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.

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The Road So Far (2)

Hey all, Dani here.

Why mess with the tradition I started last year? I might as well keep using the awesome “Supernatural” reference for my retrospective over the last year. You can find my overview of 2016 here.

Today also happens to be my 2 year blogaversary. I started this blog in 2016 to help me cope with my paternal grandmother’s death. Well, technically that was the catalyst for starting it; I had been thinking of starting up a blog again for a while because I needed to talk about books with someone.

2017 was such a rollercoaster year for me, and yet, looking back I wouldn’t change any of the lows I went through. Not only because the highs really kept me afloat, but also because the lows allowed me to fully understand how great the highs were.

Anyway, in January I found out that I was approved for the vacation days from work that would allow me to go to Book Expo and BookCon. Though I knew I was going alone, I knew that I would have a fun time surrounded by other book lovers and getting to check out a bunch of upcoming releases.

Also in January, my parents separated after 30 years together, and started the process of getting a divorce. The drama and issues from this event would send shockwaves through roughly 2/3 of the year.

I lost myself in books, both reading them and buying them. I pushed myself to work more on my blog, and to start interacting more with other members of the book community. It was the start to me really feeling like a good book blogger. But in those early months it was also the way I had to cope with what was happening in my life. Well, my books and Dungeons & Dragons.

It was Dungeons & Dragons that introduced me to the man who I would start dating in April. As it turns out this would be the event that helped me get through everything else. Admittedly, I know some people in my real life got annoyed with how much I gushed about my guy and how great things were. I can’t help it that my life started to feel like I was part of a romance story.

After my trip to NYC for Book Expo and BookCon, my blog really started to take off. I reached 100 followers, and later in the year 200. I’m not sure when follower 250 came around, but it might have been just before 2017 ended. So thank you to each and every one of you who has joined me in this process. You are all amazing.

Even with my work and my relationship, I somehow managed to still keep up with all of my reading and blogging, and actually I started having posts go up every single day, something I never would have thought I would be able to do.

I participated in quite a few readathons over the course of the year, from both sessions of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathons, to a few other assorted events. All in all I think those helped me connect with more of you, and to read a bunch more books. The 24 Hour events always seem much more successful to me than the week long events, but I still keep trying with them. Hey, any excuse to read more, right?

I rekindled my fondness for manga in 2017, and I can honestly say that I am devouring so many of them. My list of manga reviews waiting to be written up is getting decently long.

Oh, and my boyfriend and I were able to go to Indianapolis in August with another friend of ours for a one day pass to Gen Con, which is a gaming convention. There we were able to get a lot of books, dice, and games, as well as to meet the cast of Critical Role. It was a really fun day.

For the 12th time I participated in NaNoWriMo, and managed to earn my 12th win, but I realize that the novel that came out is mostly incoherent. With any luck I’ll be able to start from scratch and re-write the book in 2018. I’d actually love to be able to share it with the world. And it would be nice to really get back into writing (and possibly publishing) again.

And I managed to do a TBR purge and go through a list of well of 800 books on Goodreads, taking it down to just over 400 books. I imagine this will be something I’ll have to do again soon, but I still feel pretty good with where I’m at now.

But, the greatest event of 2017 was towards the end of December. On Friday, December 22nd, on a day when we thankfully had a shutdown day at work, my boyfriend and I went shopping at Barnes & Noble where he both bought more books than me and spent more money than me. You guys, that rarely happens. You’ve seen my typical book hauls. I usually get a heck of a lot of books.

After that shopping trip, we made our way to the zoo, where we walked around for a couple hours, looking at all of the animals and then also checking out the massive holiday light display they put up each year. And it was while sitting on a bench overlooking Conservation Lake at the zoo, that my wonderful boyfriend sank down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was honestly just like a scene out of a Hallmark channel holiday movie, and I so look forward to seeing what our future will be like.

I hope you all had some moments of 2017 that were really nice as well, and I hope that we all have a very nice 2018.

20 Questions Book Tag

Hey all, Dani here.

