Mystery Blogger Award!

I’m finally catching up on my tags! Yay!

A while back, Ally tagged me for the Mystery Blogger Award. Unfortunately it has taken me a while to get to completing this tag post, but better late than never!

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The rules…

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog and list the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. (Okoto Enigma – thank you for creating it!!)
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

Three things about me

  1. I have inner ear issues, and get vertigo and motion sick a lot.
  2. Despite #1, I love cruising. (I use Sea Bands and Bonine to counteract the motion sickness.)
  3. I am incapable of doing a somersault in a straight line. I’m not sure if this is related to #1 or due to a complete lack of competency in gymnastics. (It honestly could be either one.)

Ally’s questions:

If you could change one thing about a book, what would it be?

This sounds to me like I’m changing one thing about one specific book, so that’s the way I’m going to answer it.

I would change Hammered (Iron Druid Chronicles #3 by Kevin Hearne) so that Atticus (the main character) is less stupid. (SPOILERY background: Atticus in this book honors a debt he feels he owes and goes to Asgard to help his friends kill Thor even though he’s told by lots of people–Jesus included–that it’s a bad idea. He is just being stupid, he acknowledges later that it was stupid, and it sets up the part of the series plot that I like the least.)

What’s a bookish turn-off? Like something that will make you not read a book?

Finding out ahead of time that there’s an insta-love triangle in a book will turn me off. So will hearing about a particularly bad cliffhanger. (These are about equal.)

A close second is the sheer length of a book. I will often go back and read the long books anyway, but it does mean that the book will sit on my shelf for a while as I give it the side-eye and wish it was shorter.

If you could attend any bookish wedding, which would it be?

Aragorn and Arwen from The Return of the King. Mostly just so I could go to Middle Earth.

What’s your favourite type of tea?

Oooh, there are so many! I love Jasmine green tea, but Irish Breakfast is my favorite morning cuppa. I also enjoy good apricot or peach teas, but I’m a bit more picky about them.

(Bonus answer: my least favorite type of tea is anything that’s vanilla flavored.)

Who’s your favourite Disney princess?

My favorite princess used the be Sleeping Beauty. I’m not sure why, I just always loved her when I was young. (Maybe because Prince Philip actually had a personality unlike most of the other princes of that time.)

However, a few years ago while we were at Disneyland with my family we had a really, REALLY awesome experience with Snow White. She’s been my favorite Disney princess ever since.


My best/favourite posts


I nominate: Jaime @ Books and Waffles, Jo @ Jo-Creates, and Kat @ Here There Be Dragons.

My questions:

  1. If you could be a fly on the wall for one literary event, what would it be?
  2. Are you more or less likely to read books where the MC resembles you (or is in a situation that resembles one you have been in)?
  3. What author (living or dead) would you most like to talk to? (note: assume that the author’s death isn’t an issue, and let’s pretend that language isn’t a barrier either)
  4. What is your favorite genre, and why?
  5. If you could play an April Fool’s prank on any book character, who would it be, and what prank would you pull?

So there’s my tag! If you want to know why it’s called the Mystery Blogger Award, read the linked post about it (click on the logo above).

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3 Quotes 3 Days Tag ~ Day 3

As you probably noticed yesterday and the day before, Ally recently tagged me in the 3 Quotes 3 Days tag. This is the third and final day of my posts, but they have been a lot of fun! I may start incorporating random quote posts into my blog posting schedule because I had such a hard time picking the last quote for this tag… there were so many I love that it was hard to pick!


The rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post a new quote for three consecutive days
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

I haven’t tagged anybody so far, and I’m not going to start now. However, if this sounds interesting and like something you want to do, please play along! Just let me know so I can visit your posts!


Quote #3:

“I am an archivist. I am a librarian. I collect words because words are the truest and longest-lasting craft in the world.”

― Seanan McGuireIndexing

3 Quotes 3 Days Tag ~ Day 2

Thank you again, Ally, for tagging me in the 3 Quotes 3 Days tag! I’m having fun with it.


The rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post a new quote for three consecutive days
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m not going to tag anybody. Or, alternately, I’m tagging everybody. If this sounds interesting and like something you want to do, please play along!


Quote #2:

“You may not see it now,” said the Princess of Pure Reason, looking knowingly at Milo’s puzzled face, “but whatever we learn has a purpose and whatever we do affects everything and everyone else, if even in the tiniest way. Why, when a housefly flaps his wings, a breeze goes round the world; when a speck of dust falls to the ground, the entire planet weighs a little more; and when you stamp your foot, the earth moves slightly off its course. Whenever you laugh, gladness spreads like the ripples in the pond; and whenever you’re sad, no one anywhere can be really happy. And it’s much the same thing with knowledge, for whenever you learn something new, the whole world becomes that much richer.”

