The Stuck at Home Book Tag

Sadly…this tag is still relevant.

I saw the Stuck at Home Book Tag, created by Ellyn, on Bookishly Rebecca’s blog. I’m slowly going nuts from not being able to go to work. Since I have nothing else to do without homework, I basically had to force myself to get my head together. Hopefully, you guys will be seeing more content from me in the coming weeks.

To the tag!

 

What are you currently reading?

Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle #2)

With all the library books I still have checked out, it took me a hot minute to pick my next read. But I finally settled on Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. And, after only 36 pages, I’m glad I did.

 

What’s your favorite “can’t-leave-the-house” activity?

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Besides reading, my favorite at-home activity is watching Netflix or YouTube. Since the 4th season of Thirteen Reasons Why is airing in the first week of June, I’m finally getting back into the show after stopping in the middle of the third season because of school. Another at-home activity I enjoy doing is blogging. Getting back into writing has been so nice.

 

A book you’ve been meaning to read for forever.

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Thing is, I don’t have a book for this question. I have a bad habit of putting off books, whether because I like to deny myself things or I’m distracted by new, shiner ones, or a combination of the two. A few books I have been meaning to read for so long are:

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Tower of Dawn and Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

 

A intimidating book on your TBR

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins, a recent addition to my owned-books to be read pile. It’s 517 pages, except the size doesn’t intimidate me. It’s the fact that I’m worried how it could compare to The Hunger Games trilogy.

 

Top 3 priority books on your TBR

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I have over 80 books on my priority to be read pile…but to name a few:

Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Fierce Like a Firestorm by Lana Popovic

 

Recommend a short book

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A short book that I enjoyed but rarely mention on my blog is Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. It’s a great, quick read that feels like a slap in the face.

 

Recommend a long book

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One of my favorite long books is The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova, which an intense historical art mystery with beautiful writing.

 

Something you’d love to do while stuck at home

Things I want to do more of while stuck at home are go for walks and work out on the rowing machine in the basement. Instead, I sit on the couch and drink coffee in the morning, then proceed to sit on my computer or doing anything else that does not involve physical activity.

 

What do you plan on reading next?

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After I read Aurora Burning, I’m going to move on to The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Normally, I would wait for the hype to die down. Only this time, I’m making an exception.

 

What have you been doing during quarantine? 

The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book Tag

I’ve been a slump in just about every way of life since school ended. This quarantine does not help. But thanks to Grey tagging me, I feel the first spurt of energy I’ve felt in days. Well, okay, that’s a little dramatic (even if true) and Percy Jackson makes me ridiculously happy regardless. Especially now, since Disney + is turning it into a TV show.

Now if only we can go places….

To the tag!

Side note: this tag was created by May and I forgot to link her before. Many thanks to Grey for letting me know who the creator was and many thanks to May for making it! ❤

 

Percy Jackson: your best/favorite book of the year

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No matter how many other good books I manage to read in 2020, my answer will remain To Drink Coffee with a Ghost by Amanda Lovelace, which was the second book I read in 2020. This poetry collection focuses entirely on Amanda Lovelace’s tumultuous relationship with her mother, and she talked about things that hit a nerve. I finally let myself cry over things I hadn’t before. It was a relief.

 

Annabeth Chase: a book where you’re in awe of the author’s genius

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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie was like Criminal Minds, circa 1930s. The ending and the plot twist was not what I saw coming at all. It’s why Agatha Christie is called the queen of mystery.

 

Grover Underwood: a book you love that’s under-hyped

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The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough is a novel I don’t talk about often on my blog but I really love it. The best way I can describe this book is how I wrote it in my Goodreads review when I read it five years ago: a combination of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak with a little bit of Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell thrown in. Love and Death personified play a game with each other where they pick two lovers, like Romeo and Juliet or Antony and Cleopatra, and one tries to outdo the other to see their own outcomes. But Death has always won. Then, there is Henry and Flora.

Spoiler alert: this is on my June 2020 TBR….

 

Luke Castellan: a book that you thought you’d hate but didn’t

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I wouldn’t say I went into this book expecting to hate it, but I didn’t go into it thinking I would enjoy it as much as I do, either. That is the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. At the time I am writing this, I have read the first three books—Bloodlines, The Golden Lily, and The Indigo Spell. I enjoyed books 1 and 2 immensely, though The Indigo Spell was a little weak in comparison. I thought I would dislike these books because I had been disappointed by its predecessor, the Vampire Academy series. While there are still some similar problems, it has not been as bad as I expected.

