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.

Book Haul #83: Small Press Expo Edition

Almost two months have passed since I did a book haul, so here I am to show what I’ve since acquired. A few of them I picked up at the Small Press Expo, a comic-book convention for indies and small presses, which I was looking forward to since seeing the announcement that the event would return this year. I saved for it and am happy that I almost stayed on budget for it, lol. But since I went over budget by a lot, I fully intend NOT to purchase any more books for the rest of the year — which is something I often declare but never do. But THIS time, I will. (Exceptions for certain comic book series I’m subscribed to and series I’m reading for book club/buddy-reads.)


PURCHASES

PHYSICAL

It’s all fantasy in this batch. Moon Witch, Spider King was a cover buy because I wasn’t sure about continuing with Marlon James’s Dark Star trilogy. The Justice of Kings was a recommendation via Mogsy’s review of the book, and probably The Bladed Faith too, but I can’t recall for certain. Lair of Dreams is the second novel in the Diviners series, which is one set of books exempted from my book-buying ban. I’ve read and enjoyed most of the series (currently on the last book) and would like to collect the books. I picked up Moonshine at random from a used comic-book shop because the synopsis reminded me of the Diviners books.

The Justice of Kings by Richard Swan
The Bladed Faith by David Dalglish
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
Moonshine by Jasmine Gower
Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James

Temple of Silence has such I gorgeous cover, I had to feature it by itself in all its glory. I’ve always admired and wanted this book and FINALLY, I was able to get it. I was so excited — still am — and haven’t really taken it out of its box yet — I got the slipcase edition. Since I couldn’t find it on Goodreads, I linked to the publisher’s website instead, which shows some of the book’s content. Temple of Silence features the work of British cartoonist Herbert Crowley. It’s publisher, Beehive Books, is known for pumping out gorgeously designed books.

Temple of Silence, Slipcase Edition: Forgotten Works & Worlds of Herbert Crowley by Justin Duerr, illus. by Herbert Crowley

Guess who got all the Winston Brothers books? Me!! 😆 The Winston Brothers books is a romance series centered on the members of the Winston family. I’ve read three of the books so far and now consider myself hooked. After completing Beard Science, I knew I had to get my own copy of the books. I can see myself rereading them at some point.

Truth or Beard by Penny Reid (Review)
Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid (Review)
Beard Science by Penny Reid
Beard in Mind by Penny Reid
Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid
Beard With Me by Penny Reid
Beard Necessities by Penny Reid

I can never walk out of a comic-book store with just one book, or no books, for that matter. I went in one day just to look around to kill time while waiting on someone and walked out with King of Spies, Severed, and the first compendium of Fables, which I’m extremely happy to own. Then a few days ago I went in to pick up the latest volume of Monstress and walked out with the third volume of Ogre Gods too. I don’t even own the second volume of Ogre Gods, just the first and now the third.

King of Spies by Mark Millar, illus. by Matteo Scalera
Fables: Compendium One by Bill Willingham, illus. by Mark Buckingham and many others
Monstress, Vol. 7: Devourer by Marjorie Liu, illus. by Sana Takeda
Severed by Scott Snyder & Scott Tuft, illus. by Attila Futaki
The Ogre Gods, Vol. 3: The Great Man by Hubert Boulard, illus. by Bertrand Gatignol, transl. by Jeremy Melloul

This batch I got at the Small Press Expo. I did good at the event in that I made sure to get things I REALLY want instead of everything that caught my eye. But the things I want were pricey (once all added up) so I went over budget. Many of these I got signed, and a few, like Nightlights and An Embarrassment of Witches, I’ve already read and liked enough to get my own copy. I also have another gorgeous book from Beehive Books in this batch — A Voyage to Arcturus, which I believe is a classic sci-fi novel. I posted some photos of it on IG, so you can get a better look at the illustrations and details on the cover.

Meläg: Town of Fables by Bong Redila (illus.), transl. by Victor Barnuevo Velasco
Ballad for Sophie by Filipe Melo, illus. by Juan Cavia, transl. by Gabriela Soares
Magefront by Shea B (illus.)
Wash Day Diaries by Jamila Rowser, illus. by Robyn Smith
An Embarrassment of Witches by Sophie Goldstein (illus.) & Jenn Jordan
Grimoire Noir by Vera Greentea, illus. by Yana Bogatch
Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez (illus.)

