Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Tag

When Etta at Chonky Books tagged me, I was really excited because the tag looked like a fun one. Chonky Books is a blog I regularly hop onto. Several of the books from my TBR come by way of the fantastic reviews from the website. Please check out the blog when you have a chance to! Also, I crave donuts every time I go there. (You’ll know what I mean once you head on over there.)


Rules:

  • Make sure you give credit to the original creators of this tag – this tag was originally created by Bree Hill.
  • If you want to, pingback to the post you first saw this tag
  • Have fun!

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What is your fantasy origin story? (The first fantasy you read)

The very first fantasy book I can recall is Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede. This solidified my love of dragons and smart heroines who refuse to succumb to societal pressures about appropriate behavior. Cimorene can live with a dragon rather than want to be rescued if she wants!

If you could be the hero/heroine in a fantasy novel, who would be the author and what’s one trope you’d insist be in the story?

Stacey Lee mainly writes YA historical fiction novels. She creates these compelling, strong female leads, and I need her to make me both compelling and strong. My novel would be Lee’s foray into romantic medieval fantasy with a rivals-to-lovers trope about two individuals (me and my love interest) who have to figure out how to not butt heads long enough to combine their strengths to overcome a plot they stumble upon to replace the newly crowned king’s betrothed with an imposter. The one bed problem is welcomed. Spoiler Alert: The imposter is the real betrothed and she’s just trying to get her rightful place back as the true heir to the throne. The imposter was there along put there by the newly crown king so he could take the throne. It’s still a work in progress. Heh…

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What is a fantasy series you’ve read this year, that you want more people to read?

Anela Deen’s In the Jaded Grove (my review)is the first book in the Kindred Realm series, and it deserves more love! It’s a beautifully written fantasy that is fast-paced. The two main characters Jessa, a woman who has suffered great tragedy, and Simith, a pixie who is tired of his realm’s on-going war, have great chemistry together. I enjoyed Deen’s writing, which is full of vivid descriptions. I’m eagerly awaiting the next in the series!

What is your favourite fantasy subgenre?

Medieval fantasies have always been my favorite with magic, dragons, and swords. I do, however, prefer damsels who may be in distress but are actively working to get out of the distress themselves instead of waiting for a knight in shining armor. Kick-ass female protagonists are my favorite!

What subgenre have you not read much from?

I consulted with the list of subgenres linked from Etta’s tag responses for this question to find subgenres. There are so many!! I don’t think I’ve ever read a weird west fantasy. I certainly was not aware this was a subgenre.

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Who is one of your auto-buy fantasy authors?

I don’t think I’ve found an auto-buy fantasy author yet. I plan to get the rest of Andrea Stewart’s The Drowning Empire trilogy and Lori M. Lee’s Shamanborn trilogy. Does that count?

How do you typically find fantasy recommendations? (Goodreads, Youtube, Podcasts, Instagram..)

I’m a regular blog hopper. Blogger reviews have contributed to more than half of the books on my TBR and it just keeps growing by the week. For instance, I have Tricia Levenseller’s Daughter of the Pirate King on my reading app because I came across the reviews on Chonky Books. I might have skipped it otherwise. Bloggers are awesome! (Not that I’m biased of course…heh)

What is an upcoming fantasy release you’re excited for?

I’ve repeatedly gushed about it on posts here and there but I’m eagerly awaiting Hannah Whitten’s For the Wolf (June 1) and Lori M. Lee’s Broken Web (June 15). Of course, I need more Mephi from Andrea Stewart’s The Bone Shard Emperor (November 11). I’m super excited!

What is one misconception about fantasy you would like to lay to rest?

Fantasy is all dwarves, elves, and an all-seeing eye. Sure, Tolkien can be a starting point but the perception that fantasy is a single subgenre undervalues the richness of a genre that is nearly limitless in possibilities. The list of subgenres is fairly long and the books I’ve mentioned in the post range from elves to witches to magical scissors to magical books. It’s not just Tolkien. There’s more out there.

