The End of the Year Book Tag

Hey all, Dani here.

I have a whole section in my blogging notebook with book tags I have either been tagged in or that I just decided I wanted to do, but just haven’t had the time to get them all answered and posted. I suppose that’s why today’s tag is one that I actually saw a whole month ago on Sofii’s blog (A Book. A Thought.) and am just now getting around to posting it myself.

I’m going to try and be a bit better with getting these tags completed in a more timely manner. Especially with NaNoWriMo coming up, I want to try and get as many of my November posts prepped ahead of time so I can just focus on novel writing.

Anyway, this is a fairly short tag, but let’s go ahead and jump in.

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

So many! My currently reading list on Goodreads has like 20 or so books on it, which is just ridiculous. But for a few answers to this, I really need to finish Windwitch by Susan Dennard, because I love the Witchlands and really enjoy the story, King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard, which I’m honestly losing interest in but I’ve come this far in the series so I at least want to finish this book, and A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, because I have this habit of not finishing series as I don’t want them to end, but it was announced that there would be more books in this world, so I think I can finish this now since there is more to come.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

Usually around this time of year I like to settle in with more epic fantasy reads. As the cooler weather tends to keep me inside more, having lengthy books to enjoy is always great. But, to answer this question, I have heard that The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken is a sort of spooky Halloween-y type read.

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Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

Well there’s The Empress by S.J. Kincaid (Oct 31), Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines (Nov 7), and Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes (Dec 12).

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, and Bonfire by Krysten Ritter. Plus so many others, but this question asked for just three.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?

Well, I had never heard of All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis a few months ago and now it ranks up there as one of my favorite books, so of course there could be a book in the last couple months of 2017 that rockets to the top of my favorites of the year list.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

Vague plans for now. I always start my Goodreads reading challenge at 75 books, even when I’ve had to increase it one or two times every year. I’m starting to make a 2018 book releases list, so some of my reading plans will be based on new books. And I’ll likely participate in the April and October sessions of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, plus who know what other readathons/reading challenges throughout the year.

Well, that’s about all for today. If you have not yet done this tag and you would like to, then consider yourself TAGGED!

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Reading Habits Book Tag

Hey all, Dani here.

Today’s book tag is one I recently saw posted by Rachael over at rachaelrexds page and it sounded like one of those fun get to know you type tags, which I find to be enjoyable too. Oftentimes they are actually easier to answer than tags where you have to select books for answers anyway. This tag was created by TheBookJazz and you can find the original video here.

Let’s just go ahead and get started.

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I have a reading chair I’ll be putting in my library/study once everything is all set up, and the couch in the living room is pretty comfy for reading as well.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Bookmarks–about 95% of the time. The other 5% I use whatever paper I can find, at least until I make it home to grab a proper bookmark. For really cool metal bookmarks, I recommend checking out the Colorworld Books store, and there are also numerous bookmark creators on Etsy if you’d like to fall into that gorgeous time suck of staring at the variety of designs and more.

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

I prefer to stop at the end of a chapter, but I can stop anywhere if I have to.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

Sometimes, but I’m a bit choosy about what I pick to snack on; I don’t want to risk leaving food smears and stains in my books.

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

Yes. I like having background noise while I read. I will say though that typically what I have on the TV has to be something that I’m familiar with, something I don’t necessarily have to pay attention to.

6. One book at a time or several?

Several. Definitely several. I’ll have random books in each of my bags and sometimes in various rooms, all in different stages of completion. And since I’m a mood reader it is helpful to have options. So I’ll typically be reading varying genres and age ranges at any given time.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

I will read anywhere I can: at home, at work, in the car, at social gatherings or sporting events…if I have a few minutes where I can squeeze in reading, you better believe I’m going to read.

8. Read out loud or silently in your head?

Silently…unless there’s a passage that sounds like it needs to be read aloud to be truly appreciated. This will probably happen several times this weekend when I pick up Rupi Kaur’s The sun and her flowers for the 24 hour Readathon by Zoe.

9. Do you read ahead or skip pages?

Why would I read ahead or skip pages? That would mean spoilers and/or missing important details.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

Like new! What kind of monster purposefully breaks the spine on a book?

11. Do you write in your books?

No! Unless it is a journal or a workbook, you know, the kind of books that you are meant to write in. I had a professor in university, my academic adviser, and she politely teased me in class for being a book purist. Practically every other student jotted down notes in the margins, or highlighted all over their books; the professor added notes each time she taught the class. I just can’t do it.

