Quick Fire Fantasy Tag

A.K.A. me gushing about my favorite fantasy novels

Don’t look now, but I’m actually doing a tag I’ve been tagged for. *gasp!*

Dani at Mousai Books tagged me for this one back in June, and honestly I had plum forgotten about it until I was going through my list today. It appears as though it’s a rapid-fire, don’t-think-too-hard-about-your-answers sort of tag, which should be great fun! If you don’t follow Dani you should, because she writes EXCELLENT reviews. 🙂

The Rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
  • Link to the creator’s blog (thebookwormdreamer.wordpress.com) in your post
  • Answer the prompts below – all fantasy books!
  • Tag 5 others to take part
  • Enjoy!

5-Star Book

City of Brass! Y’all, if you haven’t read the Daevabad books you NEED TO!!! And book three is coming out soooooon. This series is so unique, and there’s so much juicy court drama. I love how it presents different perspectives, especially in regards to religion. Plus it’s SO FREAKING EXCITING.

Always Going to Recommend

I will always and forever recommend The Night Circus. It’s everything. Romantic, magical, atmospheric, whimsical. This is everything I love in a book, and Erin Morgenstern is a freaking genius.

Own It But Haven’t Read

After I fell in love with The Goblin Emperor (talk about a 5-star book! *swoons*), my husband bought me MĂ©lusine by the same author. But I just am not interested? I don’t know, I’ll probably read it at some point in my life, but I’ve got a long list of fantasy must-reads to get to first.

Would Read it Again

SOOOOOO many. But on my tbr for this month is a re-read of Uprooted by Naomi Novik. YAY! This is another one of those a-freaking-mazing books that I am always and forever recommending. Naomi Novik is one of my favorite fantasy novels, and this is probably her best. At the very least, it’s her most critically acclaimed. I love the dark fairy-tale feel of the magic. READ IT!

In Another World

All of them? Isn’t that … kind of the point? I read a lot of high fantasy, lol.

I’m going with Dragonflight, the first in the Dragon Riders of Pern series, since it is quite literally on a different planet. Not that you know that from Dragonflight, I gather you figure it out much later on in the series, but literally people went to space and landed on Pern and took over their dragons. So, wins all around! Loved this book, so unique.

Back on Earth

Harry Potter is obviously a beloved favorite of mine. I’m actually reading it to my class right now, and it’s their favorite part of the day. Every time I close it their like “What?! Read more!” J.K. Rowling did so much (and is still doing so much) for helping kids learn to love reading. It’s not every day a series comes along that you can re-read dozens of times and never get tired of it. ❤


Not too many people because I’m going to try mostly tag people who I know read plenty of fantasy. So I’m tagging:

Okay, that was kind of a lot. *shrugs*


Include Genres in your Reviews Please!

I feel like I’ve talked about this before, and I also feel like a bunch of people are going to criticize me for being a genre snob, but I’m writing this anyway. Because enough is enough people!

I should be able to tell when I am reading a review of your book what genre it is! Do NOT assume people can tell from the description, because in 2019 it’s not always obvious.

How many times did I go from blogger to blogger asking whether The Hating Game was romance or chick-lit? Because goodreads sure as heck isn’t clear, and none of the reviews I read came straight out and called it a “Romance” novel. Even when I asked, I couldn’t get a good answer. “Why does it matter Katie?” Because I don’t like sex scenes! I like romantic comedies, but I don’t want to read graphic depictions of sex. I’ve read a couple of romance novels now, and they’re not bad, they just aren’t for me.

YA is the worst, because so many YA bloggers just assume their readers know that they only blog about YA. But unless your blogs title has the words YA or Young Adult in the title, I can’t remember what genre you blog about! “Again, so what?” Well, y’all, I get burned out of YA suuuuuuuper fast, so I like to pace myself and not read too many in a row. Which I can’t do if I don’t know the book is YA.

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Review: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Ali Waxman

Genre: Chick Lit
Maturity Level: 4
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The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.

When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is?

Nina considers her options.

1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.)
2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee).
3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)

It’s time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It’s going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.

Nina was the most intensely relatable protagonist of all time. It was literally like reading a book about myself. The things she said, thought, and did were all so ME. I especially loved her snarky responses and conversation. Abbi Waxman just gets me, and I need to make friends with her NOW please. Although, thankfully, I don’t have anxiety as bad as Nina does.

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Calendar Girls October Theme

Well you guys, the school year has gotten back into gear, and I’m officially out of time to read everyone’s blogs. Sorry for being such a lame friend. Just two more semesters of classes to go! Gosh, September is always such a tough month. And my college football team isn’t even good to take my mind off it all!

What with it being the second week of the month, that’s means it’s time for the October theme! The votes are in, and it wasn’t even close, y’all. So, drumroll please!

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Review: Red White & Royal Blue

Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Genre: Romance
Maturity Level: 5
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through?

I should start by saying that I have never reviewed a romance novel before. I don’t actually *like* romance novels, and if I had known this was one I never would have put it on hold from the library. All the YA bloggers were reading it, and so I just assumed it was YA. So my opinions of this book will reflect what I don’t like about the genre, and I honestly don’t know much of anything about the genre and have nothing to compare it to.

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Calendar Girls September: Favorite Book About Pirates

So at first I was sooooooo excited about this theme because I freaking love pirates. Then I got worried because I didn’t think I’d read any books that were about pirates, I’d maybe just seen movies? I had a bit of a crisis, honestly. Then I took a deep breath and remembered that I’ve read Treasure Island more than once. After that, I remembered a couple of others. So. Whew.

But the thing is, I’m looking through the list of books I’ve read, and other than Treasure Island none of them are actually *about* pirates. The best example that I can come up with here is The Princess Bride, which I’ve read and loved more than once. Obviously, Westley becomes the Dread Pirate Roberts, and Westley is an important part of the book. But nobody would say the book is about pirates. Another great example is Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Pirates make an appearance, but it’s definitely about beauty queens stuck on a desert island.

This is obviously a travesty, and I’m very much looking forward to getting some suggestions.

So, anticlimactically, I’ve already shared with you the book that, I guess, is my pick.

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The Bookish Adventure Tag

Mandy and Shea from Book Princess Reviews has tagged me in a lot of tags in the past few months, and I don’t think I’ve done any of them… *shame face* In fact, in this tag which I am getting from Mandy, I wasn’t actually tagged! So why am I doing it now? I don’t know, it’s at the top of my list. *shrug* If you aren’t following Mandy and Shea at Book Princess Reviews, you need to, go.


magine that you are an intrepid literary adventurer- braving the harsh bookish wilderness, traversing jungles of pages and slashing through vines of words. Where in the vast world of books would you go?

  • Write about one place mentioned in a book you wish you could visit and why.
  • List 3-5 things that you would do there.
  • Mention which souvenirs, if any, you would bring back with you.
  • Then tag some more literary explorers and please link back to the creator (Umairah @ Sereadipity) so I can see all of your adventures!

My Bookish Destination

Hogwarts, obviously. It’s literally the most magical place in the world, and I want to be there and make friends and learn to do magic and have a pet cat and just be a witch. *sigh*

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