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The Library Lover’s Book Tag

Hey all, Dani here.

My blog backlog isn’t just a bunch of reviews. I actually have a few different tags to finish up as well. So once again, I have to thank Katie at Never Not Reading for tagging me in a fun little book tag. What I especially love about this one is that it has a focus on libraries. Considering that I do have a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, and of course being a bookworm, libraries are a big part of my life.

So let’s not waste any time, and I’ll just jump into the questions.

How often do you visit your local library?

Not nearly as often as I did when I was younger. I did go to the library once last month, but that was to use their access to Ancestry to do some genealogical work for my fiance. I don’t really use my library for book borrowing any more. There are so many books I have in my home library that I need to read. Not to mention all the galleys and ARCs I get as well. But I may have to put myself on a bit of a book buying restriction, so my library may just be seeing me a lot more frequently in the near future.

Are you the type of person who checks out more books than you can read or are you someone who checks out the exact amount of books you intend to read before they are due?

Well, I check out as many books as I should be able to read in the time before they are due. BUT, some days I end up not getting to read as much as I would like, which means that it sometimes seems like I check out more than I can read in that time.

How old were you when you got your first library card?

When I was little, the library rules were that you couldn’t have your own card until you were 5 years old. So I have had my first library card since then, so for 25 years now. But my library has changed their rules so that parents can get kids books out on their children’s cards; I think the age limit is 6 months or older now.

Do you go to your library for a particular book or do you check out anything that piques your interest?

A little bit of both, depending. Sometimes I’ll go there for a specific book, sometimes I’ll wander through both the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section and the YA section, and sometimes I’ll do a little bit of both.

Do you only check out books or do you also get DVDs, audiobooks, etc.?

Books and DVDs, though there was a little while when I just went online and borrowed e-books.

From what section of the library do you check out most of your books?

Sci-Fi/Fantasy and YA

What is your favorite part of using your local library?

The library was my happy place when I was growing up. I discovered so many wonderful stories because of being an avid user of the library. So even now when I don’t make frequent visits, I still have fond memories of all my time there. What is really great about using a library is being able to try out a book that you may or may not enjoy without having to go buy it at the store. Libraries are accessible to pretty much everyone, and I like that they make the books easy to access as well.


At this point I am supposed to tag others to do this book tag, but I don’t know who has or has not done it already, so if you would like to do this quick little set of questions then you are TAGGED!

Thanks for reading everyone, and I will be back soon with more bookish content.

 

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Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag

Hey all, Dani here.

It has been a little bit since I’ve done a tag, so thank you to Katie at Never Not Reading for tagging me in this lovely little tag. It’s been a little while since I was tagged, but better late than never, right. And the header for this tag was created by Maddie at Munch Reviews, so feel free to check out the blogs of either of these ladies.

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Okay, this is a get-to-know-you type tag, so let’s just jump into it. The rules are pretty much just to answer the questions. Simple.

  1. How long have you been blogging?I started Mousai Books in January 2016, so it has been almost three years. But I had a couple other blogs about a decade ago that didn’t go so well, so I don’t exactly count them in my total blogging time.
  2. At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?

    Currently I don’t see me stopping with blogging any time in the near future. But if at some time blogging became more of a chore than something I enjoy doing, I would need to take a break and re-evaluate. But honestly, I so enjoy talking about books and other nerdy hobbies, so I don’t see that happening.
  3. What is the best thing about blogging?The community is absolutely the best part of doing this. I have made some wonderful bookish friends in the past few years, and I am just so glad to have people I can discuss books and games and all sorts of other topics with. It’s wonderful.
  4. What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?The pressure. This time last year I literally was posting something each and every day, but with work and life changes, I haven’t been able to maintain that sort of schedule this year. I’ve had to spend quite a bit of time trying to figure out how to adjust my time and my planning and my prep to keep posting, though I wish I could post so much more. I don’t know if there is anything special I do to make that okay, but I do try to reassure myself that pretty much all of us deal with the pressure, and that it’s okay to not post every single day.
  5. How long does it take you to make/find pictures to use?I don’t spend more than a couple minutes setting up a photo if I’m taking it myself. Otherwise I just grab the cover image of a book from Goodreads and use it for reviews.
  6. Who is your book crush?Is it sad that I don’t actually have a book crush right now? Honestly since I met my fiance, all the fictional characters just haven’t been able to compare. I realize that is a bit sappy, but it is also true for me.
  7. What author would you like to have on your blog?Oooh…right now I’d have to go with Emily A Duncan, author of the upcoming debut Wicked SaintsThis book will be released in early April 2019, and it currently tops my most anticipated list. Also, Emily Duncan is a fan of some of my favorite metal bands, and she is a librarian from Ohio. So we went to the same grad school, which is really cool. It would be cool to be able to do an author interview with her. Actually, is it okay if I said that I would love to just go hang out with her at a coffee shop and just talk about writing and books and stuff?
  8. What do you wear when you write blog posts?Umm…whatever I want? It really depends on where I write the posts. But for the most part I suppose I am in lounge pants and a t-shirt. When I’m at home I generally like to be comfy. So I wear pajamas and sit on the couch with my computer on my lap and books stacked all around me. It is a setup that has worked for me over the past year and a half.
  9. How long does it take you to prepare?This depends on what post I’m working on. For reviews it doesn’t take that long. The only real prepwork is to grab the cover image, the purchase links, and the summary details. After that it is just a matter of typing up my intro and my review. When it comes to book tags, I prep by copying over the questions and linking to the tag creator and/or the person who tagged me. For some tags I can just answer the questions, but for others I may need to go and look around my personal library for a little while.  But really, most of my posts only take me about a half-hour or so to write up, which isn’t really that bad.
  10. How do you feel about the blogging community?I absolutely love the blogging community. Like I mentioned before, it is my favorite part of blogging, and I have made some great online friends because of it. I can also say that this community has introduced me to so many fun tags and readathons and book clubs, and I am so glad for all of it.
  11. What do you think one should do to create a successful blog?