Okay, so since this tag has been around since 2012, I have no idea who all has already completed it. If this sounds fun to you and you’re looking for another tag to toss into your blogging schedule, then consider yourself TAGGED!

That’s all for today, and I’ll be back tomorrow with my next TBR Purge post, and then Thursday I’ll have my next book recommendation post with a focus on fantasy reads.

Blogger Recognition Award

Hey all, Dani here.

I love being recognized and/or tagged to do awards and other posts by other bloggers. It is so great to make connections in the book community, and I am so thankful for all the people I have been meeting and interacting with, especially these past several months. Anyway, I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by the delightful Kathy over at Books & Munches. Seriously, go check out her blog because it is fantastic. I love how she recommends food to go along with each book, though I will say that reading her posts generally make me hungry.

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Rules

∞ Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
∞ Write a post to show your award
∞ Give a brief story of how your blog started
∞ Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
∞ Select a few other bloggers you want to give this award to

How Mousai Books Started

Back in 2009, I started working with my friend Signy Cullen to try and form a new sorority at our university. We went by the name Mu Psi, because the word “mousai” means muse, and we wanted to be a group that promoted the arts. It took a lot of work to figure out our colors and our mottos and beliefs and build up a membership, but we thought we had everything situated nicely. So we asked for a vote with the Greek Council, but they kept pushing it off later and later, and then some of our members graduated so we didn’t have enough to meet the criteria. Nevertheless Signy and I never stopped feeling the bonds of sisterhood. I decided to honor what we created by naming this blog Mousai Books.

I had a book blog back when I was in university, and it was problematic. Sometimes I got lazy and missed several weeks with no blog post. I didn’t try and connect with any other blogs. My book reviews were sporadic and not nearly as well formulated as they are now.

So I took this blog to be a fresh start, and I feel like I’ve mostly lived up to the ideas I had in mind when I first started. The muses stood for creativity and inspiration. I feel like sharing my love for books and for other geeky hobbies is my way of honoring the muses of old and of all those who have inspired me to be my creative and geeky self along the way.

Blogger Advice

I feel like so many of us give similar advice: be yourself, enjoy what you’re doing, be active in the community. Don’t get me wrong, that is all great advice, and you should absolutely follow it, but I’d like to try and give other helpful advice.

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to adhere to a strict posting schedule. For most of us we can manage a full schedule for a short time, but then we may fall into a reading slump or a writing slump, and then we feel guilty for missing posts or not putting up as high quality posts. This can actually lead to a downward spiral and doesn’t actually end up helping anyone. So, if it becomes necessary, reduce the number of posts you release each week, take a step back, and allow yourself to breathe and relax. Then try again. Your mental health is more important than a rigorous posting schedule. Your reader friends will understand if you have to slow down a bit.

I guess the second piece of advice I’ll give is to spice things up and have a little variety. Post some book reviews, do some book tags, go to author signings or book festivals and document the experience. If you go to the movies and see a book adaptation on screen, go ahead and post a review or a compare/contrast post. If you take a day and go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, take pictures and share the experience with us. We spend a lot of time reading each other’s posts and chatting in the comment sections. It builds friendships and we like getting to know each other. You don’t have to limit yourself to one topic or one type of post.

Nominations

Jenna at J.K. I’m Exploring!

Kristin at Kristin Kraves Books

Katie at Never Not Reading

Holly at Nut Free Nerd

Maygin at Diversifying Perspective, One Book at a Time

Who am I? Tag

Hey all, Dani here.

I have been seeing a number of fun looking tags floating around the book community recently, so there may be some bonus blog posts appearing here on the blog in the coming weeks. I don’t want to wait too long to do these tags and then completely forget about them.

I saw this tag posted by the lovely Harini over on her blog Books and Readers, so you can check out her answers here.

What does my name mean?

Well, okay, so if I’m answering these questions based on my birth name, I remember looking it up years ago and discovering that it was a Hebrew name meaning “told by God.” But really I think my mom just liked the name, regardless of what it could mean. Now, for the name I use on this blog, which is also the name I use when publishing books, I jumbled up the letters of my birth name and rearranged them to create something new. Apparently looking up Danielle on babynames.com, it is also a Hebrew name and it means “God is my judge.” I am not so religious as to continually choose names for that reason. I just liked the name Danielle.

