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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.

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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.

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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.