The Book Titles Tag

Hey all, Dani here.

I’m back with another book tag, and I can admit that some of the questions on this one were a bit difficult to come up with. I’ve seen this post on several different blogs and vlogs, but most recently I saw Kristin at Kristin Kraves Books’s post, so you can check out her answers by clicking the link here.

Basically for each of the questions you pick a book title to answer it with. Some of these were fairly easy, with the answers just popping in my mind after just a second, and for the most part I tried to stick with recent reads, though there were a few older titles that snuck in here and there.

Anyway, let’s just jump right in.

1. Title the story of your life

Obviously the story of my life has to revolve around fandom and being a geek in some way, and while this wasn’t my favorite read in the world, it was a good guide to being a fangirl, so The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is my answer.

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2. Title that describes your perfect weekend

So this is absolutely a book series I’ve been wanting to read for a while because it sounds like something I’m going to love. It is also basically how I spend a lot of my weekends…playing D&D, so Level Grind, a collection of the first four books in the Twenty Sided Sorceress series is my choice. Collection two is also out; it is titled Boss Fight.

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3. Title of an adventure you’d like to go on

Wouldn’t it be nice to go on an adventure around the world? I think that would be cool. Around the World in Eighty Days.

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4. Title you want to name your child

Okay, so I actually haven’t thought up names for children; I spend most of my “baby names” on characters for stories or for D&D. Besides, when it comes to my future child(ren), I plan on deciding names with the father of said children. However, for this question my choice is Alex and Eliza.

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5. Title of your ideal job

This one was actually fairly easy. It is also one of my favorite books/authors so…Libriomancer. Of course this also makes the assumption that I live in a world where magical things can happen, because Libriomancers can pull objects out of books.

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6. Title of a place you’d like to visit

I had to go with a place I’d enjoy visiting, despite the fact that it is not at all real. I’d love to meet up with Kaz and the crew, so yeah, I have to pick Crooked Kingdom.

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7. Title of your love life

Again, this was a fairly easy one to answer, made even more so by the fact that this was a recent read. Lucky in Love is a title that definitely fits with my current situation. I have an amazing boyfriend and I am so incredibly lucky to have him in my life.

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8. Questions you ask yourself

This one might be a tiny little stretch, but I feel like it answers this tag question fairly well: No Plot? No Problem! Revised and Expanded Edition: A Low-stress High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days. I’ve been quite lax in my writing of late, though not really due to any sort of lack of plots. More like a lack of motivation. Either way, this book is helpful to have.

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9. Title of a kingdom you want to rule OR a kingdom you’d like to name

Man, it was hard to try and come up with the name for a kingdom based on a book title. I did the best I could, so my kingdom is Chimera.

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10. Title you’d name your band

Oooh…okay, so I probably wouldn’t be in a band like this question means; I was a band geek in school, so you know: marching band, concert band, orchestra, etc. But, I think I picked a pretty decent name for this fake band I’ll never have: Queens of Geek

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11. What is your current mood?

Again, easy choice: More Happy Than Not

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12. What is your favorite color?

All right, so again, this one might be a tiny bit of a stretch, but my favorite color is in the title. This is also a book that I actually still need to read; I love the movie though. (I know, blasphemous to have seen the movie without reading the book). Anyway, The Green Mile

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13. How do you feel about 2017 so far?

 

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14. Where do you want to travel?

Fine…I couldn’t come up with a book title for this one. I want to travel everywhere. I love learning about new cultures and trying new cuisines and experiencing all the awesome stuff the world has to offer. I want to go to museums and galleries, and go on bus tours and boat tours and train tours. I just want to enjoy life.

15. What are your summer plans?

Summer is actually starting to wind down, but based on the past couple sessions in one of my D&D campaigns, I feel like I made an appropriate choice: Gameboard of the Gods. Several characters have a decently formed plan to ascend towards godhood in the campaign.

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16. What are your 2017 goals?

Fine, maybe I don’t have specific goals for 2017. I want to keep reading and blogging and chatting with all of you. And I like where my relationship is and look forward to seeing what the future holds. So Someday, Someday, Maybe, I’ll publish my next book and get married and have kids and all of that. For right now I’m content where I am and am cool thinking about the possibilities of someday.

