Summer Vibes Book Tag

It’s hot. It’s humid. I’m sweating profusely and dying of thirst, but boy do love the constant sunshine and warmth. 😀

That’s why I’ve decided to do the Summer Vibes Book Tag, which I found over on Kristin Kraves Books. The tag was created by Deanna, the Comfy Reader.

Island Songs by Alex Wheatle

A historical fiction novel about two sisters growing up in rural Jamaica who later emigrate to the U.K. with their husbands. I read this a couple years ago and have forgotten much, but I do remember really liking it. It’s one of my favorite books, and one I need to reread to refresh my memory of it.

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

This is Springsteen’s autobiography, which I listened to on audio. It’s so good! I actually consider it favorite, which surprised me when I was done listening to it because I had no idea who Springsteen was prior to reading it and had never listened to his music. I decided to listen to the book only because it was so damn popular and I needed something to listen to while working. But Springsteen was so inspiring. I’m glad I took a chance on his book.

The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince by Robin Hobb

This is a prequel to Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series, which begins with the Farseer trilogy. The first book in the Farseer trilogy is the Assassin’s Apprentice, a fantasy novel about the bastard son of prince who is trained to become an assassin. In the kingdom the story is set in, the Wit, which enables people to communicate with animals, is a taboo form of magic. The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince is about how the Wit became taboo. It’s only a novella, but it’s brimming with political intrigue and is filled with lots of juicy secrets. It was a good read.

The Deep by Rivers Solomon

A fantasy novella about the descendants of slaves who were thrown overboard slave ships. The story focuses on Yetu, who is the historian for her people, and how she struggles with being the only person to remember her people’s traumatic past. I didn’t like the story as much as everyone else did (it’s very popular), but I think it’s an important read that everyone should try.

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall (illus.)

Children’s picture books are my guilty pleasure. I love reading them and I LOVE the illustrations. It’s the illustrations that drew me to them in the first place. But sometimes I do feel guilty because people will most likely assume I’m getting a book for a kid when I’m there browsing kids’ picture books for myself.

Hello Lighthouse is about the daily life of a lighthouse keeper. I learned a good bit from this book because I knew nothing about lighthouses prior to reading it. It’s the illustration on the cover that attracted me to it. I love colors. It’s a great read that I highly recommend.

Forever in Blue by Ann Brashares

It’s the fourth novel in the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series, a YA contemporary series about four girl friends who share a pair of pants that fit them all well despite their different sizes. It’s a sweet, fun read that’s perfect for summer… since all the books are set in summer. I also like how strong the friendship between the girls is.

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson

A middle-grade graphic novel about the friendship between five girls at a summer camp and the crazy adventures they go on. It’s a fun read, but I didn’t enjoy it much because I thought it was too silly. But that’s just me. Many other people love this one.

The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort

I watched the movie and was entertained by it, so I decided to read the book but couldn’t make it past the first page. I didn’t like it and regret that I even attempted it.

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill (illus.)

It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned this book, so I’m taking the opportunity here. The Tea Dragon Society is a sweet, fun, light middle-grade fantasy graphic novel about a group of individuals who care for tea dragons, small dragons that grow leaves out of their horns that can be made into a tea. I love the story and would like to reread it, and the illustrations are so great too!

Perrin & Faile

I HATE reading about their relationship. It’s one of the worst I’ve ever read about and they both annoy me SO much because of their constant bickering and bullying each other. Ugh!! Also, I don’t get why Perrin makes such a huge deal about such a cool ability as bonding with wolves. I get that it takes a while to get used to, but it’s been four books of him complaining. Ugh!!

Anyway, that’s it.
If you’d like to do the tag too, consider yourself tagged.


Half-Year Book Tag: 2020

I love doing book tags and also reflecting on my reading progress, so I’ve decided to also do the Half Year Book Tag, which was created by BexnBookx.

Favorite standalone book hauled and read so far in 2020

These weren’t purchased this year — I don’t think I’ve yet read a book I bought this year — but they were hauled at some point.

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (illus.)

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Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag: 2020

Yep, yep. It’s that time of year again when I do the Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag. It was created by Chami and Ely Jayne.

Best book I’ve read so far

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

A children’s picture book that does not have pictures. It’s probably my absolute favorite book so far this year. It was such a fun read. I loved it’s silliness. It was a delight!

