The Cheesy Goodness Book Tag


Hello, reader!

It’s Thursday and that seems as good a day as any for another book tag! Today, I’m doing one that combines two of my favorite things: books and cheese! Makes me want to whip up a charcuterie board and have a snack whilst reading after I finish this post 😂 But maybe first I should tell you what it actually is… The Cheesy Goodness Book Tag!

Before I start, I must thank two incredible bloggers for tagging me! Shoutout to both Ashley @ Books Are 42 and Danni @ _ForBooksSake for thinking of me! You should definitely check out both of their blogs because they are fantastic. Lots of wonderful, bookish content!

Now, it’s time to get to the tag 😊


The Rules:

  • Pingback the original creator (Sydney at Fire and Rain books) so she can see all your cheesy goodness answers.
  • Pingback the person who tagged you or you stole this from (Thanks Ashley and Danni!)
  • Have fun!

The Prompts:

Cheddar – The Traditional Cheese: Name Your Favorite Classic Novel

Oh, it has to be The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas! I was so nervous about reading this book. Mostly because my experience with classics has been very hit or miss, but also partly because this book is THICK. Eventually, though, my curiosity won out and I picked up the audiobook. I absolutely fell in love with the king of all revenge stories! This was such an incredible novel and it made me want to explore more books by Dumas.


Swiss – A Hole-y Cheese: Name an Emotional Roller Coaster

I just finished Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley yesterday while I was at work. I probably should have held off until I got home because, dear lord, does this book pack a punch! My heart was in my throat for most of the last few chapters, from both joy and sadness. I was prepared for an intriguing thriller that kept me engaged. I was not prepared to have my feelings bounce around like a ping-pong ball 😂 Suffice it to say, I loved this book!


Blue Cheese – The Controversial Cheese: Name an Unpopular Book Opinion You Have

I’m slowly starting to realize that I’m not a fan of e-books 😬 I love the concept of them! I love that they make books more accessible and easy to bring wherever you go. But the actual experience of reading them? No thank you. I don’t know if it’s because I stare at screens all the time and adding one more screen to my routine is too much or if I just really prefer having a physical book in my hand, but they’re definitely my least preferred reading format.


Brie – The Favorite Cheese: Name an Author You Always Want More Of

Top of the list has to be Erin Morgenstern. She has written two of my favorite books of all time. She’s one of the few authors where I read one book they wrote and immediately added them to my ‘favorite authors’ list. And I cannot wait til whatever she’s working on next is announced! I just need more of her beautiful, lyrical writing and the fantastical worlds that she creates. Until then, I’ll just have to re-read The Night Circus and The Starless Sea until my books fall apart 😂

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Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Book Tag


Hello, reader!

It’s Thursday and that seems a good time to do a book tag. And what better tag for a fantasy lover like myself than the Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Book Tag! This is very much inside my wheelhouse 😆 Thank you to the wonderful Becky @ Becky’s Book Blog for tagging me!

Alright, now let’s get into the tag.


The Rules:

  • Make sure you give credit to the original creators of this tag – this tag was originally created by Bree Hill.
  • If you want to, pingback to the post you first saw this tag!
  • Have fun!

The Prompts:

What is your fantasy origin story? (The first fantasy you read.)

I’m sure there were fantasy novels I read before this, like Dahl, but Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede is the first one that I truly fell into. I devoured the Enchanted Forest series and legit made it my entire personality for a looooong time. I wanted to be Cimorene, I wanted to hanging out with the dragons, I wanted to go on adventures. This book/series is what really made me fall in love with fantasy and I still think about it all the time. It really is time for a re-read!


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?

Ooo, that’s a really good question! Hmm… and kind of hard to answer, lol. I think I would want Jordan Ifueko to write my story because she builds such beautiful, lush worlds. She has a way of writing that is so evocative, so immersive, that you can’t help to lose yourself in her stories. She’s also great at writing the ‘found family’ trope, which is the one I would absolutely insist on in my story.


