Friday Reads: The Bibliophile Sweater Tag

Jamie at Books & Waffles tagged me in the Bibliophile Sweater Tag, so here’s my go at this post! I’ve tried to live up to her example of neat pictures, but none of mine include waffles so I guess deduct points for that.



1.) Give the person who tagged you a never-ending supply of cookies (or just thank them—either works).
2.) Answer all the questions and use the blog graphic for this tag somewhere in your post.
3.) Pass along the tag to at least five other people to wear a sweater.

Fuzzy sweater
(a book that is the epitome of comfort)

Hmmm. It’s surprisingly hard to take a good picture of a lit candle.

This is not the best book in the world. But it’s one of my go-to comfort reads. It has a bookworm main character who gets a job of reading (!!!) and then discovers she has magical powers. And she gets to ride horses and live on the California coast. It’s rather a fluff read, but reading it feels like wrapping myself up in blankets in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot tea.

Striped sweater
(book which you devoured every line of)

This was MY FAVORITE BOOK OF 2017! I only have this one picture because I read a library copy and so I can’t take any new pictures of it until I buy myself a copy. I have already bought this book twice though (Christmas gifts) so I’m not quite ready to buy it a third time yet. Not yet. But soon.

Ugly Christmas sweater
(book with a weird cover)


Okay, this isn’t “ugly” per say, but it’s weird. I really enjoyed the book, but I have no idea why this was chosen as the cover.

Cashmere sweater
(most expensive book you’ve bought)


I am completely guessing here. But that version of The Hobbit looks like the most expensive book that is on my bookshelf (and wasn’t a gift) so I’m going with that.

(favorite classic book)


I could have picked any number of books for this one, though it all might depend on what you consider a classic. Alice, however, is one I enjoy reading and also enjoy the whole fandom that has built up around the various re-tellings of the story, which is why I picked this one.

(book that you bought on impulse)

LOL, what, like ALL of my TBR pile? Or at least most of it? Actually, that sounds fun.


That’s not quite all of my physical TBR books, but it is the ones that I bought purely on impulse. I think I need to get reading…

Turtleneck sweater
(book from your childhood)

(Okay, yes, that’s a waffle picture. After I wrote the intro to this post, I started craving waffles, so I bought a new Belgian waffle maker all because of this blog post.)

There are so many I could have picked here! But since Mr. Wyrm and I were discussing A Wrinkle in Time the other day, this one made the most sense.

Homemade knitted sweater
(book that is Indie-published)

I haven’t read the published book yet (this is one I did critiques on) but I think the story and stuffed Doc are adorable.

V-neck sweater
(book that did not meet your expectations)

I’m so, so sorry to the many people who recommended Ready Player One to me. I liked it, but not as much as everyone seemed to think I would. I gave it a solid three star rating, but the hype indicated that it would be a five star read. Maybe I would have liked it better if the hype were less, but there’s no way to tell now.

Argyle sweater
(book with a unique format)

Okay, I guess the format of this book is essentially normal (not “standard” but not “unique” either). The writing of the book was NOT normal, however. The two co-authors wrote this book by sending each other letters (as they describe at the end of the book) and only turned it into a real novel after they’d defeated the bad guys. So while the book reads relatively normal, it was crafted in a very unique way, and I think that counts.

Polka dot sweater
(a book with well-rounded characters)

I *think* this book had well-rounded characters. I’ve only read it once, so I haven’t studied the characters completely. I do know I was fascinated by the main character’s hypergraphia, though (it’s “a behavioral condition characterized by the intense desire to write or draw”), and I remember thinking that I liked the characters. I’m going to have to do a re-read of this book to be sure (yeah, right, it’s really because I loved the book) but for now I’m going to say these characters fit this topic.


I am not sure if any of you have done this tag yet, so if you have please disregard. Also, if you don’t want to do the tag, I’m not going to send the tag police after you. But if you want to do the tag (whether or not I’ve tagged you) please play along and let me know so I can see what your book choices are!

The Questions

Fuzzy sweater (a book that is the epitome of comfort)
Striped sweater (book which you devoured every line of)
Ugly Christmas sweater (book with a weird cover)
Cashmere sweater (most expensive book you’ve bought)
Hoodie (favorite classic book)
Cardigan (book that you bought on impulse)
Turtleneck sweater (book from your childhood)
Homemade knitted sweater (book that is Indie-published)
V-neck sweater (book that did not meet your expectations)
Argyle sweater (book with a unique format)
Polka dot sweater (a book with well-rounded characters)

Thanks, Jamie! That was a fun tag. AND I got waffles.  🙂


Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books On My Spring TBR

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! Don’t forget to head over to That Artsy Reader Girl and join the linkup!


