Books

My Bookish Identity Tag

I was tagged by The Web Weavers recently to do the Bookish Identity Tag. (If you haven’t been to their blog yet, you should check it out. It’s super fun and imaginative.)

What Dystopian/Fantastical World Would You Want to Live In?

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Probably the world that Harry Potter is set in. It’s not drastically different than the world we’re currently living in, but it has magic and castles.

Who Would Your Partner Be?

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I’d like a cool animal sidekick. Maybe a witch’s familiar, like the cats in the Elsewhere series.

Who Would Be Your Godly Mother/Father [Percy Jackson]? (Quiz)

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I got Poseidon. Does this mean there would be lots of water involved? I don’t know if I’m that good of a swimmer.

Would You Be a Downworlder or Nephilim [Shadowhunter World]? (Quiz)

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So, I’m actually not familiar with this series yet, so I don’t know what a Shadowhunter is. I feel like the results describe me somewhat accurately though.

Which Hogwarts House Would You Be In Harry Potter?

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According to Pottermore I am a Ravenclaw. I used to be disappointed by this because I wanted to be a Gryffindor, but I’ve changed my mind. Ravenclaw definitely suits me.

Which Faction Would You Be In Divergent? (Quiz)

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I got Dauntless. Despite not being a fan of this series, I guess I agree with most of this. I mean, I do have the tattoos to prove it. 😛

What Would Be Your Daemon [Northern Lights]? (Quiz)

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I’m not familiar with this one either, but if it says I’m like a pupper, then who can argue?

 

I Tag:

YOU. With the face.

Books · Life

Bookstores and Cat Wizards

Yesterday was the loveliest of days! I took the day off work to take a day trip to Asheville, NC. Asheville is one of my favorite places in the world. It’s home to my favorite independent bookstore, Malaprops, plus tons of fabulous restaurants, antique and vintage stores, shops of all sorts, art galleries, music venues and theaters, breweries, etc. I’ve always wanted to move to Asheville. I hope to make it a reality someday. Just need a bunch of money and a really good plan first…

A few people have asked about Merlin the cat wizard recently, so I thought I’d give you all an update. Merlin has been living with me for 2 months now. I hate to say this, but I don’t think he’s adjusted very well yet. You can see in the following pictures just how miserable he is.

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They fell asleep holding hands and my heart melted all over the place. ❤

I hope you are all having a great day, wherever you are. We could all use more of those in our lives, no?

I’m off to see the wizard.

Book Reviews · Books · Fantasy · Favorites · Young Adult

Book Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Kaz and his crew have pulled off the heist of a lifetime. They should be rolling in riches by now, but instead they’re back to fighting for their lives. They’ve been double-crossed and need to come up with a plan quickly before they all get arrested (or worse). 

Some of the most powerful influences in the world are after them and the secrets of jurda parem, a drug that could ruin the Grisha. Old rivals team up, new enemies are made, and loyalties are tested as the clock runs out. 

The first book in the duology, Six of Crows, was pretty damned good. Naturally, I had high expectations for the second book. Not only were my expectations met, but they were surpassed with flying colors and hand grenades. I found myself staying up late and getting up early, just to get in a few more pages. It’s that freaking good.

The characters that we were introduced to in the first book become even more intriguing as you learn more about their backgrounds and the complexities of their personalities. It’s an amazingly diverse group of characters, all with pasts that have left them scarred. The way they all fit together and support each other, despite their differences, is incredibly inspiring.

I loved the themes that were present in this book – fear, thoughts being challenged, past experiences haunting the present, questioning loyalties. There was way more insight into what drove the characters and gave you a much better appreciation for each of them.

Normally, I find romantic feelings in YA books to be cheesy or over the top. Bardugo did an amazing job at factoring this in without it sabotaging the story. The relationships she built were realistic and complicated, rather than being hormone-fueled.

I cannot praise this book enough! Read it. Then read it again.

Adult · Books · Fantasy · Young Adult

Recently Added to the TBR Pile

Greetings on this day that we call “hump.”

There are so many awesome books (at least, they sound awesome) being released in 2018 that I can’t even keep up with my TBR list anymore. Here’s a few that I’ve been seeing around the blogosphere lately that I am looking forward to getting my hands on.

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Paris Adrift by E.J. Swift – (Courtesy of Goodreads)

Determined to escape her old life, misfit and student geologist Hallie packs up her life in England and heads to Paris. She falls in with the eclectic expat community as a bartender at the notorious Millie’s, located next to the Moulin Rouge.

Here she meets Gabriela, a bartender who guides her through this strange nocturnal world, and begins to find a new family. But Millie’s is not all that it seems: a bird warns Hallie to get her feathers in order, a mysterious woman shows up claiming to be a chronometrist, and Gabriela is inexplicably unable to leave Paris.

Then Hallie discovers a time portal located in the keg room. Over the next nine months, irate customers will be the least of her concerns, as she navigates time-faring through the city’s turbulent past and future, falling in love, and coming to terms with her own precarious sense of self.

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Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman – (Courtesy of Goodreads)

In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.

Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it’s a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl–a subspecies of dragon–who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she’s tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one.

Have you read either of these yet? What new releases are you currently excited about? 

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Life · mental health

I Think I Found My Spirit Animal

I’m starting to wonder if I should start some kind of meetup group for insomniacs. We can all meet at 2:00 a.m., drink coffee, and laugh maniacally over stupid things because we’re so sleep deprived that everything is funny. The only problem I foresee with this plan is that there aren’t that many coffee shops open at 2:00 a.m. There really should be. When are people more in need of coffee than in the middle of the night when they should be asleep? (Note to self: Open a 24/7 bookstore and coffee shop someday when you’re rich.) 

While I was lying in bed last night, playing on my phone I came across a comic that made me laugh.

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The dog is behaving exactly how I behave in most social situations. There’s the intention to remain calm and not panic.  Maybe even act normal. *gasp* But, despite all intentions, as soon as there are people (particularly ones I am not familiar with) present, my brain turns into a mushy puddle inside my skull. That’s when I start barking and throwing myself at the window. I mean…actually, that was exactly what I meant.

 

Adult · Books · Classics

3 Quotes, 3 Days Tag (Day 3)

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It’s day 3 of the 3 Quotes, 3 Days challenge. (To see what I chose for days 1 and 2, click here and here.)

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you (Thank you, again Mandy!)
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

For my last quote I am going with another favorite of mine. This one is from Jane Eyre. Jane and Rochester are having a conversation in the book where he compares her to a wild, frantic bird. This quote is Jane’s response:

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I’ve always loved this quote and everything that it symbolizes. I’ve repeated this one again and again to myself over the years when I’ve been struggling with recovery. I like this quote so much that I even had it tattooed on my arm.

(This is what happens when you ask your boyfriend to take a picture of your arm, but not get your face in the picture.)

Tag, You’re It! 

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Adult · Books · Fantasy · Middle Grade

3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag (Day 2)

It’s Monday…

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It’s also day 2 of the 3 Days, 3 Quotes challenge. To see which quote I chose for day one, check out yesterday’s post.

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The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you (Thank you, again Mandy!)
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

For day 2 I am choosing one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors. (Did you get all that?) I love this one because it’s a great life lesson. Sometimes we are quick to blame others for our unhappiness, but perhaps we should spend more time looking inside ourselves for the source.

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Tag, You’re It! 

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What are some of your favorite book quotes?