20 Questions Tag

Another book tag I was tagged for!! 😀 (I’m catching up on them!… Well, I’m trying to.)

I was tagged by Emily from Embuhlee liest, my awesome Robin Hobb buddy-reader. I have no idea who created this tag but shout out to you whoever you are.

How many books is too many books in a series?

12 or 13

Or however much the length of the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan is. I’ve been tempted several times to give up on the story, but I really want to know how things will pan out.

How do you feel about cliffhangers?

I like them when they are used effectively, like in A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. His cliffhangers kept me reading. But I don’t like them when they are overused, like in the Song of Ice & Fire series at large. After a while, they became annoying.

Hardback or paperback?

Paperback. Always.

Only in dire circumstances do I get hardbacks, like if I really, REALLY need to read the book right away, and still I’ll be pissed at myself for purchasing it. The exception is if the hardback itself has a nice cover design. I don’t mind such purchases.

Favorite book?

Erm… I’m going to cheat and show my two favorite books of the year so far:

Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

Both are great books. The story is engaging and the writing is superb. Kintu is magical realism, historical fiction about a cursed family in Uganda, and The Shape of Water is fantasy historical fiction romance about a woman who falls in love with an amphibious man. I love ’em both.

Least favorite book?

She by H. Rider Haggard

I went with the first book to come to mind. It’s well-written and some discussions in it are interesting, like man’s place in the universe and others on religion, but I disliked 99% of the ideas discussed in this book and found the story highly offensive and even insipid because why would an all-powerful woman sit on her ass in a cave for years waiting on her true love?!

Love triangles: Yes or no?

Hell naw

The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

But that’s because I was listening to it on audio and had a hard time paying attention. I don’t think I can do essay or short story collections on audio. I’ll finish this using the physical copy.

A book you’re currently reading?

A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

I have several on the go at the moment and this is one of them. I’m rereading it, but I plan to review it if I haven’t already done so.

The last book you recommended to someone?

My two favorite books of the year:

I keep telling people to read them, and I hope they will.

Oldest book you’ve read by publication date?

Jason and the Argonauts by Apollonius of Rhodes, trans. by Aaron Poochigian

Probably this Greek classic which I read a couple years ago and loved. It’s about Jason and his pals embarking on a quest to steal the Golden Fleece.

Newest book you’ve read by publication date?

How to Love a Jamaican by Alexia Arthurs

It will be published on July 24. It’s a book of short stories about being Jamaican, being an immigrant in the U.S., relationships, love, being a Black queer woman in the U.S., and many other topics. I liked several of the stories and recommend it to those interested in trying some short stories.

Favorite author?

Robin McKinley

I love the way she writes and love how descriptive her prose is. I also love the way she tells her stories and love her stories themselves; most of the ones I’ve read are fairy tale retellings. However, The Blue Sword is not based on a fairy tale. It’s about a girl who is kidnapped and trained to become a warrior who saves a country that’s threatened by a malevolent force. It’s so good and is one of my favorite books.

Buying books or borrowing books?

Buy

I prefer to own my books so I feel free to highlight as many things as I want.

A book that you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

This is a very popular one. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t like it either. The protagonist was annoying and I hated the dialogue.

Bookmarks or Dog-Ears?

**gaspes** Dog-ear my books??!!

I would never do such a thing. I’ve always been against such horrid habits, even as a kid. Bookmarks always. I don’t care what is used as long as it doesn’t soil my book.

A book you can always reread?

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa (illus.)

I don’t think I will ever get tired of this story about two brothers trying to regain their original bodies after a failed experiment. It’s a manga series (that I haven’t completed yet) that was made into an anime (that I’ve almost completed).

Can you read while hearing music?

The short answer is no.

Music makes me daydream, so I find it distracting when I’m reading. However some music I can tune out. Music with words are easier for me to tune out than instrumentals, especially classical music. Classical music makes my daydreams more elaborate for some reason.

One or multiple POVs?

Either one.

