Lover Book Tag

Ah, it’s been a while since I did a tag. I used to do at least one a week, but I haven’t been tagged in a while. Thanks to Dani @ Mousai Books for tagging me in this one! I don’t know if she knew what a big Taylor Swift fan I am, but here we are! Cue the music on my computer, and let’s go!

The Creator & the Rules

The creator of this tag (and the header!) is Sara @ The Bibliophagist! As for the rules:

↠ Link back to the creator, Sara @ The Bibliophagist!
↠ Answer the questions.
↠ Tag whoever you want and link back to the person who tagged you!


I Forgot that You Existed

A book from your childhood that you don’t remember anything about

I know I read The Sign of the Beaver in second grade, but I have no idea what I read. Probably because our teacher would just send us out in the hall to have book-club with no instruction or supervision. Yeah, because eight-year-olds can handle that…

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6 Non-Christmasy Books for the Winter Holidays

At this time a year I always see a lot of Christmas books, especially Christmas romances, going around the blog-o-sphere. You know the kind, Hallmark movies in book form. A lot of people really love them, but if I’m being honest they are not for me. But I do like to read wintery books at this time of year. So I thought I would share some of my favorites for anyone who, like me, is looking for something a little less Hallmark-y this Holiday Season.

Okay, so half of these books are fantasy. That’s what I like, get over it. 😛

The Bear and the Nightingale

If you’re looking for atmospheric books set in winter, it doesn’t get much colder than the Winternight Trilogy! This book is lyrical, lush, and nuanced. Though the entire book isn’t set in winter, it’s sure to give you the desire to curl up with some hot coco by the fire (and maybe leave some toast in the grate for a domovoi). This has become one of my favorites these last few years. Read it!

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The Productivity Book Tag

YOU GUYS. I am ALMOST caught up on my tags. I only have two left, and one of them is the summer bucket list challenge or something, so it’s probably going to have to wait until next summer anyway. I CAN DO THIS!!!

Whew. Okay.

Meeghan at Meeghan Reads tagged me in this one back in July. I’m not sure what inspired it, and lets be honest, it’s an unusual theme, but as someone who is SUPER into productivity I am not going to complain. Let’s get this show on the road! (And go follow Meeghan if you don’t because she’s the bomb dot com!)

Rules

  • Answer the prompts
  • Tag some friends
  • Link back to this post, and be sure to mention the creator (Sam @ Fictionally Sam)
  • Have fun!

Planning – A book that is completely thought out

There are a couple that would fit nicely here (Harry Potter, anyone?), but I just finished re-reading World War Z for the first time, and I was blown away by how well Max Brooks thought the whole thing through. Like, things most people would never even THINK about were fleshed out in detail! Military strategy, virus spreading, cultural impact, whiteout effect. It’s all there. This book is brilliant, and I don’t even like zombies. Definitely a must-read monster book!

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Calendar Girls December: Best Book Set in Winter

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So before we do anything else, I HAVE to give a shout out to The Bear and the Nightingale, which I only didn’t pick for this theme for two reasons. 1) It was my December pick last year (favorite book of 2017) and 2) it’s sequel, The Girl in the Tower, was our winning pick for November (best middle book in a series). So picking it again seemed redundant. But guys, it’s SO GOOD! If you like atmospheric magical-realism/historical fiction mash-ups, The Bear and the Nightingale is the book for you!

Also, shout-out to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Because, well, obviously.

Okay, now that that’s out of the way… DECEMBER IS HERE! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I love December. Everyone is so jolly, there’s music everywhere, Christmas decorations are the only decorations superior to pumpkins, and it’s a time of giving and charity.

Given all of that, it’s no surprise that holiday-themed romances are big blockbusters in both the movie and book industries. I’ve seen so many romance novels with snow and holly on the cover on everyone’s blog this month, I don’t even know what to do with myself! While my pick isn’t quite on those lines, it does loosely fit into that genre. So, without further ado, my favorite book set in winter is… Continue reading “Calendar Girls December: Best Book Set in Winter”

OMG This Song! Book Tag

I saw this tag on River-Moose Reads, and it combines two of my favorite things, books and music, so I saved it for a rainy day. It’s not actually raining right now, but that’s not the point. The POINT is that a) you should go check out River-Moose Reads right now and b) I want to do this book/music tag!


