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Top 5 Tuesday: Books I Have to Read in 2019

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Today’s Top 5 Tuesday is all about the  books we have to read in 2019. You know what books I’m talking about – the ones at the top of your TBR list, the sequel that you’ve been waiting for for 2 years now, the ones you’ve been counting down to and dreaming about . Looking back at similar posts I made last year make me chuckle. The books I actually read versus the books I planned to read were quite different lists. Did this happen to any of you?

(Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Shanah the Bionic Book Worm. Check out her blog to see the upcoming topics.)

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In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire – I loooooved the first three books in the series. This book will follow Lundy’s character. Considering how little she was present in the first book, I am excited to learn what her backstory is.

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Age of Assassins by R.J. Barker – Everyone and their mother seems to have read this one already. I need to get with the times. I hear it’s fantastic.

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Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft – I really liked Senlin Ascends and can’t wait to see what the tower holds for Senlin in the next book. (I have a feeling it’s not going to be anything good.)

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Red Sister by Mark Lawrence – I got this one a few months ago and have yet to crack it open.

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – Another one that everyone else raves about. It’s been on my TBR list for far too long at this point. I need to see what the hype is about.

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The Naughty or Nice Book Tag

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The Tattooed Book Geek did the Naughty or Nice book tag this week and tagged everyone who wanted to take part in the debauchery…I mean, fun.

1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it ❌ No, but that’s because I don’t receive ARCs very frequently.

2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley ❌ I don’t even have a rating because I’ve yet to actually use Netgalley. So, that’s a no? Or is not having a rating even worse than a 60% rating?

3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) ❌ Nope. I usually put all my reviews on the blog.

4. Folded down the page of a book ✔️ Yes. (Don’t hate me!) Sometimes I fold a very tiny corner down if I want to remind myself to go back to a certain page for some reason. I know other people use sticky notes, but I hate having books with a bunch of paper sticking out of it like it’s a school textbook.

5. Accidentally spilled on a book ✔️Again, don’t hate me. I’ve never ruined a book or anything, but every once in a while a crumb or a drop of coffee makes it way onto a page. That’s what happens when you read during your lunch break.

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6. DNF a book this year ✔️There were only 2 that I started and didn’t finish this year. I have a hard time forcing myself to finish a book if I’m not feeling it from the very beginning.

7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it ❌ That’s just silly.

8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) ✔️ Far too often.

9. Skim read a book ✔️ Sometimes I skim through certain sections if they’re getting too long or boring.

10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal ❌ Nope! I am quite proud to say that I’ve surpassed all of my Goodreads goals the last few years.

11. Borrowed a book and not returned it to the library ❌ Never. I used to work at the library. They’d know where to find me.

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12. Broke a book buying ban ❌ Why on Earth would I ban myself from buying something that I love and cherish above all things?! What kind of masochist do you think I am?!

13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about ❌ I write all my reviews pretty quickly so this doesn’t happen.

14. Wrote in a book you were reading ❌ NEVER!

15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads ❌ I put everything on Goodreads.

16. Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend ❌ I don’t borrow books. I just buy my own copies. I need to keep all the books. ALL THE BOOKS ARE MINE, OKAY?!

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17. Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book ✔️ Hehe. (See above answer.)

18. Broke the spine of someone else’s book ❌ No, but if I did I would replace it, because that’s shitty. This is why I don’t lend books to people…

19. Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged ❌ Wait, isn’t the point of the jacket to keep the book protected? Who the hell takes the jacket off? Did anyone ask the book if it minded being naked? Seriously, ya’ll are rude.

20. Sat on a book accidentally ❌ No. My butt has a book radar built in to prevent such disasters.

Final Score: 6/20

 

I tag anyone brave enough to admit how naughty they were this year. 😉

 

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Top 5 Tues/All I Want for Christmas (Pt. 2)

The holidays are almost over! Yay!…I mean, it’s almost Christmas! Yay! Whichever side of the coin you land on, I hope you’re all surviving this holiday season.

A few days ago, I posted a list of the books on my Christmas wish list this year. I guess I should have waited a couple of days, because this week’s Top 5 Tuesday theme is Books on My Christmas List. Oops! Since I prematurely posted my list, I’m going to improvise here and name another five books that I want. Because you can never ask for too many books, right?!

