Book Blogger Hop: Jan 28 – Feb 3

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!

This Week’s Question

Have you ever attended a book signing? If so, who was the author?

Submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer.

Yes, I have! Two, actually, both in 2019. I had never been to a book signing before that, mostly because I had never lived in a place where they were both close and convenient. My family and I had recently moved to the greater Boston area, however, and suddenly I was spoiled for choice! But this was in late 2019… and we all know how 2020 went down.

But I digress! At least I was lucky enough to experience the two that I did!

Anyways, the first signing I went to was for Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo! I was pretty proud of myself for attending the signing by myself. I am not a fan of doing social things alone because I am ✨awkward✨ But I really wanted to read Ninth House and I really wanted to meet the author, so I sucked it up and signed up. I had a great time, too! Leigh Bardugo is quite funny and it was interesting listening to her talk about the book and her inspirations. And she complimented me on my Hamilton shirt when I got my book signed! I don’t remember at all what I said in response… probably some bumbling thanks followed by nervous laughter… but it was a lovely experience all around. It also took place in this beautiful library, so win-win!

Not to downplay Ms. Bardugo and the fun I had at her signing, but the next one I went to was, by far my favorite. And that’s because it was for The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern! Though I had been nervous about attending the Ninth House signing, I held no such reservations when it came to Morgenstern’s sophomore novel. I didn’t care that I was going by myself to an unfamiliar part of town in the middle of the night. There was no way I was going to miss it! And I’m so glad I went because I had such a great time! First of all, fans of The Night Circus are a passionate bunch and I saw so many incredible outfits that reflected the passion that night. There was one woman in full Victorian garb and she looked fantastic! Second of all, they were allowing people to have other books signed beyond our fresh, new copies of The Starless Sea, so I got to have my original copy of The Night Circus signed, as well! Most importantly, though, is the fact that Erin Morgenstern is an absolute gem. She has a wit and charm about her that makes you feel like you’re having a casual chat with a friend. I remember us talking about Dragon Age: Inquisition as I got my book signed! And I was actually able to talk like a normal person and not be 100% awkward! More like… 90% 😂 It was such a fun night and a memory I will cherish forever.

Here’s hoping I’ll be able to make more memories like that in the future.

The Cat Markings Book Tag

Cat Markings Book Tag

Hello, reader!

Today, I’m bringing you a tag that combines two of my favorite things: cats and books! This is The Cat Markings Book Tag, which was created by Laura @ The Corner of Laura. If y’all don’t know, I have three cats and my family has had cats since I was around five years old. I’ve grown up with this furry little predators all my life and I can’t picture myself ever not having a cat in the house. So, when I was tagged by Riddhi @ Whispering Stories to do this, I jumped at the chance! You should definitely go check out her answers to the tag and her blog, as well 😊

Alright, let’s get the post!

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 for the tag, Riddhi!)
  • (Optional) Use the graphics and don’t forget to credit the original creator (The graphics were also created by Laura @ The Corner of Laura)
  • (Optional) Tag 5 or more other people.

The Prompts:

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Black Cats: Pick a book that doesn’t get the love it deserves.

I’m going with Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine but, honestly, the entire Great Library series deserves so much more love than it gets! I’ve not met many people who have read it and that is a shame. It’s an incredible start to a fantastic series that centers around the concept of what the world could look like if the Library of Alexandria never burned down. It’s a fantasy, so it takes this idea in some intriguing directions. The best thing about this book/series, though, is the found family element. You’ll find yourself rooting for these characters in a surprisingly short amount of time!

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White Cats: Pick a book with great disability rep

A book I read recently that jumps to mind is Our Bloody Pearl by D.N. Bryn. The main character in this story is a siren whose tail was crushed by a cruel sea captain. As a result, she no longer has any feeling below the waist. She has to learn how to manuver around in this new body and I think the author did an excellent job of conveying the feelings that can go with that situation. Of course, I would take my opinion with a grain of salt as I’m not part of the disabled community! I do think it was well done and it was great to see a MC with a disability being featured in a fantasy novel. I need and am going to make reading more books with disability rep a top priority.

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Ginger Cats: Name your favourite male character

Now I know The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern was not for everyone, but I adore this book. One of the reasons I adore it is because of the main character, Zachary Ezra Rawlins. I connected with him so much! He reminded of myself in college (although his experiences turned out to be vastly more interesting) and he had a lot of mannerisms that I share. He’s just such a quiet and unassuming protagonist and I thought it was compelling to see such an “ordinary” person get tossed into extremely extraordinary circumstances. Also, gotta love a fellow bookworm who loves gaming, as well.

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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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Book Tag: Bookish Heavenly Virtues

Bookish Heavenly Virtues Tag

I realized the other day that I haven’t done a bookish tag in quite some time. Then I discovered this tag over at The Pine-Scented Chronicles and it looked really unique! So, ya know, I snagged it 😉 I do love a tag with interesting questions that really make me wrack my brain for books to match. Time to jump in!

CHASTITY: Which author/book/series you wish you had never read?