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

Okay, there’s only one book in this series, so far, but I still need everyone to read Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega! This was an incredible middle grade fantasy that I absolutely devoured. It has magic, it has an awesome friend group, and it tackles some pretty tough topics that I’m sure a lot of kids will relate to. I loved the writing in this and the world that Ortega created. My favorite part of this story, however, were our three main characters, Seven, Thorn, and Valley. I can’t wait to continue their story.


What is your favorite fantasy subgenre?

That’s another good question! I would have to agree with Becky and say folklore/mythology retellings. Retellings are some of my favorite stories, especially if it tends to focus on the characters that are usually in the background of such tales. I fell in love with Circe by Madeline Miller for that reason! I’ve also enjoyed Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and, recently, The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec.

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Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag


Hello, reader!

It’s the last day of June, which means we’ve made it halfway through the year! There’s been a lot of ups and downs (mostly downs, if I’m being honest), but I can say with all honesty that I have been having a fantastic reading year. I love doing tags like this one because I get to look back fondly on all the books that I’ve read and loved already in 2022. It’s just the bit of happiness I need these days!

Now, sources seem to differ on who created this tag. I’m going to say it was originally created by ReadLikeWildfire and Earl Grey Books because that’s the version of the tag I’ll be completing today. Thank you to them and all the other credited creators with slightly different tags for such a fun idea!

Alright, now let’s get to it.


Best Book You’ve Read So Far In 2022

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

I’ve read quite a few five star books this year. The one that stands out the most in my mind, however, is The Fifth Season! What can I say about this book other than it was absolutely incredible? All that hype? Worth it. This book took my expectations and launched them into space. It has incredible characters, superb world-building, a plot that kept me engaged throughout… in short, it has everything!


Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far In 2022

Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse

This has to go to Fevered Star! There’s really no contest, at this point. Any book that can get me to like Naranpa automatically gets five stars 😂 I’m kidding, of course, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the character growth in this sequel is on another level. Every single POV character is Going Through It and the author makes you feel their struggle as though it were yours. I connected so much with all of these characters and that’s quite a feat. I cannot wait til the next book 😆


New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To

Gallant by V.E. Schwab

Probably the new release that I’m most excited to read and that I actually own is Gallant. I’m a big fan of V.E. Schwab’s writing. I’m also a big fan of books with big, creepy houses in them. This seems like it’s a guaranteed win for me! I’ve been wanting to read this since it arrived in an Illumicrate box and just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Which is the fate of so many of my anticipated reads these days, heh. Soon, though… soon.

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20 Questions Book Tag

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It’s Thursday and that seems a perfect day to do a tag! Today, I’ll be doing the 20 Questions Book Tag, which looks like a ton of fun. I was tagged by the awesome Esther @ Cozy With Books. She has such a fun blog! The aesthetic is so bright and cheerful and, if you like authors like John Sanford, you’re going to love her content. You should check her out if you haven’t already!

I went into a blog deep dive to try and discover who originally created this tag, but I came up empty handed. If any of you know, please fill me in so I can give credit where credit is due!

For now, though, let’s jump in.


1. How Many Books Is Too Many Books In a Series?

I tend to get bored with a series when it moves past ten books, I’ve realized. That’s what happened with the Anita Blake series and I started losing steam on the Wheel of Time series around book ten. I do want to re-read the Wheel of Time series, though, because now I know there’s an end, haha. I think that’s what turns me off… I start to wonder if there will ever be resolution and then I get annoyed 😂

2. How Do You Feel About Cliffhangers?

Again, as long as I know there’s going to be a resolution, I’m all for it! I love the suspension of a good cliffhanger and how hyped it gets me for the next book. That being said, I’m okay with an open-ended ending to a book or series, but if it has the excitement and the nail-biting quality of a cliffhanger, then I’m upset. I guess I just don’t like being left in suspense!