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Shanah the Bionic Book Worm. (Click here to check out the list of topics for December.)

  • Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
  • The Prince of Cats by Daniel Olesen
  • Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl
  • The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (No, I haven’t read this one yet. Don’t judge me.)

To see the first half of my list, check out All I Want for Christmas, part 1.

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The Good Reading Habits Tag

I’ve been a bit out of it the last few days, trying to cope with the Beaker’s passing and whatnot. It still doesn’t feel real to me sometimes. I keep looking behind me or at the foot of the bed, expecting my little shadow to be there with me. But he’s not there. 😦

I was forced to stay home all day yesterday, due to the snowy weather. As much as I hate being cooped up, it’s given me the opportunity to catch up on reading and all your blog posts. Since we’re playing catch up…

Lovely miss Ally came up with her own tag recently! We’ve all done plenty of tags about our bad reading habits, so Ally switched it up and created the Good Reading Habits tag. I’m not going to lie, I actually had a hard time thinking of what to put here. (It’s always easier to focus on the flaws, isn’t it?)

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Rules

  • Pingback to Ally’s original post
  • List some of your good reading habits, the things you think you do well
  • Nominate some of your blogging friends

My Good Reading Habits

  • Consistency – I’m pretty consistent with my reading habits. I go to the bookstore every single day on my lunch break and spend an hour reading. Then, in the evening, once I’m done doing stuff around the house, I curl up with my book until it’s time to fall asleep. (I can squeeze extra reading time in on the weekends.) I feel like I get more reading done by sticking to a regular schedule.
  • Utilizing Goodreads – I love Goodreads. Not only does it help me keep track of which books I’ve read, but it helps me find new books, make lists, see what others are reading, etc. Goodreads helps me stay organized and helps me figure out what books I should read next.
  • Taking Advice from Other Readers – One of the reasons I love the book blogging community is all the recommendations! There have been quite a few books I didn’t think I’d enjoy that I read solely on the recommendations of other bloggers. Much to my surprise, some of those books have become favorites.

I Tag

Whit Reads LitBionic Book WormStoreys of StoriesKristin Kraves Books, and anyone else who wants to participate.

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The Lady Janies Book Tag

I was tagged recently by Ally to do the Lady Janies Book Tag (created by Rebecca and Ellyn). Thank you Ally for the tag! I haven’t read the Lady Jane books yet, but after reading the reviews I have my eye on the most recent one, My Plain Jane. (Jane Eyre + ghosts? Yessss please.)

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creators: Rebecca @ BookishlyRebecca & Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers to do this tag

JANE LYNCH: A favorite book featuring a character on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum A Conjuring of Light. I loved the relationship between Alucard and Rhy!

LADY JANE GREY: A short book that packed a punch The Wayward Chlildren booksDespite the length of each book, the plot, character development, and world-building are as rich and full as a regular novel.

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JANE AUSTEN: Favorite heroine in a classic book Jane Eyre!  I love Jane and her strong-willed, independent attitude. (I loved Jane Eyre so much that I have a tattoo inspired by it.)

JANE EYRE: Your favorite retelling This is a tough one, since I love so many re-tellings, but I’m going to go with the Queen of Hearts series.

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CALAMITY JANE: Your most anticipated release At the moment I am eagerly awaiting the release of Vengeful. It’ll be out in a little less than a month! 🙂

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JANE FONDA: A character who upholds feminist ideals Hermione. I always loved the way she just did her own thing and was more concerned with learning than boys, her looks, etc.

JANE KRAKOWSKI: An underrated book you wish more people would read The Book of Lost Things. This was such a great book, yet I feel like nobody ever knows about it.

THE LADY JANIES: Two or more authors you wish would write a book together Victoria Schwab and Neil Gaiman! I feel like something amazingly weird could come of that collaboration.

 

My Nominees

The Green Tea Librarian

Beware of the Reader

Literary Weaponry

Books and Munches

Anyone else who wants to do it

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Underrated Female Heroes Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Rebecca of Bookishly Rebecca (Thanks Rebecca!) to do the Underrated Female Heroes Tag. This one was actually a tad more difficult than I expected. I’m not sure why, but I kept drawing blanks and had to go back and re-answer some of the questions.

