Miscellaneous

BOOK TAG | Birthday Book Tag

1.) Count Your Birthday Along Your Bookshelf and Then Subtract Your Birth Month

I went to my LGBT shelf, counted 15, then substracted 12 – and so, I landed on… Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour?! Definitely a fitting title. Maybe it was meant to be. It has one of the best covers, and I love touching it.

Everything Leads to You

2.) If You Could Spend Your Birthday With Any Fictional Character Who Would It Be and Why?

Okay, maybe this doesn’t count, but I would actually love to spend my birthday with my own original characters? I have one of them in particular, Alicia who is special to my heart and I love inserting her into new worlds, so… yeah.

Alternatively, it might be fun to meet Magnus and Alex. I’ve never eaten falafel before and I genuinely don’t know what it’s made of, but they make it sound so good. And it would be nice to bond over being bi/pan and enby.

I’m reading The Ship of the Dead right now so here is a little fierrochase smooch

(art by martsy-m)

3.) Find A Book That Takes Place In The Season You Were Born In

I suppose any Christmas book would work for this, but I’m not really a big fan of winter. I read The Tenderness of Wolves forever ago, and I barely remember any of it, but I’ve been meaning tore-read it… and it definitely takes place in winter.

Gyengéd, mint a farkasok

4.) Find A Book That Is The Color of Your Birthstone

The three birthstones for December are tanzanite, zircon and turquoise, all different shades of blue. Another book I’ve been meaning to re-read is The Amulet of Samarkand, which is the first in a trilogy I used to love by Jonathan Stroud.

A szamarkandi amulett  (Bartimaeus trilógia #1)

5.) Pick A Book Set In A Time Period, World, or Country You Would Like To Have Been Born In

I definitely wouldn’t like to have been born in most fantasy worlds, seeing what all those protagonists go through. I also wouldn’t like to visit the past, thank you very much! The present is bad enough for queer people.

I suppose I’d like to live in the world of Failure to Communicate, because there are many cool alien– no, nevermind, I just remembered what they did to literally all mentally ill people. Man, this question is tougher than I thought. I love the island setting of If I Loved You Less, but let’s be real, I’m not made for an outdoorsy smalltown life?

Going to Scotland and falling in love with a hot Duke sounds pretty awesome though, and Portia keeps all the advantages of the internet and social media, so I think I found my choice in A Duke by Default!

A Duke by Default (Reluctant Royals #2)

I would love to look back on this in a year and see if anything changed. Happy birthday to me!

~ Alexa

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Miscellaneous

The End of the Year Book Tag

Hello, yes, November is still kicking my ass. I fear I won’t be able to finish the 4-5 books I still want to read for Mythoton, and I also barely have time to read blog posts by my bookish friends, which really, really sucks!

Still, I saw Destiny doing this book tag and decided to check in with you all about my year between two classes.

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Oh boy. I have two books that I need to finish because I’m supposed to have reviews up for them on the 1st and 8th of December respectively, and I’ll still need to read a sapphic book + write a review of it for the 9th of December. I haven’t chosen this third book yet, but I might use the book club pick for the Sapphic Book Club, to kill two birds with one stone. Also, 3 more ARCs with publishing dates in 2018.

There are of course plenty more I would like to finish before the end of the year, but these are the ones with deadlines that I really shouldn’t leave for next year.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

I don’t really pay attention to the seasons while reading, to be honest. Although I was sent an ARC of The Ghosts of Halloween by Ceillie Simkiss, which is definitely an autumn read, and I want to finish it this year even if Halloween is over.

The Ghosts of Halloween: A Learning Curves Short Story Collection (Learning Curves 1.5)

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

Yes and no? Daughter of the Sun came out this November, but I haven’t had the time to buy it yet. I admit I’m horrible at keeping up with release dates since I rarely have money to pre-order books, so I’m not sure what is coming out in December, and I likely wouldn’t buy them before next year.

Daughter of the Sun (Tales of Inthya, #2)

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

Honestly, there are a few sequels that I wanted to read this year, but I think I’ll be postponing them for next year – both for lack of time, and because some of them fit prompts on my 2019 challenges. So, what I really want to finish before the end of the year are all my ARCs up until 2019 January.

Polyamorous: Living and Loving More

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

Hah, I’m not really sure, unless I somehow find the time to read The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy. But… Dear Earthling sounds hella cute.

Dear Earthling: Cosmic Correspondent

Have you already started making reading plans for 2019?

Definitely! I made 3 different reading challenge lists: Around the Year in 52 Books, a personal challenge, and the Popsugar Reading Challenge. I’m hoping to finish everything on the first two lists, and hopefully a lot of Popsugar as well!

How is everyone else doing? I would love to hear from all of you!

