The Official Spooky Season Book Tag

Hello! I wasn’t tagged on this but I’m stealing it anyway because I think it sounds fun. I found it on Books Are 42′s blog.

This fun and spooky tag was created by Noly

The Rules

Tag the original creator (The Artsy Reader)
Use the official banner
Answer the prompts and questions
Tag 5 people
Have fun and get spooky!!!

Question 1: You hear a strange noise in the night – the monsters got inside! Which book character would you choose to protect you from harm? No questions, Cal Leandros. It’s basically his job to kill monsters and he’s pretty good at it.

Question 2: You go on vacation and your hotel is located right next to a cemetery. Which book character do you really hope is not hiding in the shadows? The Blade from Banshee Cries by C.E. Murphy. It’s a Banshee type creature that is all sharp angles and sounds scary as hell!

Question 3: It’s a particularly cold night and you decide to stay inside. Which three book characters would you like to spend a trivia quiz and board game night with? Hmm, let’s go with Harry Dresden, Mercy Thompson and Joanne Walker. No particular reason other than they came to mind lol.

Question 4: Time for a big adventure! The scary book you pick transports you into its world. Where do you end up? I don’t read a lot of scary books, so I can’t really pick one of those. However, I think living in the world of Game of Thrones would be pretty traumatic.

Question 5: No Halloween without Trick or Treat-ing! Which book character do you think has the sweetest tooth? Oh wow, I never thought about this. Um, I’m going to say Joanne Walker because she likes hot chocolate with a shot of mint and pastries.

Question 6: The fairies are angry and want a sacrifice from your bookshelf. Which scary book has to go and why? I think the only scary book I have is Rose Madder by Stephen King, so that would be the one to go.

Question 7: You decide you feel more autumnal rather than halloween-y today. Which book setting would you choose for a more cosy and less scary vibe? Hmm maybe somewhere real, like Chicago or Seattle in the fall.

Question 8: The witch is cooking up a spell in her cauldron and you have to add one magic ingredient. Which item from a book are you adding to the mixture? This is a really hard question! I can’t actually think of any kind of special plant or magic ingredient from a book.

Question 9: You get to decide which bookish place to visit for Halloween. Which book setting is the scariest – and gets crossed off the list? The Other World from Coraline. That place just seems horrid!

Question 10: The big day is finally here: it’s Halloween! Which book character do you dress up as, and what would be part of your outfit? Ya know what, I’m going to say Harry Dresden, even though I’m a woman. I would wear a long trench coat and carry around a wand of some kind.

I’m not tagging anyone but if you see this post and want to do this tag, please do so and let me know in the comments so I can read your answers too!

2023 Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

I came across this tag on Warm Days Will Never Cease’s blog and thought I would do it myself.

Best Book You’ve Read This Year?

I haven’t been reading as much this year so there may be a lot of duplication happening here. The best book I’ve read this year so far is Rose Madder by Stephen King. A much older book but really good.

Best Sequel You’ve Read?

Hmm, I think Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier was probably the best sequel. It did a great job of wrapping up a trilogy and Fainne was my favourite character in that series.

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

I’m not really up to date on new releases as I’m trying to get through books I’ve had for years, but the latest books in the Black Jewels series by Anne Bishop

Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year?

Like I said above, I’m not up to date on new releases so I don’t actually know what’s coming out this year.

Biggest Disappointment?

Seer of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier. The main character in this novel had been set up in a certain way in the previous two books and this one just subverted all that.

Biggest Surprise?

Hmm, maybe Rose Madder. This was a book my roommate recommended I read and I knew nothing about it going in.

Favourite New-To-You or Debut Author?

J.V. Hilliard. I read by his debut novel The Last Keeper and the sequel Vorodin’s Lair. Both were excellent.

Newest Fictional Crush?

I don’t have one

Book That Made You Cry?

Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier. A beloved character from the first book passed away and it was very sad.

Book That Made You Happy?

Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier. There were a lot of struggles in the this novel for the main characters and the ending just made me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Favourite Book-To-Film Adaptation?

I haven’t see any this year

Favourite Post You Have Done This Year?