What is my Myers-Briggs personality type? link to quiz

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The Campaigner personality is a true free spirit. They are often the life of the party, but unlike types in the Explorer Role group, Campaigners are less interested in the sheer excitement and pleasure of the moment than they are in enjoying the social and emotional connections they make with others. Charming, independent, energetic and compassionate, the 7% of the population that they comprise can certainly be felt in any crowd.

Campaigners are curious, observant, energetic and enthusiastic, excellent communicators, and know how to relax. However they can also find it difficult to focus at times, have a tendency to overthink things, can be independent to a fault, can get stressed easily, and sometimes are highly emotional.

What is my Zodiac sign? link to info

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I’m a Leo.

Strengths: Creative, passionate, generous, warm-hearted, cheerful, humorous
Weaknesses: Arrogant, stubborn, self-centered, lazy, inflexible
Leo likes: Theater, taking holidays, being admired, expensive things, bright colors, fun with friends
Leo dislikes: Being ignored, facing difficult reality, not being treated like a king or queen

What is my Hogwarts house? link to quiz

According to Pottermore, I am a Ravenclaw (and my Ilvermorny house is Pukwudgie).

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Your in-depth results are:

Ravenclaw – 13
Hufflepuff – 12
Gryffindor – 10
Slytherin – 10

That is way higher on the Hufflepuff score than I would have thought. I usually tend to be a bit higher in Gryffindor. (Actually Gryffindor was my original Pottermore house).

What are my learning styles? link to quiz

Your scores were:

Visual 3
Aural 3
Read/Write 7
Kinesthetic 3

Okay, when I did a learning styles quiz about 11 years ago, I was pretty even across the board. I guess now I just prefer to read about stuff myself and learn from that.

Am I left or right brain dominant? link to quiz

This was another quiz type that I took about 11 years ago during an education course and it resulted in a 50/50 split, so let’s see where I end up now.

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Well, not much change there. I am 53% left brained and 47% right brained.

What is my blood type?

I am O Positive. I learned my type back in high school when I donated during a blood drive. Based on the two blood drives that I was eligible for at school I also learned that even if I am prepared by making sure I am hydrated and have eaten, I will still pass out after donating.

What career am I meant to have? link to quiz

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Well, I suppose that isn’t a surprise either. I feel like a lot of the quizzes about jobs tend to place me as a writer or some other creative position. I would love to make a living writing, but I’m also aware that I am not quite good enough to live off of my writing, so I need a job that will pay my bills and writing will continue to be a small side job.

What Divergent faction do I belong in? link to quiz

I think I took one of these quizzes around the time the movies were starting to come out, and then it said I was Divergent, though a couple of them said Dauntless or Erudite, so I guess let’s see where I am now.

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Okay, so this time around it said that I am in Erudite. I do admit that I am fond of learning and think knowledge is very important. I have a habit of carrying several writing utensils, a notebook, and a book or two with me just about everywhere.

What does my birth order say about me? link

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Stereotype: Natural leader, ambitious, responsible.
Why it’s true: The eldest, for a while, has no competition for time (or books or baby banter) with Mom and Dad. “There’s a benefit to all of that undiluted attention. A 2007 study in Norway showed that firstborns had two to three more IQ points than the next child,” says Frank J. Sulloway, Ph.D., the author of Born to Rebel. Firstborns tend to be surrogate parents when other siblings arrive, hence their protective and responsible nature.
When it’s not: Parents can set high expectations for a first (or only) child. “When he feels like he has disappointed his parents or can’t measure up, he may veer off in another direction,” says Kevin Leman, Ph.D., a psychologist and the author of The Birth Order Book.

This is fairly accurate. I know I did tend to help with taking care of my brother, and even now I find myself in big sister or mom mode in several of my friend groups.


Well, that is it for this tag. I actually did enjoy taking all of the quizzes. If this sounds like a tag you’d like to do, then by all means, consider yourself TAGGED! And I would love to see your answers, whether you do a post of your own or just jot them down in the comment section.

 

Sunshine Blogger Award

Hey all, Dani here.

I’m not going to lie, I was super excited to be nominated for this award/post by Chelsea over at A Very Bookish Girl. I’ve really enjoyed reading her posts and it’s been great chatting with her in the comments sections. I also love that not all of the questions asked are necessarily book related. That just makes it fun. Anyway, let’s just get started with the post.

