folklore Book Tag

Star at Star is All Book Up created this tag waaaay back when the folklore album first came out, and I saw her posting about it all over her Instagram but I was catching up on the tags that I was tagged in literally a year ago. So I’m only just now getting to it!

Full disclosure, I’m still not 100% sure how I feel about folklore. All of Taylor Swift’s albums sound so different, but post-rock isn’t my favorite style. Still, I said the same thing about both Reputation and Lover, so I’m sure I’ll come around. 🙂


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a book you grew out of

I don’t usually grow out of books, I’m usually capable of reading a book from my past self’s perspective, especially my kids’ books. But I definitely don’t care for Eragon and the rest of the Inheritance Cycle as much as I did in my teen years. Part of it is because the last two books were so lackluster, but also I think because I’ve discovered SO MANY great books since then. Don’t get me wrong, I still like Eragon, just not as much as I used to.

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My Decade in Books

As I think back on the last 10 years my life looks SO different. Things have *not* gone according to plan (when do they ever?), and I don’t think the person I was in 2010 would recognize me. But the one thing that has remained a constant? Books. Books books books. Though my reading tastes and styles have changed, my love of books stays the same.

Before I jump into the books though, can I give you some personals? Since January 1, 2010 I have:

  • Gotten engaged, then married
  • Graduated college
  • Worked in retail, as a barista, bookseller, substitute teacher, band director, 4th/5th grade teacher, and am now starting as a librarian
  • Had two kids
  • Bought two houses
  • Started graduate school
  • Buried a kitten
  • Adopted a cat and a dog
  • Joined, fell in love with, then mourned Pottermore
  • Started a book blog

Man, to think that in 2010 I was only a junior in college. How life has changed!

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Top 10 Books I Want to Re-Read

An inadvertent theme here on Never Not Reading this summer has been re-reading. I have been consistently lamenting that I don’t re-read books anymore, and I’ve found out that I’m not alone! Apparently a lot of book bloggers prioritize reading new things over re-reading for the sake of creating content for their blogs, but wish they could find the time to re-read.

So today I bring you the books that not re-reading is breaking my heart.

10. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

I read this book my senior year of high school and was so enchanted by it. I want to re-read it partly because it’s been long enough that I can’t remember it very clearly, and I want to get to know it again. But also because I bet that there’s a lot more to this book that I missed. I’m a much better reader than I was thirteen years ago, and I bet I would appreciate it at a much deeper level. I’ve been itching to re-read this one since I saw it on The Great American Read last summer.

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Calendar Girls June: Favorite Book with LGBTQ+ Representation

Happy Pride everyone! However you celebrate/commemorate/acknowledge Pride Month, I hope it is a great June for you!

On a personal note, I am now *officially* on Summer Vacation, but my summer semester for Grad School also starts today. I signed up for three classes, so hopefully THAT isn’t a complete and utter disaster. If you stop seeing blog posts from me, you know why.

Was anyone surprised that Pride was the theme for June? No, I think not! I can’t wait to hear what you all are going to pick!

Before I move on to my pick, I want to give a brief Honorable Mention to The Priory of the Orange Tree. There are several LBTQ love stories at the front and center of Priory, but I think what impressed me even more was how Shannon built a culture that had no expectation for straight relationships. They didn’t even have the word “husband” or “wife”, you simply married a partner. There was some expectation for royalty to produce heirs, which obviously implies a hetero-relationship, but there was no stigma surrounding homosexuality. Shannon also wrote a monarchy that was not in any way patriarchal, which considering the founder was a literal patriarch is pretty cool! The book is a massive 840-pager, so if you haven’t gotten to it yet, no judgement. But if you like fantasy (especially queer fantasy) you really should make time for it. It’s SO GOOD.

On to my pick. At first I was debating, but shortly realized that was ridiculous because there was absolutely no question as to my favorite LGBTQ+ book. Forget favorite LGBTQ+ book, it’s hands down one of my favorite books PERIOD. So without any further ado, my pick for June is…

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Six Degrees of Separation: Murmur to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Six Degrees of Separation is a monthly blog event hosted by Kate at booksaremyfavouriteandbest. It’s inspired by the 6 Degrees of Separation, a movie game where you attempt to connect actors in six movies or less. But we do it with books!

This month we’re starting with Murmur by Will Eaves.


I hadn’t heard of Murmur prior to this post, but Kate picked it because it won the Wellcome Book Prize. The Wellcome Prize is awarded each year to books with central themes of health, medicine, or illness. Another book from the Wellcome shortlist from 2019 is…

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Top 10 of 2018

2018 has been such a great year for me for books! Probably my best reading year ever. In addition to setting a record for the most books I’ve ever read in a year (not counting the upper/elementary middle school years where I read a book a day), I read the most 5-star books I’ve ever read. Where last year’s Top 10 list had I think three 5-star books, this year there are nine. NINE!

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90s Movie Tag

I saw this tag oh so many months ago on The Bibliphagist, and I just looooooove 90s movies so much that I bookmarked it for a rainy day. And since I’m feeling like a tag this evening, here we go!

She’s All That

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An odd pairing, but they still fit perfectly

26042767I mean, like, every couple in The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet! It’s kind of the point of the book, that it explores how relationships might become more complex if we discover more life out there, and how that will re-define what we think of as a weird relationship. Like, how do inter-species couplings work? What about how different planets have different ways of thinking about family and relationships? Can you have a relationship with a computer? It’s all so BRILLIANT, but it’s also touching and relatable, and GAH! Read it! Continue reading “90s Movie Tag”

Sorting Hat Sunday: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Sorting Hat Sunday (1)

Rosemary awkwardly watched the older kids laugh and yell at each other and literally bounce of the seat. She had just been sitting here, minding her own business, when that especially bouncy girl, Kizzy maybe?, walked right in and told her they were going to be best friends. Then all of her friends piled in too.

So, here she was, part of this group somehow. But she smiled. She kind of liked them. Especially Sissix. She liked the way Sissix kept patting her leg without much worry about personal space.

Also, how was it that nobody seemed weirded out that the compartment was talking to them? I mean, that couldn’t be normal, right?

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So… I’m probably going to end up sorting everyone into Hufflepuff, because this entire book is about friendship and all the characters are so dang NICE. It’s pretty much inevitable. So I may as well start off with Rosemary. She’s definitely neither brave or ambitious. And while she seems intelligent enough, she really wants to find people. She cares about friendship and doing the right thing. Continue reading “Sorting Hat Sunday: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet”

Review: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

26042767Series: Wayfarers
Genre: Science Fiction
Maturity Level: 5
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆


When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn’t expecting much. The patched-up ship has seen better days, but it offers her everything she could possibly want: a spot to call home, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and some distance from her past.

And nothing could be further from what she’s known than the crew of the Wayfarer.

From Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the chatty engineers who keep the ship running, to the noble captain Ashby, life aboard is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. That is until the crew is offered the job of a lifetime tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet. Sure, they’ll earn enough money to live comfortably for years, but risking her life wasn’t part of the job description.

The journey through the galaxy is full of excitement, adventure, and mishaps for the Wayfarer team. And along the way, Rosemary comes to realize that a crew is a family, and that family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe… as long as you actually like them.


The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet might be my favorite Sci-Fi novel. Ever. Continue reading “Review: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet”