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

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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

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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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The Bookworm’s Book Tag

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Today on the blog, I’ll be doing another fun, bookish tag! Tags are some of my favorite posts to do and I’m glad I’m finally starting to catch up on them. I’m excited to bring to you The Bookworm’s Tag, which looks like it’s gonna be a blast. I was tagged by the lovely Livy @ Shelves of Starlight. She runs a fantastic bookish blog, so you should definitely go check it out! Thank you so much for the tag, Livy! Sorry it took me forver to get to it 😅 This tag was originally created by Jehosheba @ Rambling Reviews.

Alright, let’s get to the questions!


The Rules:

  1. Thank and link the blogger who nominated you
  2. Include the tag graphic in your post
  3. Answer the 10 questions the blogger asked
  4. Nominate 5-10 bloggers
  5. Ask you nominees 10 book related questions
  6. Don’t feel bound to these rules
  7. Have fun!

Livy’s Questions:

Where is your favourite place to read?

Currently? The recliner in our living room. I can play an ambiance video on YouTube, cuddle with the cats, and keep an eye on our youngest all at the same time, lol. If I’m reading a book where I don’t want to be too distracted, I’ll read up in my little office or on the bed or, if the weather is agreeable, on the back porch. Those are my go-to spots!

What has been your favourite book so far this year?

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse! Hands down! Will I shut up about this book any time soon?

Probably not.

But that’s only what it deserves! This is a vivid and lush story set in ancient Mesoamerica that will have you completely wrapped up in its world. The world-building? Top shelf! The characters? Compelling! The… everything?! EPIC!

Seriously, I loved this book and I want more people to love it too. If you haven’t read it yet (especially if you’re a fan of fantasy), I’m begging you to give it a try!

Which book are you excited to read in the second half of the year?

Is anyone surprised by this?

Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko is my most anticipated book of 2021, so of course it’s the book I’m most excited to read in the second half of the year! This is the sequel to Raybearer, my favorite book of 2020, and I’m both stoked to read it and a little nervous. This is the problem with loving the first book in a series…. what if I don’t love the subsequent books as much?

There is also the fact that this is the last book in the series. I don’t know if I’m ready to say goodbye to Tarisai and the world of Aritsar. Still, I’ll be reading this book in August and I cannot wait!

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The Last Ten Books Book Tag

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It’s time for another book tag and this one looks like a lot of fun! I’ll be doing the Last Ten Books book tag, which just asks ten questions about some of the last books you picked up. I was tagged by the awesome Danni @ _ForBooksSake what feels like ages ago and I’m just now getting around to it 😅 Danni runs a fabulous bookish blog (where she just surpassed posting every day for the last year!) and she’s also an incredible artist. You should definitely check out her blog when you get the chance. I’m not 100% sure who originated this tag. If you know, please let me know so I can properly credit them.

And now, the questions!


The Questions:

The Last Book I Gave Up On

Heh… please don’t come at me for this one. But it’s definitely Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart.

Look, I haven’t given up on this book, necessarily. But of the books I’m currently reading, this is the one I would reach for last. I don’t think it’s the book’s fault, though. It has a bit of a slow start and I started it during my weird June reading mood, so I just couldn’t get into it. I’ve heard it gets more exciting as you go, so I do plan on finishing eventually. It’s just not on the top of my priority list right now.

So I guess I kind of cheated, but that’s all I got!

The Last Book I Reread

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko! I recently re-read this for two reasons:

  1. I have the audiobook and hadn’t listened to it yet.
  2. I wanted to re-read it before I start the e-ARC for the sequel!

I loved it just as much as I did the other two times I read it. Also, the audiobook was incredible! Makes me want to pre-order the audiobook for Redemptor…. like I need another copy of that book, lol. I really don’t.

…Or do I?

The Last Book I Bought

I just bought a bunch of books because my work gave me an $100 Amazon gift card and I went wild, lol. One of the many books I got was The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass! I’m so excited to read this creepy sounding YA horror! Which may or may not have influenced my team choice for the Trope-ical Readathon, even though you can read any of the team books 😅 I’m just loathe to move away from Team Mystery/Horror/Thriller!

Anyways, this book sounds incredible and I’m excited to read it next month!

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Zodiac Sign Book Tag

Hello, reader!

It’s time for another tag! Now, I’m not someone who is super into astrology. I can’t tell you what are the typical characteristics of signs (that aren’t mine, lol) and I know nothing of the difference between your moon sign, rising sign, and all that. But I do book tags and I learning about the various signs! So I’ve been very excited to get to this tag.