If someone had never read a fantasy before and asked you to recommend the first 3 books that come to mind as places to start, what would those recommendations be?

Fantasy novels have always been diverse in the beings or creatures (e.g. humans, elves, fairies, trolls, etc.) that exist, but I would like to highlight how characters have become diverse in other important ways. We have BIPOC representation, and I hardly ever got to see characters that looked like me in fantasy novels. Leads having social anxiety were less likely as well. Inclusion is slowly but surely happening!

Who is the most recent fantasy reading content creator you came across that you’d like to shoutout?

I’d really love to give a shoutout to authors for providing me with magic and adventure in what otherwise be a mundane life. Bloggers are awesome for the love and time they devote to creating content and subsequently fueling my ever growing TBR.


I TAG: Alienor @Fox’sWanderings, Andrea @Andrea’sBookCorner, Julie @OneBookMore, and if your name or the name of your blog has the letter “O” in it. If I didn’t tag you, you should still do it. It was fun.

This is a great tag! Thank you again, Etta, for tagging me! I had fun figuring out my novel and who would write it. I hope you choose to partake in it. I look forward to reading your responses!

The Bibliophile’s Night Out Tag

I saw this at White Rose Stories (whose blog is beautiful by the way) and thought, “I need a night out!”

RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
  • Link to the creator’s blog (booksnest.co.uk) in your post
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag 5 bloggers to take part
  • ENJOY THE TAG!

PRE-DRiNKS
a prequel/novella you’ve read

The Assassin’s Blade is technically a set of novellas. The Throne of Glass series ranks as one my favorites, and it wouldn’t be complete without the novellas. If anything, it’s worth reading for Sam.

THE TAXI TO ToWN
a book about travel

McKenna is the main character and she heads to Ireland from Massachusetts after finding out some information about her past. I enjoyed the lush descriptions of the places she visits while trying to track down someone to tell her more about herself. Yes, I’d like to visit Ireland one day.

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a book you didn’t like to start with, but then ended up loving

I was skeptical when I first read The Ninth House. I would not have read it had I not been reading it for a book club. The beginning was a bit slow, so I had to try a few times before I finally got through the beginning and then I couldn’t stop. I ended up loving it! (The friend who invited me to the book club discussion DNF’d it though.)

FIRST ROUND OF DRiNKS
a first book in a series

Midori sours are my weakness…This is my go-to drink but maybe the first round should be something new, so here’s a book in a series that I’d like to read. The Ninth House convinced me I should give Shadow and Bone a try. I have it on my reading app and forgot about it until recently so I hope to start this soon. If it’s as good as the reviews and as the book club says, I will likely be going through the Grishaverse in its entirety. If you’ve read it, I would love your take on it! Or, if you reviewed it, drop a link so I can check it out.

THE DANCe FLOOR
a book that makes you want to jump up and down with excitement

This is the last book that made me jump up and down. I was so excited when it arrived but had to restrain myself from reading it–I would have jumped to the end had I not done so. I finished it not too long ago though. Is it as good as I hoped? Yes. I couldn’t help sighing after I completed it.

THE TOiLETS
a book you wouldn’t touch with a barge pole

I don’t have a specific book that fits into this category…how about a genre?. I am terrified of horror–you won’t catch me with a copy of The Shining or anything remotely close to it. **shivers**

THE FiRST TO BAIL
the last book you DNF’d

I’m technically still working on it but it’s taking me longer to finish it than most books. It’s interesting. The beginning started off really good but I’m having a hard time with how the heroine is written and her interaction with the hero. I’m hoping to be able to pick it back up after some time away…um, a lot of time away.

THE JOURNeY HOME
a book you can’t really remember the plot of anymore

This is an older book but I suddenly started thinking about it after reading Adrienne Young’s Fable and Namesake. I haven’t read this since I was a kid but I think I might want to reread this because I do not remember who the murderer is.

