Meet the Book Blogger Tag

Hello, reader!

I’m doing another tag today and one I think is kind of perfect for the beginning of a new year. It’s the Meet the Book Blogger Tag! I was tagged by the wonderful Mani @ Mani’s Book Corner. You all should definitely go check out her blog because it’s fantastic! I’m very grateful for the tag though, once again, I must apologize for taking forever to do it 😅 One day, I’ll be on top of my tag game… one day.

Alright, let’s jump in!


The Rules:

  • Nominated bloggers can nominate ten other bloggers.
  • Use the same questions from the tag.
  • Tag the original creator (Bibliomavens) and the blogger who tagged you

The Questions:

Who is your all-time favourite book character?

Oof, we’re kicking off with a tough one, huh? There are so many characters that I adore from a lot of different books, it’s hard to pick one that is my all-time favorite! It’s like picking a favorite pet! My current favorite would probably be Tarisai from the Raybearer duology by Jordan Ifueko. She’s an incredible main character and it is a pleasure watching her grow throughout the series. And I think it would be fun to hang out with her! I’m a little sad that there won’t be more books in this series (as of right now) because I’d love to see more of Tarisai’s life.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which book would you take with you? (Survival books do not count)

Okay, for once I’m not going to cheat on this question and make up an omnibus for a series I love that doesn’t exist 😂 So I’ll pick a book that has would have high readability for me and is a standalone. I’m going with The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I just know that every time I read it, I would find something new to love. Thinking about this now, I kind of want to re-read it!

What’s your most unpopular book opinion?

I honestly don’t think I have any really unpopular book opinions. Maybe it’s the fact that I don’t like DNFing books? I mean, I’m perfectly fine with other people DNFing, I actually champion it! Life is too short and all that. But when it comes to my reading, I feel like I have to finish everything I start, even when I’m not particularly enjoying it. I mean, that’s the only reason I ever finished the dumpster fire that is The Scarlet Letter. Which maybe isn’t such a great thing…

What’s your weirdest bookish habit?

Besides pushing myself to read a book I’m hating? Probably the fact that I can’t do other things that require any kind of thought when I’m listening to an audiobook. Like… any thought. I can’t even play a mindless game on my phone or color! If I do, I invariably stop paying attention and lose track of what’s going on in the story. Which means I have to rewind until I find something that sounds vaguely familiar, lol. The only time it isn’t an issue is when I’m driving, which makes no sense as driving requires all my attention! My brain, she is a complicated beast.

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Hello, reader!

Today on the blog, we’re gonna get into my first tag/award of the year. Which I really should have done last year, but I am notoriously slow at completing tags 😅 I love being thought of for these and I always appreciate a tag or nomination! It just might take me awhile to get around to actually writing my post, heh.

That being said, I was nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award! This award has been a part of the community for awhile but, if you don’t know, it was created to boost those in the community who are “creative, positive, and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.” I was tagged by the one, the only, Becky @ Becky’s Book Blog and I’m so grateful. You should definitely check out her blog if you’re a fantasy fan or just love good, bookish talk in general. She’s a gem in this community 💖

Alright, now it’s time to get into the post!


The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to there post.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked of you.
  • Nominate 11 new bloggers and ask 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and showcase the logo in your post.

Becky’s Questions:

What was your last 5 star read?

My last five star was Our Bloody Pearl by D.N. Bryn and all I can say is what a way to end 2021! This book had everything I could want in a fantasy novel about sirens and more. It even had found family, which is swiftly becoming my favorite trope. Even more so than books about books… and that’s saying a lot! I adored all aspects of this beautiful, intense story and I can’t wait to read whatever this author writes.

What 2022 release are you most looking forward too?

It may have a questionable cover, but hands-down my most anticipated release of 2022 is Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse! I was completely captivated by the first book in this series, Black Sun, so you know I can’t wait to see how it continues! I already waxed poetic about this in my #5OnMyTBR post, so I’m not going to go into it again. But I cannot wait to read this!

What’s your favourite genre, and the one book you would recommend from it?