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That’s all for the Book Titles Tag. If you’d like to do this tag, then please consider yourself tagged. I look forward to seeing what titles you find to answer these questions.

Rapid Fire Book Tag

Hey all, Dani here.

Today I am here with another book tag. I keep finding more and more of these that I’d like to do, even though I don’t really get officially tagged. Anyway, I saw that Holly from Nut Free Nerd posted this book tag a couple weeks ago and it sounded like a fun and fairly easy one to get through so I figured I would just do it. And I tried my best to just answer with the first thing that popped in my head.

  1. E-book or Physical book? Physical Book
  2. Paperback or Hardcover? Hardcover to look at, but Paperback to read
  3. Online or In-store book shopping? In-Store!!! I love browsing through the stacks.
  4. Trilogies or Series? Oooh…tough one…I’ll say trilogies, because then there is a definite conclusion and you don’t worry that the story will start to drag just to make more books happen
  5. Heroes or Villains? Heroes
  6. A book you want everyone to read? Dreamworld by Rachel E. Kelly. Seriously, it is one of my absolute favorite books
  7. Recommend an underrated book. For this I have to go with The Queen’s Bastard by C.E. Murphy. If more people had read this and its sequel The Pretender’s Crown, then she would have been able to write more in the series/world. I loved these books
  8. Last book you finished? I’m writing this up a little early, so I think at the time this posts my last finished book should be either The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova or Matilda by Roald Dahl
  9. The last book(s) you bought? My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows, and Sparks of Light by Janet B. Taylor. Oh, also, the audiobook of The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein and narrated by Matthew Mercer
  10. Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark? A postcard announcing a possible upcoming appearance for Jury Duty. I like to use them as bookmarks when I get them because then I know I won’t forget the date.
  11. Used books: yes or no? Yes…if they are in pretty good condition.
  12. Top Three Favorite Genres Fantasy, Paranormal, and Sci-Fi
  13. Borrow or Buy? Buy. I dream of having a huge personal library someday.
  14. Characters or Plot? Characters. If the characters are good then sometimes plot doesn’t matter as much because I want to know more about the people.
  15. Long or Short books? Absolutely long
  16. Long or Short chapters? Short chapters
  17. Name the first three books you think of I seriously had a brain freeze on this one…okay, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, Invictus by Ryan Graudin, and The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss…coincidentally all books I need to read.
  18. Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry? Oooh…books that make me cry
  19. Our world or Fictional world? Fictional world
  20. Audiobooks: yes or no? I’m not a huge audiobook person but if I have the time and I like the narrator then absolutely
  21. Do you ever judge a book by its cover? A little bit. A good cover can make a person pick up the book
  22. Book to movie or Book to TV adaptations? I guess Book to TV adaptations. They have the option to include a lot more from the source material, whether as part of a 10, 13, or 22 episode season, over a 2-2.5 hour film.
  23. A movie or TV show you preferred to its book? iZombie for sure. I love the show, but found the first volume of the graphic novel to just be okay…and yes, I did read the graphic novel first
  24. Series or Standalone? Series

Whew, okay well that is it for this book tag. I don’t know who all has done this tag already so sorry if you have. And if you have done it or do decide to do it, make sure to let me know because I’d love to check out your answers. Anyway, I am tagging Sofii at A Book. A Thought., Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile, Kristin at Kristin Kraves Books, Nika at Bookster, Katie at Never Not Reading, and Krista and Dawlyn at Little Blind Book Finds. And if I didn’t tag you but you’d like to do this tag anyway, consider yourself Tagged!

Thanks for reading everyone and I’ll be back soon with another bookish post.

First Date Book Tag

Hey all, Dani here.

I have several book tags coming your way in the month of August, but I’m trying to space them out a bit. Today is the first of those, and I came across this tag over at Marie’s Library so you can check out her post there if you’re interested. Anyway, this seemed like sort of a fun tag so I decided to do it. Let’s not waste any time and just jump into the questions.