    There are many things that any of us could do to create a successful blog, but I think being passionate about what you are doing is key. That and trying to have an active presence online. My previous blogs were ones where I didn’t exactly comment on other blogs and try to be a part of the community, and so they never really grew or developed at all. With this blog I have started following a bunch of other blogs, and reading and commenting on other posts, and it has greatly helped me.

Wow, okay, so now I’m supposed to tag people so they can do this tag as well. Hmm… I will tag these people, but if any of you would like to do this one, then by all means consider yourself tagged.

That’s all from me today. I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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Mid Year Book Freakout Tag

Hey all, Dani here.

As we are at the halfway point of the year, this tag definitely seems appropriate to post up now. I was recently tagged by Katie from Never Not Reading, which is exciting because Katie is awesome, so you should definitely go check out her blog. Anyway, I’m happy to be doing this tag, especially right before I post up my top ten reads of 2018 so far post–which is coming next week.

Okay, the rules for this are simple: answer the prompts. That being said, let’s just get started.

Best Book You’ve Read so far in 2018

Man, this is such a spoiler for my upcoming post. Plus, I don’t like actually ranking my reads. But, if I have to give an answer, my choice is going to have to be Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.

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Best Sequel You’ve Read so far in 2018

I have to go with The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco for this one. I am such a huge fan of this series, and I am prepared to beg for an early copy of the third book, because I need to know what happens next.

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Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

Hands down, this one goes to Access Restricted by Gregory Scott Katsoulis. It comes out at the end of August, a year after the first book. But I read the first book early thanks to getting an ARC at BookExpo, so my wait has been extra long, and the first book was my absolute top read of 2017, so I am ready to drop everything else I’m reading to dedicate myself to this release as soon as I have it in my hands.

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Biggest Disappointment

Oooh…um, well, I think I’m going to pick two different books for this one, sadly. Those books are Ship It by Britta Lundin and The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara.

Biggest Surprise

I guess this prompt is going to Dread Nation by Justina Ireland. The concept sounded interesting, but the fact is that I’m still not really a fan of zombies in books/TV shows/movies. So this book ended up being an absolute favorite read of mine and I’m glad I just decided to dive in and see what happens.

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Favorite New Author (or new to you)

There have been so many new to me authors this year. For this one, I think I’m going to have to say either Claire Legrand or A.C. Gaughen. I absolutely loved both Furyborn by Legrand, and Reign the Earth by Gaughen.

Newest Fictional Crush

My fiance might take offense to this one. Actually, I jest, because he has known since the beginning of our relationship that I would always have new book boyfriends or book girlfriends popping up into my life. Fictional crushes are totally fine in our relationships. No judgment. Okay, so I haven’t really had many crushes this year, but I will say Eamon O’Brien from Now A Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy is probably the closest to being considered a crush.

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Newest Favorite Character

Some of these are tough. In the interest of talking about more books in this post, I try not to pick something for more than one category, so for this I’m going to pick Cameron from Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner.

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Book That Made You Cry and Book That Made You Happy

Without a question, both of these go to the Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins comic series. I read issues #4-6 in 2018, and these characters will always make me super emotional. I have followed their adventures for a few years now, and I have posters for them in my apartment, and so so many Critical Role t-shirts. So yeah, I’m a huge fan.

Favorite Book to Film Adaptation

In 2018, definitely Love, Simon. I thought that the book was good but not as amazing as the hype made it sound, but I absolutely adored the movie.

Favorite Post You’ve Done This Year

This is a hard one. Most of my posts are wrap-ups or reviews. Well, I guess I’ll go with the Bookish Academy Awards post. I have a lot of fun going through my previous year’s reads, and selecting the winners for each category.