 

Chiron: a book that will always feel like home

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Admittedly, I do not reread books enough to have a solid answer for this question. The best I can say is books by favorite authors, like Amanda Lovelace and Cassandra Clare, can feel like coming home because I enjoy their stories so much that I easily get swept right in.

 

Tyson: a book with a sibling relationship you adore

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Percy Jackson and his cyclops brother Tyson, hands-down. Cinnamon roll Tyson is already one of my favorite characters in all the Percy Jackson books. I love his relationship with Percy.

 

Thalia Grace: a book where time froze when you read it

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Hmmm…this is a hard question to answer. Books in general can freeze time for me if I am not distracted by anything else. Ones that I can say with certainty made time feel frozen when I read them were Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys and The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

 

Nico di Angelo: a well-loved book you love too

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The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand is a book that fills me with joy just thinking about it. Just like it does everyone else and their mother. I’d reread it right now if it was not such a Christmas book.

 

Calypso: a book you’d be marooned on an island with

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All the books I can have with me, in between trying to figure out how to survive on an island.

 

Rachel Dare: a book you predict you will give five stars

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The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd and A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir are two five-star predictions currently on my to be read pile. All other books I’ve read by these respective authors were 5 stars. Naturally, my expectations for these two are high.

 

Jason Grace: an upcoming book you’d get hit by a brick to read now

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Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco, which is coming out this fall. I think I might set aside every other book on my priority TBR if I somehow was graced with a finished hardcopy of this book. I don’t think—I know I would do that.

 

Piper McLean: a book you loved that someone convinced you to read

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I do not have a lot of readers in my personal life. However, if a non-reader friend tells me of a book they actually liked, I almost immediately pick it up. Such as Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I had this book on my radar for years because it was a banned book. But I didn’t get around to it until one of my good friends, a non-reader, told me she absolutely loved this book.

 

Leo Valdez: the funniest book you’ve read

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Not a lot of books make me laugh out loud. I always hold back when I read around other people. Except a book I absolutely could not hold it in for was My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows, a hilarious historical fantasy that broke the fourth wall.

 

Hazel Levesque: an old book/book you read a long time ago but still love

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It’s a three-way tie between The Mediator series by Meg Cabot, The Darkest Powers trilogy by Kelley Armstrong, and the Anna Dressed in Blood duology by Kendare Blake. I read and loved all these books back in high school. They are the books I am terrified of rereading because I don’t want to find out they are not as good as I remembered.

 

Frank Zhang: a book you were afraid to reach the end of

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I was always excited to finish a book I started reading until Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. Besides the warnings about the sad ending in the reviews I saw on YouTube prior to reading, I expected there would be a sad ending anyway. Forbidden is about sibling incest, a brother and sister genuinely falling in love. It is impossible to anticipate a happy ending in such situations.

 

Reyna Ramirez-Arellano: a book everyone hates but you love

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Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh, a book that was pitched as a Mulan retelling when it was anything but. For most other people I know read this book, it was a massive disappointment. While I was initially displeased with the revelation, by the time I figured it out, I already loved the book for what it was. I love Renee Ahdieh’s writing style and I finally found a protagonist in a young adult fantasy novel where her weapon was her brain. I loved Flame in the Mist simply for those reasons.

 

Octavian: a book you would punch without hesitation

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Sadly, there are a few books I would punch…Woman of God by James Patterson…A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell…I’ll stop there.

 

Percabeth: a book with the best romance

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Besides Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase, Thomas Cresswell and Audrey Rose Wadsworth, from Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco, are romance goals in books. That’s why I have taken so long to pick up Escaping from Houdini, because from what reviewers have said, I don’t know if my heart can take it.

 

I tag…ALL THE DEMIGODS!

The Grad Student Tag (Original!)

I made a book tag!

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This randomly came to me the other night while watching 101 Dalmatians on Disney+. I am officially done with my Master’s in Library and Information Science. They’re having a the commencement ceremony over Zoom this Friday.