~ Alexa

Miscellaneous · Readathon/Bingo

Book Tag | The Greek Gods

November is all about Mythoton, so this Greek Gods Book Tag will be a great way to link books to Greek gods, and also maybe update you on my progress. The tag was created by Zuky, and I picked it up from Louise.

I started out #Mythoton strong in the first couple of days, but unfortunately university hasn’t left me much time for anything else, and then I started catching up on Doctor Who, so I haven’t been making as much progress as I wanted – but I’d say I’m still doing well, considering.

Zeus: King of the Gods – your favourite book

Life Within Parole: Volume 2 (Chameleon Moon Short Stories)

Chameleon Moon is one of my favourite books, and the new short story collection that recently came out has so much polyamorous goodness that I simply have to list it here. It sure deserves a crown. Also, look at that cover.

Hera: Queen of the Gods – a badass female character

The Radical Element (A Tyranny of Petticoats, #2)

There are so many good answers for this, it’s difficult to pick one. So I’m going to pick 12 of them. The Radical Element was one of the best anthologies I’ve read this year, and it had twelve beautifully well-written historical fiction stories all with badass female protagonists.

Janus: God of Beginnings – your favourite debut(s)

The Queen of Ieflaria (Tales of Inthya, #1)

Definitely The Queen of Ieflaria. I can’t talk enough about how much I love this F/F fantasy book with pansexual princesses. And talking dragons.

Athena: Goddess of Wisdom – your favourite non-fiction book

Polyamorous: Living and Loving More

I… don’t think I really have one? I rarely enjoy reading non-fiction books. I’m really excited to read Polyamorous, though.

Aphrodite: Goddess of Love – a book you adore and recommend everyone read (other than your favourite book!)

Everything Leads to You

I actually used this book for the Aphrodite prompt in Mythoton as well, because damn, it has a beautiful cover – and it was amazing. It had sapphic love, artsy stuff, character development, addressing real issues, and just a wonderful writing style. It’s one of my new favourite books and everyone should read it.

Hades: God of the Underworld – an evil book you wish didn’t exist

Thirteen Reasons Why

There are exactly 3 books that I rated 1 star on Goodreads, so any of them would qualify, I think. Definitely this one, though, for a lot of reasons.

Hypnos: God of Sleep – a book so boring you almost fell asleep

The Energy Between Us (Lesbian Short Story Series, #1)

Listen, if it’s 47 pages and I can’t make it through it then something is definitely wrong somewhere.

Hermes: Messenger of the Gods – a book you sped through

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)

It’s not a book tag without recommending one of my favourite sci-fi series.

Poseidon: God of the Sea & Earthquakes – a beautiful & ground-breaking book

Akata Witch (Akata Witch, #1)

Akata Witch was one of the most imaginative fantasies I have ever read. I can’t wait to pick up the sequel, although I’m not sure I’ll get to it this year – there’s just so many great books to read!

Apollo: God of the Arts – a beautiful book cover

Birthing Orion

Birthing Orion is a poetry collection with sapphic goddesses, galaxies, and beautiful illustrations.

~ Alexa

Miscellaneous

Book Tag | Deep in the Ocean

I came across this book tag that was created by silverwolfreads (which is an amazing name tbh), and while I haven’t read To Kill The Kingdom, the book the tag is based on, it’s definitely on my TBR. I rarely read dark stories, but I make an exception for dark fantasy and fairytales, especially with mermaids.

You’re going on a vacation on a cruise boat for a week. Which book(s) would you pack to keep you entertained as you explore the seven seas?

A week? I pack one or two physical books and my entire Kindle library for a 2-hour train trip because I’m so indecisive. I love physical books, but honestly, nothing beats the convenience of carrying around hundreds of books on your phone/tablet.

Still, if I had to pick – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy would both be great for a cruise trip, but also they are quite heavy. Maybe the Murderbot Diaries? It’s four short novellas that are easier to carry. Those are all old favourites I’d love to re-read, which are safer than picking up new books.

You’re on the boat, and you start to hear your favourite song being played out from a nearby island. Which song would this be? What book do you associate with this song?

I’m bad at picking favourites, and the song I listen to the most change a lot. But I quite like Jet Pack Blues by Fall Out Boy and Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time by Panic! at the Disco. I can’t say I really associate books with them, although… I feel like the second one would definitely fit Monty from The Gentleman’s Guide.

Tone of Voice (Xandri Corelel Book 2)You go to the side of the boat and notice a mermaid sat on the rocks. She seems pretty bored. And you know of loads of awesome books. Which one book do you always recommend to people without fail?

I’d be really boring if I said The Gentleman’s Guide again, and I already mentioned The Murderbot Diaries as well. The other books I always recommend would be Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver, The Queen of Ieflaria by Effie Calvin, and Failure to Communicate by Kaia Sonderby! The sequel, Tone of Voice involves aquatic creatures as well, so maybe a mermaid would appreciate them.

