Buffy the Vampire Slayer Book Tag

It’s October, which means it’s cozy, spooky season. So for this month, my Book Tag Thursday posts will be dedicated to fall-inspired or Halloween-themed book tags, starting with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Book Tag, which I found over on Way Too Fantasy.

It was created by Tea With Roses Tomes, who enjoyed the TV show.


Buffy Summers: The Chosen One
Choose a fictional character who carries the weight of the world on their shoulders.

Fitz

Defintely Fitzchivalry from Robin Hobb’s Farseer trilogy. That dude carries the weight of the entire Six Duchies kingdom on his shoulders throughout all the books. The Farseer trilogy is the first set of books in an expansive fantasy series and focuses on the bastard son of a prince, Fitz, who becomes an assassin’s apprentice.

Xander Harris: The heart of the group but got jokes
Choose a fictional character who helps whenever needed, no matter the cost, and has a sense of humor.

Ron Weasley

I’m going with whoever pops in my mind first, and for this category, it was Ron, who is the heart of the trio — Harry, Ron, and Hermione. I mean, Harry and Hermione are all business, so it’s up to Ron to bring in the fun.

Willow Rosenburg: The powerful witch
Choose a fictional character who doesn’t know how powerful she truly is.

Morrigan Crow

Morrigan is from the Nevermoor series, middle-grade fantasy books about a girl, Morrigan, who everyone believes causes bad luck until she is whisked away to another world where she learns she’s quite special. The series has about three books out now, with more to come, and I believe that it’s in the third book that Morrigan begins to realize that she’s quite powerful.

Rupert Giles: The Watcher
Choose a fictional character who is like a father figure and watches over others

Myles of Olau

Myles is from Tamora Pierce’s books set in Tortall, namely the Song of the Lioness quartet, which is about a girl named Alanna posing as a boy so that she can become a knight. Myles serves as a father figure to Alanna.

Cordelia Chase: The Popular One
Choose a fictional character who shows tremendous character growth throughout a book/ series.

Jezal dan Luthar

Well, I wouldn’t call Jezal’s character growth “tremendous,” but it was noteworthy since, by the end of the First Law trilogy, he’d changed much from how he was in the first book — too damn self-obsessed. I believe it was in the second book that he went on adventures with Bayaz and co. that gave him some humility.

The Blade Itself is the first novel in the First Law trilogy, grimdark fantasy books that follow several characters in a world that seems intent on having several wars. (I still don’t know how to briefly describe the plot of these books.)

Angel/Angelus: The dark and brooding guy
Choose a character who has an evil side.

Bayaz

I don’t know if this is true, but I don’t trust Bayaz, and I think he’s actually evil. Whenever I get around to doing a review of Last Argument of Kings, the last book in the First Law trilogy, it will be filled with my predictions about Bayaz’s supposedly evil plans, because I don’t think that dude should be trusted.

Spike a.k.a. William the Bloody: The irresistible bad guy
Choose a character who is a villain but is a big softy when it comes to love.

Logen

Obviously my mind got stuck on characters from the First Law trilogy. I think Logen is a huge romantic — when the Bloody Nine isn’t around. But when the Bloody Nine pops up, the dude is straight villain.

Before They Are Hanged is the second novel in the First Law trilogy.

Tara: The precious cinnamon roll
Choose a character who identifies as LGBTQ+.

Jude

Jude is my favorite character from the Age of Darkness trilogy by Katy Rose Pool. I read two of the books so far. They are YA fantasy books set in a world inspired by Ancient Mediterranean society, cultures, and land forms. In it, some people have the ability to manipulate theirs and others’ eshas, or souls. So far throughout the books, Jude struggles with his identity and beliefs and therefore his ability, which makes him a very interesting character to read about.

Anya: The newly human who doesn’t understand humans
Choose a character who isn’t used to being human.

Rat

This was a hard one to think of an answer for, but I settled on Rat because I couldn’t think of a character who seems very inhuman. Rat is a ghoul, a creature that I think was once a human, but I can’t remember for sure. Anyway, ghouls live beneath the city of Guerdon and feed on the “soul stuff” of the dead, which are dumped down chutes for the ghouls to feed on. Guerdon is, so far, the main setting of the Black Iron Legacy series, grimdark fantasy books about gods gone mad and at war, and humans and countries being caught up in it. I’m currently reading the second novel, The Shadow Saint. The Gutter Prayer is the first novel.

Dawn Summers: The annoying little sister
Choose a character who you found to be very annoying.

Sophie Foster

Sophie is the protagonist of Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger, middle-grade fantasy books about a girl who learns she’s an elf and doesn’t belong in the human world. I was annoyed by her while reading the book, but I’ve since forgotten why.

Faith: The other chosen one who is the black sheep but is STILL a badass!
Choose a character you love to hate.

Nynaeve

I could have chosen her for the annoying character category. I’m not a fan of Nynaeve. She makes me want to tug my braids whenever I read her chapters in the Wheel of Time books — a high-fantasy series about farm boys who learn that they are integral to saving the world and that one of them is the chosen one. Eye of the World is the first book.


And that’s it for this book tag.

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

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The Last Book I… Tag

I saw this tag over on the Bookforager and just had to do it too. 😊 It was originally a post on Instagram, but Becky of Becky’s Book Blog adapted it as a book tag for her blog, and then people started doing it on their blogs too. Looks like the original creator hasn’t been found yet.