Since turning in my final assignment on Wednesday, I’ve had no idea of what to do with myself. I’m getting back into reading, but the urge to be creative is stronger than sitting down to read The Indigo Spell. Only I was running out of ideas. Until now.

After this book tag, I promise I will, at least, cut back on talking about graduate school so much. I’m sure you all are getting sick of hearing about it at this point.

Now to the tag!

 

Picking an area of study: What’s your favorite books and/or series from each of your favorite genres?

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My top three favorite genres are fantasy, historical fiction, and mystery. One of my favorite fantasy novels is Heartless by Marissa Meyer and one of my favorite fantasy series is The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare. Three of my favorite historical fiction novels are Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye, Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, and Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. Two of my favorite mystery novels are The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager and Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus.

 

GRE: What book or books did you feel like you really had to focus on while you were reading and/or you had a hard time concentrating on?

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The Poppy War and The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang, as well as The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. These are all dense epic historical fantasy with lots of military and political maneuvering. During parts where characters were planning coops and what not, I found my eyes glazing over. This would bite me on the butt later in following chapters.

 

Juggling work and school: What book took you too long to read and why?

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It took me too long to read Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. I read it during my first semester of grad school. I chose the wrong time to read a classic while I worked part-time and was bogged down by homework and projects.

 

Too much homework: Name a book you did not hate, but did not love.

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A book I read this year that I did not love but did not hate was The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan. The author’s writing was beautiful. I loved how she described the setting of 18th century France. The main characters, two sisters, could have grown on me. But this book was just so boring. Nearly 100 pages and nothing had happened. I had no idea what the author was trying to do or say with The Painted Girls.

 

Research projects: How do you decide what book you want to read next off your TBR?

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A combination of mood, like a book I am most excited for or a genre I am currently drawn to, and which books I want to finally get off my to be read pile. I try to prioritize books that have been on my TBR for longer than they should have been. It also depends on what I have going on at the time, such as if I had a lot of homework or I was busy with assignments from work. How excited I am when I buy a new book, as well as how long I’m willing to wait before I read it, depends on its placement in my TBR pile. And, of course, I take into account if I currently have any library books checked out. I want to keep up my good track record returning borrowed books on time.

 

Writing papers: What book, in your opinion, has the best writing?

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It’s a tie between The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo and The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Both of these books have a lyrical, beautiful flow of writing that sucked me right in as soon as I started reading.

 

Studying: What’s a book you stayed up way too late reading?

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I have stayed up late reading one too many times. I remember reading The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova and I Was Here by Gayle Forman under the glow of my desk lamp, squinting in the dark of my college dorm room because my roommate was fast asleep. Recently, I stayed up past midnight reading To Drink Coffee with a Ghost by Amanda Lovelace until I finished it.

 

No social life: Which fictional character do you think would make the best study buddy?

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A character that I think would make the best study buddy is Sydney Sage from Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. The girl is focused on her academics and always has her priorities straight. Plus, she loves learning new things, so she would be more than happen to listen to you talk about what you’re studying.

 

Final projects: In your opinion, what book(s) was the best series finale?

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Finales don’t always get it perfectly, but I do have a few favorites (like I could pick just one). Some of my favorite finales are Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller; Half Lost by Sally Green; Boundless by Cynthia Hand; The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan; The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh; Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare; Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken; and, of course, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J.K. Rowling.

 

Getting that Master’s degree: What’s the most books you have bought at once?

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At the bookstore, I have bought around 10 books in one trip. If I am shopping online, like I did recently, I have bought 20 books in one go.

Bringing in those bags and boxes are good arm workouts, let me tell you.

 

I tag:

Shanah

Grey

Rebecca

Never Not Reading

Sophie

Joe

Sahi

Kristin

ReadyouLeyre

Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Tag

In case you haven’t figured it out by now, I like book tags.

I saw this one, Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Tag, on Thoughts on Tomes’YouTube channel. Most of what I read is fantasy, either urban or high fantasy, mostly young adult. In recent years, I branched out into different genres, across adult, young adult, and now middle grade. But if you looked at my Amazon wish list or Goodreads, the books are predominantly fantasy.

Hence this tag, for the time being, is relevant to me.

 

What is your fantasy origin story? (How you came to read your first fantasy novel.)