Before we dive in, though, I want to thank the lovely Becky @ Becky’s Book Blog for tagging me! I’m sorry it’s taken me forever to get to it 😅 Becky runs a fantastic bookish blog that I think anyone could love. Definitely go check her out and maybe give her a follow!

Alright, now let’s get to the tag!


The Rules:

  • Link back to the creator, Just Dreamland
  • Link back to the person who tagged you!
  • Answer all the prompts.
  • Use the original graphics and credit the creator (The graphics don’t seem to work anymore soooo *shrug*)
  • Tag at least 5 bloggers and provide links to their blogs.
  • Name your Zodiac sign!
  • Don’t forget to add #ItsAZodiacThing tag.
  • You can either do the zodiac book tag /the zodiac music tag or both of them. Graphics for separate tags should be given at the end.
  • Enjoy!

The Prompts:

Well, I’m a Virgo. Virgos are, apparently, hard-working, creative, reliable, critical, and stubborn which… I can see, lol. Now to get to the prompts!

ARIES: A wild and powerful book, compelling from start to finish. Every page intoxicated your heart with incredible imagery.

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

“Wild” and “powerful” are definitely two words I would use to describe Black Sun! This book was a ride and half from page one onward. I loved everything about this tale, but one of my favorite things was definitely the vivid imagery that runs throughout. You feel like you’re in the world of Tova as you read and it is fantastic! I can’t wait for the sequel, which just had a cover/title reveal. If it’s half as amazing as this book, it’s gonna blow me out of the water.

TAURUS: A heart-wrenching story of a forbidden love that could tear a family apart

What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson

Nothing describes this story better than “heart-wrenching”. This was a dark, atmospheric thriller that has a forbidden romance running throughout. It is also potentially triggering, so please check trigger and content warnings before giving it a go! Still, I fell into this story quickly and was completely wrapped up in the unfolding drama. It’s beautifully written and I’m glad I got a chance to pick it up as part of a The Write Reads blog tour.

GEMINI: A book that is cheeky, quippy, and witty

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

One of my favorite things about the Rivers of London series is the witty and funny tone. The main character, Peter Grant, is most definitely cheeky, quippy, and witty and that bleeds into the overall tone of the story. I have laughed out loud numerous times and it just bring the story to another level, in my opinion. This series has been incredible, so far, and I can’t wait to continue!

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Mid-year Freak Out 2021 Book Tag

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June is over which means that we are over halfway done with 2021. Which, frankly, blows my mind. I don’t know if this year seems like it’s speeding by because 2020 was such a freakin’ slog, but I can’t believe it’s already July! But, seeming as we are past the midpoint of the year, it’s time to do the Mid-year Freak Out Book Tag! This tag is all over the bookish community, but I most recently read the tag that Fiona @ Fi’s Bibliofiles did. You should check out her blog because it is fantastic! Also, if anyone knows who originally created this tag, let me know so that I can properly credit them.

Alright, time to get to the tag!


The Questions:

WHAT IS THE BEST BOOK THAT YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2021?

I’ve only had 5 five star reads so far in 2021, but even if I had 100 by now, Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse would still be at the top! This book was SO GOOD. Like… it’s hard for me to explain in words how good this book was, even though I want to tell everyone about it because everyone needs to read it. Seriously, it’s incredible!

This is the beginning of an epic fantasy series set in Mesoamerica before colonization. It’s a beautiful and evocative tale that follows multiple characters as they prepare, in their own way, for the coming eclipse. Oh, and one of them may possibly be turning into a god. Everything about this story hooked me in and, though it’s a bigger book, I found myself flying through the pages. You can read my slightly more coherent review here!

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE SEQUEL OF THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR?

I just started the Rivers of London series this year, but I’m already loving it so much. So far, the second book in the series, Moon Over Soho, has been my favorite! It felt like the series really hit it’s stride in that book and it’s been steadily fantastic ever since.

This series follows a policeman, Peter Grant, who discovers there is an entire magical department of the London Met that no one talks about. He soon finds himself as the newest (and only) wizard in training and it just gets better from there. There’s something about the combination of fantasy and a crime thriller just hits perfectly, I swear. It doesn’t sound like it would work, but it truly does! It helps that Ben Aaronovitch has a great, conversational tone to his writing and his main character, Peter, is just as sarcastic as I am. It makes for a very fun time!

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Meet the Book Blogger Tag

Hello, reader!

