Miscellaneous

The You’re Not Good Enough Book Tag

I’m with Louise here: finding thirty characters to use for a tag like this is surprisingly hard. I actually had to reach back to The Mortal Instruments, which… if you know me, you know I prefer to deny reading most days.

Rules: Write down the names of 30 characters, then randomly pick two for each question and choose between them.

This tag was created by ReadLikeWildfire and Beccathebookreviewer.

1. You only have one more spot on your Spelling B team, who would you pick to complete your team?

October “Toby” Daye (October Daye) or Jay (Chameleon Moon)

Gosh. I mean, I think they can both spell? But Jay is more likely to get flustered or start ranting about something unrelated, so I’m going to go with Toby here.

2. Both characters want to kill you, which one would you kill first so you have a better chance of surviving?

Draco Malfoy (Harry Potter) or Magnus Bane (The Mortal Instruments)

Let’s be honest here, if Magnus wanted to kill me, I’d be dead, so this question is irrelevant.

3. You’re on the bachelor/bachelorette an you’re down to these two characters, which one are you going to give your rose to?

Nadya (Wicked Saints) or Serefin (Wicked Saints)

Wait, do I give the rose to the one I want eliminated, or to the one I want to keep? I’ve never watched these shows. And I actually wouldn’t turn down either of them if they wanted to date me, but I’m weak for Serefin, so I’d keep him.

4. You’ve been chosen for the Hunger Games, who would most likely volunteer in your place?

Tybalt (October Daye) or Apollo (The Trials of Apollo)

Neither of these. Seriously. They wouldn’t. (I can imagine Tybalt volunteering to take Toby’s place, which she’d be pissed about.) I guess maybe Apollo might, just to show off his skills in the competition?

allyl16: “Here comes the gorgeous human ”5. You’re stranded on an island. Which character would you sacrifice to engage in cannibalism?

Alex Fierro (Magnus Chase) or Nancy (Every Heart a Doorway)

I… what kind of question is this?! They are both kids! Oh my god. I was going to say Alex because at least she wouldn’t die, but I’m guessing the island is outside Valhalla. I can’t answer this.

(Art source.)

6. You’re the next DC/Marvel superhero (with your own tv show of course), who is your sidekick?

Zilch (Chameleon Moon) or Xandri (Failure to Communicate)

Either of these could be good – powerful, but still morally good and heroic. Also, both socially awkward. Also, given that one of them is nonbinary and the other is autistic bisexual, Marvel/DC is very unlikely to put either of them in a TV show, but anyway. Chameleon Moon is closer to being a superhero book, so I’m going to pick Zilch here.

7. You’re a manager of an Avocado admiring company, who would you fire for lack of communication skills?

Quentin (October Daye) or Ava Garden Wilder (Everything Leads to You)

It would be hypocritical of me to fire anyone for lack of communication skills, and I think both of these people are good-ish at communicating? But they can also be messes at times. I suppose I’m going to pick Quentin, because despite her faults, Ava is an actress, so she has to learn to communicate at least somewhat effectively.

hellisntreal: “some regan from chameleon moon, was requested to draw (tho I am reading the book, not nearly done w it) ”8. You’ve just finished a book in which your favorite character dies, which character is most likely to comfort you?

Regan (Chameleon Moon) or Jack (Every Heart a Doorway)

I believe they would both try, although given Jack’s relationship with death, Regan would be more effective. But then again, Jack’s morbid jokes in the book made me laugh, so she might not be that bad at it.

(Art source.)

9. Ugh, it’s high school. Who would most likely be part of the popular clique?

Minerva McGonagall (Harry Potter) or Felicity Montague (The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue)

I can’t imagine Felicity being in the popular clique, despite her awesomeness. Meanwhile, Minerva has a leading personality.

10. The day has arrived; you’re finally a year older! Who would have the nerve to forget your birthday?

Ragnor Fell (The Mortal Instruments) or Nico di Angelo (Percy Jackson)

I feel like Ragnor would pretend to forget even if he didn’t actually, so definitely him.