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The first fantasy novel I distinctly remember reading is either Kiss of the Vampire, from the Sweet Valley University series, which probably wasn’t as fantastical as I thought it was. The other is the T’Witches series, one about teenaged twin witches I read because of the Disney Channel Movie.

Fun fact: I saw the Harry Potter movies before I read the books.

 

If you could be the hero/heroine in a fantasy novel, who would be the author and what’s one trope you’d insist be in the story?

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It’s a three-way tie between Kerri Maniscalco, Melissa Albert, and Susan Dennard on who I want writing a fantasy novel with me in it. These women have written some of my favorite female leads, such as Audrey Rose and Iseult. Also, they each have a writing style I like. And a trope that I would insist be in the novel is the Chosen One. Yes, I am a sucker for that trope. Another of my favorite tropes is fairy tale retellings, especially ones with a darker twist.

 

What is a fantasy you’ve read this year that you want more people to read?

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Honestly, not a lot of exciting fantasies read so far in 2020. However, the one I would recommend is Pet by Akwaeke Emezi. It takes a hard look at a supposedly “perfect” society where monsters do not exist. Except, kids are trying to tell their parents what’s going on but the parents have their heads in the sand. The main character, Jam, helps Pet, a creature pulled from her mother’s painting, track down a new monster living inside her best friend’s house.

 

What is your favorite fantasy subgenre? What subgenre have you not read much from?

I love historical fantasy, such as The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare and The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. Magical realism, like The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan, comes in at a close second.

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A subgenre I have not read much from is dark fantasy or grim dark, which I heard can be extremely graphic. Not that graphic content usually bothers me. It’s mostly because I’m not drawn to the books that fall under the subgenre. Some exceptions would be the Nevernight trilogy by Jay Kristoff or Red Sister by Mark Lawrence.

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Who is one of your auto-buy fantasy authors?

Cassandra Clare, obviously.

 

How do you typically find fantasy recommendations? (Goodreads, YouTube, podcasts, Instagram, etc.)

Mostly YouTube, like Thoughts on Tomes or Peruse Project, but also Goodreads.

 

What is an upcoming fantasy release you’re excited for?

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The Burning God by R.F. Kuang, the final novel in The Poppy War trilogy.

 

What is one misconception about fantasy you would like to lay to rest?

A common misconception I heard is that fantasy is too hard or too complicated to follow. While some authors can info-dump in their books, not all fantasy is complicated. Urban fantasy is definitely not complicated. It’s one that I would recommend to new fantasy readers, because the world-building is so familiar to the one we know.

 

If someone had never read a fantasy before and asked you to recommend the first 3 books that came to mind as places to start, what would those recommendations be?

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Like I said, urban fantasy is the place to start for readers wanting to branch out into the overall fantasy genre. Since vampires are so popular, I would recommend the Vampire Academy series and the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead, all entertaining and easy world building to follow along. The third is The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser, a stand-alone novel on the lower side of fantasy. It is still set in a modern setting, but the only magic involved is that the characters can jump into books at will and travel through different stories. A book lover’s dream, if you ask me.

 

Who is the most recent fantasy reader content creator you came across that you’d like to shout out?

None  Most of who I watch reads across all genres and that is what I personally prefer. As a librarian, I do not want to limit myself to one particular genre of books.

 

What is your favorite fantasy book and/or series?

Stay at Home Book Tag

Is this basically the same concept as the book tag I did a few days ago?

Yes, yes it is.

Do I like it as much as the other tag?

Yes, yes I do.

Is this tag still as relevant as the previous one?

Yes, yes it is.

Do I need a distraction?

Absolutely.

I saw this book tag on Bookables YouTube channel. She always apologizes for doing tags, but I don’t know why. Book tags are fun to read, watch, and write.

In other words, you’re in the wrong place if this isn’t your thing.

 

Laying in bed: a book you could have read in a day

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The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace is a poetry book I started reading at bedtime then had to force myself to stop reading because I was feeling sleepy. I finished it as soon as I woke up a few hours later.

 

Snacking: a guilty pleasure book

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Romance heavy books with lots and lots of smut and/or angst are my guilty pleasure reads. A recent example would be The Winter King by C.L. Wilson and the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead.