3. Hardback or Paperback?

My heart says ‘hardback’ but my baby wrists say ‘paperback’, haha. Honestly, though, a far amount of my books are hardback and I love the feel of holding/reading one. At the same time, as a fantasy reader who finds herself drawn to epics, I have a lot of chonky hardbacks on my TBR that just look like they’re gonna hurt to hold/read. Like The Jasmine Throne… my wrist were crying out for relief once I finished that book! So, sometimes, I’m kind and give them a break by picking up a nice paperback.

4. Favorite Book?

This is just a cruel question to ask a book lover! How am I supposed to pick just one?! I have quite a few favorites, but I suppose I’ll pick a more recent favorite to feature here. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin was a recent read that instantly jumped onto my ‘favorites of all time’ list. I had been wanting to read it for forever, but the hype intimidated me. Thankfully, this blew the hype out of the water. It was so good!

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I Should Have Read That Book Tag

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Today felt like a good day for a book tag. I was tagged to do the I Should Have Read That Book Tag quite a bit ago and I’m finally getting around to actually doing it. This one looks like fun (and probably a bit of a call out), so thanks to Danni @ _ForBookSake for tagging me! If you’re not already following Danni, you should go check out her blog. I promise you, you’re gonna have a good time!

This tag was originally created by Book’s Nest, which is another blog you should definitely check out.

Alright, now let’s get to the tag!


A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read

There are… so many, but the first one that popped into my mind was We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. My best friend has been trying to get me to read this book for ages. She said it’s a disturbing, but interesting read and probably something that I’ll enjoy. I just know this is the kind of book I need to be in the right mindset to read. That said, I do want to eventually get to this one.

A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t picked it up

Hahaha, again, there are so many 😅 We’ll go with one that has been on my Goodreads TBR since I set up my account: Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. This book remains on my TBR because I’m legitimately intimidated by it. It’s a classic and I have a strained relationship with classics. It’s also freakin’ huge and big books intimidated even when they aren’t classics. But… I’ve heard some incredible things about this one, so I will give it a shot. Eventually…

A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten round to finishing yet

I am forever ashamed that I still have not read Sword and Pen by Rachel Caine. This is the last book in the Great Library series, which is absolutely phenomenal! I don’t know why I keep skipping over this book to pick up other ones. I know I’m going to love it! I think I’m just not ready to say goodbye to Jesse and crew. I adore the characters in this book and I’m sad that I only have one more book left with them.

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The Ultimate Recommendations Book Tag

Hello, reader!

Today is a good day for a tag, no? I certainly think so! I was recently tagged by Danni @ _ForBooksSake in the Ultimate Recommendations Book Tag. This tag was created by Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx and it looked like too much fun to pass up. Let’s hope I do better with these recommendations than when people ask me in real life. Then, I usually freeze up and forget every book I’ve ever read 😂

Before I get to my post, if you haven’t checked out Danni’s blog, you should definitely give it a peek! She has a lot of great content, especially if you’re into thrillers and horror. And she’s also an incredibly be talented artist. Go give her a follow cause she rocks!

Now, let’s get to the tag!


Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you (Thanks, Danni!)
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers to do this tag

Prompts:

1 – A book from one of your favorite genres

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

I’m probably not gonna shut up about this book for a good long while 😂I loved it so much! It’s a fantasy with flavorings of sci-fi that is absolutely captivating. It’s raw and dark and so compelling I found it hard to put it down! Excellent world-building, fascinating characters, and incredible writing all combined to make a book I won’t soon forget!

2 – A short book

A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

Dex and Mosscap deserve all the rights forever and I will be hearing NO ARGUMENTS. I adored this short little book but my favorite part was definitely the characters. They brought such heart and joy to this story! Becky Chambers has a way of writing a book that just makes it so freakin’ cozy. Everything about this, from Dex striking out into the world as a tea monk to them meeting Mosscap, combined into a story that feels like a warm hug ❤

3 – A book-to-screen adaption

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

I’m gonna steal Danni’s answer because, honestly, is there a better adaptation than the Lord of the Rings movies? The three LotR movies directed by Peter Jackson are damn near perfection! I think it’s even more astonishing that all three of them are so freakin’ good. One, sure. Two, that’s pretty impressive. But all three?! Pure magic. To this day, I can still quote whole scenes from any of the movies off the cuff. I really want to re-watch them all now…

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The Count To 10 With Me Book Tag

Hello, reader!