If you’ve been around the blog for any amount of time, this will be an easy one to guess 😂 I’m a fantasy girl and I have been since I was a little kid. And, if I could only recommend one book, it would have to be Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko. One day I’m gonna shut up about this book, but today is not that day. This has everything a good fantasy should have: excellent world-building, an incredible cast of characters, and a journey that captures your imagination. Even better, once you read and fall in love with this one, there’s a whole second book to keep you going!

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Quick Fire Fantasy Book Tag

Hello, reader!

Welcome to another Tuesday! Today, I thought it would be fun to do another book tag. And I figured it would especially fun to do one that focuses on my favorite genre. It’s the Quick Fire Fantasy Book Tag and I’m excited to participate! This was created by The Bookworm Dreamer and it looks like a lot of fun.

Before I jump in, I wanted to thank Dini @ Dini Panda Reads for tagging me! I love her blog and she has one of the cutest headers I’ve ever seen ❤ If you’re looking for a new, fun book blog to follow, I highly recommend checking her out.

Alright, let’s get into this tag!


The Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
  • Link to the creator’s blog (thebookwormdreamer.wordpress.com) in your post
  • Answer the prompts below – all fantasy books!
  • Tag 5 others to take part
  • Enjoy!

The Prompts:

5 STAR BOOK

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

I have so many 5 star fantasy books, so I thought I’d go with a more recent one. I feel like I don’t talk about it nearly enough because I absolutely adored this book! It was a cinematic masterpiece in book form and I loved every second of it. The world-building was lush and vivid, the characters were compelling, and the plot was perfectly paced. I’m super eager to get my hands on the sequel coming out next year!


ALWAYS GOING TO RECOMMEND

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

And here we have the reason why I never talk about other fantasy books. It’s because I’m always talking about this one 😂 What can I say? The Raybearer duology is just stunning. I wish I could meet Tarisai, that’s how much I love her character. I loved the world of Aritsar. And I loved the found family aspect and discussions of how emotional abuse can affect someone. It’s a beautiful book and I will recommend it until everyone has read it.


OWN IT BUT HAVEN’T READ IT YET

The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

Hahaha, THERE ARE SO MANY! But one I recently required and am desperate to read is The Jasmine Throne. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from reviewers I trust. And my Illumicrate edition is extra pretty. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover buuuut… a pretty cover does get me 😂 I’m hoping to pick this one up soon!

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The Greek Gods Book Tag

Hello, reader!

Today, I’m bringing you a book tag that I’m so excited to do! I’m a big fan of Greek mythology (any mythology, really) and a big fan of book tags, so the Greek Gods Book Tag is the perfect combination for me. I’m hoping you have as much fun reading it as I do writing it!

First, I want to thank the lovely Erika @ And On She Reads for the tag ❤ Erika is an incredible blogger who writes fabulous bookish posts. You should definitely go check out her blog when you get the chance.

Alright, let’s get to the post!


The Rules:

  • Pingback to Zuky here so she can read all your posts!
  • You can use her graphics if you like, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.
  • Tag as many people as you want, but please share the love.

The Prompts:

Zeus, King of the Gods: Your favorite book

This is an unfair question! How am I supposed to just pick one?! To play along, I’ve decided to pick one of my favorite books that I’ve re-read the most: Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko. It’s a beautiful story with lush world-building and a main character you can’t help but love. The fact that the main character is an idealistic Black young woman certainly helps! I love this story and am always eager to fall back into the world of Aritsar, so this gets the top spot for now!

Hera, Queen of the Gods: A badass female character

The main character from Little Thieves by Margaret Owen immediately came to mind! Vanja is the goddaughter of Death and Fortune, a unrepentant thief, and a young woman bent on living her own life. She’s such an incredible character and I loved watching her work! Her growth throughout the story was wonderful to see, as well.

Janus, Good of Beginnings: Your favorite debut(s)

I’ve read a lot of fantastic debuts lately. I decided to go with one that I just read this year: The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna. This book blew. my. MIND! It was a stunning novel that felt like I was reading a movie. It’s vibrant, action-packed, and features a strong, Black character growing into her own. I absolutely loved this book and I can’t wait for the sequel!

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The Fantasy Tropes Book Tag

Hello, reader!