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What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

How Does it Work?

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

Okay, let’s jump into the questions Chelsea gave everyone she tagged.

1. What are you currently reading? As I type this my current read is P.S. I Like You by Kasie West, but by the time this post goes up on the blog, I imagine I’ll be reading another book, probably Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas.
2. How do you feel about TBRs? I like TBRs because it gives me a goal to work towards. However, I also know that I can be a mood reader a large percentage of the time, so TBRs are also sometimes quite problematic.
3. Do you stick to a TBR if you make one? I really do try and stick to my TBRs, and some months I mostly succeed, but a lot of the time I’m lucky to complete half of the books I planned to, because some other book just sounded like something I wanted to read at that time.
4. Most Anticipated book of 2018? Hmm…I don’t have a lot of books on my list for 2018 yet. I usually really start focusing on that list in November, but right now I’ll say that I’m really looking forward to The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco, Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian.
5.  What color book do you own the most of? I won’t be home to look at my bookshelves to verify this until after this post is published, but I do believe black seems to be one of the more popular covers for the books I own.
6. Most read Genre? Fantasy or Paranormal, but probably Fantasy.
7. What Author have you read the most of? Well, if we’re going with book count, it would be K.A. Applegate, as I have read all 63 Animorphs books. However, I also learned several years ago that most of the books were ghost written so…maybe she doesn’t count. Other highly read authors include: C.E. Murphy, Meg Cabot, Richelle Mead, Rachel Caine, Neil Gaiman, Mercedes Lackey, Rick Riordan, and Nicholas Sparks.
8. Do you participate in reading challenges? Absolutely, whenever I can. Though I’ve discovered I’m pretty good at 24 Hour reading challenges, but not so much at week long or month long ones. And I complete my Goodreads Reading Challenge every year since I started.
9. How many books do you read a month? This is a tough one to answer because some months are better than others. I believe in the past couple years my slowest months were 3-5 books, and my better months are typically in the 15-20 book range. My best month for reading was May 2016 when I read 31 books in a month.
10. Top 5 TV shows to binge I haven’t been watching a whole lot of television lately, but some of my favorites to binge include: Warehouse 13, Leverage, Chuck, Gilmore Girls, and Haven.
11. Favorite Disney Princess? Belle has been my favorite since I first saw Beauty and the Beast in theaters, but my mom tells me that at one point I was obsessed with Ariel

And now I get to tag 11 blogs to receive the award. Oh man, there are so many wonderful blogs out there. If I don’t pick you, just know that you are still awesome and if you’d like to answer my questions then consider yourself to be a bonus tag-ee for this.

Maygin at Diversifying Perspectives, One Book at a time

Krista and Dawlyn at Little Blind Book Finds

Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile

Jenna at J.K. I’m Exploring!

Kristin at Kristin Kraves Books

Katie at Never Not Reading

Holly at Nut Free Nerd

Sofii at A Book. A Thought

Harini at BooksandReaders

Rachael at rachaelrexds

Kathy at Books & Munches

All right, and now I get to create 11 questions for all you lovely blogs to answer.

  1. What is your most anticipated release for the remainder of 2017?
  2. What author have you discovered in 2017 that you want more people to check out?
  3. If you could only eat one meal for an entire week, what meal would you choose (example: pizza, pasta, tacos, etc)?
  4. Best movie you’ve seen in 2017? (Doesn’t have to be a new one or one you saw in theaters)
  5. What is your dream career?
  6. How do you organize your bookshelves? (You don’t have to include photos, but if you do that is awesome. I love shelfies)
  7. What is your favorite book that is NOT from your favorite genre?
  8. Which book-to-movie or book-to-TV-show adaptation is your favorite?
  9. Favorite non-bookish hobby?
  10. What is your favorite holiday?
  11. How big is your TBR pile/list?

Whew…okay, trying to come up with questions that are not exactly like other ones I’ve seen with this post was not easy, and I’m sure I have several that are similar. Anyway, I hope you all enjoy this post, and I look forward to seeing all of your answers. As I said before, if I did not tag you and you would like to answer my questions anyway, then by all means, consider yourself nominated as well.

NetGalley Book Tag

Hey all, Dani here.