Books On My Spring TBR

Let’s see if I can get some of these read this quarter, hmm? I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to make good progress on them, but we’ll have to see. I have at least been less frequently distracted by shiny new books this year than usual. (I think that’s because of my Bucket List Books Challenge.) Let’s see if I can keep it up.

A note: this is in an approximate order of when I want to get to the books. The e-books and audio books are scattered in among the paper books, but other than that I hope to read the books in approximately this order. I may vary the order based on reading preferences at the time I pick up a new book or based on what I have vs. what I still need to buy/checkout from the library.

  1. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank ~ This one is on my Top TBR list, and I really want to get to it soon.
  2. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis ~ I think this was officially on my Winter TBR. I don’t want it to also end up on my Summer TBR, so I’ve prioritized reading it.
  3. Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare ~ I really don’t know why these plays are listed in the order they are in my “Complete Works” volume, but I said that I was going to read them in order (so that I didn’t just re-read my favorites and ignore the others), and so I’m going to read them IN ORDER. I do believe this will be a new one for me, instead of a re-read.
  4. Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience by Indre Viskontas (audio) ~ It’s not often I get to hear someone I’ve done theatre with give science lectures. (Though this is also not the first time.) That is awesome enough for me to pick this Great Courses lecture series up even if the summary hadn’t sounded fascinating (which it totally does).
  5. The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg (e-book) ~ I’ve been curious about this one for a while. I bought the e-book thinking that would get me to read it sooner, but so far that hasn’t worked.
  6. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking ~ Another book on my Top TBR. I own a copy now, so I have no excuses.
  7. The Book of Night With Moon by Diane Duane (e-book) ~ I love the Feline Wizards stories, and want to re-read them.
  8. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare ~ Not sure I’ll get to two Shakespeare plays this quarter, but let’s see if I can make it. This is another new one for me.
  9. The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes (audio) ~ I have the audio version for this, and I’m hoping to get to it soon. It just sounds so amusing! I’m not sure that it will be this spring, though, because I don’t know how long the Brain Myths lecture series will take me. That one seems like it could take a while to fully absorb.
  10. So You Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane (e-book) ~ I recently bought new, updated copies of the Young Wizards series, where all the tech has been revised for the new generation. I’m curious to re-visit this series and see what the changes were.

That’s a lot of reading! Some of those are long books, and others are heavy books (and one or two might be both). Somehow I suspect I have aimed higher this season than I will be able to achieve, but that’s the way goals go! Aim high!

Have a great spring, and happy reading!

Friday Reads: Goodreads Books I Don’t Remember (Part 3)

I think it’s time to take another detailed look at my Goodreads “Read” Shelf and see what other books are there that I don’t remember. I’m taking my GR “read” shelf, sorting it with the oldest books first, and then seeing which ones I don’t remember. (For the record, I may remember having read the books in question, but do I remember anything about them? That’s an entirely different matter.)

The Original Shannara trilogy by Terry Brooks

Long ago, wars of ancient Evil ruined the world and forced mankind to compete with many other races – gnomes, trolls, dwarfs, and elves. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles until giant, forbidding Allanon, with strange Druidic powers, reveals a supposedly-dead Warlock Lord plots to destroy the world.

I know I read them. I know I enjoyed them. More than that, I can’t tell you.

Re-read? — No, I don’t think so. Many, MANY of the books I read in that era haven’t aged well, so I’d rather remember liking these books and leave it at that.

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Jinx High by Mercedes Lackey

Fay Harper looks like any other teenage girl–any other Queen Bee, that is. She’s blond, and beautiful, and very, very popular–the kind of popular that attracts boys like honey. Fay and her gang take a lot of risks, but so far they’ve managed to get away with everything. It’s as if they are magically protected.
Summoned to Tulsa by an old friend whose son has fallen in with Fay’s crowd, Diana Tregarde, practicing witch and successful romance novelist, quickly finds herself in hot water. The new girl at school, Monica Carlin, has come under sorcerous attack, but Diana cannot identify, or stop, the power-wielder. To make matters worse, there is an ancient being sleeping under Tulsa, a being who might be woken by the magic battles taking place in the city. What will happen then, even Diana cannot predict.

I remember the other two books in the Diana Tregarde series pretty well, and I know I read all three of them, so it’s a little surprising to me that I don’t remember book 3. Was it bad? Was it too similar to the other two? Did I read it too fast to remember the details?

Re-read? — Yes. If it turns out that I don’t remember it because I didn’t like it, I can always DNF it.