A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay, illus. by Jim Woodring

PURCHASES

Digital

I only get e-books if it’s something I need immediately, which was the case with The Shadow Saint (recommended to me by Aquavenatus and which I’m currently reading and enjoying), or if I got a deal on it, like with Mystic.

The Shadow Saint by Gareth Hanrahan
Mystic by Jason Denzel

That should be it for the rest of the year.

LET ME KNOW IF YOU’VE READ ANY OF THEM.

2022 Reading Wrap-Up: Third Quarter

Another quarter of the year has ended. I was hoping to read much more books this past quarter than I actually managed to complete, but such was not the case. My slumps have passed but finding time to read has been difficult — or rather, finding the motivation to read has been difficult. It’s interesting because the lack of motivation isn’t due to being in a slump, it’s due to lack of adequate down time where I feel relaxed enough to want to read. Instead, I find myself leaning more toward silly games on my phone. 😩 I intend to make some changes this coming quarter, so we’ll see if they’ll help me find time to read.

Having read just 4 books should mean I don’t have to do this whole wrap-up thing, but I’ll go through with it anyway because it comes in handy at the end of the year.

BOOKS | AUDIO | COMICS | PICTURE BOOKS

BOOKS BY MONTH
July

Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie (First Law, book 3) ★★★☆☆ ½

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (Heroes of Olympus, book 1) ★★★★★ [reread]

August

Emma by Jane Austen ★★★☆☆

Beard Science by Penny Reid (Winston Brothers, book 3) ★★★★☆ ½

September
AUDIOBOOKS BY MONTH
JULY
AUGUST
SEPTEMBER
PICTURE BOOKS BY MONTH
July
August
September
COMIC BOOKS BY MONTH
July
August
September

**Rereads aren’t considered for most categories below.**

FAVORITE(S) OF THE BUNCH*

Beard Science

LEAST LIKED*

Emma

DID NOT FINISH

The Yellow Room: Alice Darvell’s Subjection, A Tale of the Birch by Anonymous

BEST STORIES*

Beard Science

BEST WRITING*

none

BEST NARRATION (AUDIOBOOKS)

n/a

BEST ILLUSTRATIONS (ILLUSTRATED BOOKS & COMICS/MANGAS)

Emma

OUTSTANDING CHARACTER(S)/PEOPLE

Emma — from Emma
Crummock-i-Phail — from Last Argument of Kings 

GREAT WORLD-BUILDING

none

MOST FITTING TITLE(S)

none

MOST UNIQUE/IMPACTFUL STORY

Emma [impactful — because it’s a Jane Austen book and I liked it.]

COVER LOVE


READING CHALLENGES HITS ‘N’ MISSES
GOODREADS CHALLENGE

books read = 29/30

READ SOME COMICS/GRAPHIC NOVELS

comics read = 0 | total so far = 12/5 — COMPLETE!

READ SOME PICTURE BOOKS

books read = 0 | total so far = 4/4 — COMPLETE!

PICK UP A CLASSIC

books read = 1 | total so far = 2/2 — COMPLETE!

Emma

THREE TERRIFYING READS

books read = 0 | total so far = 7/3 — COMPLETE!

WHERE ARE THE MIDDLE GRADE ONES?

books read = 1 | total so far = 2/2 — COMPLETE!

The Lost Hero

TRAVEL THROUGH THE DISCWORLD

books read = 0 | total so far = 1/2

READ MY OWN STUFF

books read = 1 | total so far = 17/15 — COMPLETE!

BOOKFORAGER’S PICTURE PROMPT BOOK BINGO

books read = 2 | total so far = 10/16


READING STATS
TOTAL READ

4 books

LONGEST BOOK

Last Argument of Kings = 603 pages

SHORTEST BOOK

Emma = 447 pages

FORMAT

Physical = 2
E-book = 2
Audio = 0

GENRE

Fantasy = 2
Romance = 2

AGE GROUP

Adult = 3
YA = 0
MG = 1
Kids = 0

PROTAGONIST GENDER

Female = 1
Male = 0
Ensemble = 3
N/A = 0
Unknown = 0

AUTHOR GENDER

Female = 2
Male = 2
Nonbinary = 0

OWNERSHIP

Mine (bought before January 1, 2022) = 1
New (bought on/after January 1, 2022) = 1
Library = 2
ARC = 0
Free = 0
Other loan = 0


CURRENTLY READING

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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“Emma” by Jane Austen, illus. by C.E. Brock

Here’s another classic surprise. Again I gravitated toward a classic story to read, this time because I watched the movie and liked it so much that I wanted to try the book.