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Six Degrees of Fantasy Separation: Lord of the Rings to the Oddling Prince

After seeing Imyril’s Six Degrees of Separation post for Wyrd & Wonder (inspired by Kate’s meme over on Books Are My Favourite and Best), I decided to give it a go too although I felt daunted by the task because I never remember details about books for posts like this. I always draw a blank. (How will I connect one book to another?)

Well, I don’t know if I did it right, but here’s my attempt at it. I pulled up the virtual version of my bookshelves and set it to the fantasy books to help me out.

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Book Tag Week: Dragon Book Tag

Guess what I’m posting today?

Yep, it’s another post for BOOK TAG WEEK and since this is Wyrd & Wonder month, it will be fantasy-themed (no guarantee that all answers will be fantasy-related).

Today I’m doing the Dragon Book Tag created by booktuber the Dragon Queen’s Lair. Some of the categories have two questions, but I only did the first ones in the set. Anyway, to the tag!!

Uncle Iroh a.k.a. Dragon of the West

Amphiptere: a book that was too much for one story and should have picked one topic

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

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Book Tag Week: Fantasy Book Tag


Wyrd & Wonder!!!

Another book tag!!

Let’s go!

Today I’m doing the Fantasy Book Tag, which I found on Reading Madness/Through Bookshelves.

What is the longest fantasy series that you have ever read?

the Realm of the Elderlings series by Robin Hobb

Okay, yeah, I spent the entire tag yesterday talking about Robin Hobb’s books and my intention today was to give y’all a break from them, but… I hardly ever complete the series I start. If it wasn’t for my buddy-read with Emily from Embuhleeliest, I probably would have gotten distracted from completing the Realm of the Elderlings series. It is the longest series I’ve completed thus far.

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Book Tag Week: Quick Fire Fantasy Tag

And I’m back again for another Wyrd & Wonder BOOK TAG WEEK.

This time I’m doing the Quick Fire Fantasy Tag, which was created by the Bookworm Dreamer. I consider myself tagged by Lisa at Way Too Fantasy because I found the tag on her blog.

5-star book

The Golden Fool by Robin Hobb

Of course, the first book to pop in my head is one by Robin Hobb from her Realm of the Elderlings series, which is absolutely fantastic. The Golden Fool is the second novel in the Tawney Man trilogy and it’s one of my favorites about Fitz and the Fool’s adventures.

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Book Tag Week: Fantasy Tropes Book Tag

BOOK TAG WEEK continues!! 😀

This whole week I’m posting nothing but fantasy-themed book tags to celebrate Wyrd & Wonder, a month-long celebration in May of all things fantasy. However, although all the tags will be fantasy-themed, not all the books I mention will be fantasy because I haven’t read enough of them. (I spend too much time rereading, lol.)

Today, I’m doing the Fantasy Tropes Book Tag, which I found on Nut Free Nerd and was created by One’s Peculiar.

Lost Princess: A book/series you lost interest in halfway through

The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, Elio M. García Jr., and Linda Antonsson

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Book Tag Week: Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Tag

BOOK TAG WEEK is back again!! 😀 Which means I’m posting nothing but book tags all week long!!

AND!! Since Wyrd & Wonder (a month-long celebration of all things fantasy) is taking place this month and I’m participating in it, all these book tags will be fantasy-themed. I will try to limit my answers to only fantasy books, comics, and shows, but I can’t guarantee that since I haven’t read THAT much fantasy. (I spend way too much time rereading.)

Well, I’ll kick off BOOK TAG WEEK with the Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Tag, which booktuber the Book Pusher adapted from Bree Hill’s Get to Know the Romance Reader Tag.

What is your fantasy origin story? (How you came to read your first fantasy novel)

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Quarantine Book Tag

I found another book tag that touches on current events: the Quarantine Book Tag!!

I found it over on Madame Writer; it was created by booktuber Our BookNook.

Must-Have: a book you *have* to have with you while quarantined

I actually thought about this when the quarantining started. Despite the many books I own and have not read, I stupidly feared I’d run out of books to read and wondered if things get really desperate, which book must I have with me. Well, I didn’t make a decision, and I really couldn’t decide on one book, so I chose

the entire Realm of the Elderlings series by Robin Hobb!!

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