Mini Book Tag Week: Opposite Book Tag

My mini book tag week continues with the Opposite Book Tag, which I found on the Book Forager just a few days ago. I decided to do it because it pushed me to take a look at the digital version of my collection to answer some of the questions. I love playing around with it, lol.

First book in your collection | Last book you bought

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bullshit Guide to World Mythology by Cory O’Brien, illus. by Sarah E. Melville

I don’t remember the first one in my collection, so I went with my copy of The Great Gatsby, which I actually took from my dad. It’s pretty old, so it’s been in my family’s collection (and now mine) for a while.

Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes is the most recent book I bought. I got the e-book version because it was on sale for less than a dollar.

A cheap book | An expensive book

The Ambassador’s Mission by Trudi Canavan
A Song of Ice & Fire boxed set by George R.R. Martin

One of the cheapest books I own is the mass market edition of The Ambassador’s Mission, which I bought used for $0.25. One of the most expensive is a boxed set of the Song of Ice & Fire series, which I got for a little over $50 with a discount.

A book with a male protagonist | One with a female protagonist

Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
When Life Gives You Mangos by Kereen Getten

Way of Shadows is a grimdark fantasy novel about a boy who becomes an apprentice to an assassin, which are called wetboys in this world. The story is very dark and gritty, but I enjoyed reading it so much that I completed it within a day or so although it’s over 500 pages.

I recently completed When Life Gives You Mangos and really liked it. It’s a middle grade contemporary novel set in Jamaica about a girl who has trouble remembering what occurred last summer. There’s a big plot twist in it that I did not expect, lol. It was good.

A book you read fast | One that took you a long time to read

A Time Code by Ruth Ozeki
Cartography of the Void by Chris Abani

I chose these two books, which are from the same series of books called the Face in which diverse authors talk about their face and identity. So both are nonfiction and are very short at just over 100 pages, but I read Ozeki’s book a lot quicker than I did Abani’s. I think it’s because I liked the format of Ozeki’s book more and was very intrigued by it.

Ozeki basically spent 3 hours staring at her face in the mirror and writing down her thoughts and the time stamp at which she had them. It was really interesting as she talks about her background and identity, family, and beliefs.

Abani discusses his relationship with his father, who his father was, and the differences they had. He also talks about how people relate to and approach him based on how they perceive his face. People often believe he’s from other places.

Both are very well written pieces. I recommend both.

Pretty cover | Ugly cover

How the Stars Came to Be by Poonam Mistry (illus.)
In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce

How the Stars Came to Be is a beautifully illustrated children’s picture book that’s worth seeing in real life. I love the details in the illustrations.

I don’t like this version of the Song of the Lioness covers. They don’t look good to me; unfortunately, they are the versions I have. In the Hand of the Goddess is the second book. It’s YA fantasy about a girl who disguises herself as a boy to become a knight.

A national book | An international book

Beloved by Toni Morrison

I wasn’t sure how to address these categories, so I went with a book that’s both nationally and internationally recognized and acclaimed. Beloved is such a good story and well worth the read. It’s historical fiction about a woman who escaped slavery to Ohio and whose house is haunted by the ghost of her dead baby.

A thin book | A thick book

Sobek by James Stokeo (illus.)
The Sculptor by Scott McCloud (illus.)

Sobek is one of the shortest, thinnest comic books I’ve ever read. It’s a fantasy story about the giant crocodile god, Sobek, whose followers ask him to save them from followers of Set who are terrorizing them. The story is a little funny, but I bought and liked the book because of its detailed illustrations.

The Sculptor is a graphic novel about a guy who makes a deal with Death so that he can sculpt anything he wants with his bare hands. It was an interesting story and worth the read, but the book is thick — over 400 pages long.

A fiction book | A nonfiction book

Rasputin’s Daughter by Robert Alexander
Rasputin: A Short Life by Frances Welch

I’ve been fascinated by Rasputin ever since I learned about him in middle school. It kind of boggles my mind all the stories I’ve heard about him. They make me wonder if they are true, especially the many times people attempted kill him.

I read Rasputin’s Daughter as a teen and really liked it. I was quickly hooked and easily declared the book a favorite. I’d like to reread it to see if that’s still so. And Rasputin: A Short Life is a biography that I own but haven’t yet read.

Romantic book | Action book

A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole
The Boys, Vol. 1: the Name of the Game by Garth Ennis, illus. by Darick Robertson

I don’t read many romance novels and often get annoyed by some of the ones I do read, but I really liked A Duke by Default. It’s about a young woman who travels to Scotland from New York for an apprenticeship in swordmaking and ends up falling in love there. It was an entertaining read.

And so too was The Boys, a sci-fi comic book series about superheroes behaving badly and the people who try to police them. I enjoyed the comic book so much that I finally decided to watch the show, and I liked it too.

A book that made you happy | A book that made you sad

Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb

It made me happy because of how things turn out for the characters I love and it alleiviated the worry I had about a certain character’s fate. But it also made me sad because it’s the last book in the Fitz and the Fool trilogy and the larger Realm of the Elderlings series and because of what becomes of some of my favorite characters in the story.

There we have it.
Another tag done for this mini book tag week.

Mini Book Tag Week: End of Summer Recap Book Tag – 2020

I’m in a book tag mood, so I declare a BOOK TAG WEEK!! But since we’re already halfway through the week, this will be a mini book tag week.

I did this tag last year after seeing it over on Kristin Kraves and have decided to do it again after seeing a recent post Kristin did, so shout out her! 😀

The tag was created by Faith at You Are What You Read and, like Faith, I’ll only consider for this the books I read in June to August.