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

Hmm…I’d have to say the special hardcover release of Hounded by Kevin Hearne. Subterranean Press is doing a limited run special edition for the whole series. I pre-ordered this last year technically, but it just arrived in the mail a week or so ago, so I’m going to count it as a 2018 purchase. They should be doing the pre-order for book two very soon.

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New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

There are so many books that fit this one. I’ll just choose a few.

Book You Need to Read by the End of the Year

So very many books. Have you seen my book hauls and TBRs? I need more time to read all the books. Obviously all of the books I mentioned in the last prompt, plus…I guess I’ll just toss these ones in as well.


If you have not yet done this post, then consider yourself TAGGED. I’d love to see what your Mid Year Book Freakouts look like. That’s all for today, and I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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Book Unhaul Challenge

Hey all, Dani here.

We as members of the online book community often have photos/posts/videos where we showcase our book hauls, but it seems that unhauls are not as popular. Well, the other day I saw a video posted by emmmabooks where she did the Book Unhaul Challenge, which was created by BooksandLala. Seeing as how my bookshelves are getting a little packed and unruly, I figured this would probably be a good challenge for me to try as well.

There are ten categories for this challenge, and the technical rules say to choose one book for each category.

Unfortunately I didn’t exactly find a book to fill each category, but for some categories I found a good number of books that qualify. And then I chose some books that I can unhaul that don’t actually go with any of the categories.

But it was still an experience to go through my bookshelves and weed out some of the books I may not actually get around to or that I probably won’t read again.

Oh, and it absolutely needs to be said that just none of these unhauls are meant to be a personal attack on any book, author, or reader. If one of the books I am getting rid of just happens to be one of your absolute favorite books then I’m sorry. And because I haven’t carried them out of my apartment yet, some of these I could still be persuaded to keep and/or give another chance.

Let’s just jump into it.

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1. A book you rated low

All right, so for this category I actually don’t have a book. If I rated a book low then I already got rid of it. But, I can also say that after many years of being a reader, I have figured out what kinds of books I’m likely to enjoy so I don’t really have many books that I rate low.

2. A book you changed your mind about

Okay, so I found quite a few books that I can put in this category. None of them are books that I have read, but they are ones where I am looking at them now and I just don’t feel like I need to read them like I did when I first learned about them. So let’s just go through the list.

  • Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
  • The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
  • Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
  • Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard
  • Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu
  • Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana
  • Jackaby by William Ritter
  • Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
  • The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull
  • Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

3. A series you won’t be completing

For one of the series I have chosen, I read the first book and I enjoyed it but wasn’t sure that I would read the second one. Then they decided to change the covers for the second one, and I didn’t feel strongly enough about the first to buy a new copy with a matching cover. The next series I technically never started, and the final two I started reading the first books and only read a handful of chapters.

  • Rebel of the Sands series by Alwyn Hamilton
  • Lock and Mori series by Heather W Petty
  • Zodiac series by Romina Russell
  • Callipe Reaper-Jones series by Amber Benson

4. A book you DNF’d (did not finish)

Umm….this was a difficult category but I came up with one book. I started it and read 50 or so pages and set it down to read something else and then ended up not picking it back up, and at this point I don’t see myself picking it up again.

  • Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

5. A book you own multiple copies of

Most of the books I have multiple copies of, there is a reason for it. Like with my different editions of Harry Potter, or my hardcover and paperback editions of You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day. But I did manage to find two books where I could get rid of the extra copy. One I had purchased the hardcover at a discount and it was signed, but I met the author at BookExpo and have a signed and personalized paperback edition. The other I got a copy in my OwlCrate box after I had already purchased a copy; the difference is the OwlCrate exclusive cover, but I like the original cover better. (I just wish I had thought to put the signed book plate in the original cover edition).

  • All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

6. A book you’ll never actually get to

There were several books that could have fit in this category, but I used them in other categories. If only I had a lot more time to read, maybe this category wouldn’t have to be filled. Oh well, I have to work so I can pay the bills and all that.

  • The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna
  • Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
  • Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

7. A book you bought because of the hype

This is probably the biggest unhaul of all of the categories. Because of watching BookTube, I have picked up so many books because it seemed like everyone was talking about it. And looking at my shelves now, I realize that so many of them are books I’m probably not actually going to read. I just don’t have enough time to read everything that sounds partly interesting.

  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
  • The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone (I read this; I just probably won’t reread it)
  • Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl
  • Windfall by Jennifer E Smith
  • The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

8. A book you bought because of the cover

I don’t buy books just because of the cover. If I like the cover then I read the summary and decide to get the book. But I have a few books for this category, because looking at them now I just don’t have that same desire to read them. Oh, and a couple of these were more purchases because of the title. I’m a sucker for books about books or bookstores.