It’s Thursday which means it feels like a good time for a book tag! I was tagged by the lovely Danni @_ForBooksSake to do the Count To 10 With Me book tag. It looked like so much fun there was no way I wasn’t going to do it! So, of course, I want to thank Danni for tagging me ❤ This tag was created by The Bumbling Blogger’s partner on YouTube, so thank you to them, as well!

Now, let’s get to the post.


First Book In A Series

I feel like it’s been awhile since I’ve talked about Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko. It probably hasn’t been, but this is the first book that popped in my head! This is the first book in an incredible YA fantasy duology that has become an all-time favorite. The first book is definitely my favorite of the two. It’s immersive, engaging, and I found it very hard to put it down. I’ve re-read it so many times in the past two years which is a big deal for someone like me! I adore this book so much.

Two Or More Copies Of The Same Book

Welp, can’t use Raybearer again 😂 I’m gonna go with the book I have the second most copies of: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern! This is also an incredible book and an all-time favorite. That’s why I couldn’t resist when Illumicrate announced their 10th anniversary edition! It’s absolutely stunning and I’m still trying to find an appropriate place to display its majesty.

Three Colors On The Cover

I just picked a random one for this, but I do love how colorful the covers for the Heartstopper series by Alice Oseman are. I recently finished volume two, which is why it’s the one I picked, but they are all beautiful! Also, I adore Nick and Charlie and look at how happy they are, I can’t 😭 This is such a beautiful series that always has me in my feelings when I read it. I really need to watch the Netflix show now, I’ve been hearing such great things about it!

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The Spring Book Tag

Hello, reader!

Today felt like a good day for a tag. I was recently tagged in the Spring Book Tag and, since it’s rather seasonal, I wanted to jump on it before I forget! Which I am wont to do at any moment in time, haha. This is a tag that celebrates one of my favorite seasons, as well, so I kinda have to do it, right? Right!

Thank you to the wonderful Ashlee @ Books Are 42 for tagging me. Not only does she have an awesome blog name, but incredible blog content, as well! I highly suggest checking her out if you haven’t already ❤ I, unfortunately, can’t seem to find who created this tag but, if you know, please let me know as well so I can give credit where credit is due.

Now, let’s get to the tag!


1. What’s on your Spring TBR list?

I’m attempting to stay on top of my ARCs, so my Spring TBR will be prioritizing Spring releases! Three of the top ones I want to get to are:

  • The Carnival of Ash by Tom Beckerlegge
  • The Merciless Ones by Namina Forna
  • Juniper & Thorn by Ava Reid

I’m so excited to read all of these! Cross your fingers that I actually manage to fit them all in 😅

2. If someone asked you for a spring release recommendation, what would it be?

Well, besides the ones I mentioned above, my most anticipated read of 2022 is Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse. So of course that’s going to be my recommendation! I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for this sequel since finishing Black Sun and I need it in my grabby, little hands. Thankfully, it just came out yesterday, so I am this much closer to owning it and finally continuing the story!

3. Which two books coming out before summer are you eagerly awaiting?

Two books I’m so excited to read are The Marvellers by Dhonielle Clayton and Hide by Kiersten White. As you might be able to tell by the covers, we have very different vibes going on here. One features a magical school and the other features a very deadly game of Hide & Seek. Both sound like books I’m really going to love!

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The 2021 Good News Book Tag

Hello, reader!

I haven’t done a book tag in awhile and I thought today would be a perfect day for one. I’ve been wanting to do the 2021 Good News Book Tag for a minute for two reasons. First, because I think everyone could hear a little good news about our world that is usually just negativity 24/7. And, second, because I really love the graphics that Laura @ The Corner of Laura made for it!