I have a fun time doing book tags, and I feel that they are nice for helping us get to know each other and to have a fun and creative way to talk about books we like and even some we didn’t. So when I was covered as part of a blanket tag by Holly at Nut Free Nerd for this one, I wanted to do it, and thankfully I was able to find a spot in my blog schedule to post it.

Without any further rambling, let’s just jump into it.

1. How many books are too many books in a book series?

As long as the characters and/or the world continue to provide interesting stories, I don’t think there are too many. The Legend of Drizzt series, which is a D&D based series, has over 30 books in it, and yet it is still wildly popular. Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series has over 40 books in the series (which technically consists of several smaller series in the overall world of Discworld, but still). So those work. But yes, there are some series, like the House of Night, where I felt like they started to drag or feel repetitive after book 8 or 9.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

I love them, and yet, I hate them. Honestly, don’t we love the suspense of not knowing what is going to happen? Then again, I really don’t like when there is a massive cliffhanger at the end of a book and we have to wait a year or more to get the resolution. Chapter end cliffhangers are totally fine though.

3. Hardcopy or paperback?

Umm….just give me a book and let me read it. I really like how hardcovers look sitting on the bookshelves, but I will say that paperbacks are a bit easier to transport and read on the go.

4. Favorite book?

 

 

Come on, guys, how am I supposed to pick just one favorite? I could be really self-promotional and say Project Death: Resurrection by Danielle Thamasa. Just kidding. I only give my book a 3.5 out of 5 stars; it’s not my favorite book, but I love it because it is mine. One of my favorite books of 2017 was All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis, so I guess I’ll say that for this question.

5. Your least favorite book?

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I feel like I’ve given this answer a few times, but I loathed reading The Awakening by Kate Chopin. Then again, last year I did DNF King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard so…

6. Love triangles, yes or no?

Very rarely do I find that a love triangle is done well, so I’m gonna have to say no for this one.

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

That honor goes to King’s Cage. I mean, there are times where I set a book down for a while, but I typically go back to them at some point. It is rare for me to truly DNF a book.

8. A book you’re currently reading?

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9. Last book you recommended to someone?

I’m going to have to say my last recommendations were probably in my Time Travel recommendation post.

10. The oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

Ummm….Beowulf…I think. Its publication date is 975.

11. The newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

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Publication Date: May 15, 2018

12. Favorite author?

Again with the favorites. I mean, my standard answer here is Rachel Kelly, because I absolutely love Rachel as a person, and her Colorworld series is fantastic.

13. Buying books or borrowing books?

Definitely buying.

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

Can I say Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake here? I mean, not that I hated it or anything, but I didn’t think it was as wonderful as so many people said. I liked it, but it was only a 3 star read for me.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

BOOKMARKS!

16. A book you can always reread?

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Is there another choice I’m supposed to make here? Okay, yes, technically Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus/Magnus Chase/Trials of Apollo can go in here as well.

17. Can you read while hearing music?

Sure can.

18. One POV or multiple POV? (POV’ = Points of view)

Both. It really depends on the story.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

There are times where I read many books in one day, so one sitting is nothing. But some books I savor over multiple days.

20. One book you read because of the cover.

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Okay, so the book summary sounded amazing too…but come on, the cover is gorgeous. And when you hold the physical copy all that gold is nice and shiny. There’s a reason why this was one of my favorite reads of 2017. The book is fantastic inside and out.


Man, this is where I’m supposed to tag people so they can do this post. It’s my least favorite part of doing these tags, because you’re all so wonderful, and I feel like I’m always picking the same people and forgetting others.

The Christmas Song Book Tag

Hey all, Dani here.

I was tagged for this by Amber at Step Into a Book World, and since it is holiday themed, I had to rearrange my schedule a bit so I could get this up in time. Basically I had to push back one of my book reviews, but that is totally fine because it wasn’t a time sensitive one. Anyway, Amber is awesome so go check out her blog, and this tag sounds fun and festive, so let’s jump into it.

 

1.) “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”:

Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love.