  • The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
  • Mystic by Jason Denzel
  • Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
  • The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
  • City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte
  • The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

9. A book you don’t know anything about

I don’t get books if I know nothing about them. I do a lot of research on books, especially for upcoming releases. But if I am just browsing the stacks and something looks interesting, I’ll read the summary, check out the author bio, and sometimes even pop on Goodreads to look at overall ratings and such. So, I have no books that fit this category.

10. A book you didn’t buy

Okay, so most of these are ARCs I picked up on a whim at BookExpo last year and I’ve realized I’m probably not going to get around to them, and then one of them I won in a Goodreads Giveaway several years ago, and again, just haven’t gotten around to it.

  • Zero Repeat Forever by Gabrielle Prendergast
  • The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
  • Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller
  • The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home by Denise Kiernan
  • Parched by Z.L. Arkadie

So that is all for the categories given for this challenge. Now I’m adding a couple of my own.

Not going to reread

  • Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  • The Libarians and the Lost Lamp by Greg Cox
  • The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox

Subscription Box Books

I get a book each month in a subscription box (sometimes two) and I’ve tried a couple different subscription boxes. Most of the time the books are ones that I am anticipating, but there have been a few that I’m not all that interested in, and in the case of one, I’m just not going to reread it.

  • Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills (read it, enjoyed it, probably not going to reread it)
  • Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Evergreen Falls by Kimberly Freeman
  • The Spirit Keeper by K.B. Laugheed

Well, that is all from me today. I’m not going to tag anyone in this, but if you are looking to weed out your shelves a little bit, perhaps this challenge is for you. All of my unhauled books will be transported to my local laundromat and put on the freebie shelves there. I have started to see more people reading while doing their laundry, and other people have started to deliver books to the laundromat as well.

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Sunshine Blogger Award (6)

Hey all, Dani here.

I can’t believe that I’ve been nominated again for this award. Seriously, thank you all so much for enjoying my blog and feeling that I am worthy of being nominated. This time around, my nomination comes from Jenna over at Bookmark Your Thoughts, so please go and check out her blog because she is awesome.

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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.

THE RULES

  1. Thank the person/persons that nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you.
  3. Nominate 11 other people and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. List the rules and display the award.

QUESTIONS I WAS ASKED

  1. What made you want to start a book blog?

    So, I just really like talking about books, and I didn’t really have any big book people around me at home/work and I needed an outlet. Plus, I’ve had blogs before and while I didn’t really have a big follower count or anything (I had 7 followers) and pretty much no commenters, I just enjoyed writing about books. And since this blog I’ve gone to book conventions and I’ve talked with so many of you wonderful people, so I’m glad I decided to try again with book blogging.

  2. Tell us one thing about yourself that you probably haven’t shared in your posts.

    Oh man…umm…see, you guys already know that I’m a reader, a blogger, an author, a geek, and I have mentioned my love of making cupcakes on here before too. Gosh, what can I tell you about me?

  3. Name three books releasing this year that you’re most excited for.

    So this one isn’t that difficult really: Access Restricted by Gregory Scott Katsoulis (Release Date: August 28th) is my absolute most anticipated book of the year. I’m also really excited for the release of The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead (Release Date: June 26th). For a third release I’m anticipating, I guess I have to go with Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine (Release Date: July 3rd), though I’m also excited for The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee (Release Date: August 28th). Yay, bonus book!

  4. Name three movies releasing this year that you’re most excited for.

    Oooh…three movies…okay, so Incredibles 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. But I’m also excited for Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, Aquaman, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Mary Poppins Returns.

  5. Shout out three bloggers you’ve recently started following.

    Yikes, I’ve been bad about following bloggers lately. Because of my hectic schedule at the moment, it has been difficult to even keep up with everyone I’m following already. I’ll just go with the first three that pop up in my reader feed: Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile, Paige at Just One More Pa(i)ge, and Brittany at Perfectly Tolerable.

  6. What’s your favourite read of 2018 so far?

    I feel like this question is a spoiler for my upcoming top reads of 2018 (part one) post, but I also can’t pick just one, so here’s three:

  7. Rewatching movies and TV shows: Yes or no?

    Yes, absolutely. I see things I missed with each rewatch, so I like the experience. It’s like rereading books.

  8. What’s your spirit animal?

    Probably something feline in nature…my fiance says housecat, but get on my bad side and probably more like a lion.

  9. Name two pointers you have for book bloggers in regards to writing reviews.

    Don’t give a play by play of the contents of the plot. A lot of those who would read the review probably haven’t read the book yet and most likely don’t want those spoilers.
    Also, it is perfectly fine and acceptable to gush, squee, fangirl/fanboy, rage, etc in your review. We want to know what you liked, what you loved, what bothered you. We just (well, I just) would prefer for these emotive exclamations to be non-spoilery.