This tag was inspired by the 2021 Book Tag by Phoenix @ Books with Wings and tweaked to the one I’m doing by Laura herself. She wanted to make a tag that highlighted some of the good news stories that might have gotten lost amongst the bad in 2021. I want to thank her for tagging me, as well! Y’all should definitely give her blog a peek because she has a lot of great content.

Alright, let’s get to the tag!


The Rules:

  • Link back to the original creator (The Corner of Laura) and link back to this page (otherwise, the original creator won’t get a notification).
  • Thank whoever tagged you and link back to their post (Thanks, Laura!)
  • (Optional) Use the graphics and don’t forget to credit the original creator (All the graphics were created by Laura @ The Corner of Laura)
  • (Optional) Tag 5 or more other people.

The Prompts:

Gay marriage was legalised in Switzerland:
A book with LGBT characters who live happily ever after

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

It took me a second to think of an answer to this one and then I remember this gem of a book! Arthur and Linus are, hopefully, living happily ever after in their island orphanage! Both of them kicking up a fuss about the rights of magical children and then going home for some tea. This was such a heartwarming story and it made me want to read more from this author.

Giant Pandas are no longer classed as Endangered:
A book with a fantastic animal companion
NB: Giant pandas are still classed as Vulnerable but it’s progress!

Stones of Light by Zack Argyle

I really loved Asher and his bond with Laurel in this book, the sequel to Voice of War. Asher is a chromawolf (and featured on the cover) and it was incredible to see the way these two worked together. Also, I just love the concept of a giant, green wolf that could one day be my friend, okay? Asher is also a wonderfully loyal companion to Laurel, which is something she truly needs.

Studies show that the HPV vaccine has cut cervical cancer rates by almost 90%:
A book where science plays a big part

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

Well, the main character in this is made by science and they are protecting a bunch of scientists. So I think this fits perfectly! It’s also a good reminder that I really need to continue this series. I loved the first book so much and it’s all because of Murderbot. They are so wry and funny and intriguing! There are a lot of layers to Murderbot and I can’t wait to see more of them as I continue the series.

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Meet the Book Blogger Take Two

Hello, reader!

Today felt like a good day for a book tag, so I thought I’d bring you the Meet the Blogger Book Tag version 2.0! I did this tag awhile back, but the questions were completely different. So now I’m gonna do this new version because it looks like fun and I was tagged by the wonderful Danni @ _ForBooksSake! You should definitely check out her blog if you’re looking for that good, bookish content and especially if you like a good thriller. Danni knows her stuff 😊

Alright, let’s get to the post!


The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who tagged you (Thank you, Danni!)
  • Mention the creator Lauren @ Lala’s Book Reviews
  • Tag as many (or as few) people as you’d like
  • Have fun and get to know one another!

Introduction:

Introduce yourself!

Hello again, reader! I’m Kerri and I wear a lot of hats outside of the blogging world. I work as a medical laboratory scientist in microbiology and molecular which is both a lot of fun and a lot of work. I’m a mom to a 15 year old and an 8 year old which certainly keeps life interesting. I’ve been married to my husband for almost nine years (the mind, it boggles!) and I can’t imagine life without my weird, loving family.

Something most everyone wants to know…do you have any pets?

Of course! We have three cats; Felicia (our void kitty), Nelson (our grey boi), and Marmalade (our smooth-brained orange laddie). Our most recent addition is our pup-pup, Aspen, who is very much a mutt, but mostly lab… we think.

What is your favourite thing to drink?

I suppose my go-to beverage is boring, ol’ water because the military drilled the importance of staying hydrated into me. My favorite “treat yo self” beverage has to be hot chocolate! Preferably french vanilla hot chocolate 😋

What is your favourite season?

Spring and Summer! Basically whenever it’s warm because I live in New England and I hate being cold, lol. I also love when the plants and animals start to bloom/re-emerge after Winter. And I hate Winter so much I’m happy to see its backside. Winter is the WORST.

Do you have any special talents?