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Okay, so I realize he’s not a villain (to us anyway), but I definitely think that Kaz Brekker qualifies for this question. He makes some not so nice decisions, and he isn’t afraid to do a bad thing provided it benefits him and his crew.

2) “All I Want for Christmas is You”:

Which book do you most hope to see under your Christmas tree?

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Yes, I am very well aware that this book doesn’t come out until the end of August 2018. But pretty much everyone just gets me Barnes & Noble gift cards for Christmas–either because they don’t want to risk getting me something I already have or they don’t want me to know ahead of time that I’m getting a specific title.

3.) “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”

Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.

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For this one I have to go with Midoriya aka Deku. Okay, he might still be working on some of the obstacles, but even when he was Quirkless he believed that he could be a hero, so that’s something.

4. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

A) Which character do you think would be on the top of the naughty list?

B) Which character do you think would be at the top of the nice list?

For the Naughty list, I’m picking Raishan, an ancient green dragon from Critical Role. Okay, yes, I know this might be stretching it a bit because The Chronicles of Exandria Vol I: Vox Machina is extra information about the characters and events in the web series, but Raishan is definitely one of the most cunning villainous characters I have come across.

For the Nice list, I am going with Eliza Schulyer. In the book she spends a lot of time helping the troops, gathering supplies and such for them, and I just feel like she is trying her best to do as much good as she can.

5.) “Frosty the Snowman”

Which book just melts your heart.

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This was such a fun cute geeky read. I had to go with it for this.

6.) “Feliz Navidad”

Choose a book that takes place in a country other than your own.

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This takes place in numerous countries that are not my own so yay!

7.) “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

Which holiday themed book do you use to spread the Christmas joy?

Ummm….How the Grinch Stole Christmas, I guess?

8.) “Sleigh Ride”

Which fictional character would you choose to spend the holidays with (doesn’t have to be a love interest!)

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We can have a reading party. It’ll be great.

9.) “Baby it’s Cold Outside”

Which book that you didn’t like would you sacrifice to a fire to warm yourself up in the cold?

I guess I’ll have to go with pretty much the book I dislike the most, which is The Awakening by Kate Chopin. Though this wouldn’t keep a person warm for long; it is a relatively small book.

10. ) “Do you hear what I hear”

Which book do you think everyone should read?

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I could go with my standard answer of any of the books in the Colorworld series by Rachel E Kelly, but I’ll change it up a little bit and go with this lovely and amazingly diverse sci-fi tale.


And since we are getting so close to Christmas, I don’t want to just choose a bunch of people who may not have the time for it. So, if you want to do this tag, then you have been TAGGED! I’d love to see your answers.

Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

Hey all, Dani here.

As it is rapidly approaching Christmastime, I figured it was time to do a few fun and festive book tags, and thankfully I was tagged for a couple and could rearrange my blog schedule enough to fit them in.

This is one of a couple holiday themed posts I was tagged to do by Amber at Step Into a Book World, so go check out her blog because it is awesome. Also, the original creator of this post is Jenn over at A Page of Jenniely, so go check out her page as well.

All right, let’s just jump right into the rules and then the questions.

THE RULES:

  • CREDIT THE PERSON WHO TAGGED YOU AND LINK THEIR POST

  • TAG THE ORIGINAL CREATOR AND THEIR POST

  • TICK THE ONES YOU’VE DONE

  • CROSS THE ONES YOU HAVEN’T

  • TAG MORE BLOGGERS!

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Nice

 

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Naughty

 

1.) Received an ARC and not reviewed it  

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❌I honestly don’t know how to answer this one. There are a few ARCs I have that I haven’t reviewed…BUT, I am working on getting around to them. Some just take longer than others.

 

 

2.) Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley

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I can honestly say that I try not to let it get down that low. Though currently I’m at like 70% and I’m not wholly pleased about that so I need to get moving on reading and reviewing some of them.

3.) Rated a book on GoodReads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)  

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Well, my Goodreads is under my birth name, not the pen name I use for blogging and publishing so I can’t promise a full review to come on my blog. 

4.) Folded down the page of a book

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Absolutely not! I’ve been known to give bookmarks to people I see folding down pages.

