don’t feel like cooking. Lemme do a book tag.” Either way, here I am with another book tag and one I was actually tagged for this time! 🙂 I’m catching up. Kinda. Ann tagged me for this last year, but better late than never, eh? Thanks Ann! 😀

By the way, after some searching, I found that the tag was created by booktuber Suddenly Lorna.

Flour: A book that was slow to start but picked up as it went along

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

This is a horror novel about a vampire apocalypse that starts in New York City. The story isn’t scary, but it is unsettling because of how vampires are created. The story plays upon the parasitic nature of vampires and gives it a scientific twist that makes it a bit more realistic. The pace is slow at first because of the many perspectives and explanations, but it’s needed to build a solid foundation. But once the pace picks up, you’ll be hooked!

The book was also adapted for TV. The show is also called The Strain and the fourth and last season recently aired on FX. It’s one of my favorite TV shows and I encourage EVERYONE, if you’re not squeamish, to go watch.

Butter: A book that has a rich plot

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned The Hobbit in anything. The story is a popular one about the unassuming Bilbo Baggins who goes off on an adventure with wizard Gandalf and a bunch of dwarves to reclaim the dwarves’ treasure from the dragon Smaug. The Hobbit certainly has a rich, delectable plot that I enjoy sampling every now and then but only as a book. I tried it as an audiobook but didn’t like how it was narrated.

I still need to see the movie. Wish I’d seen it in theaters.

Eggs: A book you thought was going to be bad but was quite enjoyable

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany, and J.K. Rowling

Because of all the negative hype surrounding this script last year, I thought I’d hate it. Instead, I was surprised to find myself enjoying it and even liking it as I read. There were some characterizations and such that didn’t make sense to me, but I liked that it gave us a different perspective on some characters and gave other characters insight on what becomes of them in the original books.

Sugar: A sweet, sugary book

Lucy by Randy Cecil (illus.)

I just realized that I hardly read books that can be described as sweet, but Lucy definitely fits. It’s an illustrated children’s book about a little girl who befriends a stray dog and the adventures of that dog. I enjoyed reading it and liked the illustrations, which seems to have been done in pencil.

Icing: A book that covers every single element that you enjoy about a book

This is a difficult question to answer, so I’m skipping it. I don’t think I’ve read a book that has every single quality that I love about stories. They usually contain many of the qualities, but not all.

I love books that are well-written but also have a touch of poetry to its prose. I love books with descriptive writing. Writing so lush that I find myself repeating sentences and phrases just to hear what they sound like spilling from my lips. I love books with great first sentences and a storyteller’s voice that immediately hypnotizes me as soon as I begin to read, so hooking me to the book that I hardly put it down until done.

I love books with an interesting and exciting plot but still gives me something to mull over as I read along, something that challenges opinions and views I take for granted or reveals something of human nature that I’ve never realized or never thought of in a particular way or just confirms what I already think but in an unconventional way. I love books with complex characters. I love books with endings that feel like an ending and not something unsure of if it’s an ending.

Sprinkles: A book series that you turn to for a pick-me-up when you are feeling down

No explanation needed since the Harry Potter books are a pick-me-up for most folks when they’re sad.

Cherry on top: Your favorite book of the year so far

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Definitely Homegoing and for so many reasons, which I’ll share in my review (tk). The book is well-written, the story is interesting, and the characters will stay with you. It’s a favorite. Gyasi is now a favorite author. And I now consider this book a classic (I don’t care what anyone else says).

That’s it. If you’re in the mood for cake and tag, do this one.
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Try a Chapter Tag, Pt. 2

I’ve always wanted to do another round of the Try a Chapter Tag (here’s my first one), so I’m glad to finally get another chance to do it. I recently completed the 2 books I’ve been actively reading and am now looking for 2 more to start on. (I tend to juggle 3 these days.) Since I’m long overdue to read the ARCs and other recently published books I won in giveaways, I’ve decided to use this tag to choose two ARCs/recently pubbed books to read next.

The tag was created by Malia at BookParadise, a booktuber. The guidelines are as follows:

Choose 5+ books you’ve been meaning to read.
Read up to the first chapter, prologue included.
Decide if you’ll complete it or set it aside.
Here are the books I’ll choose from.