It’s Tuesday, which is the perfect day for a tag, yeah? This one is right up my alley because it’s the Fantasy Tropes Book Tag! Fantasy is my favorite genre, it’s what I gravitate towards the most, so you know I’m excited to do a tag focused around the inherent tropes.

We all know how long it takes me to do tags. This time, it took so long I got tagged twice 😅😂 So I want to thank two of my favorite bloggers, Danni @ _ForBooksSake and Erika @ And On She Reads, for tagging me! They both have incredible blogs that cover books of all genres and you should definitely check them out 💖

Alright, let’s jump in!


The Rules:

  • Mention the creator ( one’s peculiar )
  • Answer the questions
  • Tag as many people as you like
  • HAVE FUN!

The Prompts:

1 – The Lost Princess – A book/series you lost interest in halfway through.

When I first started the Anita Blake series, I was into them. Like, really into them. I tore through the first few books and was hungry for more. And then they just kept coming. And the actually story line started getting a little… dull. Which is hard to do when your main character is a vampire hunter and there’s lots of paranormal sexy times going on! I think I stopped at book 10 and I have no interest in going back.

2 – The Knight in Shining Armor – A hyped book/series you were swept up by.

The hype around The House in the Cerulean Sea was real! I had been hearing about it everywhere and it certainly piqued my interest. But, as happens sometimes with hyped books, I kept putting off reading it because I was nervous the hype built my expectations way too high. Funnily enough, not only did this book meet my expectations, it blew them out of the water!

3 – The Wise Old Wizard – An author who amazes you with his/her writing.

Erin Morgenstern. Hands down. When I read The Night Circus, I knew I would read absolutely anything she wrote. That’s usually a decision I reserve until I’ve read at least two things by an author! My faith was solidified when I read The Starless Sea which I loved as much if not more than her first book. Her writing is just top tier.

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Halloween Creatures Book Tag

Hello, reader!

Halloween is at the end of the week, so what better time is there to do a Halloween-themed book tag? Besides maybe the day of… but I’ll be busy bringing the goblins to get candy that I will definitely be sampling. Speaking of goblins, the tag I’ll be doing today is the Halloween Creatures Book Tag! I was tagged by the wonderful Erika @ And On She Reads ❤ Y’all should definitely go check out her blog because it is an absolute delight! This tag was created by Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward and it seems like it’s gonna be a lot of fun.

That being said, let’s jump in!


The Rules:


The Prompts:

Witch – A Magical Character or Book

Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

Not only is our titular character, Amari, magical, but this entire book is magic! I fell in love with this book and it’s characters as soon as I read it. It’s such a fun and whimsical story with high stakes and a lot of heart. It also doesn’t shy away from issues of racism, but it doesn’t make the story all about The Struggle. I’m so excited to read the next book in the series when it comes out!

Werewolf – The Perfect Book to Read at Night

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

This book doesn’t make a lick of sense. Well… most of it doesn’t make a lick of sense. But the bits that are actually about the house are not only great, but quite nerve-wracking. I think that’s because the author does a great job of setting up an unsettling and spooky atmosphere. I can only imagine reading it at night would enhance that even more.

Frankenstein – A Book That Truly Shocked You

Changeling by Matt Wesolowski

Funny story with this one. As I was reading it, I had a thought… a guess about the end. But then I dismissed it because I thought it was too wild. Turns out, I was right! You would think that would make this less shocking, but the way my jaw hit the floor when the reveal came around would argue otherwise 😂 This remains my favorite of the Six Stories series so far!

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Three Bookish Things Book Tag

Hello, reader!

Here’s me trying to catch up on my backlog of tags once again! I love tags so much, both reading and doing them, but they usually get lost in the book review/bookish memes/blog tour ether. Take this tag, for instance. I saw the Three Bookish Things tag floating around awhile ago and loved everyone’s posts! Yet it’s taken me forever to actually do it 😅 Still, I’m excited to finally participate because this one looks like fun!

First, I want to thank the ever-awesome Jenny @ JenJenReviews for tagging me! She runs an incredible blog where she reviews books from a variety of genres. She and her partner also host the Trope-ical Readathon which is A) super fun and B) one of the only readathons I look forward to every year. Go check her out when you have a chance!