The mermaid seems pretty happy with your suggestion, and swims off. You hear the song from a moment ago has stopped. And there doesn’t seem to many people about. Creepy, huh? What book gave you the chills whilst you were reading it?

I always have trouble with these questions because I rarely read creepy books… Although I just finished In The Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard and there was a part that definitely gave me the creeps.

Oooh, and Penpal by Dathan Auerbach. Technically, I haven’t read it in book form, but I remember reading it when it was only online creepypasta, and wow. I kind of got scared sitting in my own home in the dark yesterday when I remembered it.

My Real Name Is HannaThe song picks up again. But this time, it doesn’t sound like the normal version you’re used to. It sounds eery, and you can feel yourself walking towards the sound. You’re in a trance. Which book hooked you in from the very first page?

Okay, I totally love how this book tag is telling a story, but I’m kind of afraid of where it is going.

I feel like the most boring person in the universe if I say The Gentleman’s Guide again, so I’m forcing myself to pick something else. My Real Name is Hanna by Tara Lynn Masih fits this question perfectly, I think. The title, the cover and the very first few sentences absolutely hooked me. In the end, I struggled with finishing the book, but it was an eery and important read. And it definitely gave me the chills, so it could work for the previous question as well.

You’re climbing over the rails of the ocean, moving towards the sound of the singing. You jump into the ocean and a rush of cold hits you. What book has the biggest plot twist that you weren’t expecting?

Hm… this isn’t really a plot twist, and I hate when orientations are treated as plot twists, but I remember being pleasantly shocked when it turned out that the infamous leaked chapters about Nico di Angelo being gay were actually real. That was the beginning, and since then, Riordan has included genderfluid characters and bi protagonists in his work as well.

You begin swimming on instinct, nothing has come to get you yet. You feel like you’ve been swimming for hours. What’s the biggest book you’ve ever read? (Or the one that’s taken you the longest time to read).

I made an entire post about this recently. The funny thing is that the top 10-15 are mostly from the same 3 authors: Rick Riordan, J.K. Rowling and Cassandra Clare. (I only really like one of them lately though, so it’s double ironic.)

Chameleon Moon (Chameleon Moon, #1)Something grabs your leg. You start kicking. Which book deals with heavy/underdiscussed that always makes you want to put up a fight for righteousness?

I’m not sure how to interpret this question and I think there might be a word missing? Hm. I’m going to say Chameleon Moon because damn if I can’t relate to “hey, the world sucks and it’s literally on fire, but we’re still here, and we’re together, and we’ll protect each other”. Or at least, I want to relate to it.

They’re pulling you under the water. Which book had you on the edge of your seat, unable to breathe as you turned to the next page?

I’ve gotta say this one has to be The Gent— Okay, okay, I’ll pick something else!

I really don’t want to repeat the same 2-3 books all the time, but also no wonder that they are my favourite books when they fit all these questions. Hm, I’m going to say Sadie by Courtney Summers. It was a quick and action-packed read, but also heavy and kind of messed up in a real way.

You notice a glimpse of red. You notice a fish-like tail. It’s a siren. Which book would you recommend for people who love the ocean’s mythical creatures?

Let’s see…

Darker fantasy with mermaids: The Seafarer’s Kiss / The Navigator’s Touch by Julia Ember (F/F), Still Waters by Alex Gabriel (M/M), Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner (F/F), The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist by S.L. Huang (F/NB)

Selkies: The Witch Sea by Sarah Diemer (F/F)

Less dark, with mermaids: Out of Her Depth by Pike Martell (F/F), The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler (F/M), Moon-Bright Tides by RoAnna Sylver (F/F)

On my TBR: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (duh), The Mermaid’s Daughter by Ann Claycomb (F/F), Into The Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

There is an enormous screeching sound. The siren lets go. You float to the top of the ocean surface, gasping for air. You’re alive. You get onboard the boat, dry off and clutch your books to your chest.

Which bookish-friends would you call to share your experience with? Who would you believe you? Who should do this tag?

I’m going to tag Avery and also everyone who wants to do this!

~ Alexa

Miscellaneous

Book Tag | Halloween Creatures 2.0

I saw this tag over on Avery’s blog, and hey, it’s October, so why not? Like Avery, I don’t really read horror (or scary books in general) either, so I feel like I can’t really participate in most spooky October activities. This book tag seemed like a good compromise, because I love supernatural characters.

RULES:

  • Answer all prompts.
  • Answer honestly.
  • Tag 1-13 people.
  • Link back to this post.
  • Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)
  • Have fun!

WITCH — a magical character or book:

Akata Witch (Akata Witch, #1)

Akata Witch is one of the best fantasy worlds I’ve read, and I can’t wait to wait the sequel, which is already on the way here I hope.

WEREWOLF — the perfect book to read at night:

I always have trouble with “the perfect book to read when X” questions, because I just… read whatever I want regardless of time or season? I’m not sure what other people base their picks on.