Probably my post Fantasy Novels with (Almost) no Sex in Them. It was something I’d been thinking about for awhile.

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year?

I’ve only bought two so I guess the Black Jewels book I picked up. I actually can’t remember which one I bought lol

What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of the Year?

Nothing is ever set in stone. I generally choose what to read based on my current mood so I will see how I feel going forward.

Let’s Talk Bookish – Books on Vacation – June 17, 2022

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @Book Nook Bits, and it’s where we get to discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts! If you want to join in the bookish discussion fun, check out the June 2022 prompts!


Prompts: What books do you like to bring on vacation? Do you bring any books at all? What kind of books do you think are good for a vacation? How much time do you usually have to read on vacation? What does an ideal vacation with a book look like?

For me, this all depends on where I’m going and who I’m going with. If I’m with my family, I know I’m not going to have a lot of time to spend by myself reading. It’s expected that the family will be together, playing board games or just chatting. I still bring a book (because of course I’m going to bring a book), usually the one I’m currently reading.

Now, if I happen to be going to a cabin on a lake with only one friend, a friend who is also a reader, I know I’m going to have much more time to myself and therefore time to read. In that case, I’ll bring the book I’m reading plus the next one in the series (because I’m always reading a trilogy or series) and maybe the one after as well depending on the length of the books.

I once went on a week long vacation with a friend to her family’s cabin on a lake. We’re book big readers. I brought an entire trilogy with me. I didn’t get through all the books because they were fairly long, but I know I polished off two of them. I remember coming back and continuing on with the third book and it felt like it took so long to get through that last book. I had to keep reminding myself that the amount of time I had to actually sit and read was much less than it was while on vacation. That week, I would literally wake, get dressed, walk down some stairs and I’d be at the lake side. I’d sit out there all day, either reading or swimming. I think I occasionally ate something too lol. That was a great vacation!

Top Ten Tuesday January 21: The Ten Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s theme is Top Ten most recent additions to my Bookshelf. I allowed myself to do some boxing week shopping on books so I actually have stuff for this topic. (I’m on a self imposed book buying ban)

Monstress Volume 4

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Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6) by Illona Andrews

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Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniels #5.5) by Illona Andrews

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Besieged (Iron Druid Chronicles Short stories) by Kevin Hearne

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Scourged (Iron Druid Chronicles #9) by Kevin Hearne

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Starless by Jacqueline Carey

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Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson #11) by Patricia Briggs

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Magic Triumphs (kate Daniels #10)

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Brave the Tempest (Cassandra Palmer #9) by Karen Chance

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The Wolf (Under the Northern Sky #1) by Leo Carew

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Sorry for the late of pictures and the boringness of this post. I didn’t quite get around to properly finishing this.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Jan. 7 Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020. I couldn’t come up with ten for the first half of the year, or even the whole year. So, instead, here are my top five for 2020.

Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs

Release date: March 17, 2020

Format: Hardcover

Preorder: Amazon

This may only be a collection of short stories, but it’s short stories in the Mercy Thompson series, which is a favorite of mine. So, of course, I must have this book.

Age of Death by Michael J Sullivan

Release date: April 28, 2020

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Preorder: Amazon

Although I haven’t started reading this series yet, if it’s anything like his other books, I’m sure it will be amazing. This will eventually be added to my collection.

The Burning White by Brent Weeks

Release date: August 25, 2020

Format: Trade Paperback

Preorder: Amazon

Much like Age of Death, I haven’t started this series yet but I loved his Night Angel trilogy and I’ve heard great things about this series so I know that I will love it too. This will be added to the collection for later binge reading.

Peace Talks  by Jim Butcher

Release date: July 14, 2020

Format: Hardcover

Preorder: Amazon

Ah, every fan of the Dresden Files has been eagerly awaiting this! I’ll be waiting til it’s out in paperback (cuz I don’t buy hardcover books) but it’s good to finally have a release date.

Vampire Knight Memories Vol. 3 by Matsuri Hino

Release date: July 2, 2019

Format: Paperback

Preorder: Amazon

I love Vampire Knight. That’s all I have to say about that lol.


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