  10. Introvert | Ambivert | Extrovert: which best describes you?

    I’m a pretty extroverted introvert, so technically I guess I would be an ambivert.

  11. Name one thing you are grateful for.

    I am so incredibly grateful for my fiance. He came into my life at the perfect time, right as my home life was about to implode. Without him, 2017 would have been so much worse for me, so I am so so lucky to have him in my life.

MY NOMINEES

Well, since I already tagged them earlier in this post, I suppose I’ll go ahead and nominate those three lovely bloggers for this.

– Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile
– Paige at Just One More Pa(i)ge
– Brittany at Perfectly Tolerable
– Kathy at Books & Munches
– Alyssa at A Reader’s Journey
– Holly at Nut Free Nerd
– Katie at Never Not Reading
– Sofii at A Book. A Thought.
– Jenna at J.K. I’m Exploring!
– Krista and Dawlyn at Little Blind Book Finds
– You!

MY QUESTIONS

Jenna’s questions were so interesting, so I will shamelessly just take them and give them to you lovely nominees.

  1. What made you want to start a book blog?
  2. Tell us one thing about yourself that you probably haven’t shared in your posts.
  3. Name three books releasing this year that you’re most excited for.
  4. Name three movies releasing this year that you’re most excited for.
  5. Shout out three bloggers you’ve recently started following.
  6. What’s your favourite read of 2018 so far?
  7. Rewatching movies and TV shows: Yes or no?
  8. What’s your spirit animal?
  9. Name two pointers you have for book bloggers in regards to writing reviews.
  10. Introvert | Ambivert | Extrovert: which best describes you?
  11. Name one thing you are grateful for.

All right, well that is all for today. Thanks for reading, and I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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Sunshine Blogger Award (5)

Hey all, Dani here.

Once again, I feel so honored to have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award. This time my nomination comes from Finding French Charming, so thank you so much. Also, I haven’t really been doing any tags lately on my blog, as I’ve been trying to catch up on my reviews and all of that. I promise you that I do have around 10 or so tags to do at some point.

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As always, let’s start by quickly getting the rules of the tag/award out of the way.

The rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
  2. Display one of the Sunshine Blogger Award logos
  3. Nominate 11 (or however many you want) bloggers to receive the award and write 11 questions for them to answer

Now, moving on to the questions I was given to answer.

1. What movie would you consider closest to your own life story?

If you had asked me this question a year ago, I might have answered with The 40 Year Old Virgin, but now, I don’t know…I am failing at thinking of awesome nerdy romance type movies. Okay, this is sort of a cop out because it is technically a web-series, but I think more people should watch it, and the two seasons together are pretty much the length of a standard movie, so LARPs the Series. Go check it out.

2.  What accent do you find the sexiest when you hear someone speak?

Now why do you have to ask this question? Okay, so when I was around 5 years old I really loved the Cajun accent (blame Gambit. I loved the animated X-Men TV series when I was a kid). I am totally a sucker for an Irish or Scottish accent, as well as an Australian accent. Of course, a good ole’ Southern drawl is nice as well.

3.  What is the most attractive quality in a potential (or current) partner?  Examples: Humor, Romance, Intelligence, or a physical quality?

My fiance is a wonderful, caring, supportive, creative, goofy nerd. It was his creativity that snagged my interest initially, and then talking to him/texting him over the following weeks helped me get to know him, and it made me fall in love with him. Oh, and he’s really nice to cuddle up with on the couch while we watch shows or read (separate books) together.

4.  Go to beverage or comfort food after a hard day?

My go-to beverage is usually sweet tea, and my comfort food is absolutely macaroni and cheese…though I do have a soft spot for tacos as well.

5.  What is your favorite thing to spend money on, more than you should at times?

Is this supposed to be a trick question? –Books– Well, okay, I also spend a lot of money on D&D accessories.

6. Super Hero or Vampire?  Which would you be and why?

Superhero. Interesting costume, witty one-liners, and hopefully some sort of superpower…it all sounds pretty cool to me. Honestly the idea of living forever at the expense of drinking blood just doesn’t sound appealing to me.

7.  What movie could you watch 100 times?  Every time you come across it on TV you watch it even if you come in somewhere in the middle?

A League of Their Own, The Shawshank Redemption, LOTR/The Hobbit, pretty much any superhero movie… this list could probably go on for a while but I’ll stop now.

8.  What was the best “come back” line you’ve ever had?  (Ex. for me, I was fighting with a boyfriend and my friend asked if I had ever read “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus”.  I replied “It won’t help, he’s from Uranus”)

I honestly can’t think of any good “come back” lines I’ve had right now.

9.  What is your signature scent?

I like beach/ocean scents or rain.

10.  What is one piece of advice you hand out the most?

I think most of the advice I give out has to do with book/movie/TV/game recommendations, or writing advice during NaNoWriMo or Camp NaNoWriMo.