5.) Accidentally spilled on a book

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This one is a little iffy for me because it isn’t an actual spill…more like a little dribble, you know a drop or two of water or something.

6.) DNF a book this year

 

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Yep, one….King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard.

7.) Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it

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I buy books to read them, not to sit and look pretty somewhere.

8.) Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework)

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Look, I like to give myself reading breaks from tasks like chores/cleaning or homework or whatever. 

9.) Skim read a book

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I know that sometimes it looks like I’m skim reading a book, but I have a pretty fast reading speed so no, I like to fully read my books. Now, I may skim through some places during rereads, but even then it isn’t all that likely to happen.

10.) Completely missed your GoodReads goal

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I usually have to increase my goal 3 or 4 times a year.

11.) Borrowed a book and not returned it

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No, though my brother’s dog didn’t chew up the cover of one of my library books once and I had to pay for a replacement copy.

12.) Broke a book buying ban

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The only time I have truly succeeded on a book buying ban was when I was unemployed and therefore had no money to spend on books. So now I simply tell myself instead of a ban I am restricted only to books I have on my auto-buy or highly anticipated list. Everything else has to wait.

13.) Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about

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Not exactly, because I typically at least remember the main points of the books I’ve read.

14.) Wrote in a book you were reading

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Ugh, no! Well, unless it is a work book because those are meant to be written in.

15.) Finished a book and not added it to your GoodReads

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Technically yes, but that is mostly because the book wasn’t listed on Goodreads at the time.


And that’s all for the post today. Since we are so near the holidays, I don’t want to specifically tag anyone, but if this sounds fun and you’d like to do it, then I TAG YOU! Have fun and Happy Holidays!

Name in Books Tag

Hey all, Dani here.

So, I saw this tag over on Amber’s blog at Step Into a Book World and it seemed like a fun little post, so I pretty much had to give it a try. Considering the size of my library, I actually didn’t think it would be that difficult to do. The basic concept is to find a book that starts with each letter of your name.

That’s it. No other rules or anything, just choose a book for each letter of your name. Because I like to talk about books though, I also added in a little bit about the books.

Now where it gets fun for me is the decision of which name to choose. Obviously I start each post with the shortened version: Dani, but that seemed too easy for the challenge, and really I enjoy bookish challenges, so I went with the full name: Danielle Thamasa.

Okay, so I’m dividing this up into a few different images just because I can. Plus this way I can show off the books a bit more, which is always nice.

Let’s just get started.

D-A-N-I

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D: Dreamworld by Rachel E Kelly. This is seriously one of my favorite books and I need to give it a reread soon.

A: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. This was a beautifully worded and artistic tale, complete with the Fae. I rather enjoyed this read.

N: Now I Rise by Kiersten White. I am hoping to read the first book this month, but I have heard a lot of wonderful things about this series.

I: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I loved the fun format of this story, and added to the plot, this was an incredibly fast story, especially for its length. I’m really looking forward to reading the final book next year.

E-L-L-E

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E: Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone. For this being a book about words and poetry, I still have difficulty describing just how wonderful this story is. It is just an incredible book, so I had to include it in this post.

L: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I actually got around to reading this one finally this year, and it was pretty good. I look forward to reading Lord of Shadows sometime in the near future.

L: Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger. Another book I read and really enjoyed this year. Books about magical alcohol are just entertaining.

E: Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill. This was one of the first books I read this year and I flew through it; I’m hoping that I find the sequel just as good.

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T: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. Wow…I read and loved this book and yet I never wrote a blog review for it. Hmm, I guess that means a reread and then a review is necessary. Speaking of…due to an unforeseen issue, the release of Sightwitch by Susan Dennard has been delayed three weeks. It will now be released FEB 13 2018. Mark your calendars or perhaps just go and preorder it now.

H: Heartstone by Elle Katharine White. I love this book so much. It came in a book subscription box and it is basically Pride and Prejudice with the addition of dragons. This was the book I didn’t know I needed in my life until I read it.