Always Be You

I’m going to pick Always Be You, because even though it’s a short story, it’s incredibly cozy and must be great to read while curled up in bed.

FRANKENSTEIN — a book that truly shocked you:

The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist

Hm… I made the mistake of forgetting the original ending of The Little Mermaid before I went into this retelling, and let me tell you, it was darker than I expected. But damn, The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist is amazing (and queer!).

THE DEVIL — a dark, evil character:

The Lifeline Signal (Chameleon Moon, #2)

I don’t think most stories I read have truly evil characters… But Major Turret would definitely count. As would Sharpe.

GRIM REAPER — a character that never should have died:

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)

This is difficult… I know that the character death in this book was necessary for the plot, but I still think those characters deserved better.

Two characters die in the entire Chameleon Moon universe ever, and I’m still not over them.

Shout out to Raphael Santiago, because I’m down with that fandom and that universe but he is still special to me – although he is fading in my heart.

Also, there’s a character death in Exit Strategy that broke me as well.

ZOMBIE — a book that made you “hungry” for more:

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)

Any book in the Murderbot Diaries series. Please just give me the full-length novel right now.

GARGOYLE — a character that you would protect at all cost:

I’d protect Murderbot, but I doubt they need me – more like, I’d let them protect me. I’d also protect any character in Every Heart a Doorway, but they definitely don’t need it either, especially Jack, who is my favourite. This is difficult!

The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, #4)

Can I just, protect Nico from anything that makes him sad? Thanks. Including that awful outing scene.

VAMPIRE — a book that sucked the life out of you:

Orlando

I’m sorry, but Virginia Woolf’s writing and I just really aren’t getting along. I’m having trouble with A Room of One’s Own as well.

GHOST — a book that still haunts you:

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

Let’s just not.

DEMON — a book that really scared you:

The Better to Kiss You With

I don’t really read scary books, but I suppose The Better to Kiss You With had a part towards the end that scared me?

SKELETON — a character you have a bone to pick with:

If I Loved You Less

I have so many bones to pick with Theo. But also, other people in the book pick bones with her too, and I actually love how they call her out and make it clear that they do it out of love because they know she could be better? This book was an ugly look in a mirror in a way.

MUMMY — a book you would preserve throughout time:

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, #1)

I didn’t expect to like this book so much, but damn, the hype was right.

CREEPY DOLL — a cover too scary to look at:

6...5...4 (Rémálom könyvek, #2)

I never undertood what they were thinking with these covers for a YA book.

~

So… while none of these are really horror (maybe except the last one), I think I managed to get some darker reads in. Have you read any of these?

~ Alexa

Miscellaneous · TBR

TBR Book Tag

Nearly every book blogger I know struggles with their TBR. The acronym literally stands for “to be read”, and it can mean either the books you already own and haven’t read, or all the books you want to read whether you own them or not.

I saw this tag on betwinedreads. If you know the original creator, please tell me!

HOW DO YOU KEEP TRACK OF YOUR TBR LIST?

I have three different shelves on Goodreads to keep track of my TBR.

  • My “want to read” shelf has everything I’m interested in buying/reading, and I don’t really hold back with that one. I use it to show interest, and also to support authors because I know it’s good if more people add their books.
  • My “owned and unread” shelf has every book that I already own, but still haven’t read.
  • And my “immediate TBR” has books that I already own and want to read soon, either for my yearly challenges, or because I’m really interested in them.

IS YOUR TBR MOSTLY PRINT OR E-BOOK?

My “owned and unread” shelf is full of e-books, mostly because I downloaded MANY free books from newsletters, or Amazon’s free section. I’m not sure I’ll ever get around to reading all of these.

My immediate TBR is more mixed, but still has many ebooks. They are just cheaper and easier to carry around.

HOW DO YOU DETERMINE WHICH BOOK FROM YOUR TBR TO READ NEXT?

I participate in a lot of reading challenges, where the prompts help narrow down what I’m going to read next. Starting with September, I also started experimenting with a structured TBR where I pick books in advance based on specific categories.

Elveszett próféciákA BOOK THAT HAS BEEN ON YOUR TBR THE LONGEST

Hah… This is still Good Omens, which has been on my TBR since 2013. If I didn’t already own it, I might actually delete it at this point, but this way I still want to read it.

A BOOK THAT YOU RECENTLY ADDED TO YOUR TBR

The last book I added to my TBR is Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley. I’m not sure about it, because it’s over 600 pages and nonfiction, but I’m really interested in the lives of these two women. I already read many small anecdotes about Mary Shelley that make me curious.

The Surface BreaksA BOOK ON YOUR TBR LIST STRICTLY BECAUSE OF ITS BEAUTIFUL COVER

I keep removing and re-adding The Surface Breaks because I just can’t decide. Pros: Beautiful cover, Little Mermaid retelling. Cons: Sounds kind of cliché and I just really can’t tell from the blurb how it’s different from the original.

