The Ultimate Book Tag

I found this floating around the blog sphere, so I’m not sure who originated it, but it looked like fun! So thank you to whoever started this book tag ūüôā

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1. DO YOU GET SICK WHILE READING IN THE CAR?

So, I’ve noticed that for long rides on straighter roads like the interstate, I’m just fine. ¬†In town, I do get car sick.

2. WHICH AUTHOR’S WRITING STYLE IS COMPLETELY UNIQUE TO YOU AND WHY?

Kristen Britain is an author I love to read because her plots and characters transcend the pages to intertwine and battle for space in your brain long after you put the book down.

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3. HARRY POTTER SERIES OR THE TWILIGHT SAGA? GIVE 3 POINTS TO DEFEND YOUR ANSWER.

Definitely the Harry Potter series. ¬†A) All of the characters are given the chance to grow and explore themselves, even minor ones. ¬†B) No normalization of stalking behavior. ¬†C) Hermione is one of the strongest, independent ladies of fantasy and you can’t make me believe otherwise!

4. DO YOU CARRY A BOOK BAG? IF SO, WHAT IS IN IT (BESIDES BOOKS)?

Do craft bags count?  Because I usually keep at least one book in there with my current art projects.

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5. DO YOU SMELL YOUR BOOKS?

Heck, yes! ¬†Don’t you?

6. BOOKS WITH OR WITHOUT LITTLE ILLUSTRATIONS.

The artist and fangirl inside me says, “ABSOLUTELY,” to any kind of included art. ¬†Or art that floats around the internet.

7. WHAT BOOK DID YOU LOVE WHILE READING BUT DISCOVERED LATER IT WASN’T QUALITY WRITING?

I actually enjoyed Twilight the first time I read it before the hype, but when I tried to reread to compare to the movie, I discovered that the writing was subpar to what I enjoy reading again and again.

8. WHAT IS THE THINNEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

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Since my picture book collection doesn’t reside on any shelves currently, I’m going to guess that the books in the¬†Unicorns of Balinor¬†series are the thinnest (individually, of course).

9. WHAT IS THE THICKEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

According to Goodreads, the thickest book on my shelf is the Night Angel trilogy omnibus, but the single thickest book is The Way of Kings.

10. WHEN DID YOU GET INTO READING?

¬†I’m pretty sure I was indoctrinated in the womb…

11. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CLASSIC BOOK?

As I loathe classics, this one is unanswerable.

12. IN SCHOOL WHAT WAS YOUR BEST SUBJECT?

Spelling and Math

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15. IF YOU WERE GIVEN A BOOK AS A PRESENT THAT YOU HAD READ BEFORE AND HATED, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Accept graciously, then gift it to someone else or donate to the library

16. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORD?

Unique

17. ARE YOU A NERD, DORK, OR DWEEB? OR ALL OF THE ABOVE?

Definitively a book nerd.

18. VAMPIRES OR FAIRIES? WHY?

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Umm, do I have to chose?  Because I love both for approximately the same reasons.

19. SHAPESHIFTERS OR ANGELS? WHY?

Shapeshifters are far more interesting to me.

20. AND FINALLY: FULL ON ROMANCE BOOKS OR ACTION-PACKED WITH A FEW LOVE SCENES MIXED IN?

I’d rather the romance be on the side. Thanks!

 

 

Covers with Cats

Well, I was looking for something fun to blog about today, and I found Book Huntress’ Book’s Fashion Days for the week and thought it looked like fun. ¬†You can find the original post here!

 

Cats on Covers, Covers with Cats

I am a cat lover and couldn’t imagine life without my fur baby, Mystical ūüôā ¬†So when I saw this meme, I knew I had to contribute! ¬†Here’s just a few covers from my personal library that have various types of house cats on them.

The Witches of Echo Park (The Witches of Echo Park, #1)Curiosity Thrilled the Cat (A Magical Cats Mystery, #1)Double-Booked for Death (Black Cat Bookshop Mystery, #1)The Catswold PortalAcorna's Rebels (Acorna, #6)Kitty & DinoNo One Noticed the Cat

 

And here’s some more that feature big cats!

Silvern (Gilded #2)Artemis Awakening (Artemis Awakening, #1)Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8)Tiger's Quest (The Tiger Saga, #2)Wolf Captured (Firekeeper Saga, #4)The Cry of the Icemark (The Icemark Chronicles, #1)Blood and Iron (Promethean Age, #1)Thirteen Orphans (Breaking the Wall, #1)

That was fun!  Thanks Book Huntress for putting this together.

Best New Series of 2016

Today’s topic is Best ________ Of 2016 (Readers/Bloggers choice. Please fill in the blank with ONE or more of these topics – Villains, Contemporaries, Dual POV’s, Novellas, Adult titles, New Adult titles, Love Triangles, Couples, Bad Boys or Debuts. REMEMBER – this list MUST be from books you’ve READ in 2016)

I chose to feature new series, where the first book was released in 2016. ¬†This is not a comprehensive list, and I decided to only include my absolute favorites that I’m looking forward to reading more of the series when released. ¬†I hope you enjoy!

The Call

I’m not sure if this is technically a series, but it will have a sequel, which I NEED in my life!

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)

When this first came out, I don’t think it was a planned series, but I was extremely happy when Tor.com announced two more stories.

A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1)

You’re probably going to get tired of me mentioning this book and author, but this book was amazing and so was its sequel.

Shadow Magic

Here’s another book that I can’t stop telling people about! ¬†I just an arc of the sequel and can’t wait to dig in.

A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1)

Book 1 in the series titled Kingdom on Fire, that’s what gets a girl excited.

Heroine Complex (Heroine Complex, #1)

I don’t know when we’re getting more from this series, just that the author has confirmed a sequel.

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)

Apparently, this is not a true series but a series of companion novels set in the same universe but featurely new characters in each. ¬†And I can’t wait to read more from this world!

I know that’s not 10, but 7 is close, right? ¬†Make sure you check out the other blogs participating as well!

Please note that I will be skipping tomorrow’s theme, best book boyfriends as that’s not my thing. ¬†But I’ll be checking out other people’s post to see what their lists look like ūüôā

Top 10 Best Book Covers of 2016

Today’s Top 10 in 2016 topic is best book covers! “Best Book Covers of 2016 (MUST be a book released in 2016. Would be best if it‚Äôs a book you‚Äôve READ in 2016, but it‚Äôs not required).”

Since yesterday’s post wasn’t a true top 10, today’s should make up for that ūüôā¬† Here’s my favorite 2016 release book covers, most of which I was able to get read already!

The Transference Engine

I haven’t read this one yet, but look at that hummingbird!Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

So, I really like the covers for the whole Throne of Glass series, but I was at the reveal for this one, which makes it a little more special.A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1)

I actually like Breath of Fire‘s cover better, but it’s a 2017 release and this one is also really good.Heartless

The Owlcrate exclusive cover is simple yet has good composition.A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1)

I love the colors in this fiery rose!Shadow Magic  (Shadow Magic #1)

This cover gives such a fantastic intro to the actual story, plus who doesn’t love a giant bat.Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

I haven’t read this one yet, but the cover is very alluring.The Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater‚Äôs Daughter, #2)

I haven’t had a chance yet to read this one, but the cover is just as amazing as The Sin-Eater’s Daughter, which was a great read.Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9)

I love every cover in the Mercy Thompson series, but this one was incredibly powerful and really stuck with me this year.Heroine Complex (Heroine Complex, #1)

I found this book because of the cover artist and everything about this cover is awesome, which makes it my ultimate favorite 2016 cover!  Look at those demon cupcakes!!

Twelve Days of Reviews Challenge: A bit late…

My Lovely Secret is running a challenge that ends in 2 days, but since I just discovered it and it sounds like fun, I’m going to share it anyway! ¬†The theme is awesome and something that I might try to do next year, 12 Days of Reviews. ¬†The premise is to post a review a day for 12 days straight, featuring books you read throughout the year but didn’t get around to reviewing.

Like I said, sounds like fun! ¬†I just wish I’d found it sooner ūüė¶ ¬†But, I’m still going to try and post some reviews over the next couple of days. ¬†Plus, come visit on Christmas for a fun author interview and ARC giveaway!

Cover Characteristic: Clothes Only

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This is a new meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. It came about when Sugar was wondering which cover to use for her #70 Cover of the Week post. Sugar kept on thinking of more than one, and they all seemed to have a theme/characteristic. So she decided to switch things up a bit!

Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the weeks particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit). You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!

This sounded like fun, so I thought I’d join in on today’s topic. ¬†Looks like the blogger is going on maternity leave soon though, so I might not get another chance for a little while.

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Pokemon Go Book Tag!

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Disclaimer:  Pokemon Go belongs to Niantic and Nintendo

This is my very first¬†book tag! And even though I can’t play on my own account yet, I’ve been catching pokemon for my husband. ¬†It’s so much fun and crazy addictive, so I’m excited to try this out! The¬†tag was created by¬†Aentee @ Read AT Midnight, and although¬†I was not tagged by anyone, I saw this post on¬†Maria’s blog,¬†Big City Bookworm!¬†Go check out their posts!

This craze has swept the world by storm! Everyone is playing Pok√©mon GO now. Everywhere you look you will find Pok√©mon Trainers with their eyes glued to their phones, trying to catch their next best Pok√©mon or battling gyms for the prestige! It‚Äôs the best addiction–next to books–that you could have! Come and join in.

Rules:

  • NIL. Link back to Aentee‚Äôs¬†blog is appreciated but optional. Feel free to use her graphics. Tag people, don‚Äôt tag people, whatever. Just have fun!

pokemon-tag-01startersWild Magic (Immortals, #1)

 

Ok, I’ve been reading since I can remember so I don’t know what book actually started my love for reading. However, the very first ¬†author that I can point to that I absolutely loved and had to have more of was¬†Tamora Pierce, and the first book I read by her was Wild Magic. ¬†I fell in love with Tortall and love to re-read all the books set in that world occasionally ūüôā


pokemon-tag02pikachuThe Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe  (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)

 

I can still remember when the children’s librarian handed me a plain, little book called¬†The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. ¬†Narnia is a great place to get lost in, and I really dislike reading from the “Classic” lists that get assigned in English classes. ¬†(I was able to avoid most of those, thankfully!)


pokemon-tag-03-zubatCity of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)

 

This is a toss-up between¬†Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit by¬†J.R.R. Tolkien¬†and¬†The Mortal Instruments¬†by Cassandra Clare. ¬†I tried to read¬†The Hobbit, and I have seen the first¬†Lord of the Rings¬†movie, but neither of them grabbed my attention. ¬†I didn’t feel anything for the characters at all. ¬†With¬†City of Bones, I had read the first one when it first came out, but then it exploded in hype and didn’t hold up to a re-read for me. ¬†The movie was pretty blah, but the new TV series was really fun to watch.


pokemon-tag-04-dittoShadow Magic

 

For this entry, I decided to focus on the tropes aspect.  I thought Joshua Khan did a fantastic job of blending horror, fantasy, and mystery tropes together in his recent release, Shadow Magic.  He took the tropes and twisted them to create an original story that left me wanting more!  Luckily, this is the first in a series and the sequel comes out next April.


pokemon-tag-05-snorlaxThe Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)

 

Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan! ¬†I’ve had several friends suggest this series, and the reviews look great. ¬†But there’s 14 books and tons of side material! ¬†I have too many other books, series, and authors to pick this monstrous series right now.


pokemon-tag06-gengarThe Call

 

Just last week I shared my review of¬†The Call¬†by Peadar O’Guilin, which was one of the creepiest and most well-written books I have read all year. ¬†I definitely lost some sleep thinking about everything that happens in this book and while hoping for sequels!


pokemon-tag07-nidokingqueenFire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9)

 

Generally, I don’t latch onto specific relationships in books enough to have a favorite bookish OTP. ¬†Usually, I pick out my next book boyfriend ūüôā ¬†But, I do like to read Patricia Briggs’¬†Mercy Thompson¬†series to see how Mercy and Adam work together through different trials and relationship bumps. ¬†I was rooting for them to get together early on in the books.



pokemon-tag08-rapidashMagic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)

After discovering the Kate Daniels series late last year, I have been blazing through these books.  Each is fantastic, which is crazy because they save the world from the apocalypse in almost every book.  But the characters are compelling and grow with each story, so it totally works for me!


pokemon-tag09-eeveeAvatar: The Last Airbender (The Promise, #1)

 

I couldn’t settle on a series of novels for this one, so I chose a graphic novel series instead. ¬†Avatar: the Last Airbender needs to continue to put out more stories, TV series, books, etc.! ¬†I love this universe and all the characters from the originals through¬†Legend of Korra. ¬†I would continue to read these far after they ran out of ideas and started getting absurd.



pokemon-tag14-magikarpThe Testing (The Testing, #1)

 

I loved¬†The Testing¬†by Joelle Charbonneau so much more than both¬†The Hunger Games¬†and¬†Divergent. ¬†I felt like this series was more cerebral, cunning, and problem-solving than just relying on luck and strength. ¬†Those did come into play occasionally, but the protagonist had to use her knowledge more than anything else through all three novels. ¬†I wish Hollywood would make this into a movie; I’d take all my friends to see it!


pokemon-tag12-legendaryThrone of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

 

When¬†Throne of Glass originally came out, I was intrigued but not enough to purchase it. ¬†One of my friends had read it and said she thought it was kind of slow. ¬†Well, I would have to agree that book 1¬†is the clunkiest, but it only gets better from there. ¬†I just finished book 4 and cannot be more excited for the release of book 5 this September. ¬†I’m even planning to drive a little over 2 hours to meet the author during her tour around the States! ¬†It’s safe to say that I’m obsessed with Sarah J. Maas now ūüėČ


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I got to see and touch one of Insight Editions’ signed & numbered collector’s editions of¬†Crimson Peak: The Art of Darkness, which runs around $250 I think, at BEA16. ¬†It was so cool with a raised crest on the cover (like 2 inches) and all the pages inside had fun little extras. ¬†I own the regular version, and it’s absolutely stunning as well. ¬†It makes me feel like I’m not settling at all.


pokemon-tag10-eggWintersong

 

I just got a copy of this through work and cannot be more excited to read it. ¬†S. Jae-Jones has stated that¬†Wintersong was inspired by the movie¬†Labyrinth, which was one of my absolute favorite movies when I was younger and still is, really. ¬†I can’t wait to see what awaits us in this world and can only hope the author tells a great story.


pokemon-tag11-lure-modulePoison Study (Study #1)

 

I was auto-buying Maria V. Snyder books¬†for several series until I realized that I had more than 10 books by¬†this author that were unread! ¬†But the Poison Study¬†series was just so good that I wanted to read more by her. ¬†Some day soon, I’m going to have to binge read a whole lot of these to get them off my TBR shelf.


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Ever since I finished reading the last of the¬†Fablehaven¬†series by Brandon Mull back in 2010, I’ve wanted more from that universe and those characters. ¬†Then, I met the author at a signing during ALA13, and he told me that he had another series planned and was working on it. ¬†So for the last three years, I’ve been randomly remembering to search the internet for word of progress or a release date–anything that would tell me about it. ¬†So I was ecstatic to learn, while at BEA16, that not only did it have a title,¬†Dragonwatch, but it also has a release date. ¬†Yippee! ¬†Even if it doesn’t come out until March 2017…


This was really fun! ¬†Now I’m going to have to find other posts to read as well as tagging some people to incite more participation.

I TAG YOU

MightyThorJRS | BookHuntress | Bookish Devices | Books Bones & Buffy | Mister Kristoff

AND ANYBODY ELSE WHO WANTS TO PLAY ALONG!

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