1. The Awkward First Date – a book where something felt off. It wasn’t a bad book, but it lacked that spark for you.

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Soundless by Richelle Mead

Normally I am a huge fan of Richelle Mead and devour her books and love them. This one just missed the mark for me. I wanted a bit more from it, to delve deeper into the characters and the world, to have that interesting spark that consumed me until I reached the end of the book, though I would inevitably think about the book for hours or days after finishing.

2. The Cheap First Date – a book that turned out less than you expected

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

After reading the summary for this book, I was expecting it to be a bit more than it was. It was an all right book, but I found myself mostly going through the motions of reading it for most of the middle. If it hadn’t been for the ending, I would have passed on ever reading the second book. And I just saw on Goodreads that there will be four books for this series. I can admit that I’m a little nervous about that; it doesn’t feel like there’s enough substance to fill four whole books. I honestly thought this was going to be a duology. Maybe book two can turn it around for me.

3. Well-Prepared First Date – a book that was better than expected

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Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

I don’t read a lot of science fiction books, but I read this…I wanna say it was because of the Sword and Laser Book Club, but I could be wrong. This concept and the execution of everything just drew me in and kept me captivated through the end. I probably should have continued with the series, and I don’t know why I stopped after this book, but I absolutely loved it.

4. Hot But Dumb – a pretty book, but not so hot on the inside

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Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

This cover was nicely attractive and the concept seemed interesting, but it didn’t quite match expectations. I wanted more character development, and to delve further into the relationships between the characters.

5. Blind Date Book – a book you picked up not knowing anything about it

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The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Okay, this one is such a difficult topic, because I never pick up a book knowing nothing about it. I can make assumptions on the cover or because of the author or the section of the library or bookstore it’s in. I also will at least check out the flap of the dust jacket or the back cover and read the summary. But this book was basically: there are a few girls and this is about the drama between them, because when you live so high up the only way to go is down. And normally that sort of story wouldn’t have begged me to read it, but I heard a few BookTubers keep talking about this upcoming release they were excited about, so I tried it…and I am now trash for this. I need to know what happens in the next book.

6. Speed Dating – a book you read super fast

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You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

I actually read most books super fast, but I could not put this book down. From the time Felicia announced that this book was being written, I knew I wanted to read it. I have been a fan of Felicia Day’s for years, and this book was just wonderful. Her life and career are such an inspiration to a geeky girl like myself.

7. The Rebound – a book you read too soon after a book hangover and it kind of ruined the book for you

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Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

I firmly acknowledged in my Goodreads review for this book that I read it right after finishing Red Rising by Pierce Brown, so this book fell victim to being the rebound following the epic awesomeness of that one. Perhaps someday I will read this one again and have a stronger like for it, but for right now, it just didn’t impress me.

8. Overly Enthusiastic Date – a book that felt like it was trying too hard

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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Okay, so this might venture into unpopular opinion territory, but I just felt like after a certain character was introduced in the second book, that this finale to the trilogy just tried to hard to keep Alina and Mal together as a couple and to make things work out a certain way. I know there are a lot of people who like Alina and Mal together, and there are also those who ship Alina and the Darkling. For me, as soon as we met Nikolai, that was the winner in my opinion.

9. The Perfect First Date – a book that did everything right for you

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The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

When I picked up this book, I thought the space crew adventure would give me some Firefly vibes. Let’s be honest; I loved that show. But overall since I’m not typically a big science fiction reader, I didn’t have super high expectations for this book. And then it completely blew me away. I loved the crew. I loved the diversity. I loved the worldbuilding. And I am just super excited about reading the second book, though I’ve held off on reading it so far. It’ll happen you guys. Soon.

10. Humiliating First Date – a book you’re embarrassed to admit you liked/embarrassed t see reading in public for whatever reason.

I’ll be honest here…I’m not embarrassed to admit I like a book, nor am I really embarrassed to be seen reading a book in public. Now I will say that some of the covers for some romance novels are a bit revealing or awkward so I lean more towards getting those in e-book format so I don’t have to worry about it, but if we didn’t have access to e-books/e-readers, I wouldn’t mind reading them in public.

All right, so that’s it for my post today. If you have not yet done this tag, or you’d like to do this tag, then please consider yourself TAGGED. And let me know if you have done or will do this post. I’d love to check out your answers.