A: A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne. This was an interesting first epic fantasy book from the author of the Iron Druid Chronicles (which I really enjoy). The kennings (or magic abilities) were intriguing. I look forward to seeing what happens next.

M: Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead. Another great book from one of my auto-buy authors. I found Mira to be an awesome protagonist, and now all that’s left is to bring the final book out, and with it Tamsin’s story. I can’t wait to read The Emerald Sea.

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A: Arcadia by Iain Pears. I actually still need to read this book, but it seems to have a Narna-esque concept to it, so I’m hoping it will be a good read.

S: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Another book I need to read, and I have been hearing outstanding things about it. Hopefully I can read this one soon.

A: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Hmm…I actually still need to see the movie. But I read this one during a 24 Hour Readathon and it was kind of a perfect choice for that. It is a short read but you get swept away into the story and read it so quickly. It was great.


And just for fun, let’s throw in one more picture, this time with all the books of my name put together.

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Well, I had a lot of fun with this, and it really didn’t take all that long to do. So, if you are reading this post and you would like to give this a try, you have now been TAGGED.

The Liebster Award

Hey all, Dani here.

Thanks to a clever tag by Holly at Nut Free Nerd, I now have the pleasure of answering some fun questions for all of you today. I actually enjoy posts like this because I feel like they help us get to know each other for more than just our reading and review habits.

Rules

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions they gave you.
  • Nominate 11 blogs and let them know they’ve been tagged.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

Q&A

Why did you start blogging?

I originally started book blogging back in college–around 2008–and I think I mostly did it because my book review column in the campus newspaper was a once a month thing, provided that there was space to fill in the paper. Obviously I read more than one book a month, so I wanted to do more. That blog failed and I ended up deleting it. I think I had just one follower back then.

With Mousai Books, I had thought about giving blogging another try, and had been writing up plans and ideas for a while. Then back in January 2016 I was on my three days bereavement from work because of my grandma passing away and I really needed something to focus on so I didn’t fall apart. So I took the plunge and wrote up my first blog post on here.

What’s your favorite thing about blogging?

My favorite thing about blogging has to be interacting with the community. It has been such a wonderful experience to talk to all of you and share our love of books and reading together.

What causes you the most pain (bookish related)?

Writing in books, dog earred pages, mismatched covers/formats for a series, when an author is unable to finish writing/publishing a series and I’m forever left wondering what could have happened…you know, just to name a few things.

What are the main reasons you’ll follow a blog?

It’s about books, primarily, though I have a bit of a preference towards people who share somewhat similar reading interests. And I like blogs with a little variety: reviews, tags & awards, discussions, etc.

What type of book covers do you like the most?

Umm…ones that catch my eye? I mean, I guess I like ones that don’t have people on them as much as ones without people, but I like books that give me an idea of what happens in the book.

What’s your favorite genre of books and why?

Fantasy, of course. I like magic and adventure and quests; I always have.

Why did you start reading?

That’s like asking me why I started breathing. Like honestly, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t reading. My mom told me stories about her reading to me even before I was born. Books have always been a big part of my life.

What would happen if someone walked up to you and tried to fight you?

Depends…why are they trying to fight me? Obviously I would defend myself, and since I took both self-defense and karate classes in college, I feel decently confident in my ability to fight back.

What would your “happy place” include?

Books, D&D stuff, my boyfriend, food.

What would you do if you were stranded on an island?

Am I alone or are there others with me? What kind of supplies do I have? Like, if I found myself on an abandoned island that happened to have a massive library, I’d probably be all right with that.

What makes you bored?

Too much time alone.

My Questions For You

Sorry if some of these questions are a bit random. I decided to have a little fun with this and literally type up the first questions that come to mind.

  • If you could co-author a book with any author, who would it be and what kind of story would you write?
  • What is your favorite day of the week and why?
  • You are going on a D&D style quest and can pick three fictional characters to join your adventuring party. Who do you pick?
  • What is your least favorite color?
  • What book is at the top of your TBR right now?
  • Name 5 authors you think more people should read
  • What is your favorite show to watch over and over again?
  • What are you currently reading/watching/listening to?
  • Which book is/was your favorite read of 2017?
  • What is your favorite food?
  • What was the last book that made you cry?