Err… not really? I do have a good singing voice and was in an All-State choir you had to be specially picked for when I was in fifth grade. I miss being in choir, honestly, which is probably why I randomly sing all. the. time. Seriously, you follow me around for a couple minutes and you’ll probably hear me sing 😂

Blogging:

When and why did you start your blog?

I wrote my first post in August of 2019, but I didn’t truly start blogging until around November of that year. Something like that! It took me a moment to gather my courage to actually start blogging for real. As for the why, I wanted some place where I could completely geek out about books and be among similarly minded people. Reading has always been my preferred hobby, but I really didn’t have anyone to talk to about it at length like I wanted to. Thus my blog came into being!

What is something that you wish you knew about blogging when you first started?

That, no matter how much I want to, I cannot do ALL the blog tours/review requests! When I first started, I tried to sign up for every, little tour I could and I tried to accommodate every review request that came my way. And I burned myself out super fast. I had to pull back within a few months because this thing I had created for fun was starting to feel like a chore. I certainly didn’t want that! There are still moments when I overbook (haaaaaaaa!) myself, but I’ve gotten better at keeping a good balance.

What has been the hardest part about blogging?

For sure making myself a blogging schedule and sticking to it. I still don’t have a schedule I’m happy with, though I am pretty proud of the fact that I have posted at least once a day since the beginning of 2022. That’s the goal, but I want to get to the point where I also have a day dedicated to blogging where I can write my posts for the week and schedule them. That way I don’t feel so stressed out during the week when I have work and chores and tons of other stuff to worry about. I will get there one day!

What has been the most rewarding part of blogging?

Oh definitely the friends I’ve made and the bookish community! This is absolutely my favorite corner of the internet and I’ve met some of the best people because of my blog. I’m so glad to have these awesome folks in my life.

Do you write your posts ahead of time or write them the day of posting?

Heh, I was just talking about this 😅 I try to write my posts ahead of the day that I want them to go up. Mostly because I’m usually pretty tired after getting home from work and it can take extra motivation to sit and write. That doesn’t always happen, though, so there are plenty of times I write posts the same day I post them. I’m hoping to get to a place where I can consistently schedule posts! Perhaps when life in general is less chaotic.

Reading:

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Oof, this is a tough one. Umm… this is subject to change and in no particular order, but we’ll go with:

  • Jordan Ifueko
  • Margaret Owen
  • Erin Morgenstern
  • Angie Thomas
  • V.E. Schwab

What genre do you read the most?

Most definitely fantasy! Fantasy will always be my first and one true love ❤

What genre surprised you by how much you love it?

Probably romance. I mean, I didn’t think I was going t absolutely hate romance, but I’m surprised at how much I’ve loved the ones I picked up so far. I should have explored this genre ages ago!

Which popular book didn’t live up to the hype for you?

Sigh… the answer right now has to be Witches Steeped in Gold. It pains me to say it, but I had a hard time getting into that one, so much so that I still haven’t finished it! I’ve heard it picks up later on in the book, but I just couldn’t motivate myself to continue. I’m hoping to pick it back up soon and re-attempt finishing it. Perhaps I’ll love it once I’ve actually read it.

Who are some popular authors you haven’t read?

There are tons, haha. I think the big two are Sarah J. Maas and Cassandra Clare. I do want to try a book by SJM but I honestly have no interest in the Shadowhunter books.

What upcoming release are you excited to read?

I can barely contain my excitement for R.F. Kuang’s newest novel, Babel, or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution. And it’s not simply because I’m love with that long ass title 😂 This sounds like the dark academia book of my dreams! I may have pre-ordered the shiny Waterstones edition as soon as the author posted about it because I couldn’t resist! I can’t wait to have this book in my hands.

Do you listen to music while reading?

Usually, no, but I can listen to music while reading. I do sometimes enjoy the experience of it, as well. It can’t have words, though. If it’s music that I can sing along to, I’m gonna start singing and then my book will be forgotten, haha. I’ve been known to put on a lo-fi channel and just vibe and read, though.

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