Four Londons Book Tag

Hey all, Dani here.

Today I’m bringing you a book tag that I simply could not resist doing. I first saw it over on Rachael’s blog (rachaelrexds) so you can check out her post here, but it was created by Arkon and Annie so you can find the original post here.

Basically this tag was created in honor of V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy, which I think is an awesome trilogy and I definitely recommend it to my fellow fantasy lovers, particularly if you like alternate reality type books, because these ones allow you to travel between four different versions of London and they are just so interesting.

Anyway, let’s just jump into the tag.

Grey London: A Book That You Keep Going Back to Despite Trying to Quit It

– Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard

So I read the first one and it was pretty good, not anything where I found myself begging for the next book or anything, but I liked it. The second book definitely suffered through the sophomore slump in my opinion and I wanted to say goodbye to the series, but with the way book two ended I knew I would probably end up going back to pick up the next one. I bought book three shortly after its release and read half…and then put it aside. Again, the book is just okay to me. I mean, I like it, but it isn’t begging me to keep reading. I know I need to finish King’s Cage because I don’t like leaving books half read but it isn’t exactly a priority for me at the moment.

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Grey London: A Book/Series That You’ve Left Behind Forever

– Night World by L.J. Smith

I’ll be completely honest…I absolutely devoured the first nine books in this series. Were many of them fairly formulaic? Well, yes, but most paranormal romance tends to be that way and nevertheless I enjoyed the books. However, the series was first published in like 1996-1998…and we are still waiting on book 10, the final book in the series. Come on! I can’t just keep the books on my shelves and wait for a finale that may never come. It was time for me to walk away and give up.

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Grey London: A Majorly Bad Book/Series With Just One Beautiful Spark

– Beautiful series/Maddox Brothers series by Jamie McGuire

I don’t know if these count as having a beautiful spark in them…mainly they are just an intriguing guilty pleasure read. I haven’t finished the series, but there are so many issues in these books that just aggravate me. I find some of the character naming conventions to be pretty lazy, and some of the stories seem a bit far-fetched, and typically the characters make so many bad decisions that I wonder how they have managed to still be okay, but I sometimes still find myself thinking that I need to read the last couple books.

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Red London: A Book/Series That You Feel Blessed to Have Read. Aven

– The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

This was one of my top reads of 2016. I just can’t say enough about the awesome adventure and widely diverse cast of characters in this book. I still need to read the second book, especially since there should be a third one coming, but I want to savor the experience so for now I’m waiting. Plus, the covers are gorgeous…well, for the UK editions; I am wholly unimpressed with the US covers. And yes, technically the official cover for the third book hasn’t been revealed yet, but I bet it will be stunning.

Red London: A Book That Changes Every Time You Read It

-Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares

There is just something about this series. I grew up with it, and when the fifth book was released years after the original four concluded, I had aged right along with the Sisterhood. And every time I read these books–because I still own them and like to reread them every now and again–I spy something else in the pages, or I connect with a different character or a different plot in a way I hadn’t before.

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Red London: A Fictional World That Makes You Feel Love and Fear. Antari

-Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Although really, I guess this one is only partly a fictional world as it takes place in the UK. Anyway, these books, these characters…you love them and you hate them. When I originally read the series I certainly was afraid of what would happen to everyone as the books got darker and more dangerous. But they just stick with you as well; Harry Potter is not a series that is easily forgotten.

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White London: Book/Series That Started Off Meh But Ended Up Being Great

-Vampire Academy/Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead

Don’t get me wrong, I love all of these books, but if I look at Vampire Academy objectively, it was pretty similar to a lot of other vampire literature of the time, but then the world developed more, as did the mythos of these particular vampires (Moroi and Strigoi) and the dhampirs, and I got more and more obsessed with it. That was even more apparent when the Bloodlines series came around and Sydney became the main character, because I related to her so much more than I did Rose.

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White London: The World is Dying. Save One Book

-The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

This is such a hard question. Honestly I would try to save as many books as possible; no way would I settle for just one. But for the purposes of this tag, I guess I’ll go with a piece of classic literature that contains quite a bit of material. With this large collection of plays and poems, this is a great choice with lots of reading options.