Nominations

If you are reading this, then I tag YOU!

The Book Blogger Test Tag

Hey all, Dani here.

Wow, just a couple more days left in November. Now I’ll be completely honest and say that I might scale back my posting schedule a bit in December. There are a lot of books I’d like to read and that is so much easier if I’m not spending so many hours writing up posts. But, as those of you who have followed this blog for awhile might realize, I’m not good at sticking to a scaled back schedule, so it’ll basically be posts whenever I feel inspired. Currently I have posts planned out for roughly half of December, and if the reading goes well then I’ll have a bunch of reviews up as well. I suppose we’ll just see what happens.

Anyway, today I have another tag for all of you. I tagged myself in this one after seeing it on Katie’s blog at Never Not Reading. So thanks Katie for the “tag yourself if you want to do this” and I’m looking forward to answering the questions.

But first: the rules.

  • thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog
  • answer the ten questions asked on this post
  • nominate at least five people to do it also

Okay, well let’s dive into the questions.

1. Top 3 Book Pet Hates

  1. I hate it when they change cover designs in the middle of a series. I have to have matching sets and so this drives me crazy
  2. I cannot stand getting a used book and finding writing scribbled in the margins. Or highlighting. It just bothers me so much. There were a couple times in university where one of the books for class was only available in used format through the bookstore, and I would sit there and go through the stack book by book, looking for the one that had no writing, or if that wasn’t possible then the least amount of writing. Actually, my favorite professor (who was also my academic adviser) used to tease me for being a book purist. Her books have so many notes in the margins from the many many times she has read them.
  3. I don’t actually know if this is really a pet peeve/hate on par with the first two, but I don’t like when a cover is misleading. Like if there is a badass looking female holding weapons on the front, I expect some kind of warrior character inside the pages, not an indecisive whiny damsel in distress type.

2. Perfect Reading Spot

Umm…anywhere I can read is a good reading spot, but I guess the perfect reading spot is a big comfy chair with blankets, and a table nearby to hold whatever I’m drinking, a snack, and probably another book or two in case I decide to have a marathon reading day.

3. 3 Book Confessions

  1. I am super picky about who I let borrow my books. I keep a list of who has borrowed books and what books they have, and the standard rule is that if you return the book damaged then you have to buy a replacement copy. I guess I’m like a library that way; I just don’t have due dates/late fees.
  2. I do judge books by their covers. An attractive cover or a catchy title will get me to read the book summary, and that summary lets me know if I’m buying the book or putting it back down.
  3. I sometimes think that I treat books better than I do people, but I’ve been working on that. It’s just that I can trust books to be there when I need them and I know that when life gets tough I know I have my books to help me through. Of course now I get that kind of support from my boyfriend too, but thankfully he understands just how important books are to my life.

4. Last Time You Cried Reading a Book

I mean the last time I teared up a little bit was while reading Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza. But the last time I full on cried was probably reading Rupi Kaur’s poetry.

5. Number of Books on Your Bedside Table

ZERO. I don’t really get the chance to read in bed right now because my boyfriend goes to sleep a couple hours before I get off work.

6. Favorite Reading Snack

Something easy to grab like pretzels or gummi bears or something. Basically I have to be able to grab at it with only one hand while my face is buried in the book. And I prefer for it not to be greasy or cheese covered, nothing that will risk damaging the pages.

7. 3 Books You’d Recommend to Anyone

  1. Colorworld by Rachel E Kelly
  2. Mistborn: the Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  3. All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis
  4. (bonus book) The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

8. A Picture of Your Favorite Bookshelf

I can’t pick a favorite. I love so many books and I have them organized alphabetically so my favorites are scattered all over.

9. How Much Books Mean to You (in 3 words)

My Happy Place

10. Biggest Reading Secret

I don’t know that I actually have reading secrets. I’m pretty much an open book when it comes to reading habits or preferences, etc.

