Top 5 Tuesday #47: Books I’m Glad For & Top Recs

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now managed by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

I’m doubling up on topics since I didn’t do this post last week (haven’t been in a blogging mood). So…

Last week’s topic:

Top 5 books I’m glad I read

Books I’m glad I read this year (or other years)

Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better by Pema Chödrön

This is actually a speech that Chödrön gave at her granddaughter’s graduation. It’s very inspiring and something I needed to read at the time I read it. Failing at something is often seen as the most horrible thing to happen, but after reading this book, I’ve started to realize that failing is not the end. It can be the beginning of something new, something better.

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Top 5 Tuesday #46: Books I Haven’t Read Yet & New Authors

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now managed by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

I’m doubling up on topics since I didn’t do one of these last week. So…

Last week’s topic:

Top 5 new authors

2020 debut or new-to-me authors

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 25 | Picture Books & Graphic Novels, Pt. 2

So this is the last shelf on this tour. Well, it’s supposed to be because since the beginning of this bookshelf tour series, I’ve only mentioned that I’ll tour the two large bookcases in my room. There is one more bookcase in the room. Actually, it’s a small office desk that I use as a nightstand. I mostly store there my art books. When I started this thing, I didn’t plan on touring it too, but now I think I might. I mean, why not, right?

Well, since I’m nearing the end of this tour series, I hope you’ve hung in there with me and have found a few books that interest you as well. Not only was it fun (and a bit time consuming) to do this series, but it was also helpful in allowing me to accurately catalog my books. I use the Book Collectorz app to keep track of my books, but I hadn’t been keeping an accurate catalog of them for some time. This tour series helped me to get back on track.

Well, anyway, we’re on the second bookcase:

And we’re touring the last untoured shelf, which is the one at the very top. Let’s take a closer look:

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Autumn Book Tag

Autumn has become one of my favorite seasons. I even like the cold winds that sometimes blow through it because they make me bundle up in cozy sweaters and thick scarves.

I love this season for its blazing colors and for the fashion that goes with it too. It’s the only time of year that I’m eager to shop for clothes, so my closet tends to have more items to wear in the fall than in any other season.

I love the food and drinks this season inspires, especially as it leads into Christmas — hot chocolate, apple pie, gingerbread latte, pumpkin spiced latte, and so much more.

Anyway, for today’s entry in BOOK TAG WEEK, I’m doing the Autumn Book Tag, which was created by Jenniely. And this time, I was tagged by the Orangutan Librarian 😄😆 (she tagged me for it last year, lol, but don’t mind that. Better later than never, eh!) 🙃.

Hot Chocolate: What is your comfort book?

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

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Dark Academia Book Tag

I saw this tag going around and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do it too, especially for this season. I consider myself tagged by Madame Writer because I saw the tag there first. It was created by booktubers *emmie* and CarolynMarieReads.

What is your favorite “academia” or “dark” book + movie?

I don’t know why, but my mind went blank when I read this question. I guess it’s because I haven’t read many “academia” novels, but I’ve certainly read a few “dark” ones. For my favorite book, I choose The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey because it’s a bit dark and it fits the dark academia aesthetic.

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Fall Bucket List Book Tag

Fall is here 😀 and Halloween is on the way, so my plan is to do a BOOK TAG WEEK leading up to Halloween. From now until Halloween, I’ll mostly post book tags. They will all be fall or Halloween themed.

I hope you’ll get some great book recommendations from them.

I’m kicking off the event with the Fall Bucket List Book Tag, which I found over on Kristin Kraves Books. It was created by Read by Tiffany, who created the graphics for it that I use below.

Picky Eaters, Pt. 1 by S.J. Higbee

It was the first thing to pop in my head. It’s a fantasy short story about a great, old dragon babysitting his grandkids. It was a light, fun, quick read that was entertaining.

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Top 5 Tuesday #45: Witches & Wytches

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now managed by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 witches

What are your favourite witchy books?

I’m attracted to stories about witches and have bought a few of them. However, I haven’t read as many of them as I thought I had, so these aren’t my favorite books about witches but instead are books I’ve read that have witches in them.

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

The is the second book in the Witches subseries of Pratchett’s larger Discworld fantasy series. I’ve only read two of Pratchett’s books so far, this and Equal Rites, which is the first book in the Witches series. I enjoyed them. They are humorous and quite entertaining. I think I prefer Wyrd Sisters of the two. In it, witches plot to overthrow a tyrant.

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Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 24 | Comics (continues)

I took a break from the bookshelf tour last week because I was unprepared (Monday crept up on me), but I’m back with it now because…

I have more comics to you! 😀

I kind of jumped headlong into comics once I started getting into them. The format really appeals to me and, shortly after getting into comics, I began to give in to my love of picture books as well and started to collect them (that’s coming up on the next shelf).

With comics, I’ve realized that I tend to lean toward fantasy stories (no surprise there) and stray away from superhero comics, which is a bit weird since I enjoy the Marvel movies. But I just prefer stories that aren’t about superheroes, and I enjoy seeing what creators do with the comic book format. So far, I keep collecting and not reading, so I really need to schedule a time where I focus on nothing but comics.

Anyway, the second bookcase:

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Book Haul #65: A Few More

Well, here are a few stuff I picked up since the last time I picked up stuff. I like picking up these pretty stuff. It would be even nicer if I could read them before picking up more stuff. Anyway…

(All are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise stated.)

PURCHASES

PHYSICAL

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Comics Roundup #47: “Klaus: How Santa Claus Began”

I learned about this book from an Unbound Worlds post recommending sci-fi and fantasy books for Christmas. I’d link it, but Penguin Random House removed that website and now all blog posts, no matter the genre, appear on the main website… something like that. Anyway, that Unbound Worlds post convinced me that I NEEDED Klaus: How Santa Claus Began with this statement:

“And really, who doesn’t love a Santa who crafts all of his toys during an extended drug trip brought about by a hallucinogenic stew?”

Lol! I mean, yo! After reading that I had to find out what’s up with this Santa. So I bought the book (back in 2017) and waited 3 years to read it, lol!

Klaus: How Santa Claus Began by Grant Morrison, illus. by Dan Mora

Genre

Fantasy

Series

Klaus

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