White London: A Book/Series That You Would Kill For

-Guardians of Time Book #4 by Marianne Curley

I don’t know the title of this book or the release date or anything except for the fact that Marianne Curley announced that there would be a fourth book coming. I absolutely adored the first three books and devoured them when I was in high school. They stuck with me since then…and I just really REALLY want this next book, like right now.

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Black London: Name a Book/Series That Has Utterly Consumed You

-Critical Role: Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting by Matthew Mercer

I feel like this one is cheating just a tiny bit, but the world of Exandria and the stories that take place therein have completely consumed me. I have watched over 100 episodes of this live streamed show where a bunch of nerdy professional voice actors sit around and play Dungeons & Dragons. Each episode is typically 3-5 hours long, so you can see that I’ve invested quite a bit of time in the world. And the campaign setting book is coming out very soon (I was able to immediately download the PDF when I preordered the hardcover) and I read through the book so fast. Now I have the ability to explore the continent of Tal’Dorei on my own and I am so happy about that.

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Black London: A Book/Series That You Refuse to Open

-Cthulurotica anthology, edited by Carrie Cuinn

This was a monthly book pick for Felicia Day’s Vaginal Fantasy Book Club basically five years ago. Tentacle porn was how it was tentatively described. I wasn’t interested in it then. I’m not interested in it now.

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Black London: An Author Who Controls Your Purse Strings a la Osaron

-Rachel E. Kelly, author of the Colorworld series

It wouldn’t be a book tag or a best of/favorites list or anything similar if I didn’t have at least one mention of the Colorworld series, which I am absolutely obsessed with. I have read the whole series (most of the books several times) and I have the privilege of knowing the author and getting to be a part of her creative journey. I have purchased three copies of each book (paperback, e-book, and illustrated editions), pledged to the Kickstarter for a monthly comic book series, and just in general donated money to help Team Colorworld with their book tour. Oh, and I don’t even know how many art prints and/or metal bookmarks I’ve purchased from them in the past couple years. It’s quite a few though.

Well, I suppose that’s all for today’s post. If you would like to do this tag, then by all means, consider yourself TAGGED! I’d love to see your answers if you do decided to do this.


Biannual Bibliothon Update

Okay, so I actually didn’t get much reading done yesterday. I read all of 70 pages in Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh, so I have some catching up to do if I want to complete my TBR before the end of the readathon. My plan is to finish this book today and hopefully get through a decent chunk of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.

Readathon totals

# books completed: 4

# reading challenges completed: 1.5

TBR Book Tag

Hey all, Dani here.

I’m back with another book tag, and again, I found this on rachaelrexds blog so you can check out her post here.

How do you keep track of your TBR?

Officially I keep track of my TBR using Goodreads. But it isn’t difficult for me to look up at my bookcases and see what books I’ve read and what ones I still need to read.

Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

I sometimes fluctuate between the format I’m in the mood for, and lately I have definitely been more of a fan of print books, so I’d say my TBR is predominately print.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

If I have a review for an ARC or e-galley then it has top priority on my TBR, but otherwise I pick what to read based on what kind of mood I’m in. Recently that seems to be cute contemporary romances. Sometimes I’m just in the mood for a Middle Grade book or a graphic novel or poetry or Fantasy/Sci-Fi.

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest.

Hmm…let me check on that one…okay, one of the books that has been on my TBR the longest–which is only since 2010 because that’s when I joined Goodreads…is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I own the book; I just need to find the time to squeeze it into my reading list.

A book you recently added to your TBR.

Honestly the answer to this is books…but my boyfriend recently got me into the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I’ve read the first four books so far, and I have the rest of the series on my TBR. Again, I just need to find the time to read them.

A book in your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover.

I don’t pick books just because of the cover, but here are some recent additions to my TBR where the cover drew me in and made me want to know more. Then the concept sounded interesting so I added it to my TBR.

A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading.

Umm…if I plan to never read it then I don’t have it on my TBR. I try to go through my TBR list a couple times a year or so and weed out books that I just don’t think I’m going to get around to reading.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for.