A BOOK ON YOUR TBR THAT YOU NEVER PLAN ON ACTUALLY READING

I mean… if I didn’t even plan on reading it, it wouldn’t be on my TBR. But there are definitely books I got for free (legally, mind you) that I’m not sure I actually want to read. Still, I want to give each of them at least one chance before I delete them. Like… Jack The Ripper: The Truth about the Whitechapel Murders. Seriously, what was I thinking?

AN UNPUBLISHED BOOK ON YOUR TBR THAT YOU’RE EXCITED FOR

The Murderbot novel Martha Wells is planning, definitely. But it doesn’t even have a title or a cover yet! 😦 I’m also excited about Outrun the Wind. I have an ARC of it, but I haven’t had time to read it yet.

There are many books I added to my TBR because they sounded interesting, but the publication day is so far that I really don’t know much about them yet.

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)A BOOK ON YOUR TBR THAT BASICALLY EVERYONE HAS READ BUT YOU

I actually caught up on two very popular books recently, Six of Crow and The Gentleman’s Guide. I still haven’t read Crooked Kingdom though, so maybe that?

A BOOK ON YOUR TBR EVERYONE RECOMMENDS YOU

I still don’t know what to think of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – the blurb doesn’t really sound appealing, but everyone I know who has read it absolutely loved it, even those who said that it wasn’t their usual genre? What is it about this book?!

A BOOK ON YOUR TBR YOU’RE VERY EXCITED TO READ

I’m really interested in Humans Wanted, because 1) it’s an anthology, 2) it’s sci-fi, 3) I love the Tumblr post it’s based on. But books based on Tumblr posts…? To be honest, I’m a little skeptical. Still super excited, though.

THE NUMBER OF BOOKS ON YOUR GOODREADS TBR SHELF

As of 09.23, there’s 902 books on my Want to Read shelf, 61 books on my immediate TBR, and 366 books on my owned and unread shelf.

How many books are on your TBR? Are you really planning to read all of them?

~ Alexa

Miscellaneous

BOOK TAG | What’s On My Bookshelf?

Uni has only just started, and I already feel dead inside exhausted, so reading isn’t going too well. Unfortunately, this also means a lack of reviews queued, so… time to do some book tags, which are both fun, and generally take less time than reading + reviewing a book! Also, I got a couple of great books lately so maybe I can include them here.

This book tag was created by Emily from Wicked Good Reads.

A Library Book

Lesbian Studies: Setting an Agenda

I originally went to the library to pick up A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf, but in the end I left with three books – one of them was Orlando also by Virginia, which I’ve been meaning to read for a while, and the other one was Lesbian Studies – Setting An Agenda by Tamsin Wilton, because… how can I not read that?

A Book You Got As A Gift

Run

I got Run by Kody Keplinger, a F/F book with a blind protagonist as a gift years ago, and… I still haven’t read it. I really want to get to it soon for the Lesbian Book Bingo, though.

A Childhood Book

Az anyu én vagyok

I actually just unhauled many of my childhood books because we moved houses – I know, I know, getting rid of books is awful, but unfortunately books are pretty heavy and carrying boxes full of them up two stories is not fun. We still have plenty of books left though! A childhood book I kept is Az anyu én vagyok (I am Mom) by Gábor Nógrádi, which is a really fun middle-grade novel about a mother and a tomboy daughter who switch bodies for a short time and have to walk in each other’s shoes. My copy is also  signed by the author! This is actually paired with another book by the same author where a father and a son switch bodies, but I did unhaul that one.

A Magical Book

The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe

I haven’t read The Dream-Quest of Vellit Boe yet, but from the cover and the title, it definitely seems like a magical book. I admit this was a bit of a cover buy, but also it was in the SFF section and it’s apparently award-winning, so I’m sure it’s great.

A Romantic Book

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

My first thought was actually A Duke By Default by Alyssa Cole, one of the best romances I’ve ever read, but I don’t have it on my bookshelf, so… Oh! The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler. It’s a book I rarely talk about even though I loved it. It has a wonderful romance where I’m kinda in love with both people, subverting/questioning gender roles, mermaid folklore, twin sisters, mystery, and so many great things.

A Steamy Book

A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals #1)

I don’t actually read steamy books and I certainly don’t have them on my physical bookshelf where my parents can see them… I do have a few ebooks, though. I recently finished A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole, and while I enjoyed it less than A Duke By Default, I still love it and it definitely has steamy parts.

An Old Book

A birodalom visszavág (Csillagok háborúja, #5)

My copy of the Empire Strikes Back is super old, mostly because it’s actually my father’s copy that I claimed for myself. It’s very loved and treasured, though.