This book fills me with such a rage. I understand that characters in books don’t have to be likable, but dear LORD. These characters weren’t just “unlikable”, they were detestable! And the story itself was just completely uninteresting to me, so I really had nothing to enjoy. This is the book that put me off classics for a long, LONG time. Just… no thank you.

TEMPERANCE: Which book/series did you find so good, that you didn’t want to read it all at once, and you read it in doses just to make the pleasure last longer?

There are a few that fit this category, but I’ll pick the most recent one. I absolutely adored The Starless Sea and I definitely wanted to make it last as long as possible. I found myself finishing a chapter and purposely putting the book down because, if I didn’t, I would just tear through the entire book! It did help that I was reading it for a book club and we had a reading schedule. I could just tell myself I couldn’t read past a certain part because then I would be too far ahead! Either way, I already wish I could jump back into this world ❤

CHARITY: Which book/series/author do you tirelessly push to others, telling them about it or even giving away spare copies bought for that reason?

The Great Library series! If I could make everyone I know read this series, I would! I love this series so much and it just doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It’s bookish. It’s got the whole found family thing going on, which we know I love. And later books have a bit of a quest aspect, as well! This series just ticks a lot of boxes for me and I want to be able to gush about them to someone who has read them!

(Sidenote: this could work for TEMPERANCE, too, because I still haven’t read the final book in the series. I don’t want it to end!)

DILIGENCE: Which series/author you follow no matter what happens and how long you have to wait?

*deep sigh*

I want to believe that George R.R. Martin will give us the ending to this series before the end of time. I do. But even my eternally optimistic self is starting to doubt. I just want to read Winds of Winter, dammit! I’m too invested in this story to not know how it ends!

And we are most definitely ignoring the TV ending.

So, as much as it is a knock to my optimism every year, I will follow this series and this author until we finally get a conclusion or I die. Honestly might die first.

PATIENCE: Is there an author/book/series you’ve read that improved with time the most, starting out unpromising, but ultimately proving rewarding?

This book is exceedingly long. So. very. long! And, though it started on a fairly high note, it slowed down a fair bit fairly quickly. There were quite a few times that I thought about giving up… but I am SO glad I didn’t! This is one of the few classics that I ended up really loving! Even with the slog in the middle, this was still a wonderful book and it had a lot more going on than I had originally thought. I’m so glad I stuck with this one.

KINDNESS: Which fictitious character would you consider your role-model in the hassle of everyday life?

I know, I know… I already included The Starless Sea on this list, but it’s been a loooong time since I’ve connected with a character as much as I did with Zachary Ezra Rawlins! He is me as a book character. I don’t know if his homebody ways would be considered as a good thing to model my life after, but it’s the life I want to lead. Also, the way he reacts to all the strange circumstances of this book are way better than what I would have come up with… He’s a kind, smart person and that’s really all I’m striving to be in this world.

HUMILITY: Which book/series/author do you find most under-rated?

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles is another series I wish I could make everyone read. I read these books as a child and absolutely loved it. Actually, these were the only books I would read for about a year, heh. Once I read the first one, I had to have the subsequent books and I just read and re-read them over and over. I’m extremely sad that, during one of my family’s many moves, these books disappeared. I would love to re-read them again! I honestly don’t know how popular or not these books are or were, but I feel like I don’t hear about them nearly enough.

If you find this bookish tag as interesting as I did, consider yourself tagged! I’d love to see other readers’ answers to this questions. So, if you decide to join in on the fun, drop a link down below!

And, as always, happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Hangovers

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

Tuesday has rolled around again and it’s time for another TTT. This week’s theme is book hangovers. As in your top ten books that left you so wrapped up in the world and the characters that it took you awhile to pick up anything else to read. Or, if you did pick up another book, you just couldn’t get into it.

I’ll be honest, this doesn’t happen to me as much as I would like it to! I tend to roll right along after finishing a book, even if I absolutely loved it. As I was going through my recent reads, though, I did find ten books that had this impact on me in varying degrees. After looking at the list, I think the common theme is that they were all beautifully descriptive and had interesting concepts in addition to characters I instantly loved.

So let’s take a look at my top ten last books that gave me a book hangover!

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Book Review: The Starless Sea

Title: The Starless Sea

Author: Erin Morgenstern

Genre: Contemporary fantasy

Source: Purchased (local bookstore)

Rating: ★★★★★

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One Sentence Synopsis

Zachary Ezra Rawlins, a young college student who enjoys books and video games more than the company of most people, comes across a very real story from his past in an ancient looking book of fairy-tales.

Favorite Quote

“Not all stories speak to all listeners, but all listeners can find a story that does, somewhere, sometime. In one form or another.”

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An Exciting Book Haul!

Hello everyone and happy Thursday! I’m always excited as the work week comes to a close, but I’m extra excited this particular Thursday. I got some book mail that I was NOT expecting and I wanted to shout it to the rooftops! I’ve also recently hauled a few other books I’m excited about, so I figured I might as well make it a post, right? With that said, let’s jump in!

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