11. You’ve just found an upcoming booktube star! Who would it most likely be?

Remus Lupin (Harry Potter) or Kade (Every Heart a Doorway)

Tough choice! I think Kade is more charismatic, but Remus is more bookish? And I adore Kade with all my heart? Still, I’m going to pick Remus here.

ree-duh: “🌹🌹🌹 ”12. Sleepover time! Unfortunately you can only invite one person, who would you invite?

Raphael Santiago (The Mortal Instruments) or Henry “Monty” Montague (The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue)

Given that I don’t drink and don’t like being around drunk people, Monty wouldn’t be a very good choice here. But I also don’t fancy being insulted all night, so this is another tough choice. These are also two of my all-time favourite characters, so I’d probably invite them anyway despite those obstacles. I suppose the best case scenario would be book 2 Monty?

(Art source.)

13. Bam, you’re pregnant. Who’s the father/mother?

Murderbot (The Murderbot Diaries) or Simon Lewis (The Mortal Instruments)

Okay, ignoring how uncomfortable this question makes me, and also how the scenario would make me the next Virgin Mary… I wouldn’t want to torture Murderbot with even the idea of being a parent, while I think Simon could be a good one, once he manages to grow up a bit.

viria: “you never know when the desire to draw Luna Lovegood is gonna hit you… but it’s useless to fight it. ”14. You’ve just written a super important text. Who would ‘see’ it, but not reply?

Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter) or Magnus Chase (Magnus Chase)

As Louise said, Luna is scatterbrained, while Magnus is likely to be running/fighting for his life at any given moment and have no time to reply. So this could be either of them.

(Art source.)

15. You’ve just woken up and it’s time for breakfast. Your mum’s been replaced by… who?!

Rowan (Chameleon Moon) or Malachiasz (Wicked Saints)

As much as I love my broken monster boy Malachiasz… I really, really hope this would be Rowan. And not only because Malachiasz is my younger brother’s age. I feel like Rowan would be a good parent as well.

~ Alexa

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Miscellaneous

New Years Resolutions Book Tag

We might be halfway through the month, but it’s still January, so “New Year” posts still count – right? In any case, I saw this book tag over on Peridot Rose Books and found it to be a really fun way to make even more reading goals for the year.

Obviously I have tons of examples for most of these, but I’ll try really hard to pick only one.

An author you’d like to read (that you’ve never read before)

  • Jordan L. Hawk. I’ve had my eyes on Widdershins for a while, because it’s M/M historical fantasy that a lot of people praise, so recently I bought the first book, and also Hexbreaker, the first book in the author’s other series. Hawk is also nonbinary, which is a bonus point!

A book you’d like to read

  • Kindred by Octavia Butler

A classic you’d like to read

  • I have a list of 38 classics that I want to read, although I’ll allow myself to DNF them more easily than my other books. But to pick just one, let’s say The Island of Dr Moreau by H.G. Wells.

A book you’d like to reread

  • I really, really want to re-read The Bartimaeus Sequence, starting with The Amulet of Samarkand.

A book you’ve had for ages and want to read

  • Too many. Let’s say Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody.

A big book you’d like to read

  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

An author you’ve previously read and want to read more of

  • Claudie Arseneault. I’ve read Baker Thief but I really want to read City of Strife.

A book you got for Christmas and would like to read

  • Uhh, technically I didn’t “get” any books for Christmas, I just bought myself books in December that were equally for Christmas and my birthday, but – Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward.

A series you want to read (start to finish)

  • Honestly, I can’t think of any. All the ones I have are either ones I started, or the last books won’t be out this year.

A series you want to finish (that you’ve already started)

  • Again, not sure what series I have where the last book is already out and I plan to actually finish it. Crooked Kingdom, I guess, but apparently even that is getting another book.

Do you set reading goals? If so, how many books do you want to read in 2019?

  • I set the Goodreads challenge to 150 books for now but I will most likely increase it if I reach it too soon.

Any other reading goals?

Boy, do I!

  • Around the Year in 52 books (52 prompts, I plan to double it so 104)
  • Popsugar Reading Challenge (50 prompts)
  • Retellings Challenge (25 prompts)
  • #BeatTheBacklist Bingo (80 prompts – yes, you read that right)
  • A personal list of 47 books I own and 38 classics available online.

Of course, keep in mind that I’m usually able to use one book for several of these at once.

Tell me about your reading goals for 2019!

~ Alexa

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

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