But I lean more toward a single POV because sometimes multiple POV stories contain POVs that I don’t care for or find boring so it becomes a drag to read those parts.

Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Depends on how busy I am.

And these days I’m very busy because I have responsibilities, like work, which takes up loads of time. So multiple days for me.

A book you’ve read because of the cover?

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

I love this cover so much. It’s why I bought and read the book. I love the design and the story is pretty decent. I enjoyed it. It’s YA fantasy about…regaining a kingdom.

All done.

😀

I won’t take anyone, but if you feel like answering some questions, go ahead and do it.
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I Dare You Book Tag

Yeahie!! 😀 I’m finally doing a tag I was tagged for!! (**pats self on back**)

I was tagged by Heather, the Sassy Book Geek, whose blog I enjoy visiting so def check her out! 😀

Heather couldn’t find the original creator of the tag and I’m not even gonna try searching for it, so….to the questions!

What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

I think it’s this copy of the Harry Potter books because my dad got it for me as soon as it was published. It’s one of few books I’ve kept on my personal shelves since my teen years.

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I Heart Characters! #5: Mentor Me, Minor Character!

I Heart Characters! is a weekly meme hosted by Dani at Perspective of a Writer to share our love of great characters. Each week, Dani will assign a topic/type of character that we must find examples of in the various media we consume (books, TV shows, movies, comics, podcasts, etc.).

Last week’s topic:

A minor character who needs their own story 

(Any character I want an expanded story about.)

Oh…this one is a toughy. There are so many to choose from. Well, since I’m on a Robin-Hobb kick at the moment, I choose….

Chade Fallstar

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What’s On My Bookshelf Tag

I have reviews and other stuff to post, but I’m so not in the mood for them. Instead, here’s a tag! 😀 Yep, these are more fun to do and quick too.

This tag was created by Naty at Naty’s Bookshelf. I wasn’t tagged. I found it on Never Not Reading and filed it away to do on a day like this — lazy weekend.

Rules:
  • Link back to me so I can see everyone’s answers! (Naty’s Bookshelf)
  • Also link back to the person who tagged you!
  • Name one book for each category; try not to repeat books to make this more fun!
  • Tag at least 5 people
A library book

The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg (illus.)

It’s a graphic novel about a guy who travels from the north pole to the south pole, where he meets his true love, but it’s impossible for them to be together. I’ve had this library book on my shelves for over a year now (or has it been two years). The librarian overlooked it when I sought to check it out, which has made it easy for me to procrastinate on reading it. I refuse to return it without first reading it, and — gosh damn it! — I better read it this summer.

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Down the TBR Hole #7: Let’s Ramp this Up

Here’s another edition of Down the TBR Hole, a meme created by Lia at Lost in a Story where we decide whether to keep or remove books on our TBR.

The rules for Down the TBR Hole:
  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I’ve switched it up some and will only list the books I plan to remove from my Goodreads TBR. Those with a green Kick Off are ones I’ll probably change my mind on and read at some point.

Why feature these books that I won’t read? Well, one woman’s trash is another’s treasure. You might find something here that appeals to you. Yep, this is all for y’all. 😉

Batch #1

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag: 2018

I’ve gotten into the habit of doing this tag every year around this time, and I think a couple other bloggers are doing so too. It’s a nice little round up of the year so far.

This tag was created by ReadLikeWildFire (a booktuber) and Ely Jayne (a blogger).

Best book I’ve read so far:

Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus, illus. by James Jean

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I Heart Characters! #4: Grumpy Second in Command

I’m interrupting tag week to bring you… >> I Heart Characters!, a weekly meme hosted by Dani at Perspective of a Writer to share our love of great characters. Each week Dani assigns a topic/type of character that we must find examples of in the various media we consume (books, TV shows, movies, comics, podcasts, etc.).

I bulk together the topics, so here are my last two for the month.

Last week’s topic:

A grump with a heart of gold

Characters with rude or disgruntled personalities deserve love too… especially if they thaw towards the MC, eventually.

Burrich and Akeha

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