A Book That Makes You Happy And/Or Laugh

Úriemberek ​kézikönyve: a bujaságtól az erényekig (Montague testvérek, #1)

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue made me laugh so many times, and having a Hungarian copy of it makes me incredibly happy. It’s still rare to see LGBT books in Hungarian bookstores, and we don’t have an LGBT section, so you won’t actually know it’s that unless you already know the book.

A Book That Makes You Emotional

Assassin's Creed: Black Flag (Assassin's Creed, #6)

“when i thought about it i goggled at the sheer bloody guts of it. the courage it must have taken for her to do what she did. and i tell you, my sweet, i’ve met a lot of extraordinary people. some bad. some good. most of a mix of good and bad, because that’s the way most people are. of all of them the example i’d most like you to follow is hers. her name was mary read. i know you won’t forget it. bravest woman i ever met, bar none.”

Okay, so obviously Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag is based on the videogame and mostly has the story, but it still counts. They both make me hella emotional, but in slightly different ways. The book doesn’t have the music and the visual montage that made me cry at the end of the game, but it has plenty of Edward’s own narration, and one of my favourite quotes that doesn’t appear in the game at all.

A Book Whose Ending You Dislike

9...8...7 (Rémálom könyvek, #1)

I remember when I read 9… 8… 7… (and its sequels) as a teen, and the ending had a really cliché plot twist, and I nearly threw the book across the room. Fortunately, the author has actually written two endings and I was more happy with the other one. (Also, those covers are still super creepy. You didn’t have to go that hard, dude.)

A Book You Wish Had Illustrations

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)

Any book is better with illustrations! But Every Heart a Doorway (+its sequels) could especially use them. I’d really love to see an illustrated version.

A Book Or Genre You Love To Read On A Rainy Day

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)

I know rainy days sound romantic in theory, but the weather pretty much never has an effect on my reading preferences, so… Maybe All Systems Red, because I’d love to read it anytime.

Miscellaneous

BOOK TAG | The Hayley Kiyoko Book Tag

The Hayley Kiyoko book tag was created by Mahana from thesapphicbiblio (which is a blog I can’t believe I haven’t been following before), which is all about sapphic and/or F/F books! I originally saw this tag at sapphicsolace.

I read a lot of sapphic books, although strangely not many of them reach the true “favourite” status. Also, the beginning of this meme was somehow easier than the second half, but I still enjoyed it.

GIRLS LIKE GIRLS

Saw your face heard your name/Gotta get with you/Girls like girls like boys do/Nothing new

your favourite sapphic read?

I’m going to pick The Queen of Ieflaria, since I love the Chameleon Moon but my biggest favourite characters/ships are mostly male or enby.

The Queen of Ieflaria

FEELINGS

I over communicate and feel too much/I just complicate it when I say too much

your favourite sapphic couple?

“He sets a fire, our wings burn. We all fall down. But that’s not how the story ends.”

I’m going to pick Celeste/Radio Angel from The Lifeline Signal, and I would love to squee about them but everything else I say would probably be spoilery.

The Lifeline Signal (Chameleon Moon, #2)

GRAVEL TO TEMPO

I’ll do this my way/Don’t matter if I break/I gotta be on my own

your favourite sapphic protagonist?

One of my favourite protagonists is Xandri from Failure to Communicate/Tone of Voice, who is also bisexual and polyamorous.

Tone of Voice (Xandri Corelel Book 2)

SLEEPOVER

But at least I got you in my head, oh yeah/At least I got you in my head/In my head/Sleepovers in my bed

your favourite (best) friends to lovers romance?

One book that I enjoyed but rarely talk about is Time Will Tell by M. Ullrich, which has a really sweet second-chance romance with two best friends. My main problem with the book was that the blurb made me expect a time travel story, when in fact it’s a contemporary book, with the time travel only occuring towards the very end. In other words, I got a completely different book than I expected, and this frustrated me even if the book was otherwise good.

Time Will Tell

WANNA BE MISSED

I wanna be held, fragile like glass/’Cause I’ve never felt nothing like that/Say you can’t walk/Can’t talk, go on without me

a book you need to reread?

I kind of plan to re-read Not Your Sidekick before I go on to the third book (that isn’t out yet), but I didn’t re-read it before reading the second one and there was a neat summary, so I’m not sure. Still, it’s a fun book.

Not Your Sidekick (Sidekick Squad, #1)

MOLECULES

So what should I do/All that’s left is molecules of you/Tried to rearrange/Did you feel that everything was strange

saddest character death?

More like “character death that made you the angriest”, because I definitely felt more rage than sadness. But it’s gotta be the one in Down Among The Sticks and Bones.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)

LET IT BE

‘Cause I believe we’re the ones who had it all/I believe we just had to learn to fall/I miss you, I/love you, so it’s really hard to see/Yeah, we just got to let it be

saddest couple breakup/separation?