So I very recently saw this posted by Kathy over at Books & Munches, and she ended her post by cleverly tagging anyone who reads the post, so thanks for the tag. I joined NetGalley back in 2013, during a time when I went a few months with no job and therefore no income. For a bookworm who enjoys buying and collecting books it was a problematic time. So I started requesting e-galleys and reviewing them so I could get myself new reading material on a regular basis.

Now I’m in a position to buy a good number of the books I want to read, but I have found that I like being able to read and review the books early and hopefully get other readers interested in the books. I’m hoping to keep building my online presence and maybe get into requesting print ARCs in the near future. We’ll just see what happens.

Rules:

♥ Link back to the tag’s creator Kourtni at Kourtni Reads.
♥ Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
♥ Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!
♥ Tag a few people to do this too.

Auto-Approved: Who’s one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what they’re about?

Oooh…so many authors. Rachel E. Kelly, Jim C. Hines, Adam Silvera, Kevin Hearne, Richelle Mead, Maria V. Snyder, Leigh Bardugo, C.E. Murphy, Brandon Sanderson, and Rick Riordan. I’m sure there’s many others who could be included, but I think that’s enough for now.

Request: What makes you want to request a book that you see on NetGalley?

Cover design, author name, sometimes even the publisher.

Feedback Ratio: Do you review every book you read? If not, how do you decide what books to review?

I try to review every book I read, at least on Goodreads. Not all books make it to my blog, but that is mostly because sometimes I have months where I’ll read 20-30 books and I just don’t have the time to write up full reviews for them all. Now, sometimes I’ll request a bunch of books from NetGalley because I am expecting many of them to be rejections. On the occasions where I am accepted for far more than I thought, I sometimes can’t make it to them all in a timely manner. I do keep a list of all of my NetGalley books, and try to get around to them all at some point or another though.

Badges: If you could create your own badge to display on your blog, what would it be for?

So I don’t have much for my NetGalley badge collection. I do have some NaNoWriMo badges, and some Audible badges. I really should try and get all of those badges displayed on my blog somewhere.

But, if I could create badges or at least suggest them, it would be nice to have genre badges, where you can collect them for reading/reviewing a certain number of books in each particular genre. That could be cool.

Wish for It: What’s one book that you are absolutely dying to read?

I am sincerely hoping that I’ll be able to get an early copy of The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco. I absolutely loved the first book, The Bone Witch, and I really really want to know what happens next.

2017 NetGalley Challenge: What was the last book that you received as an ARC that you reviewed? If you’ve never received an ARC, what’s the last book you reviewed?

Okay, I didn’t receive this ARC from NetGalley, but the last ARC I finished was Warcross by Marie Lu. Now I am currently reading A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne, and that is an e-galley I received from NetGalley. It will be out in October and though I’m only a couple chapters in, I am already starting to rave about this book because I am loving it. I was craving a good epic fantasy and I think this book will definitely qualify.

Tag, you’re it!

Okay, well I don’t know who all has done this already, or who would want to, but I will tag Krista and Dawlyn at Little Blind Book Finds, Maygin at Diversifying Perspective, One Book at a Time, Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile, Holly at Nut Free Nerd, Katie at Never Not Reading, and Sofii at A Book. A Thought. If you do this tag (or have already done it), let me know. I’d love to check out your answers!

The Emoji Book Tag

Hey all, Dani here.

I’m popping in today with a quick and fun little book tag. I saw this a few weeks ago on the Little Blind Book Finds blog so you can check out Krista and Dawlyn’s post here. But anyway, there have been a few variations on this tag since its creation. The basic concept of the original tag was to look at your five most used emojis and select a book for each one.

My top five emojis are: smiling eyes emoji, heart eyes emoji, blushing emoji, winky kiss emoji, and the nerd emoji. The only two of those that weren’t in the version of the tag I saw on Little Blind Book Finds post were the winky kiss and the nerd emojis, so I’m going to add those in at the end. Otherwise I’m going to do the tag as written.

Let’s jump into it.

Rolling Eyes Emoji — Okay, wow, let’s just jump into this. My pick is going to be ACOWAR by Sarah J Maas.

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Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this book. But there were so many points where I found myself asking if a certain event or a certain dialogue or whatever was actually happening. Some of it just felt a bit ridiculous and I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. My spoiler free review can be found here.

Blushing Emoji — I don’t think I really blush while reading books, but then again, I’m not exactly looking at my face while I read. Nevertheless, for this one I’m going to go with Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward.