Well, not only did I complete the book and understood what I read, but it was a Jane Austen book and I liked it too! Something weird must be going on with me this year for me, of all people, to like a Jane Austen book.


Genre

Classic Romance

Series

n/a

Pubbed

1815

Quick summary

It’s all about a young woman named Emma Woodhouse playing matchmaker to everyone and causing a bunch of confusion while doing so. There’s also a lot of classism thrown in. (Goodreads)

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“The Old Nurse’s Story” by Elizabeth Gaskell, illus. by Seth

I surprised myself a while back by picking up this classic horror short story to read for a readathon and actually liking it.


Genre

Classic Horror

Series

n/a

Pubbed

1852

Quick summary

The Old Nurse’s Story is a short ghost story an old nursemaid tells her charges about when she and their mother were younger. The mother, Rosamond, and the nursemaid were sent to live at the family mansion with Rosamond’s aunt shortly after Rosamond’s parents died.

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“The Lost Hero” by Rick Riordan

This was another book that helped with my reading slump, and that’s because it was a reread of a favorite. Reading it again reminded me why I enjoyed it so much my first time through. It’s a quick read, it’s funny, and it’s about Greek and Roman mythologies. What’s not to like?


Genre

MG Fantasy

Series

Heroes of Olympus, book 1

Pubbed

2010

Quick synopsis

The Lost Hero kicks off a new batch of books by Rick Riordan, the Heroes of Olympus series. This series immediately follows the Percy Jackson series, middle grade fantasy about the demigod children of Greek gods, but focuses on a new cast of characters and is told from various points of view.

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“Charmed Life” by Diana Wynne Jones

I have a feeling that I may have read these books as a kid, but I really cannot remember having done so.

This is the kind of story I’d have loved as a kid: Those fantasy stories where the characters sit around eating marmalade (whatever that is) and drinking cocoa and having picnics on lawns and there’s a beautiful garden somewhere that they can visit and portals to other worlds as well. Yep, such stories were catnip for me as a kid, and it seems that’s still the case because I loved Charmed Life.


Genre

MG Fantasy

Series

Chrestomanci, book 1

Pubbed

1977

Quick summary

Charmed Life is about Cat, who’s apparently a normal boy. He lives on Coven Street among many witches with his beautiful, talented sister, Gwendolen, under the care of Mrs. Sharp because his parents had died in a boating accident. Through some contrivance of Gwendolen, they move to Chrestomanci Castle, where Gwendolen grows increasingly frustrated since folks there do not acknowledge her amazingness and fawn over her. Cat, on the other hand, seems overlooked and always does what his sister says. But there’s more to Cat and something odd about Gwendolen’s powers. (Goodreads)

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“First Test” by Tamora Pierce

This one was a reread. I often read these books as a kid, in addition to the Song of the Lioness and Immortals series. The Protector of the Small books weren’t favorites back then — as the Song of the Lioness books were — but I enjoyed them too.


Genre

YA Fantasy

Series

Protector of the Small, book 1

Pubbed

1999

Quick summary

The Protector of the Small books, of which this is the first, are set in the same world as Pierce’s Song of the Lioness and Immortals series — Tortall. However, the stories take place after the Immortals War (in the Immortals series) and instead focus on Keladry of Mindelan, who goes by Kel for short.

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Top Ten Tuesday #54: I Had to Get My Own Copy

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic:

Books I Loved So Much I Had to Get a Copy for My Personal Library

A great topic because I have a few such books. I’ll borrow them from the library, get a few pages in and realize that I love the story or the writing too much to continue with the library copy because I want to highlight all the lines and passages I love. So I end up purchasing my own copy. These are the books that happened with.


Velvet, Vol 1: Before the Living End by Ed Brubaker, illus. by Steve Epting

This was such an entertaining read. I got the first issue for free and knew I had to get all the full volumes. It’s a historical thriller set in the 1970s about a female spy who’s framed for a murder.

The Arrival by Shaun Tan (illus.)

I’m so happy to own a copy of this book. It’s a silent fantasy graphic novel about a man seeking a safe place for his family to live. The story is told using pictures, no words.

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