 

Netflix: series you want to start

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You got a coffee? That list could take a while. But, to name a few:

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson

The Diviners series by Libba Bray

The Raven Boys quartet by Maggie Stiefvater

Poison Study trilogy by Maria V. Snyder

The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

 

Deep clean (aka what I need to start doing): been on your TBR for ages

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Don’t come for me …A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. I have a serious love/hate relationship with the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy. That’s why it’s taken me a while to read ACOWAR, among other things.

 

Animal crossing: a book you recently bought because of hype

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The most recent book I bought based on hype was Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuistan. Although, from what I know, I sincerely doubt I will regret it.

 

Productivity: a book you learnt or had an impact on you

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Just about everything by Amanda Lovelace, mainly The Princess Saves Herself in This One and, most recently, To Drink Coffee with a Ghost. The latter I read at the beginning of this year. It really hit a nerve on my “mommy issues” and it’s one of the few books that made me cry.

 

Facetime: a book you were gifted

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The Poppy War and The Dragon Republic are books I received this past Christmas.

 

Self-care: what is one thing you have done recently to look after yourself?

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Giving myself mental breaks from homework and not forcing myself to read. That’s why it took me a few days to pick up The Indigo Spell, the next book in the Bloodlines series. After reading the first two back to back, my brain, nor my emotions, couldn’t take it. Normally, reading books are my self-care, but after weeks of homework, I needed Netflix and YouTube instead.

 

Bonus: name a book coming out soon

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Three books coming out soon that I pre-ordered months ago are: Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff; The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins; and The Burning God by R.F. Kuang, which I think is still coming out in May.

 

What book coming out soon are you looking forward to?

 

If you want to do this tag, you can say I tagged you!

The Finished Books Tag

What does one do when you are craving to write content for your long-suffering blog but your brain feels like a lump of meat? Reach into your book-tag emergency fund.

I first saw this tag, the Finished Books Tag, on Kristin Kraves Books a while ago. It looks like a lot of fun.

 

Do you keep a list of the books you have read?

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I use Goodreads to keep track of all the books I read in a year, as well as far back as I can remember, since I started my account in 2012. In addition to that, I use a notebook to keep track of all the books I read in a month, and the ratings I gave them. This is how I write my monthly TBRs and wrap-ups.

 

If you record statistics, what statistics do you record?

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Not much, besides what I rated them. Lately, I’ve been thinking more about page count. I didn’t read a lot of big books last year. So, I unofficially aimed for a higher overall page count this year. I only look hard at the statistics writing up the yearly reading survey, but even then it’s the bare minimum.

 

Do you give star ratings for books and if so, what do you score books out of and how do you come about this score?

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I use the Goodreads star ratings. If I consider a half-star rating, I simply write it in the review box. I base these ratings on how I feel about the writing style, the plot, the characters, and my overall enjoyment of the book.

 

Do you review books?

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If I really want to talk about a book, I will write an individual review on my blog or on Goodreads. Otherwise, I write smaller reviews in my monthly reading wrap-ups.

 

Where do you put your finished books?

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Wherever they were in the first place. That is either their spot on my bookshelves or in the pile of finished library books to be returned.

 

Do you have any other rituals for when you have finished a book?

After finishing a book, I write down my rating in the notebook, then mark it as “read” on Goodreads. If I consider the book a new favorite, I draw a purple star next to the title in the notebook and then I add it to my favorites list on Goodreads. At the end of the month, I add my favorites I read from that month to my yearly favorites list on Goodreads.

I’m so grateful for the Internet. No one else in my life would care about this.

 

I tag:

Shanah

Rebecca

Grey  

The Stay Home Reading Tag

I had every intention of participating in the Stay Home Reading Rush Ariel Bissett on YouTube hosted last weekend. Thursday was a no-go because of homework, but I planned on bringing my A-game on Friday and read into Sunday. More on that in my April wrap-up.

Since I am ONE WEEK AWAY from finishing graduate school and my work is still closed, I will be doing a lot more reading at home in the foreseeable future. For the time being, this tag is still relevant.

 

How is your reading going while staying home?

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At first, when this whole quarantine started, not great. It wasn’t what I was expecting it to be. I had so much time on my hands to do homework, but it was hard to focus. Home has too many distractions. My brain is slowly turning to mush because of it. My dormant anxiety has been flaring up unexpectedly; I’m getting emotional and irritable over stupid little things. I feel lonely most days, if I am being honest. Sometimes, TV and YouTube help more than books. In the past couple of weeks, though, I’ve been getting better at reading regularly.