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I haven’t been reading many steamy romances lately, but this one has been one of my most recent/favorite. Since meeting Butch in the first book of the series I was intrigued by him as a character, so finally getting his story was fantastic. I really need to jump back into this series because I decided to take a break after this one. I still have plenty to read in order to catch up.

Cool Emoji — So a book that I’ve read this year that I thought had a cool concept that was executed well was Heartstone by Elle Katharine White.

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It is a reimagining of the classic Pride & Prejudice tale, but with the inclusion of dragons, wyverns, hobgoblins and more. I was so intrigued by this book and how it portrayed the characters. This is a book I will definitely reread in the future. You can check out my review as well if you’d like to find out more.

Super Angry Emoji — For this one I have to pick The Awakening by Kate Chopin. I’m not even tossing a picture of this classic piece of literature into this post. I had to read this book twice at university and both times I very much disliked it. The main character aggravated me and her decisions by the end of the story just made me mad. This is probably the only time in my life I’ll actually admit to hating a book. Hmm…well, I could probably throw Harry Potter and the Cursed Child into this category as well.

Astonished Emoji — I love those times when a book just astounds you and blows you away, just like when I read All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis. This book is out now and I highly recommend it.

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I picked up an ARC of this at BookExpo and very quickly devoured it, despite being terrified of the possible future it portrays. This definitely ranks as one of my favorite books of the year and you can read my review if you’d like to know more.

Laughing Hard Emoji — I haven’t really read any books that really made me laugh hard this year, but for this tag I’m going to pick Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh. This book is funny and heartwarming and sad and just relatable in so many ways. Plus the artwork is pretty amusing too.

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Cry Hard Emoji — Okay, so to be honest, while this book made me cry, it did not make me cry as much as some other past reads, but as much as possible I am trying to choose from books I’ve read in 2017, so They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera.

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This book is out now, so again I definitely recommend it. Following the last day of the two main characters was a beautiful emotional rollercoaster. Adam Silvera gets me in the feels every time. You can find my review here.

Smiling Eyes Emoji — This was an easy pick because I enjoyed this book (technically this series) so much. It was just fun and cute and I couldn’t help but smile throughout. My pick has to be the Scott Pilgrim series.

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I loved all the adorable nerdiness of this book, and the occasional self-awareness and breaking of the fourth wall by some of the characters. It was just such a fun experience and I devoured the whole series. My series review is also up on my blog so feel free to check it out.

Emotionless Emoji — This is a book that disappointed me. I wanted to like it because it sounded good but I was left just feeling meh about the whole thing… Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza.

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I really liked the cover and the summary sounded really cool, but then I was let down by so much of the book, including the fact that it was shorter than I would have expected. You can find my review here.

Heart Eyes Emoji — Hands down this one has to go to Geekerella by Ashley Poston. Such a cute book.

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First there’s that cover, then there’s the concept of a Cinderella retelling that focuses on fandom, and then there’s just everything that is contained between the covers. I adored this book and it made me such a happy little fangirl. Of course you can find my full thoughts of the book here in my review.

Okay, so now we are at the two emoji categories that I am tossing in here just because I can.

Winky Kiss Emoji — This one goes to another adorable and sort of geeky YA contemporary, and that is Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett.

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This book features some summer fun, as well as a couple characters who are big fans of a number of movies and spend a lot of time discussing them. I really enjoyed this book and you can read all about my thoughts and feelings here.

Finally, Nerd Emoji — Now for this one there are so many books I can recommend, whether that would be You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day, or even Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. Both are great nerdy reads, but I’m going with a book I definitely need to reread soon, and that is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

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All of the references to books, TV shows, movies, video games, and more from the 80s was just an amazingly nerdy experience and I so loved this book. I’m also very much looking forward to the movie coming out next year.

Okie dokie then, well that’s it for today’s post. If you would like to do this emoji book tag then by all means, consider yourself TAGGED! And if you do write up your own post, please let me know because I’d love to check out your answers.

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Hey all, Dani here.

I want to start this post by saying thank you to everyone who is following this blog. Yesterday I hit a big milestone by reaching 100 followers. Seriously, thank you all for joining into my discussion of books, bookish things, and other geeky odds & ends.

Today I’m bringing you another book tag. I most recently saw this posted by Sofii at A book. A Thought, so you can find her post here. Of course, this is a tag that has been circulating around for a while, so I’m sure you’ve all seen it somewhere either around book blogs or on BookTube.