I couldn’t locate who created this tag originally. If any of you know, please pass the info on because I would love to give credit where credit is due! Now, let’s get to it.


Three read once and loved authors

  • Jordan Ifueko: You know the author of Raybearer was gonna be at the top of this list! I fell in love with that book and Ifueko’s writing. She has a way of weaving a world that is completely enthralling. And the worlds she creates are so vivid and exciting! I can’t wait to read everything she writes.
  • Margaret Owen: Similar story with this author! I read her debut novel, The Merciful Crow, and knew I wanted to read everything else she would ever write. I love the sinister bend to her stories and the way she tackles social issues in a fantasy setting. I also love that her heroines tend to be of the snarky, irreverent sort! I’m currently reading her most recent novel and it’s just cementing my love of her writing even more.
  • Rebecca Roanhorse: The story here is a bit different. I haven’t read Rebecca Roanhorse’s debut. In fact, the first thing I read by her was a short story in the vampire anthology Vampires Never Get Old. And I freakin’ LOVED IT! After reading that, I knew I wanted to try one of her novels. Luckily for me, I got approved for an e-ARC of Black Sun. That book is currently my favorite read of 2021, hands down. Now I want to go back and read all her backlist!

Three titles I’ve watched but haven’t read

  • Invincible: I recently watched the show on Amazon Prime. It’s kind of funny because I’m not a huge TV watcher, but my husband watched the first episode and insisted I try it. We watched it together… and ended up binging the entire season in the next couple of nights 😅 It certainly made me curious about the comic series!
  • The Silence of the Lambs: I kind of hint to this in this week’s 5 On My TBR. I love this movie but have yet to read any of the source material. There’s something so intriguing about Hannibal Lecter as a character and I can only imagine we delve into him so much more in the books. I dunno if I’m gonna make it through the whole series, but I would like to at least read the first two books.
  • Dune: Imma be honest with y’all. I fell asleep watching this movie 😂 That makes me less than eager to try the source material. Maybe one day… perhaps if I make it through the new version they’re making, I’ll be hyped up enough to pick up the book(s).

Three characters you love

  • Zachary Ezra Rawlins from The Starless Sea: I think one of the reasons I love The Starless Sea is because I connected with the main character so much. He reminds me of myself as a young and slightly anti-social college student. I love his bookish-ness, his curiosity, and his determination to see things to the end. I’m also a sucker for his love story, omg. Dorian + Zachary 4eva!
  • Tarisai from the Raybearer duology: And the Raybearer series has made another appearance on this post! What can I say, Tarisai is one of the main reasons I adore these books. She’s so strong, but in a way that feels vulnerable. She makes mistakes, she learns, she adapts, and she refuses to give up on what she believes in. I love her determination and her stubbornness. Though I also love when she allows herself to rely on others. She’s just so multifaceted and I think that’s why she’s stuck in my head so much.
  • Mosscap and Dex from A Psalm for the Wild-Built: Okay, okay, I know that’s two characters, but I LOVE MOSSCAP AND HIS TEA MONK BFF!! This is a more recent love, but no less intense! Becky Chambers has a way of writing compelling characters that worm their way into your heart and her newest book is no exception. I can’t wait to get more stories with these two!
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Fall Bucket List Book Tag

Hello, reader!

As we are firmly settling into the fall season, I thought this would the perfect time to do the Fall Bucket List Book Tag! Not only does it remind me of all the things I love about this season, but I get to talk about books at the same time. Win-win! This tag was created by Read With Tiffany and it looks like a lot of fun.

First, I have to say thank you to itsKoo Reviews for tagging me! Definitely go check out her blog when you get the chance. Not only is it beautiful (love the colors!), but there’s always something interesting to read.

Alright, let’s jump in!


Light a Scented Candle – A Book That’s Lighthearted


Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell/Faith Erin Hicks (illustrator)

This works doubly because not only is it light-hearted, but the fall vibes are immaculate! It is set at a pumpkin patch, after all. This was such a cute, fun read that left me aching for a chill in the air and a warm drink in my hand. The end was fairly predictable, but I still found myself loving every moment of this. It helps that the art is gorgeous!