Oooh…tag time. I have no idea who all has done this tag already, because I do believe it is an older one. So if you would like to do this tag, then I TAG YOU!

Awesome Blogger Award

Hey all, Dani here.

Thanks to a clever blanket tag by Holly at Nut Free Nerd, I was tagged/nominated for this award last month. What’s also nice is that I purposefully chose a lot of tags anyway to help fill up my blog schedule for November so I could spend more brain power on writing. Anyway, Holly is awesome herself so please go check out her blog. She has been posting some fantastic updates about her experience as she studies abroad at Oxford University (can I say that I’m pretty jealous of her for that?) I’m glad she’s been doing all these Holly Goes Abroad posts because it means I get to live vicariously through her blog.

Ahem, well now that I have all that out of the way, let’s move on to this award post. The Awesome Blogger Award is described as: “This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.”

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Include the reason behind the award.
  3. Include the banner in your post.
  4. Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.
  5. Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
  6. Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.
  7. Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.
  8. Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated.

Q&A

  1. What’s at the top of your bucket list?
    Well, I know this is a bit generic, but traveling. There are so many places I’d love to visit, and so many sites to explore and foods to try.

  2. What’s your favorite podcast?
    To be honest, I don’t listen to podcasts, at least not right now. But for a while I was listening to Sword & Laser, which is a podcast book club that reads fantasy and science fiction books and discusses other news in the SFF book world. Oh, and I suppose I should mention that they’ve been going through the Critical Role web series and condensing the 3+ hour long episodes into hour long podcast episodes. They have 70 episodes out of the 114 condensed already, so that’s worth a try. Oh, and I have a coworker who has a geek/nerd news podcast called Nerd Overload, and that’s pretty cool too.

  3. Do you have any pets?
    Sadly, I do not. But my brother has a six year old German Shepard named Jager, and my boyfriend has an adorable Pit Bull named Roxie. Oh, and my brother’s ex (who is my mom’s neighbor three doors down) is someone we still think of as part of the family and she has two Australian Shepards named Austin and Kolby. 
  4. What was your favorite game to play when you were a kid?
    Make believe? Do you guys consider that to be a game? I spent a lot of time playing make believe and acting out all sorts of adventures, either by myself or with a few friends. Or, if that doesn’t count…I guess Rummy or Parcheesi or Yahtzee or Go Fish.

  5. What was the last restaurant you went to?
    Well I’m writing this post up a few days early, but I did go to Taco Bell after I finished doing my laundry, but it was just a drive thru purchase. If you mean actually going into a restaurant and eating then I guess it was Mi Jalepeno, this Mexican restaurant near where I live.

  6. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
    Ireland or Italy.

  7. What’s your favorite musical artist/band?
    Hmmm….my favorite band is probably Epica. I listen to their music quite a bit while I’m writing.

  8. What TV series did you most recently finish?
    Well, I’m almost finished with Avatar: The Last Airbender, so I’ll just go ahead and count it for this question. I’ll be starting The Legend of Korra soon. Oh, and I guess The Punisher just dropped on Netflix so I’ll be watching that soon too.

  9. What book would you recommend to EVERYONE?
    There are so many to recommend. Have you looked at my series of recommendation posts? But, if I have to choose one book, that book is Dreamworld by Rachel E Kelly. Yes, technically it is the fifth book in a seven book series, but it is written in a way so that you can be a longtime fan or brand new and you’ll still enjoy it. Plus, once you’ve read it, I’m pretty sure you’ll want to go back and read the rest of the series.

  10. Do you prefer dark, milk, or white chocolate?
    Milk chocolate, followed by white. I only rarely eat dark chocolate.

Nominations

As it has been basically all November, if you would like to answer the questions then I am nominating YOU for this award. I think all of you following my blog are awesome bloggers as well, so why not share the awesomeness around.

My Questions

  1. What is your dream job?
  2. If you had to live in a book/book series for one year, which would you want to live in?
  3. What is a book that you absolutely need to read by the end of 2017?
  4. Here’s a random question: what’s your favorite color?
  5. Would you rather live in a city or in the country?
  6. Do you prefer coffee, tea, or cocoa?
  7. What is your reading goal for 2018?
  8. Sunrises or sunsets?
  9. What book do you think everyone should read?
  10. How are you doing today?