Some of these were published earlier this year so I’ll include the publication dates below.

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Book Haul #39.5: I did good…at Small Press Expo

Earlier this week, I posted the first part of this haul showing books and comics I bought since my last haul. Since that post ran a bit long because I talk too much, I decided to break up the haul into two posts. This one will focus on the loot I got from the Small Press Expo, which is an indie cartooning and comic book event that takes place in September. As I said in my first post, I was on my best behavior this year and kept my purse in my bag so I wouldn’t buy everything I saw, and boy did I see a lot and love them all!

Comics & graphic novels

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Top 5 Wednesday #20: Witches and Creepy Places

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and now managed by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. For more information on this meme, visit the Goodreads group.

I wanted to post last week, but was too busy so this is a combination of last week’s and this week’s topics.

First, let’s start with last week’s topic:

Witches

As a lover of fantasy, I, of course, enjoy reading about witches. Human wielders of magic greatly attract me to the genre and though witches are usually portrayed as ugly, evil, vile creatures, they are my favorites to read about. Actually, I’d love to receive more book recommendations that center on witches, which is the main reason why I am excited to see this topic. Well, here are the books that came to mind:

Wytches, Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder, illus. by Jock

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Book Haul #39: I did good

Oh, book buying. 🙂

It’s been a while since I’ve done a haul, almost 3 months, in fact. Unfortunately, it’s not because I haven’t been buying books. I just forget to post the haul sometimes. For this haul, I think I did good because I attended the Small Press Expo again this year but, unlike last year, I didn’t go overboard and buy everything that caught my eye or that people told me to buy. Yeahie me! 😀 I instead kept my purse in my bag and bought only what I was really interested in. I’ve learned that when attending such things, cons and expos, to keep my purse in my bag. If it’s in my hand, I’ll leave the place in debt.

Unlike recent hauls, this one doesn’t have any books checked out from the library. Not that I didn’t check anything out. I did, but I didn’t get the time to read them so I didn’t see the point in listing them here. With that said, I guess I’m DNF’ing The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster. I started it but got distracted by other books and then I had to return it to the library. I guess I’ll revisit it some other time. Anyway, here are the books:

Physical books

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Tough Travels #6: Dragons

My plan was to post this earlier in September, but since I was busy and hardly around in that month, this post is late and popping up in October. I love fantasy but haven’t read many fantasy novels to always have unique recommendations for the topics in this meme, so I usually wait until the end of the month to do my post so I can read everyone else’s and get recommendations from them. Doing this has caused me to add loads of books to my TBR. Well, maybe not loads, but definitely many.

I was excited for this topic because dragons are one of my favorite fantastical creatures. They come in many shapes and sizes with various abilities. Sometimes they contain knowledge and wisdom vaster than any human or other creature; sometimes they are simply animals, large and powerful or small and quick but cunning; other times they are spiritual beings or creatures able to take on human form.

September’s theme (late again): Dragons

The Tough Guide advises that Dragons are ‘very large scaly beings with wings and long spiky tails, capable of breathing fire through their mouths. They can be almost any colour or combination of colours, though green, red and black are preferred. They are always very old. Most of them seem to have flown to Fantasyland aeons ago across the void. This migration was almost certainly to get away from our world, where people would insist that they were dangerous monsters that had to be exterminated. Dragons, as all Fantasyland knows, are no such thing.’ Or are they?

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Finally Fall Book Tag

I love book tags and I love fall, so when I saw this one around booktube, I decided to do it. The tag was created by Alina at Tall Tales.

In fall, the air is crisp and clear: Name a book with a vivid setting!

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young (illus.)

I decided to take  this question literally and chose a comic book — I Hate Fairyland, which because of the bright colors used in the illustrations, has a vivid setting. The comic book is dazzling and filled with such an abundance of bright colors that they are almost overwhelming. Many readers have enjoyed reading this story about a girl who is brought to Fairyland and is stuck there for over 20 years because she can’t find the key to the way out, but it didn’t appeal much to me . I think the hype spoiled it for me making the funny portions a bit stale. I went in expecting too much.

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