THE MORNiNG AFTER
a comfort read

Rereading books make the best comfort reads. I just recently finished reading Meet Cute again and it was as good as I remember it. I still think the leads are great together. I still love that ending.

This was a lot of fun! If you need a night out, then I tag YOU!!
Please get me a midori sour while you’re out. Heh…

The Reread Tag

I saw this tag at a few places, but most recently at Kristin Kraves Books. I love rereading books. It’s one of the indicators of how much I enjoy a book, so I needed to do this one.

THE RULES:

1. A childhood favourite that you could read 100 times and still love.

Can you believe this was written in 1958? I had to read this for class a long time ago, but I now consider this a favorite and read it a few years ago. I remember liking the romance in this…I still do. It’s sweet.

2. A book you DNF’d but would be willing to give a second chance to.

I started it back in February but had to temporarily put this on hold while I tried to catch up with work and reviews. I am currently trying to finish reading it. (Review from Debjani’s Thoughts)

3. A newer favorite you would reread.

I adored this book. I already reread some of my favorite parts and will likely be rereading the whole thing soon. (My Review)

4. A book you hated and never want to read again

I’m not sure if I would say that I hated it as much as I was extremely frustrated with the main character who changed on me. I had such high hopes and then it was like I didn’t even know her at all. Don’t even get me started on the love interest in here. He made me mad too. (My Review)

5. A classic you read in school but want to try again.


I think Great Expectations might be something to reread just to see how I might feel about it now versus how I felt about it in school. This also just reminded me of Mono’s “Life in Mono” from the movie soundtrack. I included it for nostalgia’s sake.

6. An author you would reread anything from

This is a hard one but the first author I thought of was Lucy Score. She’s writes steamy romance novels. Of those I’ve read, there have been at least a few I’ve given 5 stars or nearly 5 stars too. Here are some of my recommendations.

7. A series you want to reread for the fun of it

This was one of my favorites in 2020. Colleen Cowley crafted a series that hit all the right places and a slow burn romance that had me wondering, “if this isn’t loooooove then why does it hurt so bad?” (Okay… so those aren’t the lyrics but please listen to Ruth B’s “If This is Love” and sing the above for the chorus instead. Ha…)

8. A book you’ve read but want to listen to the audiobook

Because it’s a good book and I know I’m doing an awful job pronouncing words, I’d like to listen to Firekeeper’s Daughter. For someone who has always had her name mispronounced throughout life, I think it’s important to try to get it right. (My Review)

If you decide to do the tag, I’d love to read your post!

OMG! That Song Book Tag

OMG! That Song Book Tag is a tag where you have to answer with both a song and a book. I love pairing books and music so I couldn’t not do it. The tag was created by Katie at Katesbookdate, and I saw it over at Kerri McBookNerd.

MY JAM

a song you have to listen to no matter how many times you’ve heard it before

a book you’ll never get sick of

I Feel It Coming” – The Weeknd
The Weeknd is currently one of my favorite artists. While I like his most recent tracks, this one may likely remain my favorite.

The Green Rider – Kristen Britain
This is the book I read nearly every year. A classic medieval fantasy about a girl who gets kicked out of school and ends up becoming one of the king’s messengers while she’s heading home.

THROWBACK

a song that reminds you of the cringiest time in your life

a book you read that you wouldn’t like if you were to read it now

“Missing You” – Brandy, Tamia, Gladys Knight & Chaka Khan
This is both a reminder of one of the cringiest times but also one of the most memorable. That’s all I can say…or would like to say. Ha! Isn’t this such a great collaboration though?

Silent Knight – R.L. Stine
I read this so long ago but it suddenly came to mind after seeing recent news on R.L. Stine and Goosebumps. My then best friend loved these novels, and I jumped on board with her. I remember enjoying The Fear Street series at the time but I don’t think I’d enjoy them anymore.

REPLAY

a recent song that you have on repeat

a recent favorite book

“Please Don’t Touch” – Raye
A fellow blogger on Twitter shared that she had Raye on repeat and I decided to check it out. And then, I had the entire album on replay. This one is probably my favorite though.