Which book can you not stop thinking about?

Witch Hat Atelier, Vol. 1 by Kamome Shirahama (illus.), transl. by Stephen Kohler

This a fantasy manga about a girl who adores magic and gets the opportunity to become a witch but, unfortunately, at a dire cost. I enjoyed the story and admired the illustrations and am looking forward to continuing with it.

Which book would you rather have not read?

Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts by Nancy Campbell Allen

It’s the fourth novel in Allen’s Steampunk Proper Romance series. The books in this series are inspired by classic novels and fairytales. I really enjoyed the first book, Beauty and the Clockwork Beast, but each book after that have been hit or miss and, unfortunately, this one was a miss. I wonder if it’s because I read it instead of listened to it as I did with the other books. This one is inspired by the Cinderella fairytale, but the references to the fairytale are very minimal.

What genre did you read the most?

Fantasy, obviously.

Which book surprised you the most?

Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-San, Vol. 1 by Honda (illus.), transl. by Amanda Haley

It’s a contemporary manga about a skull-face bookseller. The story is about the narrator’s experiences working in a bookstore, and it was SO relatable. I didn’t expect that. It was also funny, which I also didn’t expect. I guess it was more of an unexpected type of read than a surprising one. But I was surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did.

Which book disappointed you the most?

Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts by Nancy Campbell Allen

That would also be Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts because I really thought that I’d like it. But the protagonist was very annoying and not at all selfless as she and everyone else thinks her to be, and I also wasn’t feeling the romance. It developed too quickly, so it didn’t seem believable.

What was your favorite cover?

Sobek by James Stokoe (illus.)

I love the illustration on the cover and the hints of gold on it, which you have to see IRL. The drawing is so detailed, and it’s that along with the huge crocodile that drew me to it and made me buy a copy at the last Small Press Expo I attended. This is a short comic book about a crocodile god called Sobek, who his people beg to save them from an attack.

What was your favorite summer release?

Julia’s House Moves On by Ben Hatke (illus.)

It’s not a favorite, but it’s the only book I read this summer that was published this year that I liked. It’s about a girl who lives in a house that’s home to several interesting creatures, but the turtle on top of which the house is situated moves on and Julia has to figure out what to do next. It was a fun read that I enjoyed.

Which books did you plan on reading but never got around to?

Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods by Tania del Rio, illus. by Will Staehle
Afar by Leila del Duca, illus. by Kit Seaton

My plan was to read these for the NEWTs Readathon (which I haven’t wrapped up) but then I lost interest in the NEWTs and didn’t bother. This actually doesn’t make much sense since I just needed to read these two short books (an illustrated kids book and a comic book) to accomplish my goal to be a Mind Medic, but that’s when the deep part of my slump was coming on, so I just didn’t care anymore.

Which books do you plan on reading in the fall/autumn?

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

I’m thinking about Halloween here, and I’d like to read one of these in celebration of it.

That’s it for tag! 😀
If you feel like doing it too, consider yourself tagged.

Also (because I have so much time on my hands lately… kind of… anyway), I’ve listed all the tags I’ve done here. So if you’re looking for a book tag to do, check out the list.

‘I Should Have Read That’ Book Tag

Can you believe it’s been over a month since I last posted a book tag on here? I can’t. Well, here’s the I Should Have Read That book tag. It was created by Beth at Books Nest.

A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read 

Soulless by Gail Carriger

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Book Buying Habits Tag

It’s Friday. I feel like doing a book tag, so here’s the Book Buying Habits Tag created by booktuber Megan Olivier.

Where do you buy your books?

Wherever I see the book or find a cover/edition of it I like. I often shop at Barnes & Noble, but there are some indie bookstores I also like to shop at. If I want a particular edition or cover, I check Book Depository. I used to shop a lot at Book Outlet because of the huge discounts, but I don’t often do so anymore since I get discounts from working at a bookstore. And recently, I discovered Discworld Emporium, which sells books and other items related to Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. I like their packaging, so I might get more stuff from them. 😊

…I miss shopping at Borders, though.

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Mango Book Tag

I knew I HAD to do this tag the moment I saw it.
Okay, okay. Yes, I say that about almost every book tag I see, but this one is different because it’s named after my favorite fruit and the questions and such are based on mangoes! 😀 🥭

PLUS!! I ate a sweet, juicy mango a few days ago, and… Oh man! The mango was so good! My mouth is watering thinking about it right now. It had been so long since I’d eaten a mango. I miss it so much.

So, yea, I had to do a mango tag. 🥭

The tag was created by Nandini at Novels and Nebulas. She loves mangoes (of course!) and was inspired to create this tag after reading the Tiger at Midnight series by Swati Teerdhala. One of the characters, Esha, loves mangoes too, which I think is pretty cool. I don’t think I’ve ever read about a character who loves mangoes. 🥭

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How I Read Books Tag

It’s FRIDAY!!! So I’m doing a book tag. 😀

I was tagged by the wonderful Alex at Whimsy Pages to do this tag. (Thanks Alex!!) Unfortunately, I do not know who created it, but if you do, please let me know.

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Nope, I do not. I read every and anywhere, but I mostly read in bed during the day. I tried reading in bed at night, but I always fall asleep. I do love reading in the living room on the sofa because that area gets A LOT of natural light, but my family is noisy sometimes and my dad hogs the TV and loves to play it LOUD, so in my room on my bed is where I read.

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?

I can stop anywhere and pick up at whatever point I stopped. If it’s a story that I’m REALLY hooked on, then it’s harder to stop because I want to know what happens next immediately. In that case, I don’t stop and end up doing everything one-handed with half my attention on it.

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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

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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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