I’m excited for a lot of books, and you’ll hear about some of them in my Most Anticipated Summer Releases post, which is scheduled for Wednesday, May 24th, but I also threw in a few Fall Releases to this answer. Of course I’m also super excited for the fourth book in Marianne Curley’s Guardians of Time series.

A book on your TBR that basically everyone’s read but you.

Well, I think that the Lunar Chronicles applies for this question. I know, I know. I just haven’t gotten around to them yet. I’m sure I’ll enjoy them though.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you.

This is a hard one. Most people don’t recommend books to me all that much anymore. Most of my recommendations these past months come from BookTube. So I guess my answers for this are:

A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read.

Okay, this one is easy. I am dying to read Waterworld by Rachel E Kelly. This is the sixth book in the Colorworld series and I am so in love with all of these books. Get writing, Rachel. I need to know what happens next!

How many books are on your TBR shelf?

According to Goodreads I have 921 books on my to-read shelf. I’m due for another list weeding though, so I don’t know how accurate the list is.

Okay, well that’s all for the TBR tag. As always, if you wish to do this tag yourself then consider yourself tagged. If you do decide to do this tag, be sure and let me know because I would love to check out your responses.

Oh, and get ready, because I have posts every day from now until I leave BEA and BookCon, so that’ll be fun. I have nine book reviews coming, my Most Anticipated Summer Releases post is coming, my TBR for next month and this month’s wrap up are coming, and of course a couple of posts about BEA and BookCon. It’s going to be a fun and slightly chaotic couple of weeks. I’m excited. See you tomorrow.

Bookish Academy Awards Tag

Hey all, Dani here.

Okay, so I saw this tag pop up last year and now it’s back, but this year I’ve decided to participate. Now, I don’t pay a lot of attention to the Academy Awards but there are people who get really into it. Lucky for us bookworms, there’s a book tag to correspond with it.

Basically how this tag works is there are a number of categories, and participants look through the books they read in the previous year and choose the winner for each category. There are some people who will choose the same book for multiple categories, but I wanted to limit each book to only one category win so I can share more awesome reads with all of you.

This tag was originated by BOOKadoodles on YouTube. You can check out that video here.

All right, let’s just jump right in now.

Categories/Questions:
Best Actor: (Best Male Protagonist)

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  • How about two male protagonists from the same book? I’m talking about Merik Nihar and Aeduan from Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. This was one of my first reads of 2016 and it stuck with me through the year. I wanted to know more about the characters and the world.

Best Actress: (Best Female Protagonist)

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  • Shazi from The Wrath & The Dawn/The Rose & The Dagger is definitely my pick for this. She is such a strong and awesome female protagonist, and these books blew me away.

Best Cinematography: (Best Plot Twist)

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  • I loved this book, and I feel like there were enough revelations and twists and turns revolving around interpersonal drama that it qualifies for this category, so I pick The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee. This was a surprise favorite of the year for me; I got drawn into the lives of these young women, and now I’m counting down until the release of the sequel.

Best Costume Design: (Best Book Cover)

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  • My favorite book cover of 2016 is Dreamworld by Rachel E. Kelly, hands down. And there were some beautiful covers to choose from, but I’m just so in love with this one.

Best Supporting Actress and Actor: (Best Male and Female Sidekick)

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  • Hmm….I guess I’m picking the Night Court from ACOMAF by Sarah J. Maas for this one. Come on, especially the inner circle, are all just freaking awesome.

Best Original Screenplay: (Most Unique Plot/World)

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  • I’m picking two winners in this category, because I can and I can’t choose a distinct winner. First Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo because the world and the characters and the plot are just epic. And second, A Darker Shade of Magic/A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. The parallel Londons and traveling…it’s just such a rich story with vibrant characters. See why I had to pick two winners?

Best Adapted Screenplay: (Best Book-to-Movie Adaptation)

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  • Well, I guess I can probably go with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling here, but that kind of feels like cheating, because it is a screenplay of the film. So, if you consider that cheating, then I guess I’ll have to go with Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Best Animated Feature: (A book that would work well in animated format)

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  • For this I’m picking Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I’d like to see this one as a movie period, but I think it could make a cool animated feature, something in the vein of a Miyazaki film. It could be awesomely magical.