I actually couldn’t come up with anything for this? I can’t think of a F/F book with a breakup/separation that really left a mark, although that might be because I don’t read that many sad romances anyway.

WHAT I NEED

Sure I would kiss you, I lay you with you/You broke, no, I can’t fix you/I won’t, no, won’t diss you/But babe, yeah, might miss you/If you’re cold and needed shelter/I’d hold you

a book that you had high expectations for but was disappointed in?

How to Make a Wish has been on my TBR for the longest time, and it was one of the first books I bought that had an #ownvoices bisexual girl protagonist, but I just didn’t enjoy it that much.

How to Make a Wish

CURIOUS

I’m just on the floor, I’m like a model/Been looking through the texts and all the photos/But don’t you worry I can handle it

your favourite angsty romance?

Ice Massacre (Mermaids of Eriana Kwai, #1)

I’m going to pick Ice Massacre, although in the first book the romance hasn’t really happened yet… but that’s because of the number of obstacles these two have to face, so I think it counts as an angsty romance.

MERCY/GATEKEEPER

All I wanna do is cry/That’s all I wanna do/All I wanna do is cry/Bang my head, until I start to fly

your favourite sad book?

I’d say “messed up” describes it more, but Sadie is definitely sad as well. It also has a sapphic protagonist who has a very short thing with another girl that never goes anywhere because romance doesn’t fit into her quest. I wish we knew what could have been, if things happened differently, but that would be a very different book.

Sadie

PALM DREAMS

All the palm trees have the money/Watching from above the endless party/California, just a bad/dream/I won’t hang around until you want me

a sapphic book you think deserves more hype?

Uh, all of them, honestly? The Queen of Ieflaria definitely does, but I already mentioned it. So does Failure to Communicate, which has a sapphic protagonist but no sapphic relationship yet. Feel free to recommend me more sapphic books, especially sci-fi and fantasy!

~ Alexa

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BOOK TAG | 90s Movies

Hey there! You want to see me do a book tag based on movies I’ve probably never seen? Cool, here we go.

Jokes aside, I’m horrible at movies – if you say a classic or popular movie that is a “must-see”, there is a huge chance I’ve never actually watched it (even if I know what it’s about), and a pretty decent chance that I’ve either never heard of it or don’t know much other than the title.

For this reason, I’m going to do this book tag that I saw on Kristin Kraves Books, and I’ll also tell you if I’ve seen the movie the prompt is based on.

SHE’S ALL THAT
[ know the title, never watched ]

NAME A BOOK COUPLE THAT IS AN ODD PAIRING BUT THEY STILL FIT PERFECTLY

A Duke by Default (Reluctant Royals, #2)

A Duke by Default has a pairing that is sort of “opposites attract” – a younger, sociable woman who is an expert on social media, and a more traditional, older grumpy Scottish man who makes swords. But damn, this was one of the best romances I’ve ever read.

10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU
[ have watched ]

A BOOK/SERIES THAT YOU HAVE A LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH

Saving Raphael Santiago (The Bane Chronicles, #6)

I have completely left The Shadowhunter Chronicles fandom for multiple reasons long ago, and frankly, I don’t like to talk about it. I am not planning to read the new books, and I didn’t even feel the urge to read the “Malec trilogy”. And yet, certain characters like Raphael, Ragnor or Magnus still live in my heart, and Raphael in particular is incredibly important to me.

CLUELESS
[ saw gifs, never watched ]

A CHARACTER THAT IS TOTALLY CLUELESS BUT YOU LOVE THEM ANYWAY

Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries, #3)

My first thought for this was actually Harry Potter, who is definitely clueless and oblivious to the point that it’s funny, but I’m actually sort of neutral on him. My second thought was Murderbot, who is sort of clueless about (neurotypical) human interaction and the “whys” of many things, like hugs and eyecontact and such. I don’t feel like either of those are a perfect fit for this prompt, but I can’t think of anyone else.

TITANIC
[ have watched ]

NAME A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

How to Make a Wish

The latest book to make me cry was How To Make a Wish – it was a much heavier and more tense read than I expected, but I genuinely cried at the end.

AMERICAN PIE
[ heard of it, never watched, no intention to watch ]

A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU LAUGH

Not Your Sidekick (Sidekick Squad, #1)

I’d say both The Murderbot Diaries and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, but they were both used for other prompts in this meme, so I made myself pick something else. Rick Riordan’s books also make me laugh, although lately I’ve been feeling like their magic is slipping away from me. I also really enjoy the Sidekick Squad series, with many fun superhero adventures.

CAN’T HARDLY WAIT
[ never heard of it ]

A BOOK WITH A CRAZY PARTY

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, #1)

Can a party get any crazier than the one in The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue? It doesn’t only end with Monty fleeing from a bedroom naked in front of the party guests, but also kicks off the plot that leads them around the world and nearly gets them killed several times. It all starts at that party.