11.  What is the most bizarre gift you ever received?

Okay, so for my graduation party from grad school once I had earned my Master’s degree, one of my parents friends gave me a plastic baggie with a napkin and some money in it. The napkin had a note written on it that basically said that he thought about getting me a card, but then he figured I would have more use for the money, so he included an extra $3 to cover the cost of the card he didn’t get me. I thought it was a pretty nice gesture.


My nominees for this wonderful award are:

I am awful at doing these nominations you guys. I think all of you are great, and you should all be nominated, so if you are reading this, then consider yourself TAGGED!


Finally, my questions for you lovely people: I actually really enjoyed the questions I was asked, so I’m just going to repeat them.

1. What movie would you consider closest to your own life story?

2.  What accent do you find the sexiest when you hear someone speak?

3.  What is the most attractive quality in a potential (or current) partner?  Examples: Humor, Romance, Intelligence, or a physical quality?

4.  Go to beverage or comfort food after a hard day?

5.  What is your favorite thing to spend money on, more than you should at times?

6. Super Hero or Vampire?  Which would you be and why?

7.  What movie could you watch 100 times?  Every time you come across it on TV you watch it even if you come in somewhere in the middle?

8.  What was the best “come back” line you’ve ever had?  (Ex. for me, I was fighting with a boyfriend and my friend asked if I had ever read “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus”.  I replied “It won’t help, he’s from Uranus”)

9.  What is your signature scent?

10.  What is one piece of advice you hand out the most?

11.  What is the most bizarre gift you ever received?


Well, that’s it for today, and I’ll be back soon (possibly tomorrow) with more bookish posts.

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Bookish Academy Awards Tag 2018

Hey all, Dani here.

So, last year I did this tag, and I had a fun time with it so I might as well do it again now. The rules are pretty simple. You have a list of categories, similar to those at the Academy Awards, and you choose the winner from the books you read the previous year. So I’ll be going through the 150 books I read in 2017 and trying to pick winners for this.

Oh, and this tag was originated by BOOKadoodles on YouTube, so you can find her video here.

Let’s get started.

Best Actor: Best Male Protagonist

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Tanner from Autoboyography by Christina Lauren is my choice for this category. I adored this book; it was just so cute.

Best Actress: Best Female Protagonist

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Both Kat and Meg from Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza have to win this category. I so loved their female friendship, and I’m happy to talk about this book again.

Best Cinematography: Best Plot Twist

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Okay, One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus was a story I wasn’t expecting to enjoy as much as I did, and I was only part right in solving the mystery, and there were so many twists and secrets revealed through the book, so I feel confident naming this the winner from my 2017 reads.

Best Costume Design: Best Book Cover

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I absolutely had to put The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty somewhere on this list, and I guess best cover it is, but the inside is just as stunning, so if you have not already, go check out this wonderful fantasy novel.

Best Supporting Actor and Actress: Best Male and Female Sidekick

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I have really enjoyed watching this series and reading the comics, and fine, I think that Sokka is a really fun “sidekick”, and Toph is also one of my favorite characters, so the Avatar comics take this category easily.

Best Original Screenplay: Most Unique Plot/World

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Yep, I definitely had to include The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco as a Bookish Academy Award winner. This was another wonderful surprise to me. Yes, the cover is gorgeous, and yes, the concept sounded intriguing, but I’m also not typically a fan of necromancer characters. However the world, and the descriptions of the cultures and such just completely won me over.

Best Adapted Screenplay: Best Book-to-Movie Adaptation

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I saw the movie and read the series for the first time last year, and technically I did see the movie first, but I just thought it was a great adaptation, so I’m happy that I can include some comics/manga/graphic novels in this post. So, thank you to Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley for being a great read and a great watch.

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

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I couldn’t exactly choose any of the manga I read last year for this category, so this is the next best thing. What is great about watching Critical Role is that I can imagine this being an animated series, but since I don’t think that will happen, so these comics are pretty close to what I would imagine. I absolutely love the Vox Machina: Origins comics because they are a fantastic prequel to the series I adore.

Best Director: A writer you discovered for the first time

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All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis was my favorite read of 2017, so naturally I have to place Katsoulis in the winner’s spot for this category. This was a remarkable story and I am very anxiously awaiting the release of the sequel because oh my goodness…I NEED to know what happens next.

Best Visual Effects: Best action in a book

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So, Warcross by Marie Lu will be my winner here. I really enjoyed the concept and the game of Warcross, and I’m rather looking forward to the sequel later in 2018.

Best Short Film: Best novella or short book

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I do believe this was a shorter read, so it should fit this category. I have been a fan of Nicola E. Sheridan for several years now, so getting to read her newest release, The Magician’s Keeper, was fantastic for me. It is set in the same world as the rest of her stories, so I find that to be really fascinating.