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Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones’ Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of Bridget’s permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement — a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and learn to program the VCR.

Over the course of the year, Bridget loses a total of 72 pounds but gains a total of 74. She remains, however, optimistic. Through it all, Bridget will have you helpless with laughter, and — like millions of readers the world round — you’ll find yourself shouting, “Bridget Jones is me!”

I read this, and I saw the movie (I know I did both) but I don’t remember either of them. Re-reading the blurb now, it’s just not something I care about. I’m sure they were both amusing, but meh. Bridget Jones is not me.

Re-read? — No.

It was a mixed bag this time! I find it interesting to see what books I’ve read in the past which hold no interest for me now.

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books That Surprised Me

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! Don’t forget to head over to That Artsy Reader Girl and join the linkup!


Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way)

Let’s play with colors! Also, that means that I’ll be trying to find a good mix of “good” and “bad” reasons for being surprised by books.

  1. NPCs by Drew Hayes ~ I thought from the blurb that I’d like this book. I didn’t know that I’d absolutely love it or that I’d then devour the rest of the (currently available) series.
  2. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein ~ I thought I’d like this one. I was very surprised that I couldn’t even bring myself to finish it.
  3. The Spaceship Next Door by Gene Doucette ~ When this one started it was good, but slow-paced. It stayed slow-paced, and the part that surprised me was that I liked it that way.
  4. To Kill a Nightingale by Harper Lee ~ I’ve said this before, but I was shocked by not not shocked I was.
  5. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie ~ I totally didn’t see the “whodunnit” coming in this book. Christie was a master at writing mysteries, IMO. Sooooo good.
  6. Insurgent by Veronica Roth ~ I was surprised by how different this book was from the first one in the series (Divergent). It felt like Roth took a kick-ass heroine and removed her spine.
  7. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card ~ I enjoyed the twist in this one. I suppose maybe I should have seen it coming, but I didn’t (I have still never seen War Games) and it was quite an enjoyable read. I should really go back and read the book again, and maybe continue on with the series this time.
  8. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh ~ This book surprised me with how unlike it’s hype it was. (Mulan but in Japan? Um, no.) Also with how much hype there was in general. I didn’t see much to be hyped about other than the premise.
  9. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins ~ So many surprises in this one for me. One of them being that I actually enjoyed the series — I had enjoyed the first books, but didn’t expect to ultimately enjoy the series. I kept expecting to get furious at it, you know? I kept thinking the hype was too strong and I was going to hate the books at the end. It turned out that maybe I didn’t like them as much as the hype suggested, but I did still really like them.
  10. The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble ~ This one surprised me in how different the first part of the book was from the ending. I liked it when I started it — liked it a lot. It reminded me of some of my favorite books from my youth. And then it got boring. And then it got weird. And then I was done with it.

And there you have it! 10 various surprising books. Have you read anything that surprised you lately?

Friday Reads: the #NotAll Books Tag

I found a new (to me) book tag! Yay, these are fun. Recently, Ally posted her answers to the #NotAll Book Tag, and I was highly amused. I was considering doing the tag, and then I saw who Ally tagged.

She tagged everyone who hasn’t done this tag yet, so that means me! Yay! It was created by the Orangutan Librarian, who I am now going to start following because they have a great sense of humor, good taste in books, and a Prachett reference. I mean, really. How could I not?

Yeah, I have a confession to make. This one took me the longest to answer because I rarely pay attention to the original art vs. new art. Yes, I have some books where I like one version over the others, but I rarely pay attention to which one came first. So this took a lot of research. In any case, I recently bought modernized e-copies of the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane, so I looked up the cover for those and found that I like both the 2001 and the 2003 covers better than the original 1983 one. They just look cleaner and less… well, less dated.

Stardust. Hands down. I love a lot of Neil Gaiman books, but not this one. Don’t get me wrong, I am glad for the book because it inspired the movie. But there is no way the mediocre book that is Stardust can compare with the awesome, lovely, funny movie that is Stardust.

I don’t have a cute catchy name for it, but I love having talking cats in mostly regular settings. They can be magical cats, or just cats who can talk. It doesn’t matter. I (usually) love them. (The books still have to be well-written, though. The talking cat isn’t a pass for bad writing.)

I know there have been several, but the one that comes to mind first (because it’s the most recent one I read) is Ned and Verity from To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. They didn’t become a couple right away, but it was instalove for both of them (as you find out immediately for Ned and later for Verity since the book is written from Ned’s POV).