CRUEL INTENTIONS
[ heard of it, plans to watch maybe ]

NAME A CHARACTER YOU CAN NEVER FULLY TRUST

Loki: Agent of Asgard, Vol. 1: Trust Me

I don’t think this one needs an explanation tbh, but it’s part of his charm. I adore MCU Loki and his relationship with Thor with all my heart, and I haven’t read many Marvel comics, but I love how Loki’s genderfluidity appears there and wish it appeared in the movies. But damn, that doesn’t mean I trust him.

DRIVE ME CRAZY
[ never heard of it ]

NAME YOUR FAVOURITE “BOY NEXT DOOR” OR “GIRL NEXT DOOR” COUPLE

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

Okay, so I sort of understand this concept, but I couldn’t really think of anyone? I get that it’s supposed to be a sort of normal/sweet person (right?), but I mostly read fantasy and sci-fi, so “normal” is relative. My first thought was actually Henry and Charlotte, who are very sweet, and definitely normal compared to Will’s bullshit.

SCREAM
[ heard of it, never watched ]

A BOOK WITH A MEMORABLE VILLAIN

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What do The Seafarer’s Kiss, The Ship of the Dead and the Marvel Universe have in common? I already listed one version of Loki above, but they/he has many versions and interpretations, and yes, many of those versions are villains. Above are two books where Loki is indeed the villain, but a very complicated, tricky, entertaining and memorable villain. (That being said, I can’t wait to read more books where Loki is the protagonist instead of the antagonist. The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris seems promising.)

THE CRAFT
[ never heard of it ]

NAME A BOOK WITH WITCHES

Spellbook of the Lost and Found

This is an odd one out on this list because it’s a book I haven’t read yet, but it’s the first thing I thought of when I saw witches, and I’m really intrigued.

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Movie tally: Out of 10 movies, I have seen 2, and I have never heard of 3. Yep, that’s about what I expected.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

~ Alexa

Miscellaneous

BOOK TAG |Anonymous Bookaholics

Hello yes I’m stealing this tag I saw on Avery‘s blog because I love book tags.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT BUYING NEW BOOKS?

Having… new books to read? I’m not really sure. It certainly gives a temporary burst of happiness because I feel like I treated myself to something nice. Buying physical books and touching the new covers and putting them on my shelves on display is great, but also I mostly buy ebooks.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU BUY NEW BOOKS?

I think I usually buy at least one book a month, but most of these are ebooks that are either on sale or very cheap, between 1-5 dollars. I can’t really afford to spend more than that on books, but I like to buy a physical book at least once every 2-4 months. It also depends on how much money I earn, which is pretty irregular (but honestly I’m usually broke).

Odakint ​sötétebbBOOKSTORE OR ONLINE BOOK SHOPPING – WHICH DO YOU PREFER?

Online shopping, for multiple reasons. Many English books I’m interested in haven’t been/won’t ever be translated into Hungarian, and I generally prefer to read books in English if they were originally written in English. When I go into bookstores here at home, I usually try to look for Hungarian authors – or maybe books by foreign authors that I’ve never heard of. That’s how I found the book I’m currently reading, which is a sort of dark/weird sci-fi by a Hungarian author.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE BOOKSHOP?

We used to have a bookstore line here called Alexandra, which is my name, so that was my favourite by default. (I even got a little poetry/quote book from them on my name day once.) Unfortunately, it doesn’t exist anymore. We have two large bookstores currently, but my preference between them is pretty much “whichever’s closest”.

DO YOU PRE-ORDER BOOKS?

I very, very rarely do, which is why it’s such a miracle that I pre-ordered TWO books this month. Maybe I should do it more often, mostly because by the time the book actually arrives I’ll probably forget about it, so it’s a nice present from past-me. That being said, Book Depository (where I usually order from) takes like 3 weeks to ship so I wouldn’t get them by release date anyway.

DO YOU HAVE A MONTHLY BOOK BUYING LIMIT?

I don’t really have a set monthly limit, but if I bought several books recently then I tell myself not to buy any more for a while. (And then usually break that promise. Not always thought.)

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings, #2)HOW BIG IS YOUR WISHLIST?

My Goodreads TBR is consistently between 900-1000 books, but let’s face it, I’ll probably never buy all or even half of those books. My Book Depository and Amazon wishlist have a couple hundred titles, but even those are unlikely – mostly, they are just long so I have many to choose from.

WHICH THREE BOOKS FROM YOUR WISHLIST DO YOU WISH TO OWN NOW?

It doesn’t matter because I have so many books to read that I wouldn’t get to them anytime soon tbh. But I wish The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy was out already, and I wish I could actually afford Beneath a Sugar Sky. Also, A Prince on Paper, but that one doesn’t even have a cover yet.

~ Alexa