Okay, well that’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you tomorrow with another bookish post.

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Hey all, Dani here.

Happy Monday everyone! Okay, so there are so many tags and awards that can be done multiple times, either because your answers change each season/year/whatever or because the person tagging you this time asks different questions than the last person who tagged you. This particular set of Sunshine Blogger Award questions comes from Marty over at The Cursed Books. I enjoyed her questions so much and she said if anyone wasn’t tagged but wanted to answer her questions anyway, they could, so here we are.

Let’s just go ahead and jump into the rules and then the questions.

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Rules

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who are creative, positive and inspiring. Once nominated, the blogger is required to write a post in which they

  1. Thank the person(s) that nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  2. Answer the 11 questions set by the people who nominated you
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your page.

Questions

What is the most beautiful book cover you’ve ever seen?
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Come on, how could I not pick this stunning edition of The Name of the Wind? Then again, I know of several other beautiful covers I could probably mention on here. Maybe I’ll do a favorite book covers post in the future.

What is your favourite quote?

“Whatever you think you are, you are more than that” – Chris Baty, creator/founder of NaNoWriMo

What are some of your favourite bands/singers?

I have somewhat eclectic tastes in music sometimes, but some favorites include The Library Bards, Epica, Kamelot, Nightwish, Within Temptation, Amaranthe, Carrie Underwood, Evanescence, and Paramore.

What is your most hated book trope?

I don’t know about hated, but I dislike when a character is granted powers/abilities and can wield them with no issues and no training, and I dislike love triangles (mostly). The problem I have with love triangles is that a majority of the time it is quite obvious that the author and/or the main character has a preference for one of the romantic interests over the other. If you’re going to have a “good” love triangle then I want the candidates to be evenly matched; I want to struggle to decide which I like better the whole time I’m reading.

Any favourite hobbies besides reading?

D&D, cooking, bowling, board games and card games, binge-watching TV/movies

A book that you absolutely hated and everyone else loved it?

The list of books out there that I severely dislike is relatively short, but a couple books I’ve thought were just okay when others really seem to love them are the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard, and Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

On what social media platform do you spend most of your time?

Here on WordPress? If that doesn’t count then probably Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads.

What do you like the most about blogging?

I love being able to connect with the bookish community over our shared enjoyment of books and reading.

Who is your favourite female character? (you can pick more than one)

There are so many awesome female characters out there that this is a difficult question. Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter), Wendy (Colorworld), Diana Prince (Wonder Woman), Sydney Sage (Vampire Academy/Bloodlines), Hayley and Freya (The Originals), and Isabelle Lightwood (Shadowhunters), just to name a few.

What underrated book you’d want everyone to read?

Well, I always want more people to read the Colorworld series by Rachel E Kelly, but for underrated books to read, I’ll have to go with the Age of X books by Richelle Mead and the Inheritors Cycle books by C.E. Murphy.

Your top five favourite authors.

  • Rachel E Kelly
  • Jim C Hines
  • C.E. Murphy
  • Brandon Sanderson
  • Richelle Mead

Man, I hate trying to narrow down authors on a favorites list.

Nominations

I am seriously behind on NaNoWriMo, so if you’d like to answer my questions, then I am nominating you for this award.

My Questions for You

  1. What has been your favorite read of 2017?
  2. What is your most anticipated release for 2018?
  3. Are there any shows you are binge-watching right now or shows that you would recommend for binge-watching?
  4. What is your favorite holiday?
  5. Have you reached your reading goal for 2017 yet? If not, how close are you?
  6. What is your current favorite song?
  7. Who are some of your favorite bookish community members? (book bloggers, BookTubers, Bookstagrammers, etc)
  8. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  9. Who are some of your auto-buy authors?
  10. If a genie gave you just one wish, what would you wish for?
  11. What authors would you like to meet in person?

That’s it for today. I’ll see you tomorrow with a book review.