The Knockout Rule – Kelly Siskind
I gushed about it in a review already but I liked this book so much. The leads had great chemistry and the writing tugged at my emotions.

“broken hearts are messy splintered things that break time and again but keep ticking”


GETS ME

a song that is literally me

a book that is me in book form

OK Not to be OK – Marshmello & Demi Lavato
I loved this song the first time I heard it. It’s everything I needed.
“Don’t get lost in the moment or give up when you’re closest all you need is somebody to say…It’s okay not to be okay.”

Waiting for Tom Hanks – Kerry Winfrey
Overall, I thought the book wasn’t too bad. Annie isn’t my favorite heroine but maybe it’s because I saw too much of myself in Annie. HAHAHA. She has her Nora Ephron/Meg Ryan holy trinity while I have my duo–You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle. My head is always in the clouds and just about anything can turn into a meet cute in my head–hahaha. I’m going to have to reread this book now (Reviewed at A Little Haze Book Blog)

WUT

a weird song that you liked anyway

a unique book that stuck out to you for some reason

“Stonehenge” – Ylvis
This song reminds me of grad school so once in a while my friend and I send it to each other and laugh. It’s so random and funny. But seriously…what’s the meaning of Stonehenge? hahaha…

The Sun is Also A Star – Nicola Yoon
I love this book a lot, and I’ve mentioned it several times since starting this blog. It’s unique in that it’s the first book I’ve read written this way with multiple points of views that also includes an omniscient narrator (Reviewed at jthbooks; Reviewed at Reading Asian America)

LET’S GO

pick your best pump song

a book that inspires you

“Bubble Pop” – HyunA
OMG! This song will be 10 years old in July! It’s a lot of fun. It’s catchy and playful. I can’t help but get up and move around when it’s on.

Rockaway Bride – Pippa Grant
Willow, the heroine, plays it safe because she doesn’t want to worry her mom. When she finally gets the outlet she needs, she makes a bucket list of so many crazy things, including sleeping with a rockstar. Willow serves as an inspiration. It’s such a good book (My Mini-Review)

CHILL

your best relaxing song

a book you’d curl up with on a rainy day

YouTube found this for me while I was studying. This is now one of my favorites. It’s so relaxing.

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow – Laura Taylor Namey
Reading this book is like a being wrapped in a cardigan. Just thinking about it makes me want to grab a cup of mint tea. I enjoyed this book a lot. (My Review)

ADDICTING

a guilty pleasure song

a light [guilty pleasure]* read you can’t help but love

“Pull Marine” – Valentin Stuff
I don’t watch the show but I often find myself spiraling down a YouTube hole listening to various contestants from The Voice and other similar shows. I have a few favorites but this guys’ voice…the judges say it best…OH LA LA.

Since I Saw You – Beth Kery
Like the song, this book is also OH LA LA. There’s a whole lot of sex and there is a story, although not a lot. The book is good because Kery’s writing is sooo good.

*the original prompt was “trashy read” but I think guilty pleasure is a substitute I like better

NOSTALGIA

a throwback song you look back fondly on

a book you read and loved when you were young

“Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” – BSB
I grew up on boy bands, and I was a BSB fangirl all the way. Someone got into an argument with me because I liked BSB more, and she was an NSYNC fan–she threatened to beat me up. Maybe not a fond time to look back on but obviously it didn’t stop me from liking BSB. I like both P.M. Dawn’s version and the BSB cover of this song.

The Hero and the Crown – Robin McKinley
I’ve always loved fantasy. I’ve always loved fantasy with a strong heroine, and Aerin was one of my favorites. I first read this so long ago and reread it again a couple years ago. It’s remained a favorite and reminds me why I’m a fan of medieval fantasy.