My Jam

A song you must listen to every time it comes on, no matter how old or how many times you’ve listened to it

A book you’ll never get sick of

At one point I was re-reading Pride and Prejudice every year. When ever we “play” the desert island game, if I could only take ONE book it would probably be the collected works of Jane Austen. I could just read about Elizabeth and Darcy until the end of time! Continue reading “OMG This Song! Book Tag”

What’s In My Bookshelf Tag

It seems like a million years ago that Naty tagged me in a Tag she created herself, the What’s In My Bookshelf Tag. I really really enjoyed it, but she tagged me after I went back to work from maternity leave, and safe to say I didn’t have a lot of time for blogging. So now I’m finally getting to it! Thanks for the tag Naty! If you’ve never visited her blog, you should, she rocks!

Rules:

  • Link back to me so I can see everyone’s answers! (Naty’s Bookshelf)
  • Also link back to the person who tagged you!
  • Name one book for each category; try not to repeat books to make this more fun!
  • Tag at least 5 people

A Library Book

I currently don’t have any library books, I’ve been working on my Christmas gift/Reddit Gift Exchange stack. But later this week (maybe tomorrow???) I’ll be heading to the library to check out Shadow and Bone and it’s sequels. I typically read an old YA series I never got around to during summer vacation! Continue reading “What’s In My Bookshelf Tag”

Winter Olympics Book Tag

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Guys, I confess, I ADORE the Olympics! It’s such a cool time when everybody comes together to cheer each other on, and I love getting to learn about other cultures. Plus, I confess, the sports are so exciting! I always say I love the summer Olympics more, but as I’m watching this year I’m realizing that there aren’t any events in the winter Olympics that I’m not interested in. Except maybe curling. Anyway, we’re only what, three days in?, and I’m already loving watching.

So in the Go World spirit, I went searching for an Olympics book tag. I found this one from Brittany at Beauty and the Bean Boots, who I’m really looking forward to reading more from. You should go check her out!


Figure Skating

Ice skaters go to the “kiss and cry” area after skating. Name a book character you would like to kiss or a book that made you cry.

Hp7It doesn’t take a lot to make me cry, lol. But I sob through Harry Potter 7. Like, starting in the first couple chapters literally all the way through. If it didn’t make you cry too I am suspicious as to whether or not you have a soul. Continue reading “Winter Olympics Book Tag”

Feel-Good Books for the Holidays

I don’t like to read Chritmas-themed books. I don’t know, they seem a little hokey to me. Also, they tend to be romancy, which isn’t really my thing.

However, at this time of year I do prefer a lighter read, preferably one that gives me all the warm fuzzies. Bonus points if its set in the winter, but I’m really not going to go out of my way to find that.

So. Here are five books along those lines that I would recommend at this time of year.

1. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

18081809I’m an absolute sucker for Rainbow Rowell’s books, and of the ones I’ve read this has been the most feel-good. It really left me overwhelmed with all of the feels. I loved the realistic adult romance, as well as the family aspect. Bonus points, it’s actually set over Christmas! Continue reading “Feel-Good Books for the Holidays”

Total Eclipse

TODAY IS THE DAAAAAYYY!!!!!

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Okay, I’ve never seen a solar eclipse. It’s not going to be a total eclipse where I live, but it’ll still be more of an eclipse than anything I’ve ever seen before. I’m pretty excited. The only bummer is that since it’s the beginning of the school year we haven’t done our sun/moon/earth unit in science class yet, so my students don’t really know what’s going on. Also, I don’t have any eclipse glasses. Probably just going to risk regular sunglasses. (Shhhh! Don’t tell!)

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To celebrate such a unique celestial event, I thought I would honor the books I’ve read that have successfully eclipsed life. The books that I got so sucked in to that I didn’t even notice the rest of life going by around me. Books that drew me in so deeply that it was hard to pull myself back out, whether because I was done or because I had to, you know, adult. Continue reading “Total Eclipse”