 

Where have you been reading at home?

Most of my reading has been on the sofa in the living room, either first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon.

 

Best book you’ve read during isolation?

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As of writing this, my favorite books I read during isolating are Bloodlines and The Golden Lily, the first two novels in the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. Another contender for a favorite is The Winter King by C.L. Wilson.

 

What’s your favorite feel good book?

I’m not good about rereading books, even old favorites that could cheer me up during times of stress. If I really am in a bad mood, I don’t turn to reading. Instead, I watch movies on Disney + or TV shows on Netflix or videos on YouTube.

 

Book you wish you could buy or borrow from the library?

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Because we, thankfully, have the Internet, buying books (shamefully) has not been a major problem. I finally caved and subscribed to Book of the Month. You will see the first book I got from them in my upcoming April book haul. Although, I can’t lie…it’s nice to see commas in my checking account. Not buying a lot of (or any) books each month will certainly keep that going.

Books I wanted to borrow before the quarantine were The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz, This Boy by Lauren Myracle, and Straight on Till Morning by Liz Braswell. I also wanted to re-borrow books I had checked out a while ago, such as Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken and The Wicked and the Wise by Rebecca Podos.

 

Author you want to shout out during this time?

Richelle Mead, for writing such entertaining and binge able books, namely the Bloodlines series. I got way more addicted than I was expecting.

 

What is your Reading Rush TBR?

After failing at loosely participating in both the Reading Rush as well as the Off-the-Grid-a-thon, I managed to finish only one of the books on my TBR. That was Bloodlines by Richelle Mead, though, admittedly, I had already started it prior to either read-a-thon.

 

How has your reading been during this prolonged COVID-19 isolation?

Put a Spring in Your Step Book Tag

So many good book tags…how do I decide which ones to do next?

I saw this book tag on Bookables YouTube channel about a week ago. Here is the Put a Spring in Your Step book tag:

 

How do you decorate your bookshelves?

I have three Funko Pops in front of the books on the shelf above my desk. Unfortunately, my other bookshelves are too cluttered at the moment, so putting anything else on there with the books adds on more chaos. Most of my decorations are on the very top of the bookshelves, all packed together. Maybe one day, when I live in a larger space, I will decorate my bookshelves in a neater fashion.

 

Recommend a book with beautiful descriptions of nature

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The Winter King by C.L. Wilson, which has a lovely ice skating date scene that made me feel so single. The overall descriptions of Wintercraig were beautiful and made me feel like I was in this world. I technically don’t own this book, though I am seriously considering buying myself a copy.

 

Show us a book with a beautiful cover

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I have two for this one, both recent purchases. First is Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare; I love the shade of green and the girl’s elaborate red hair. The other is Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon, which is this gorgeous shade of blue and the title is written in the prettiest calligraphy.

 

Spring is all about new starts so it’s the perfect time to start a new series: what would you recommend?

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Since we are so close to summer now, I would recommend the Daughter of the Pirate King duology by Tricia Levenseller. These are fun, entertaining books with lots of action on and off the sea, with a super steamy romance.

 

It’s almost time to start reading outside—have you been brave enough yet?

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In the four weeks during this quarantine, I have not left the house much. At least once a week, to go to CVS or get pizza from the Domino’s down the street. Two of the times, it has been to get medications and other necessities from CVS. Other times, I went outside to get the mail, but does that even count?

And why is the weather so beautiful when we’re in the middle of a pandemic?

 

Spring cleaning—which books are you unhauling?

As soon as the local library opens up again or another book drive happens, the top five books I plan on unhauling are Sabrina by Nick Drnaso; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children trilogy by Ransom Riggs; My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick; Gone Girl and Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Those are just a few books I want to get rid of, actually. It’s time I did another purge of my book collection, especially if I hope to move out near the end of 2020 or even at the beginning of 2021.

 

And which books are you going to replace them with?

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A lot of books….Some Owlcrate books that came out this year that I’ve wanted, like All The Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace, Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim, The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu, and Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw, to name a few. And that is just the tip of my wish list iceberg.

 

I’m going to tag…EVERYONE!  