Best Picture: Best standalone

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Pride & Prejudice with dragons, wyverns, hobgoblins and more! Seriously, I cannot rave about Heartstone by Elle Katharine White enough. It is such a wonderful retelling of a classic story, and actually, I probably need to just reread this one soon.

Best Documentary: Best Historical Fiction or Non-fiction

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Of the 150 books I read in 2017, I believe only two were historical fiction, and while I thought The Librarian of Auschwitz was a majorly worthwhile read, my pick for this category is Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz. Yes, my Hamilton obsession rears its head again. I’m almost finished reading the sequel right now, and oh boy, it is such a great series.

All right, that is all for today. If you decide to do this tag, let me know because I would love to check out your answers.

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Sunshine Blogger Award (4)

Hey all, Dani here.

I was also lucky enough to be tagged by the wonderful Claire over at Cup of Books for the Sunshine Blogger Award, so thank you so much to Claire for nominating me and giving some pretty great questions. Go over and check out her blog because she is awesome.

Anyway, you guys know the drill on this one, so I’m going to rattle off the rules pretty quickly and then just jump into the questions. Let’s do this.

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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 blogger(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 in your post and/or on your blog

Claire’s Questions for Me

  1. What do you love most about blogging?
    What I love most about blogging is not only having an outlet for all of my bookish fangirling and thoughts, but also being able to talk about books with so many other awesome readers out there.
  2. What’s your story behind your blog name?
    I have answered this a few times before, and it is totally also available in my About page, but I named Mousai Books after the sorority Signy and I tried to start when we met in college. Mousai means muse, and though we were not successful in forming the group on campus, the bonds of sisterhood were solidified. It just felt right to honor that when coming up with this blog. Plus the muses are about the arts and creativity, and that just seems perfect for a book blog.
  3. What’s one of your favourite quotes?
    “Whatever you think you are, you are more than that.” — Chris Baty, founder of NaNoWriMo
  4. Which book/series makes you happy?
    There are so many possible answers for this one. I guess I’ll go with the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne.
  5. What distracts you most from reading?
    YouTube, blogging, TV, video games, my fiance…oh, and work definitely distracts me from reading, but it’s necessary so I can keep buying books.
  6. What five things are you grateful for?
    My fiance, my mom, books, D&D, and friends.
  7. Which author would you ask to write your biography?
    Umm….Felicia Day would be a good choice for a geeky biography of my life.
  8. What is your favourite sound?
    I love listening to rain fall on a tin roof.
  9. Which (if any) book series have you DNF’d?
    I don’t typically DNF books or series, but I definitely gave up on the Red Queen series about halfway through King’s Cage. And I guess I read Tempest by Julie Cross, but never read more in the series.
  10. Are there any movie adaptations you prefer more than the book?
    The Maze Runner movies. I only read the first book and I had to force my way through it because it just wasn’t holding my interest. But I enjoyed the movies.
  11. If your life, as it is up to this point, was made into a film what song would be playing during the end credits?
    I think the end credit songs would be “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield, and “Shut Up and Raid” by The Library Bards.

My nominees:

In an effort to spread the love around, I’m going to name off some of my other book blogger friends that I don’t think I’ve tagged in a while.

Ashley B at Writer’s Lifestyle

Jenna at Bookmark Your Thoughts

Holly at Dressed to Read

Em at A Pretty Lil Book Blog

Dawlyn and Krista at Little Blind Book Finds

Jenna at J.K. I’m Exploring

Naty at Naty’s Bookshelf

Brittany at Perfectly Tolerable

YOU!

Now for my questions for all you lovely nominees:

  1. What book to movie adaptation are you most looking forward to seeing in 2018?
  2. What is your favorite childhood book/series?
  3. Do you prefer standalones, duologies, trilogies, or series?
  4. Is there a genre you’d like to try more of in 2018?
  5. If you had to pick a favorite literary quote, what would it be?
  6. Do you DNF books?
  7. What is your favorite type of food?
  8. Do you have a favorite season? Why?
  9. What is your dream job?
  10. What are you currently reading?
  11. Are you having a good start to 2018?

Well, that’s all for today. I’ll be back with more posts soon. I’m trying to spend a couple hours doing post prep today so I can have another full week of blogging.

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Sunshine Blogger Award (3)

Hey all, Dani here.

I feel so honored to have been selected for the Sunshine Blogger Award again, this time by Amanda over at Peaks and Pages. Honestly what is awesome about this tag is that you can do it multiple times because the questions change each time. Also, go check out Amanda’s blog because she is wonderful and has some awesome posts.

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

How does it work?
-Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog.
-Answer 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 blog.

1. What were your favorite books growing up?

Oh man, that is a tough question. I read soooo many books when I was growing up, and I’m sad that I can’t remember them all because I didn’t have something like Goodreads to keep track of my reading progress. I wish I had filled a notebook with what I read, but I didn’t think about wanting a record of everything I’d read.