RULES:

  • Please pingback to me at Kate @ Melting Pots and Other Calamities.  Make sure to pingback to one of Kate’s posts.  She won’t see the post otherwise!
  • Answer the questions.
  • Choose female characters from books, movies, TV, anime, Webtoons, etc.
  • Tag as many people as you want, but at least one person.
  • Have fun!

1. NAME A HEROINE YOU LIKE, BUT WHOM YOU FEEL IS ALWAYS OVERSHADOWED BY THE MALE CHARACTERS IN THE STORY – Amren, in the last two books of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I felt like she was overshadowed by everyone else, for the most part.

2. FOR THAT MATTER, NAME A HEROINE WHOM YOU FEEL IS ALWAYS OVERSHADOWED BY THE OTHER FEMALE CHARACTERS IN THE STORY – See above answer.

3. NAME A CHARACTER WHO HAD POTENTIAL BUT WAS GREATLY UNDERUTILIZED  IN HER STORY – Luna Lovegood. I loved Luna’s character so much. I feel like she had the potential to be an even bigger part of the story, but she wasn’t in it enough.

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4. NAME A FEMALE CHARACTER WHO YOU EITHER FIND BETTER IN HER BOOK THAN HER MOVIE, FIND BETTER IN HER MOVIE THAN HER BOOK, OR WHOSE PORTRAYALS YOU FIND EQUAL – Ginny Weasley’s character was better in the book. She was kinda lame in the movies. It felt like she was just there to be there.

5. NAME A CHARACTER WHO YOU WANT MORE BACKSTORY ON – Denna in the Kingkiller Chronicles books.

6. NAME A CHARACTER WITH TRAITS YOU FEEL ARE SADLY OVERLOOKED BY EVERYONE – Alex Dunwoody in the Elsewhere series. She was a clever and creative kid, but her parents were always disappointed that she was into artsy stuff and not science, like they were. It pisses me off.

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7. NAME A MORALLY GREY CHARACTER. (VILLAIN OR ANTI HERO!) – Inej in the Six of Crows books. She’s not a villain, but I feel like she could easily cross that line.

8. A CHARACTER YOU’RE STUNNED ISN’T MORE FAMOUS – Lila Bard from the A Darker Shade of Magic series.

9. A CHARACTER FROM A PIECE OF FICTION YOU’RE AMAZED ISN’T MORE FAMOUS – Linda from Bob’s Burger’s, because she’s hilarious and she puts up with a lot of crap from her family.

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I Tag:

YOU WITH THE FACE. You’re it!

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The Book Titles Tag (and a kitty)

As you can see in the above picture, we take reading very seriously at our house. Even the cats feel the need to snuggle up with a book on occasion.

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The Book Titles Tag

This one has been floating around the blogosphere the past couple of days and I’ve enjoyed seeing the creative answers that everyone has come up with so far. So, let’s give it a shot…

1. Title that’s the story of your life – Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

2. Title that describes your perfect weekend – The Forbidden Library

3. Title of an adventure you’d like to go on – A Wrinkle in Time

4. Title you want to name your child – The Name of the Wind

5. Title of your ideal job – Scriber

6. Title of a place you’d like to visit – Ocean at the End of the Lane

7. Title of your love life – The Taming of the Shrew (I’m the shrew)

8. Questions you ask yourself – Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

9. Title of a kingdom you want to rule OR name – A Court of Thorns and Roses

10. Title you’d name your band. – Pack of Dorks

11. What is your current mood? – The Hunger Games

12. What is your favorite color? – Blue Bloods

13. How do you feel about 2017 so far? – Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

14. Where do you want to travel? – A Paris Apartment

15. What are your summer plans? – A Song of Ice and Fire (It’s pretty hot and humid here and Charlotte, while Canada was pretty damned cold.)

16. What are your 2017 goals? – Much Ado About Nothing

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It’s your turn! If you’ve read this far, consider yourself tagged. Hope you all have a lovely weekend!