TAGS

I had a lot of fun with this tag. It made me think of the past and the present. It even made my fingers curl when searching for the song that reminded me of my cringiest time in my life. *shivers* Now, it’s time to tag…YOU!! I would love to read your responses and see what you choose and I hope you have as much fun as I did.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

I made Valentine’s Day Cards! My cousin is a huge BTS fan so I made these just for her–that was originally my intention at least. I wanted to make some cards for some of my favorite book characters but I was having too much fun making these. Hopefully I’ll be able to make some next year. (They’re gifs so be wary of lots of motions..sorry!)

For some reason The Sound of Music was on my mind a few weeks ago
and then she showed me this photo of JK, reminding me of the famous Julie Andrews scene.


Are any of you Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (Goblin) fans?
You know what it means if you see the sword…right? Heh…


The rest turned into cards for me instead of her…Enjoy the cringe! Feel free to send/share!
I had a lot of fun making them. Suga’s is probably my favorite.





Jimin is just too…
{insert any adjective that describes how insanely good looking he is}

Year in Review: 2020

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Year: 2020
Goal: 150 Books

Read: 236 Books (267 including rereads)

I exceeded my reading goal…twice! Originally set at 100 books, I increased it as I inched closer to it and decided to increase it to 150. I met that goal, and then just kept reading. I read over 200 books (novellas included), and it was completely unexpected. I didn’t realize how much I’d read until I made more of an effort to track what I was reading on Goodreads. I went from a very, very long reading slump to reading nearly anything that sounded interesting to me. I’m positive this was an unprecedented year for me in reading so I don’t know how much I’ll be able to read in 2021.

*2021 READING GOAL*
Read at least 125 BOOKS

 

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Year: 2020
Goal: 1
Posted: 51

One of the best things that could have happened to me this year was discovering the bookish community and subsequently the bookish blogging community, which helped me to start my own blog. When I started reading again, I did not expect to become active on Twitter and I did not expect to start a blog…until I did. I reached out to Leelynn at Sometimes Leelynn Reads and she was welcoming and super helpful. It’s the end of 2020 and I’m still navigating a lot of things including being more consistent in terms of posting and my voice. However, I recognize that my posts are dependent on my mood during or after I finish a book…so I’m a mood blogger as well as a mood reader. The most consistent I am may will be how inconsistent I am. Heh…

*2021 BLOGGING GOAL*
Cross my fingers and hope for 51 posts
Celebrate my one year milestone

These are my five star reads of the year.ttt_cover-1The Crown Jewel of 2020
This was my top read of 2020. I planned a review for Today Tonight Tomorrow but I could never get it just right. Maybe one day, I’ll actually be able to post up how amazing this book was, how it made me nostalgic, and how I sat smiling after I finished it and just thought about how much I enjoyed high school…and then I remembered the one that got away. (hahaha)

ON LIFE

  • “We’re so in love with our past, we can’t trust that there are good things waiting for us in the future. And we have to move on. We have to make bold steps and believe in ourselves and in each other.” — In Case You Missed It (Lindsey Kelk)
  • “Braveness isn’t always loud. Sometimes it’s silent. There’s braveness in sacrifice and kindness. It’s in doing a thing that needs to be done, even though it’s hard, and even though it hurts.” — A Thousand Letters (Staci Hart)
  • “You can be strong and have moments of incredible despair. Those moments are not weaknesses. They are simply moments. And they are not you.” — Hate to Want You (Alisha Rai)

ON LOVE

  • “I already know that every time with her, it will be perfect, but I could do a million takes and never feel like I got it just right. Because I didn’t get to be her first. Because she wasn’t my first. But if I can be her best and last, I might come close to showing her that it’s the first time that anything I’ve ever done with a woman has felt this good and real.” — Sleeper (Kayley Loring)
  • “A thousand leagues and a thousand sands. For you, a thousand times I would defy the sun.”  — We Hunt the Flame (Hafsah Faizal)

ON LOSS

  • “People say time heals all wounds, but that’s just a lie. Grief is a chronic disease. The pain just keeps on coming.” Midnight Valentine (J.T. Geissinger)