It’s time for another lovely tag. This time, I’ll be doing the Meet the Book Blogger tag, which I was tagged for by the wonderful Becky @ Becky’s Book Blog! Thank you so much for the tag, Becky. I’m sorry it’s taken me forever to get to it 😅 Becky has an incredible blog where she talks about all things bookish. If you haven’t checked her out, you definitely should! And maybe give her a follow when you drop by.

So, as I’m sure you can imagine, this tag will teach you a little bit more about me, your friendly neighborhood McBookNerd! I always love doing tags like these because the questions are usually a lot of fun. This particular one was created by  Samantha and Amber @Bibliomavens. They came up with some great questions, too!

That being said, let’s jump in, shall we?


The Rules:

  • Nominated bloggers can nominate ten other bloggers.
  • Use the same questions from the tag.

The Questions:

Who is your all-time favourite book character?

Okay, so we’re not starting off easy, huh? Ummm… I’m going to go with a recent favorite in an attempt to not talk about the same book for all of these questions 😂 So I’m picking Xiala from Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse! She’s a Teek sailor that is tasked with transporting a “harmless” man across the sea. She’s everything I love in a main character! She’s sarcastic, she’s flawed, and she has a heart that is both bold and caring. I loved all the POVs in this book, but Xiala was far and away my favorite.

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

Hahahaha, WHY U DO THIS?! This is tough because a lot of books I love are parts of series and there’s no way I’m trying to exist on a desert island with only part of a well-loved series! So now I gotta think of all the standalones I’ve loved… Okay. Okay okay okay. This was a tough decision, but I’m going with The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern for a couple of reasons. One, I adore Morgenstern’s writing, so I don’t think I would ever get tired of reading it. And, two, it’s the kind of book that hits differently each time you pick it up, so I wouldn’t get bored!

What’s your most unpopular book opinion?

Um… hmm. I don’t know if this counts, but probably the way I have my bookshelves set up? Or, rather, the complete lack of organization that is my bookshelves. I just throw the books on there are pray for more room, at this point, lol. The only other thing I can think of is that I’m very lukewarm about fae books. I dunno… they just don’t really capture my interest 🤷🏾‍♀️

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The Fellowship of the Ring Book Tag

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As you may or may not know, I’m currently tackling re-reading (or, in the case of the last book, reading for the first time) the Lord of the Rings trilogy. My history with these books is… not great, lol. Though I love the tale of Frodo and company, I always found Tolkien’s habit of going off into long, rambling tangents to be a tough slog. I made it a few chapters into The Two Towers before I completely gave up 😅 But this time, I’m determined to get through them. This time I have two things going for me: I’m listening to the audiobook as opposed to reading it physically and I’m buddy reading it with a bunch of the Write Reads gang! It’s already helping because my rating for The Fellowship of the Ring, which we just finished last month, jumped from one star to four. There’s just something about listening to this book makes it so much easier to get lost in the world.

Now, having just finished the first book, I thought it would be the perfect time to do The Fellowship of the Ring Book Tag! I was tagged by the wonderful Fiona @ Fi’s Bibliofiles, who has an incredible bookish blog! If you’re a fan of fantasy, you can’t go wrong checking out her posts and giving her a follow. Also, her blog is just so pretty 😍 This tag originated at Unputdownable Books and Fi found it on FMN’s top 100 book tags list.

Now, let’s get to the tag!


The Fellowship:

Gandalf – A book that taught you something

Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch

Though this entire series is focused on magic and the doings of magical beings, I’ve really been enjoying how much focus is on the police work and the history of the different communities in and around London. I’ve learned a lot about the city through this book and the author is so detailed about different sections of the city that I feel like I’m there! I’m also a fan of true crime, so I love learning about the workings of the Met.


Frodo – A book that left a mark on you

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Look, ever since I finished this book last year, I have not been able to shut up about it. I’m sure y’all are tired of hearing me talk about this by now 😂 If that’s not leaving a mark, I don’t know what is! I adore this book so much that I’ve already re-read, which is very rare for me. I’m planning on re-reading it again this year before I pick up the sequel! This is a stunning, young adult fantasy that has incredible world-building, fantastic characters, and will just settle in your heart in the best of ways.


Legolas – A book you finished in one sitting

Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall

I read this book for a blog tour hosted by The Write Reads last year. I had been hearing nothing but fantastic things about it from a lot of bloggers. It’s a fantasy that involved bonding with magical creatures, as well! The premise had me hooked and, then, I actually picked it up. I’ve never read a book over 300 pages faster! I tore through this story in one day and had a bit of a book hangover once I finally emerged from its pages. This was incredible and, even better, it’s just the first book in a series!


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