Now, I feel like it needs to be said with unpopular opinion posts that just because I don’t like something doesn’t mean that you can’t love it. Not everyone connects with every book and that’s okay. Let’s just respect the fact that we all have our own opinions when it comes to books, and we can still all be book friends.

A Popular Book or Series That You Didn’t Like

Whew, okay, starting off with one that will probably make some readers upset…Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I read this as part of a book club several years ago and I was annoyed by it starting on the first page, and it didn’t improve much at all over the course of the novel. Now, I will say that lately I have wondered if I just wasn’t in the right mood to read and enjoy the book, so I do plan to give it a second chance. Also, I am really intrigued by Taylor’s newest release, Strange the Dreamer, so we’ll see what happens.

A Popular Book or Series That Everyone Seems to Hate But You Love

So, I don’t think everyone hates this book, but I do feel like you either fall in the “I don’t like it” camp, or you’re with me in the “this book is wonderful” camp. And that is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I just love the atmospheric descriptions of the circus and all of the acts, and I can’t help but be swept away by this story every time. But I get that since it isn’t exactly plot driven or plot heavy that some people find it to be a slow read. I find it to be magical.

A Love Triangle Where the Main Character Ended Up With the Person You Did NOT Want Them To End Up With, OR An OTP That You Don’t Like

Most of the time with love triangles, it is fairly obvious which person the main character will choose. And most of the time I just accept it. But when it comes to the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, I just don’t really feel like Mal is the best choice. I will always be team Nikolai, though I can also say that I would pick the Darkling over Mal as well. Then again, hey, with Nik not having a romance match, maybe there’s hope for a Nik-centric spin-off.

A Popular Book Genre That You Hardly Reach For

I primarily read fantasy and sci-fi books, though I’ve been known to read contemporary, romance, or historical. I very very rarely reach for mystery/thriller/suspense novels. I’m just not a fan of reading those genres. However, I do enjoy watching those types of movies and TV shows if the premise intrigues me.

A Popular or Beloved Character That You Don’t Like

Bella Swan. There, I said it. Yes I’ve read the whole saga. I just find her to be so lacking in personality. On the other end of things, I read Life and Death and rather enjoyed the gender swapped reimagining of the tale. Beau Swan was a character I liked.

A Popular Author That You Can’t Seem to Get Into

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I read Beautiful Creatures a few years ago and I liked it but I didn’t love it, and I just didn’t feel the need to continue the series. Maybe if either of the authors came out with a book that sounded interesting to me I’d give them another chance; I’m not someone who just completely gives up on an author because of one underwhelming experience, but for right now I just don’t see myself getting into the fandom.

A Popular Book Trope That You’re Tired of Seeing (ex: “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangle, etc)

As I mentioned before, when it comes to love triangles it is usually blatantly obvious which one the main character will pick, and so I find the whole trope to be unbelievable and frustrating. There have been so few books that have included a love triangle where I like both love interests and it makes the main character’s decision devastating either way because no matter what one of them is going to be rejected. If done well then I actually can enjoy love triangles, but 99% of the time they are just annoying.

A Popular Series That You Have No Interest in Reading

I suppose I answered this yesterday as part of my TBR purge, but the Fallen series by Lauren Kate is one that I’ve realized I have no interest in reading. The first book has sat on my shelves for five or six years now and I really have never been tempted to pick it up. Recently I saw the movie and it just reinforced the fact that I’m just never going to read this.

The Saying Goes “The Book is Always Better Than the Movie” But What Movie or TV Show Adaptation Do You Prefer More Than the Book

This is another question I feel like I’ve answered before, but most of the time yes, I do enjoy the books more. Movies leave out too much and I feel like TV shows manipulate story lines and time lines to try and make the overall story more exciting. But when it comes to iZombie, I feel like the TV series is doing a great job with it all. I read the first volume of the graphic novel compilations and it felt a bit disjointed to me. Yet in the show they upgrade the main character from grave digger in a cemetery to assistant medical examiner, and they allow her to keep her connections to friends and family from before being turned into a zombie. I feel like that all helps the viewer to connect with Liv Moore so much easier and I just adore the show.

Okay, well that’s it for my blog today. If you’d like to do this book tag, then consider yourself TAGGED! And if you do it, I would love to know so I can check out your answers as well.

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.