Anyway, I absolutely was obsessed with the Animorphs series, and I still own every single one of them. Obviously Harry Potter was a staple of my time in high school-college. There are probably so many more answers that I’m just not thinking of right now, so I’m going to stop with those.
2. Where is your favorite place to read?

I suppose right now my favorite place to read is on my couch, all curled up with a blanket, with a drink and maybe some snacks on the side table.
3. Which genres do you read the most?

Fantasy is still my favorite genre, though paranormal and sci-fi are also good. I guess lately I’ve also been reading more contemporary than I used to.
4. Who is your favorite author?

Y’all know I don’t like picking favorites. There are so many amazing authors I love. Just to name some of my faves: Rachel E. Kelly, Jim C. Hines, Brandon Sanderson, Richelle Mead, Morgan Rhodes, Adam Silvera, Renee Ahdieh…the list could go on and on.
5. What’s a trope or cliché that you’re tired of seeing?

I’m tired of seeing love triangles, which mostly seem to consist of one person who can’t decide which of two others they like. How about more books that focus on strong relationships that don’t have the drama of one possibly cheating on the other? You can find the excitement/drama in other aspects of the story.
6. Who is your OTP?

Hmm…most of the time I’m good with who characters choose to partner with in stories, but I guess I’ll say that I’ve always wished that Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood had ended up together.
7. What is your favorite book-to-screen adaptation?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I suppose is the one I’ll say for this question. You don’t get a better adaptation than one that was written and directed by the book’s author.
8. What is your reading beverage of choice?

I really like drinking a good sweet tea. Though a nice caramel cappuccino (hot or frappuccino) is also good.
9. What’s the most disappointing book you’ve read this year?

Well, this year just started, so I haven’t really had any disappointing reads yet, but the lowest rated reads for me so far have been Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking, and The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West, both of which I gave 4 stars to, so by no means disappointing.
10. What is a sequel you’re highly anticipating?

The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco, More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer, Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz, The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead, Access Restricted by Gregory Scott Katsoulis, The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee, and The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden, just to name a few.
11. What are some diverse books you’ve read and loved?

Why don’t you go check out my Diverse Reads recommendations post for the answer to that question. Of course, I can now absolutely add Love, Hate & Other Filters to that list.


My nominations

Okay, well now I’m supposed to nominate 11 people. Oh boy–I don’t think I’ll be able to rattle off that many right now. I guess here we go:


I guess that just leaves the 11 questions for me to ask you.

  1. What is a bookish goal you have for 2018?
  2. If you could have any 2018 ARC in your hands right now, what would you want most?
  3. What are your favorite kinds of posts to write?
  4. Do you plan out what posts you want to write in a particular week/month/etc or do you just write them up when you get an idea?
  5. How long have you been book blogging?
  6. How do you balance work/school/etc with reading and blogging?
  7. What is your favorite book to TV series adaptation?
  8. How often do you try and read?
  9. What is your reading and reviewing process like?
  10. I know it’s still really early in the year, but what has been your favorite read of 2018 so far?
  11. What are some books you want more people to read? (Give me your book recommendations!)

All right, well that’s all for today, and I’ll see you guys soon (hopefully) for another post.

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Name in Books Tag–Take Two

Hey all, Dani here.

Okay, so about a month ago, I did this tag after seeing it over at my book blogger buddy Amber’s blog. And I had a rather fun time searching through my library to find the books to complete my name, choosing books that started with each letter in my name. Of course, this made me realize that I probably had enough books to at least do my name one more time.

After admitting that in a comment response to Amber, she actually did challenge me to do it again, so here we are now and I’m pleased to say that I was successful once more.

Well, okay, I gave myself an additional challenge and I didn’t quite succeed on that one, but I was very close. I wanted to see if I could spell my whole name using just books from my mass market paperback shelf.

So, anyway, let’s just jump into this.

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D: Dark Heir by Faith Hunter

A: Assassin’s Gambit by Amy Raby

N: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

I: Iron Crowned by Richelle Mead

E: Eric by Terry Pratchett

L: (The) Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

L: Lost Soul by Adam Wright

E: Elephants in Our Bedroom by Michael Czyzniejewski

—–As you can see, I had to go with a couple different sized paperbacks.

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T: Thin Air by Rachel Caine

H: Hounded by Kevin Hearne

A: A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz

M: My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster

A: An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire

S: Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind

A: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet


This is my second/bonus time of doing this tag, and again, I had a fun time browsing through my bookshelves trying to find titles to match the letters of my name. I’m not going to tag anybody this time around, but if you’d like to try this, then by all means, consider yourself tagged.

And if I’m being honest, I think I could maybe do this tag one more time from the books I have in my library currently.

Anyway, have a lovely day everyone and I’ll have another post up again soon.