Drink Pumpkin Spiced Lattes – A Book That Has a Lot of Hype


The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

The hype was real for this book. So much so that I was nervous going into it. Well… that and the fact that I had heard about how brutal this book could be. I was happy when this story not only lived up to the hype, but surpassed it! I still haven’t finished the series because I’m just not ready to part with these characters 😩 I also suspect it’s going to rip my heart out…

Go Apple Picking – A Book That Has Fun Friendships


City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

I loved Cassidy’s relationship with her ghostly BFF, Jacob, in this book! And, once again, we have a read that fits well with the fall theme. It was spooky and atmospheric and incredible! The highlight, though, was definitely the friendship Cassidy and Jacob share and seeing how much they care about one another. That and the copious amount of ghosts.

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Never Have I Ever Book Tag

Hello, reader!

I’m back trying to catch up with the my book tags! I know so many wonderful bloggers who are sweet enough to think of me when they do these and I always feel so bad because it takes me forever to get to them. Case in point, I was tagged by three different, incredible book bloggers to do the Never Have I Ever Book Tag! So a huge, thankful, apologetic shout-out to Lili @ Lili’s Blissful Pages, Kimberly @ My Bookish Bliss, and Esther @ Cozy With Books for the tag! They all have wonderful blogs that you should check out, covering genres that run the gambit. Between these three, you’re bound to find something you love!

Now, as for the tag itself, who knows why it’s taken me so long to do it. I love games like this! This one will be far less alcoholic than the ones I played in college (😬), but I’m no less excited to play along. So let’s get to it!


The Rules:

  • Link back to the original creator! (Madame Writer)
  • Link back to the person who tagged you! (Lili, Kimmie, and Esther, y’all rock!)
  • Answer all prompts.
  • Add one more prompt of your own.
  • Tag at least five people.
  • Don’t lie.
  • Have fun!

The Prompts:

Never have I ever… read a later book in a series – before reading the first book.

Yes… on accident. It was actually for a blog tour! I started reading the blurb for Frozen Rage by Steve McHugh and it sounded so interesting that I immediately signed up for the Storytellers on Tour blog tour. Turns out, it’s a novella that was number 6.5 in an ongoing series! Thankfully, the story stood pretty well on it’s own. There are things I’m bound to have missed, I’m sure, but I still really enjoyed the book. You can read my review here.

Never have I ever… burned a book.

NO!! I would never! I’ve read books that made me consider it (looking at you, The Scarlet Letter…) but I would never actually burn a book! The thought alone makes me shiver 😣

Never have I ever… read a book I knew I would hate.

No. I’ve read books that I was unsure about, sure. But never something I thought I would actively hate. Even when I read the Twilight series, I didn’t think I would hate the books. Why set myself up for a bad time, ya know?

Never have I ever… wrote a fanfiction about my favorite books.

No. But that’s mostly because I’ve never written a fanfiction about anything. It’s not something outside the realm of possibility, but I’m much more a consumer of fanfic than a writer.

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This or That Book Tag

Hello, reader!

I’m back with another book tag! I was tagged by the wonderful Danni @ _ForBooksSake to do the This or That Book Tag. She is one of my favorite bloggers and my go-to when I need a thriller or horror recommendation! You should definitely go check out her blog. Thank you so much for the tag, Danni ❤

This tag was created by Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks and it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun, so let’s get to it!


The Rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  • Tag other people to do the tag and spread the love!

The Questions:

Reading on the couch or on the bed?

Lately, I’ve been gravitating towards reading on the couch. Mostly because, when I read in bed, I end up falling asleep 😂 That can be dangerous (and painful) when you’re reading a chonky one!

Sweet or salty snacks while reading?

If I’m snacking and reading, I typically lean towards salty snacks. Not because I love salty snacks more than sweet ones. I have a huge sweet tooth! But most of the sweet treats I like can be a bit messy to eat and I ain’t trying to get ice cream on my books. So we go with salty, lol.

Trilogies or quartets?

Though I do love even numbers, there is something about a trilogy that just hits different. I think it’s the perfect length for a series! Enough books to satisfy but not so many that I start to lose interest, ya know? Of course, there are exceptions (high fantasy, mostly), but I tend to love trilogies the most.

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