Ugh. Do I hafta?  I’m having a hard time thinking of any that don’t make me cringe. I guess… the only thing that comes to mind right now is both Og and Halliday being in love with Kira in Ready Player One. Does that count? I think it counts. Or at least it would if any of those three were the main character of RPO.

I want to come up with a more unique answer than Mr. & Mrs. Weasley. I really, really, REALLY want to.

I cannot come up with a more unique answer that I like as much as the Weasleys.

There are so many choices here… I could pick Lady Macbeth, or Moriarty (or Irene Adler), or Severus Snape, or Dracula… but no. I’m going to go with Captain Hook. (And now I want to re-read Peter Pan.)

Jan from The Birth of the Firebringer by Meredith Ann Pierce. (Side note: have any of you read or even heard of this book? I have yet to talk to anyone about it who has.) Unicorns are the main characters of this book, and I loved it when I first read it. (And then it took me ages to find it again — it was a library book the first time, and was out of print for a while.) I haven’t re-read it in some time, but I own it now and it’s one I intend to go back to.

For me, the most recent example of this is The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill. It won awards, it was raved about by people I follow, and it was absolutely worth the praise it received.

(Genre here is Paranormal Fantasy — I don’t know that this is currently my favorite genre, because I don’t know if I currently have a favorite genre. This was my favorite genre for a long time, though.)

One book that seemed beloved by the Paranormal Fantasy community but I could not stand was Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn. I tried to like it, I really did. But nope. Kitty was not for me.

(Genre here is Thriller/Suspense)

I read very few thrillers, and most of the ones I do could also be classified as something else. (For example, in my mind Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None is a thriller as well as a mystery, but it’s officially classed as a mystery so we’ll leave it at that.) However, one thriller that I did read and enjoy was City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong. I enjoyed the second book in the series too, and have the third on my TBR.

That was a lot of fun! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. If you enjoyed it enough to give it a go yourself, let me know so I can have fun seeing your answers!

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Favorite Book Quotes

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! Don’t forget to head over to That Artsy Reader Girl and join the linkup!


Ten Favorite Book Quotes

Oh man. So many good book quotes and I’m sure I’ll forget some of my favorites. Here are the ones I can think of to look for off the top of my head. This reinforces the idea, though, that I need to re-star my habit of keeping a notebook of favorite quotes — I used to do that, and got out of the habit, but I miss it.

  1. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ~ “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
  2. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher ~ “Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell.”
  3. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire ~ “We notice the silence of men. We depend upon the silence of women.”
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling ~ “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
  5. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien ~ “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”
  6. Sorcery & Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede & Carolyn Stevermer ~ “How dreadful…to be caught up in a game and have no idea of the rules.”
  7. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ~ “Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.”
  8. Bellwether by Connie Willis ~ “Don’t they know science doesn’t work like that? You can’t just order scientific breakthroughs. They happen when you are looking at something you’ve been working on for years and suddenly see a connection you never noticed before, or when you’re looking for something else altogether. Sometimes they even happen by accident. Don’t they know you can’t get a scientific breakthrough just because you want one?”
  9. Smoke and Shadows by Tanya Huff ~ “Better the comfort of a lie than the absurdity of the truth.”
  10. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster ~ “So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.”

And a bonus quote that is just funny and not really any deeper than that. (I tried to make my official ten quotes have some meaning to them, but I couldn’t resist including this one.)

When Rome burned, the emperor’s cats still expected to be fed on time.

~ Seanan McGuire, Rosemary & Rue

New books!

Just a random post today, because I had to share the hoarding nature of a BookWyrm.

I went into a bookstore for one book, which was to be a gift. I came out of the bookstore with this:

New (old) books!

The one standing up in the back is the gift. The rest of them are for me.

I’ve read some of them before: Siddhartha, The House of the Seven Gables, and Hunting the Corrigan’s Blood. I can’t find my copy of Siddhartha, never owned a copy of Seven Gables, and didn’t know that Corrigan’s Blood came in a paperback (I had a digital copy).

The other paperbacks are ones I want to read. A Brief History of Time is on my Top TBR list and is part of my Bucket List Books Challenge. The other Hawthorne book has a bunch of short stories of his, some of which I’ve read and enjoyed, and others that are new to me. Since I’ve yet to read a Hawthorne story I didn’t like I decided to pick this one up. And Quatrain appears to contain a story set in the same world as Summers in Castle Auburn. I’ve been wanting more stories in that world ever since the first time I read that book, and while the short story in Quatrain isn’t a full novel, it’s better than nothing. Fingers crossed.

New (old) books!

And that’s not counting the books I ordered on Amazon the same day because I couldn’t find them in store…