Last Book I Bought

Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James
The Justice of Kings by Richard Swan
The Bladed Faith by David Dalglish

Moon Witch, Spider King is the second novel in the Dark Star trilogy, which begins with Black Leopard, Red Wolf. It’s a high fantasy trilogy with influences from various African mythologies and folklores. I read the first book and liked it, although I struggled through the first 100 pages. I debated getting this second one, but the cover made it easy to give in.

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Drunk Book Tag

Well, I spent the past weekend drinking wine most nights, so I guess I may as well do the Drunk Book Tag. I found it over on Milliebot Reads, but it was created by booktubers Chelsea at ChelseaDolling Reads and Julie at Pages and Pens (looks like both videos were taken down).


Wine Coolers: You’re 16 and you finally managed to sneak one of your mom’s Smirnoff Ices. What is one of your most guilty pleasure reads?

Kissing Tolstoy by Penny Reid

I guess for me that would be romance novels. I chose to go with Kissing Tolstoy for this since I never mention it, except when I reviewed it. It’s a romance novella about a young woman in college who enters into a romantic relationship with her Russian lit. professor. It’s not the best thing I read, but it was entertaining and has the kind of taboo romance trope I like.

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Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag: 2022

It’s that time of year when we check in on our reading progress with these types of tags. Last week, I did the Half-Year Book Tag, and now it’s time for the Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag, which was created by Chami and Ely Jayne.


BEST BOOK I’VE READ SO FAR

Elder Race by Adrian Tchaikovsky

It’s a scifi novella about a lonely scientist at a secluded outpost on another planet who gets caught up in the affairs of the planet’s inhabitants, although he’s supposed to just observe them. I really enjoyed reading this, which I didn’t expect, and loved the way it’s written.

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Half-Year Book Tag: 2022

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a book tag (especially since I haven’t posted anything all week, lol!). Since it’s the time of year when we do those book tags that assess how our reading and book buying are going so far, I thought I’d drop in with the Half-Year Book Tag, which was created by BexnBookx.


FAVORITE STANDALONE BOOK HAULED AND READ SO FAR IN 2022

Elder Race by Adrian Tchaikovsky

It’s a sci-fi novella about a lonely scientist at a secluded outpost on another planet who gets caught up in the affairs of the planet’s inhabitants although he’s supposed to just observe them. I enjoyed the story immensely and loved that we sometimes get to read from the two main characters’ points of view on the same page.

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Good Intentions Book Tag

Here’s a tag that’s perfect for the beginning of the year when you’re making resolutions and all that. The Good Intentions Book Tag was created by Lynn at Lynn’s Book Blog.


Exercise more: This is a book that is a real chunkster, in fact, you will need help to even pick this book up.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

It’s over 800 pages long. I haven’t yet read it, but I want to. I watched part of the TV adaptation but didn’t finish it. I forgot why.

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Unforgettable Bookish Memories Tag

I enjoy doing book tags and have a bunch stored away to do on rainy days, so since today is a rainy day somewhere, I decided to designate it as a book tag day. From now on, Thursdays will be Book Tag Thursdays on here so I can get through all the tags I have stored up.

I found the Unforgettable Bookish Memories Tag on Never Not Reading years ago. The tag was created by Lisa at A Book Calls, but it seems that blog isn’t around anymore.


No. 1: The First Book You Ever Read (or was read to you)

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

I can’t remember the first book I’ve ever read, but The Neverending Story is a childhood favorite and one of the first fantasy books I read. I loved the story as a kid and would like to reread it since I’ve forgotten much about it.

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Charmed Book Tag

It’s the last day of Wyrd & Wonder, the monthlong celebration of all things fantasy, and here I am with the second book tag I’m doing for it. I really thought I’d have done more for the event but… Making plans this year is just not the move.

I’m doing the Charmed Book Tag, which was created by booktuber Just Me & My Books. This is perfect for me. I was a huge fan of the Charmed TV show as a kid and still enjoy watching it whenever it’s on, although now I think some parts of it are quite cheesy, but it’s still entertaining and a pretty good show.


In this night and in this hour, I call upon the ancient powers. Bring your power to we sisters three. We want the power.

Give us the power: A book or series that started you off on the magical journey of reading

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

This classic children’s fantasy novel is one of the books that started me on my journey toward becoming a fan of fantasy. I just loved the feeling of wonder I got while reading and kept hoping that I too would wander into a new world through my wardrobe.

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Tolkien Character Book Tag

I can’t believe I’ve made it this far into Wyrd & Wonder and haven’t yet done a book tag! Things have been too busy lately. Anyway, I’m hoping to do some tags over the next few days and get some blog-hopping in as well to see what everyone else has been posting.

Well, I’ll be doing the Tolkien Character Book Tag, which was created by booktuber Things Lucy Reads. I’m not a fan of the Lord of the Rings series (blasphemy! I know), but I enjoyed The Hobbit and prefer the movies to the books. I’ve toyed with the idea of trying the core trilogy again, but… I’ve yet to act on that and doubt I will. However, I do appreciate Tolkien’s creativity and all that went into creating this story and world. And, of course, I enjoyed the movie adaptation as well as many fantasy stories that are inspired by Tolkien’s work.


Aragorn: A book that ended up being everything you wanted it to be

DCeased by Tom Taylor, illus. by Trevor Hairsine

It’s the first in a comic book series set in the DC universe about a zombie apocalypse and how the superheroes try to save the world and stop its spreading. I’ve always wanted a superhero, zombie apocalypse story, and this delivered. I enjoyed seeing how certain superheroes react and spread the virus based on how their power works. It was a very entertaining story for this zombie-apocalypse-stories fan.

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