Best Director: (A writer you discovered for the first time)

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  • The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers had to win a category in this list. This tale would totally make an excellent movie or better off a show. I cannot recommend this book enough for its diversity.

Best Visual Effects: (Best Action in a Book)

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  • Okay, this category has obviously been won by Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. It has great action and characters and cool story…and let’s be honest if we kept this as Best Visual Effects, Illuminae is absolutely visually stunning.

Best Short Film: (Best Novella or Short Book)

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  • For this I have to go with The Shootout Solution by Michael R Underwood, which is Episode 1 of “Season 1” of Genrenauts. These are great little genre exploration adventures following a group of people who have to go to different genre worlds to fix the stories by following cliches and tropes inherent in that particular genre. It’s fantastic.

Best Picture: (Best Stand-Alone)

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  • Okay, for this one I find that I have to pick The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. This was such a wonderful book. I was drawn into the story and the lives of the characters, and I read it at the perfect time for this lovely summery contemporary.

Best Documentary: (Best Historical Fiction or Non-Fiction)

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  • Umm…I don’t think I read any actual historical fiction in 2016. Well, that sucks. But I did read a few non-fiction, including the lovely Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything In Between by Lauren Graham. It was one of my favorite reads of the year, because Lauren just IS Lorelai Gilmore, and her wit and humor shine in this collection of personal essays.

All right, well that’s all for today’s post. If you decide to do this tag as well, please let me know. I’d love to see what books made the cut from your 2016 reads.

2017 Bookish Resolutions

Hey all, Dani here.

The tradition this time of year is to make a whole bunch of resolutions for your life, and with a large number of the resolutions we all only make it a couple weeks before we slack or just stop all together. That’s actually why I stopped making lifestyle resolutions like eating better, exercising more, or losing weight.

But making book related resolutions typically works out quite a bit better for me, so I’m just going to run through a few of those I’ve made for myself in 2017.

First up: reading. My initial goal is to read 75 books. I know this is an easily achievable goal, but I also know that if I manage to devour a lot of books quickly I can always increase my goal number. I’ve changed my goal the past several years. In 2016 my goal went from 75 to 100 to 130. More than that, though, I plan to participate in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon in both April and October, because I really enjoyed my experience with the readathon in 2016.

Second: blogging. I will have at least one book related blog up each week. Right now I have several bonus posts figured out thanks to some of my egalleys and ARCs, but I am really going to work to make sure that I maintain my posting schedule.

Third: vlogging. I have been watching BookTube for a while now and have thought that is something I could do myself. I love talking about books with other people. This is going to be the most difficult resolution for me though, because I am so nervous about this. Taking pictures or video of myself has never felt natural or comfortable to me, but I’m going to work through those feelings. With a bit of repetition and practice, I’m sure I’ll start getting used to filming and editing videos. So I’m going to start…soon.

Fourth: writing. This is actually an area where I really did slack in 2016. I did write on a few different things, but I didn’t finish a project or release one to the world. This needs to stop. Writing needs to be a priority in my life too. So, I will get Project Death: Revelation finished and released in the next couple of months. Then I need to get my focus onto the third book in the series. I’d like to have both Revelation and Redemption out in 2017. I guess this is also the area where I mention that I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo in April and July, and NaNoWriMo in November.

Fifth: Bookstagram. I loved being an active part of the book community on Instagram in 2016, and I’d like to keep building on that. Book photography is actually pretty relaxing and fun. So in 2017 I’d like to keep building my account, participate in at least a few monthly photo challenges, and just enjoy connecting with all my new book friends.

Sixth: Conventions. For this year I plan to be at a brand new local author event being held by my public library in March. I also am really hoping to make it to BEA and/or BookCon this year. As always, I’ll be attending Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, where I’m looking forward to seeing which authors show up, because I usually come home with a nice haul. And for right now my only author appearance at a convention will be Cincinnati Comic Expo in September; Mousai Books will be teaming up with Colorworld Books and it should be a lot of fun.

