Reading Firsts | 2021 & 2020

I’m calling this an impromptu half book tag week because here I am again with another book tag. I just wanted to do a post where I chat about a bunch of books while continuing to procrastinate on reviews.

I found this over on Tammy’s Books, Bones & Buffy. It’s not exactly a book tag; it’s a reading reflection post that Tanya & Kim of girlxoxo started to reflect on their reading experiences in the first couple months of a given year. However, since I’m in a book tag mood, I’ve decided to call it a book tag and combine the categories Tanya & Kim have included in their posts over the 3 years they’ve been doing these posts (because I’m feeling extra today).

AND because I’m feeling even more extra than I thought, I’ll consider for this books I read in 2020 and books I’ve read so far this year since I’m in a chatty (typey??) mood and I want to play with the WordPress block things that I FINALLY figured out how to use (so if you have difficulty seeing this post, please let me know).

Anyway… TO THE TAG! 😀


First book read

2021

Renegade’s Magic by Robin Hobb

It’s the third and last book in the Soldier Son trilogy, a fantasy story about a young man who believes he’s destined to become a soldier but gets caught up in a conflict between his country and the land his country is invading, which causes some… spiritual difficulties for him. I loved the first book in the trilogy but the second and third were hard to get through at times. Shout out to my buddy-reader in all things Hobb, Emily at Embuhleeliest, because the buddy-read kept me going.

2020

Blue Monday by Nicci French

I believe Nicci French is a husband-and-wife team. Blue Monday is a slow-paced mystery about a psychotherapist who gets caught up in a child abduction case when it seems that one of her patients may be involved. It was a good read that kept me interested despite its slow pace, but the end so frustrated me that I’ve yet to continue with the series.

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Guilty Reader Tag

If you’re one of those people who can quickly type up a review of a book shortly after completing it, then I applaud you because your girl is struggling. STRUGGLING! I don’t know what’s going on with me but when I sit down to type up what I thought of books I’ve read since May, the words escape me.

It’s not the first time this has happened, so I know the weird block will pass and I’ll dump a bunch of reviews on my blog. But for now, here’s a book tag.

I was tagged by the Orangutan Librarian for this tag last year… (🙃 yep, major procrastinator here!). But, hey! Better late than never, eh?! The tag was created by booktuber Chami at ReadLikeWildfire, but the original video was taken down.

Have you ever regifted a book that you’ve been given?

I haven’t. I don’t believe in regifting. I know some people don’t mind doing it, but I hate it when I realize that a someone has done that to me. I don’t know why I’m so against regifting, but I really dislike it. I don’t mind giving away a gift I received that I don’t like, but I wouldn’t pass it on as a gift.

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No Disclaimers Book Tag

I’m behind on review posts and I want to post something but am not in the mood to do a review post, so… It’s time for a handy-dandy book tag!! AND I’m actually doing one I was tagged for! Yeahie!! 😀

I was tagged by the wonderful orange fur ball that is the Orangutan Librarian, whose blog I HIGHLY recommend.

The tag was created by booktuber Catalyst Reads, but it seems that the channel was deleted so I don’t have a link.


Which trope(s) in books annoy you the most?

love triangle | easily angered, selfish protag

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Half-Year Book Tag: 2021

Aha! And here I am with another book tag to check in on my reading progress so far in 2021.

This one is the Half-Year Book Tag, which was created by BexnBookx.


Favorite standalone book hauled and read so far in 2021

In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce

Again, I’ll have to start this off with In the Garden of Spite because I liked it that much. Plus, all the other stuff I loved are part of a series. In the Garden of Spite is a historical thriller about a female serial killer.

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Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag: 2021

It’s been such a long time since I’ve done a book tag that I feel as if I don’t know my blogging self anymore. Zezee with Books LOVES book tags! I should be doing one every week! But I can’t even remember when last I declared a book tag week. Things are getting out of hand here.

Well.

June is almost over, so I intend to do the usually end-of-June book tags that help me reflect on my reading progress so far.

I’ll start with the Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag, which was created by Chami and Ely Jayne.


Best book I’ve read so far

In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce

It’s historical fiction about a female serial killer and it’s a superbly fantastic, though at time disturbing, read. It is a thriller that borders on horror, and it is very well written and atmospheric and immersive too. It is a great read that I highly recommend. (See my review here.)

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Wyrd & Wonder Wednesday: So Many Things! Oh, my.

For the month of May, my Wednesdays on here are dedicated to the Wyrd & Wonder Challenge. I’ll share my picks for the topics that pop up in the current week on the Wednesday. Most likely, the picks will be repeats of what I post on Instagram (that’s if I manage to post anything on IG).

For this post, I’ll do the challenge topics for May 23-31. So, here it goes!

Book rainbow…

So pretty 😊

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Wyrd & Wonder Wednesday: Beware, the Suck Fairy

For the month of May, my Wednesdays on here are dedicated to the Wyrd & Wonder Challenge. I’ll share my picks for the topics that pop up in the current week on the Wednesday. Most likely, the picks will be repeats of what I post on Instagram (that’s if I manage to post anything on IG).

For this post, I’ll do the challenge topics for May 16-22. So, here it goes!

Page to screen…

It’s the Princess Bride for me.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman is one of my favorite fantasy books and movie adaptations. I saw the movie first and immediately loved it, and it was the same when I read the book years after that. I’ve seen the movie several times since then and continue to enjoy it; however, it’s been a couple years since I last reread the book.

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Wyrd & Wonder Wednesday: Desert Island Reads

For the month of May, my Wednesdays on here are dedicated to the Wyrd & Wonder Challenge. I’ll share my picks for the topics that pop up in the current week on the Wednesday. Most likely, the picks will be repeats of what I post on Instagram (that’s if I manage to post anything on IG).

For this post, I’ll do the challenge topics for May 9-15. So, here it goes!

For Mother’s Day…

I’ll highlight Molly Weasley

Because she’s the first character to pop in mind when I thought of this topic. It’s probably the same answer I gave in the past on similar topics, but I really couldn’t think of anyone else, and she is a fantastic character.

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Wyrd & Wonder Wednesday: Begin

For the entire month of May, Wednesdays will be dedicated to the Wyrd & Wonder Challenge because I like throwing up triple Ws — W&WW. I’ll share my picks for the topics that pop up in the current week on the Wednesday.

The picks in these posts might be repeats of what I post on Instagram for the challenge… that’s if I manage to post anything on IG. I’m always unprepared when it comes to challenges on IG.

So, for the first week of Wyrd & Wonder (May 1-8), I have here:

We’re going on an adventure…

…with The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

For this category, we are to share our TBR for our W&W adventure, which I actually did on IG (here) and in this post on my blog. Neither one has the Jumbies in it, yet it’s the first book I picked up for W&W. Smh, I’ve already gone off course.

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Never Have I Ever Book Tag

I wasn’t planning to post another book tag this week. I’m in high reading spirit, but I’m not in the mood to draft reviews or anything else, so… a book tag it is! 😀

And this is another tag that I was actually tagged for! Yeahie!! 😀

I was tagged by Lisa at Way Too Fantasy for this tag that I’ve never done before. 🤣🤣 (Yep, cracking myself up here.) It was created by Madame Writer/Anne With a Book.

Apparently, there are rules:
  1. Link back to the original creator! (Madame Writer)
  2. Link back to the person who tagged you!
  3. Answer all prompts.
  4. Add one more prompt of your own.
  5. Tag at least five people.
  6. Don’t lie.
  7. Have fun!

Never Have I Ever… read a later book in a series before reading the first book.

Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid

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