Today on the blog, I’m bringing a music inspired book tag. This is the Red (Taylor’s Version) Book Tag as created by Tiffany @ Gazer of Books! Now, I’m not the biggest Swiftie, but I do like her a lot of her music. Folklore was on repeat in my car for an embarrassingly long amount of time. I also love her current project of redoing her old albums so they reflect how she really wanted them to sound. So, while I wasn’t waiting with bated breath for the release of the new and improved Red album, I still enjoyed it when it came out.
That being said, when Tiffany put out a call for bloggers who would like to be tagged, I jumped at the chance. Now, let’s put some music and get to the post!
Link to the original creator and her post: Tiffany from Gazer of Books
Declare the rules and list of prompts in your post (Feel free to copy the original format and graphics!)
Tag all the Swifties in your life!
State of Grace – A Painful Romantic Love
Though I don’t know how their romance will ultimately end, the first one that popped into my mind was Alyce and Aurora from Malice by Heather Walter. Everything in this story is conspiring against these two and it makes my heart hurt! I loved this story quite a bit and I’m eager to see how their love story will end in the sequel.
Red – A Book or Character That Makes You See RED
Ooo, do I get to talk about my hatred of Wuthering Heights by EmilyBrontë again? Because that book is the WORST! I apologize to all the WH lovers out there, but I hated this book so much, I “lost” it as soon as I was done with it. I liked literally nothing about it; not the characters, not the plot, not the writing. Everything about this book made me want to raaaaage. Ugh… never again…
Treacherous – A Book You Couldn’t Help But Buy
Definitely House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas. Look. I wanted to try a SJM book and this cover was very pretty.
I also came across it in a Target, I believe, and I just… couldn’t… resist! I snapped it up and now it sits on my TBR bookshelf with all of my other impulse buys 😂
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!
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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.
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!
The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!
It’s time for another Book Blogger Hop! I’m loving the creepy, spooky theme that’s been happening in October and this week’s question is no exception. It’s also kind of a difficult one that delves into two of the classics of horror. Have I stirred your curiosity? Then let’s get to the post!
This Week’s Question
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein VS. Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Which classic story is scarier?
It’s time for a new round of Down the TBR Hole! This is where I go through my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf and do a bit of cleaning up. If you want to see the full description of what this post is all about, check out my first round HERE.
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a Down the TBR Hole post, hasn’t it? And you know what that means. My Goodreads Want to Read shelf has gotten quite a few additions 😅 I ended my last post with 625 books on the TBR. Where am I currently sitting? *cough668bookscough* I mean… I’m proud of myself for not breaking into the 700s! There’s that 😂 But I’m still in the part of my Want to Read shelf that I added when I first joined Goodreads, so there’s a fair chance I’ll be able to pare this down a bit this round.
With that being said, let’s jump in to round nine!
Woman with a Blue Pencil by Gordon McAlpine
Starting off with a tricky one! The premise of this one sounds intriguing, if potentially confusing. We are following a Japanese character who has been written out of a story but is still trying to finish it! We also get snippets of the editor’s letters to the author, who is a Japanese-American imprisoned at an internment camp during WWII, urging him to make his story more “patriotic”. And that’s where my hesitation lies because this was written by a white, contemporary author. I’m not saying he can’t do a wonderful, nuanced job of capturing the emotions surrounding the circumstances. But it’s just not the same as someone of actual Japanese or Japanese-American descent telling this story, in my opinion. Perhaps future-me will change her mind, but, for now, it’s off the TBR.
Hellraisers by Alexander Gordon Smith
This is a YA paranormal dystopian/horror and I haven’t been a fan of YA dystopian books in ages. Not saying that this couldn’t pull me back into the fray, but it was published around the time when I fell out of love with dystopian novels in general. Beyond that, the premise doesn’t sound like anything spectacular. It’s about a teen gaining massive demonic powers to help save the world at great peril to himself and probably those closest to him. It just doesn’t capture my interest anymore, so off it goes!
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
For someone who claims that her favorite bookish trope is “books about books”. this one has been on my TBR for an embarrassingly long amount of time 😅 I mean, it’s set in a potentially magical bookstore! It sounds like something I would genuinely love, so of course it gets to stay. Now I just need to make time to read it!
If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.
Changeling by Matt Wesolowski: The Six Stories readalong continues! I’ve literally just started this one today and I’m already getting sucked into the story. I already had this one on my Kindle, but I’m really eyeing the audiobook 👀 I just keep hearing such great things about it! Maybe for book four… Anyways, I’m excited to get more into this one and see where it leads.
The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo: And then we have a book that’s not even on my TBR for this month, lol. What can I say, I saw it at the library, it’s super short, and one of the librarians said it was awesome. How could I not check it out?? I’ve read just a few pages, so I don’t have any real impressions as of yet, but I’m hoping I’ll love it.
If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.
Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart: I’m reading this with a few of the folks from the Write Reads gang and, so far, I’m enjoying my time with it! Am I kind of confused? Yes. But I’m still completely sucked in by the imagery and the plot, so I’m having a good time, lol. I’ve also only completed part one as our vacation last week put me behind. You would think I would read more on vacay, but that was not the case! Either way, this is the story of two Jamaican witches who should hate each other having to work together to overthrow a common foe. I’m intrigued and excited to continue!
Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch: This is the fifth book in the Rivers of London series, which I have been buddy reading since the beginning of the year and loving! I think Moon Over Soho continues to be my fave, but I’m liking this one so far. Our main character, Peter, is on the case of two missing girls which, at first, doesn’t appear to be magic-related. But, of course, it wouldn’t be a Rivers of London novel without some magical funny business. I’m behind on this buddy read, as well, but what I’ve read so far, I’ve enjoyed.
I have been rather quiet on the blog this past week, haven’t I? The only excuse I have is that it was my birthday last week (woo, 38!) and I was distracted! Our kids also started back to school which, in turn, caused me to me have to adjust my hours at work and go in earlier. While I like getting off work early, these 4:30 am wake ups are gonna be the death of me 😩
Annnnnyways! Enough of that jibber-jabber. All that matters is that I’m back with a new post! It’s time for another #5OnMyTBR post and this week’s theme centers around a kind of book that, I’m not gonna lie, intimidates me. They’re old, they’re dense, and, more than likely, some teacher has tried to force them upon you at one point in your education. That’s right, we’re talking about classics! Now, from my admittedly unfair description, you’ve probably guess that I’ve been burned by classics before.
Looking at you, Wuthering Heights…
But! I have read a few that I found myself loving! Going through my Goodreads TBR, I tried to pick five that I think will lean more towards the “I love it!” side as opposed to the “Kill it with fire!” one 😂
#1. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
The number one book on my Goodreads Want To Read shelf is this chonker right here. I’ve wanted to read Les Misérables since I fell in love with the musical. I know it’s going to be different. I know it’s probably going to be even more depressing. But I still think I’m going to really love it! Now if I could just get over how much it intimidates me, maybe one day I’ll actually read it!