― Norton JusterThe Phantom Tollbooth

3 Quotes 3 Days Tag ~ Day 1

Ally recently tagged me in the 3 Quotes 3 Days tag, but I’ve been on holiday and had some posts pre-scheduled so I didn’t get to it until now. Thank you for the tag, Ally! This is fun, and I have a lot of quotes that I can share.


The rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post a new quote for three consecutive days
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

I’m not sure if these are supposed to be book quotes or not, but since the rules don’t explicitly say, I’m not going to worry about it. I’ll just use whatever quotes I feel like using.

Also, I’m not going to tag anybody. Or, alternately, I’m tagging everybody. If this sounds interesting and like something you want to do, please play along!


Quote #1:

“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”

― G.K. Chesterton

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.

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Rules

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)

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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)

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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.

Hoodie
(favorite classic book)

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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.

Cardigan
(book that you bought on impulse)

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

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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.


Nominees

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.  🙂

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?


#NOTALL COVER CHANGES: A COVER CHANGE YOU LIKED
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.

#NOTALL ADAPTATIONS: AN ADAPTATION YOU LOVE MORE THAN THE BOOK
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.

#NOTALL TROPES: A TROPE YOU’LL NEVER TIRE OF SEEING
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.)

#NOTALL INSTALOVE: YOU INSTALOVED THIS INSTACOUPLE
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).

#NOTALL LOVE TRIANGLES: AN EXAMPLE OF A LOVE TRIANGLE DONE WELL
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.

#NOTALL PARENTS: BOOKISH PARENTS THAT YOU KNOW, PARENT!
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.

#NOTALL VILLAINS: A VILLAIN YOU LOVE
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.)

#NOTALL CHOSEN ONES: A CHOSEN ONE YOU CAN GET BEHIND
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.

#NOTALL HYPED BOOKS: A BOOK THAT LIVED UP TO THE ACCLAIM
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.

#NOTALL *INSERT FAVORITE GENRE*: A BOOK YOU’RE NOT KEEN ON FROM YOUR FAVOURITE GENRE
(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.

#NOTALL *INSERT LEAST FAVORITE GENRE*: A BOOK YOU LIKED FROM A GENRE YOU DON’T OFTEN READ
(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!

Friday Reads: Amazon’s “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” Tag

Ally did the Amazon’s “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” tag the other day. She didn’t tag anyone, but it looked interesting (and matches up nicely with my Bucket List Book challenge) so I decided to play along!


Rules

  1. Include the link to Amazon’s List
  2. Tag the creator of the meme (Perfectly Tolerable)
  3. Tag and thank the person that tagged you
  4. Copy the list below and indicate which ones you have read
  5. Tally up your total

Title Author Read?
1984 George Orwell TBR
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking TBR
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle Yes
Selected Stories, 1968-1994 Alice Munro
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll Yes
All the President’s Men Bob Woodward TBR
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Frank McCourt
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume TBR
Bel Canto Ann Patchett TBR
Beloved Toni Morrison
Born to Run Christopher McDougall
Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat
Catch-22 Joseph Heller Yes
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl Yes
Charlotte’s Web E. B White Yes
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
Daring Greatly Brené Brown
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
Dune Frank Herbert TBR
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury Yes
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn TBR
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow
Great Expectations Charles Dickens Yes
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Ph.D. DNF
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling Yes
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison TBR
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware
Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
Life After Life Kate Atkinson
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder Yes
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov TBR
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez TBR
Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris TBR
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie TBR
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
On the Road Jack Kerouac TBR
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen TBR
Silent Spring Rachel Carson
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut TBR
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon TBR
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X
The Book Thief Markus Zusak TBR
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger Yes
The Color of Water James McBride
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson TBR
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank TBR
The Fault in Our Stars John Green
The Giver Lois Lowry TBR
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman Yes
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Yes
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood TBR
The House at Pooh Corner A. Milne Yes
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Yes
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
The Liars’ Club Mary Karr
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan Yes
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Yes
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien Yes
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster Yes
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver TBR
The Power Broker Robert A. Caro
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe TBR
The Road Cormac McCarthy
The Secret History Donna Tartt
The Shining Stephen King
The Stranger Albert Camus TBR
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway Yes
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien Yes
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle Yes
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
The World According to Garp John Irving
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Yes
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein Yes
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak Yes

YES: 24
TBR: 24
DNF: 1


Not too bad! That’s a quarter of the list read or DNF’d. And hopefully by the end of this year I’ll have significantly more of them read instead of TBR.