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Reading Habits Book Tag

This unneeded quarantine has made me so crazy that I can’t remember if I have done this tag before….Although, my memory is bad anyway. So, never mind.

I saw this book tag on Ariel Bisset’s channel a few days ago. I like talking about bookish things that are not necessarily books. And I have more than ten bookish habits than I mentioned in a previous post. Now, I have another reason to talk about them.

To the tag!

 

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

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At home, I read mostly in my living room on the sofa. Sometimes, I read in my room at my desk or in my bed. Between all these, the sofa is usually the one I gravitate towards, as my bed makes me sleepy (naturally) and the desk isn’t the most comfortable after a few minutes.

 

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Bookmarks—paper, magnetic, or metal. Depends on whichever looks better with my current book.

 

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

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I usually take a break from reading a book after a number of chapters, no more than five. Or ten, if the chapters are short. If something is going on around me or I lose focus, then I can just stop reading.

 

Do you eat or drink while reading?

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Only water and occasionally coffee. I would never eat while reading—too many of my books have been damaged that way.

 

Multitasking: music or TV while reading?

The only music I allow when reading is my white noise machine, if I happen to decide to read in my bedroom. As for television, I sometimes read during commercial breaks, with the volume muted. I can also read if someone else in my family is watching TV and I happen to be sitting on the sofa.

 

One book at a time or several at once?

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One at a time; if I try to read more than one, I favor one book over the others and they sit ignored until I get around to them.

 

Reading at home or everywhere?

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I bring a book with me to work or school, mostly as an incentive to take breaks during the day. I try to read on the bus into the city, but more often than not I end up falling asleep. It doesn’t always work, though. So, I do most of my reading at home.

 

Reading out loud or silently in your head?

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Silently in my head, since for me reading in a solitary activity.

 

Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

Yes and yes. Primarily to find out what happens next or to find out how many pages of a chapter/a book are left to read.

 

Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

I am a heathen that breaks the spines of my books and I don’t feel bad about it.

 

Do you write in your books?

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I tag:

Shanah

Rebecca

Grey

Kristin

50 Bookish Questions

I love talking about books (obviously). I love book tags. I love answering questions about books. That is why, when I saw this tag on Sahi’s blog a few weeks ago, I knew I was going to do it even if she hadn’t tagged me.

This one is going to be a long one, so let’s get right to it!

 

What was the last book you read?

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At the time I am writing this post, the last book I read was The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton. I had to read it for my children’s literature class.

 

Was it a good one?

I liked it.

 

What made it good?

Cute drawings and a beautiful color palette, with an important social message, I think.

Would you recommend it to other people?

Yes, but only to those who enjoy children’s picture books.

 

How often do you read?

I try to read at least 20 to 30 pages a day. There were times (like right now) I went several days without reading. Usually, though, I don’t last longer than a day.

 

Do you like to read?

Is water wet?

What was the last bad book you read?

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Sabrina by Nick Drnaso

 

What made you dislike it?

There was no character development and a one-dimensional plot.

Do you wish to be a writer?

Yes. I want to get back into creative writing in 2020. I even have a notebook set aside to write story ideas.

 

Has any book ever influenced you greatly?

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Most of the books I read influence me, to a certain extent. Two examples include The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace, a book that empowered me when I did not feel powerful, and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume, inspired me to start writing.

 

Do you read fan fiction?

Not as much as I used to. I was more into it during high school until college, eventually only going back to read really smutty ones when I was bored.

 

Do you write fan fiction?

I did in middle school, I think.

 

What is your favorite book?

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I do not have a specific favorite book. For the sake of the question, though, I will say my favorite book that I have read so far in 2020 is To Drink Coffee with a Ghost by Amanda Lovelace.

 

What is your least favorite book?

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A surprisingly easy answer: Woman of God by James Patterson.

 

Do you prefer physical books or reading on a device (like Kindle)?

I exclusively read physical books. Too much screen time makes me feel nauseous.

 

When did you learn to read?

According to my dad, when I asked him for an assignment last semester, when I was one year old I was pretending to read. But when I actually learned to read, it was probably around five years old.

 

What is your favorite book you had to read in school?

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I enjoyed most of the required reading I did in school. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton….The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald….The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde….The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo….Those are the first ones I thought of, but there are a lot.