Well, I think that’s it for my bookish resolutions. That’s quite a hefty list when you look at it all together. Thanks for being a part of the first year of this blog, and I look forward to talking about bookish and nerdy things with all of you throughout 2017. It’s going to be a great year.

Coffee Book Tag

Hey all, Dani here

Happy National Coffee Day! In honor of today, I have decided to do the Coffee Book Tag. Originally started by BookTuber BangadyBangz over on YouTube, this tag has grown to include more categories, and has also spread over to a number of book blogs. I most recently saw this tag over on Flavia’s blog, so here we go.

Black: a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans

Okay, so for this I’m actually going with the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. I have heard so much about these books from so many people and I own the first three but I just haven’t started reading them yet. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it when I start reading but right now it’s just tough for me to open the books. I guess I’m just always a little wary when it comes to fairy tale retellings.

Peppermint Mocha: a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year

I had such a hard time figuring out something for this. I don’t often go for seasonal-type books, but I eventually decided on the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, merely because there is such a great focus on festivities such as Halloween or Yule, etc. But really, Harry Potter can be read at any time.

Hot Chocolate: favorite children’s book

There were so many books I read as a child that it is difficult to pick favorites, but I really loved reading the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and I also greatly enjoyed The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.

Double Shot of Espresso: a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish

This may have been the easiest category for me to select a book, and I just had to go with Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. When I read this book, I technically listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Wil Wheaton, but when I wasn’t listening I was thinking of what had happened and what I thought could happen next. I was basically obsessed with finding more listening time so I could finish the book.

Starbucks: a book you see everywhere

Right now I totally see A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir everywhere. It’s weird because my local grocery stores aren’t even carrying Empire of Storms right now; I’m a little flabbergasted about that. Of course Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is also everywhere currently.

That Hipster Coffee Shop: give a book by an indie author a shoutout

My go-to shoutout book is Colorworld by Rachel Kelly. I’ve written up reviews for all four books out currently, and I’m anxiously awaiting the digital copy of Dreamworld, the fifth book in the series, since I am one of Rachel’s copy editors. I absolutely LOVE this series and think everyone should read them.

Oops! I Accidentally Got Decaf: a book you were expecting ore from

For this one I had to pick Soundless by Richelle Mead. I have loved every book of hers I have read, and I just felt like this book was just a bit short. I would have enjoyed it more if there was more expansion on the world and the mythology, and a deeper exploration of the characters.

The Perfect Blend: a book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying

Watching the Lizzie Bennet Diaries was such a great adaptation with plenty of heart and I enjoyed it enough to get The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, which expanded on things that happened in between episodes and such. But what was really amazing was how much the show and book made me care about Lydia Bennet and wonder what would happen to her next. Thankfully, they decided to write The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet, which was just that. It was that perfect blend of emotion and fun and growth, and I was just so satisfied with how Lydia’s story wrapped up. Now I kinda want a book with Jane Bennet, just because.

Green Tea: a book or series that is quietly beautiful

The Glamourist Histories by Mary Robinette Kowal has to be my choice for this category. This series is sort of a magical retelling of Jane Austen’s works but is still quite original and the description and execution of the books is just stunning. I was completely drawn into the magic of the story and into the lives of these characters. I still need to finish the series (I don’t own the last book yet), but these books are just beautiful.

Chai Tea Latte: a book or series that makes you dream of far off places

Or not so far off places. For this category I chose the Stravaganza series by Mary Hoffman, which jumps between modern London and an alternate version of Italy known as Talia. There’s a little bit of magic/time travel/etc in this series, but I just loved getting to know the cities in Talia, which was made even more special since I did a spring break trip to Italy and I could easily see some of the elements of Florence and Venice that were altered for their alternate versions. It was really cool and it makes me want to do a Stravaganza vacation where I travel to the real world locations for each book; it would be kind of fun to explore the books in a tangible way.

Earl Grey: your favorite classic

Based on a couple of my previous answers this choice should come as no surprise to anyone…my favorite classic has to be Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It is a book I reread probably more than any other.


So, there you have it…the Coffee Book Tag.

If you would like to do this tag yourself, then please consider yourself tagged. And if you do decide to participate, let me know. I would love to see your answers to each category.