 

What is your favorite book series?

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Ummm…I don’t have a single favorite series. Who does? My current top three favorite series are Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco, The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare, and An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir.

 

Who is your favorite author?

Again, how do you pick just one? Off the top of my head, a few of my favorite authors are Kerri Maniscalco, Sabaa Tahir, Renee Ahdieh, Cassandra Clare, Cynthia Hand, Laurie Halse Anderson, Robert Galbraith, Markus Zusak….

 

What is your favorite genre?

My favorite genre is fantasy, both adult and young adult.

 

Who is your favorite character from a series?

A recent new favorite character is Xiomara from The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. She is a strong-willed girl that tries to hide her vulnerable side because the people around her just won’t get it, or at least she thinks most of them won’t. I felt so much for her and I identified with her.

 

Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?

It’s easy for me to get lost in a book, unless I am distracted.

 

Which book do you wish had a sequel?

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The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager, though I’m not sure how the plot would work out. The twist revealed at the end of this book has potential of being another good psychological thriller, depending on how the author chooses to go about it.

 

Which book do you wish DIDN’T have a sequel?

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Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes, the companion to You, should not exist.

 

How long does it take you to read a book?

It depends on a bunch of different factors. If I have a lot going on, I sometimes don’t have the energy to read. In those cases, it would take me longer than a week to finish a book. It also depends on page count; longer books, 500 and up, tend to take a while for me to get through, even if I do not have much going on.

 

Do you like when books become movies?

If it is done right.

Which book was ruined by its movie adaption?

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Divergent by Veronica Roth, no question.

Which movie has done the book justice?

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, a movie I dare say I liked more than its source material.

 

Do you read newspapers?

Not as much as I should.

Do you read magazines?

Nope, I find them boring.

Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?

Neither.

 

Do you read while in bed?

Yes, I have gotten back into reading before bed, although I lapsed after starting the new semester.

 

Do you read on the toilet?

Ummm…no.

 

Do you read while in the car?

Does reading on a bus count? If not, no, I don’t read while in the car. I don’t know how to drive, so I am always the passenger looking out the window. On the bus, I will read if I am awake and the lighting allows it.

 

Do you read while in the bath?

If I had a bathtub or owned any kind of fancy bath products, I might. I don’t read in the shower, either. I don’t wear my glasses and I would hate to get my book wet.

 

Are you a fast reader?

I consider myself a fast reader, for the most part. Although sometimes maintaining my focus is hard.

 

Are you a slow reader?

Sometimes, if I’m struggling to focus or I’m not that invested in a book.

 

Where is your favorite place to read?

My living room couch.

 

Is it hard for you to concentrate when you read?

If there are too many distractions or I am just not in a good headspace at the moment, then I do have a hard time concentrating on reading. But if a book is really good, I can usually mentally block out noise around me.

 

Do you need a room to be silent when you read?

Not necessarily. If I am reading in my bedroom, I prefer to have my white noise machine on. I have managed to focus on reading in other noisier situations as well. Although, now I’m thinking about it, I might prefer silence.

 

Who gave you your love for reading?

My dad, who read bedtime stories every night when I was a child, and my aunt, who is a librarian and continued to encourage me to read while my parents wanted me to do more “normal” kid things.

 

What book is next on your list to read?

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Right now, I am currently reading The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan. While I am working my way through that, I will pick up the next books I need to read for my children’s literature class from the library.

 

When did you start to read chapter books?

Third grade.

Who is your favorite children’s author?

J.K. Rowling or Rick Riordan.

Which author would you most want to interview?

Carlos Ruiz Zafon seems like he would be interesting to talk to.

Which author do you think you would be friends with?

Christine Ricco of Polandbananasbooks on YouTube and the author of Again, But Better. She’s out loud quirky and I love those kinds of people. I think our respective energy would feed off each other.

 

What book have you reread the most?

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, a book I have read at least three times.

 

Which books do you consider “classics?”

Books that have already been labeled “classics” are the books I think of as classics. Though Harry Potter is a good contender for this title.

 

Which books do you think should be taught in every school?

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Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan, and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.

 

Which books should be banned from all schools?

NO BANNING BOOKS! PERIOD!

I tag…EVERYONE!

Would you ever ban a book from a school? If so, which one?

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