THE ANIMAL CROSSING BOOK TAG

I was tagged by the lovely Hundreds & Thousands of Books to do this tag, and as I absolutely love the game Animal Crossing, I jumped right in! (I recently restarted my island, and now I’m trying to kick like…all my villagers off bc I don’t like any of them! Minus Goldie, she can stay forever 💕)

The Rules:

  • Please link back to the original creator of the tag, Bookish Things and Tea.
  • Answer the following Animal Crossing themed book questions.
  • Feel free to use graphics, but be sure to credit Bookish Things and Tea.
  • Tag some friends to spread the love!
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I’m actually not all that interested in classics. Never really have been. I enjoyed A Tale of Two Cities when we read it in high school, and I love the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, but that’s about it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I’m not even that big of a fan of classic fantasy like the LOTR books. The movies, on the other hand, well, I could watch those forever.

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These are all second books in series, and I love them all way, way more than the first book in the series. Particularly A Court of Mist and Fury and Shadow of Night. Both of those really up the ante in the story, and are beloved for ship-reasons.

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I love, love, love fantasy books that take place in huge bustling metropolises, but I can only think of three of them off the top of my head. I thoroughly enjoyed House of Earth and Blood and its setting of Crescent City. Such a unique place, done so, so well. Then there’s The Lies of Locke Lamora’s Camorr, which is reminiscent of Venice. While I had a hard time with much of Notorious Sorcerer, I did love it’s setting of Bezim.

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Have I shouted about these books enough yet? 🗣 The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy and The Drowned Woods aren’t technically out yet, but I’m still counting them in this answer. These are some of the absolute best books I’ve read in a while!

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The book cover for Sabriel by Garth Nix

I first read The Old Kingdom series in middle school, and to this day, it is still one of my absolute favorites. (I’m 32 now, if anyone was wondering just how long ago middle school was for me.) I can’t recommend Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen enough. Sabriel is the original strong-female-character for me.

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The book cover for The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Is it cheating to give this one to The Stormlight Archive as a whole? There’s approximately eight bajillion characters in that series, and each and every one is incredibly unique and well-rounded. I love this series, so, so much. I do wish, however, there was more LGBTQ+ rep.

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the book cover for A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

Giving this one to the Veronica Speedwell series, as it is an absolute delight. I love historical mysteries, and this series is basically like crack to me. Set in the Victorian era, Veronica and her lover/friend/partner, Stoker, set out to solve whatever mysteries come their way. There are no fantasy elements at all in this one, but dang do I love the relationship between Veronica and Stoker so, so much. I really need to catch up on this one!

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There’s quite a few, and I’m not ashamed of it. From Blood and Ash is one, and A Touch of Darkness is another. I refuse to pick up anything by either of those authors now, too. Oh well.

If you’ve already done this one, or just don’t feel like doing it, no worries at all! I’m going to tag the following lovely friends:

THE MID-YEAR BOOK FREAK OUT TAG

Alright, we’ve all seen it, we’ve probably all done it at least once, so you all know the drill by now. It’s time for the MID-YEAR BOOK FREAK OUT TAG. I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I stole it off of Kaya’s page. ONWARD TO MY ANSWERS!!! Sidenote — if you want to see all my pretty formatting, check it out on my blog, not in the reader! 💜

HOW MUCH HAVE YOU READ?

At the time of writing this, I have read 56 out of the 100 books I’m aiming for. I anticipate needing to bump my end of year goal up later this year, but we’ll see if I actually need to or not! According to Goodreads, I’m 7 books ahead of schedule!

Best book you’ve read so far in 2021

It is, quite literally, impossible for me to pick my favorite book of the year. I’ve read way too many good books this year to pick ONE. So, if you’d like a top four they are: The Drowned Woods, A Taste of Gold and Iron, A Marvellous Light, and The Shadow of the Gods. All were five star reads, and I will be going back to read these again at some point.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021

the book cover for The Hunger of the Gods by John Gwynne

It’s rare when a sequel completely lives up to the first book in a series, but boy did The Hunger of the Gods do so. I need everyone to pick this series up immediately, because I need more people to talk to about this one. I can’t wait to find out what happens next with the Bloodsworn, but more importantly, what happens with my girl, Orka. TOO BAD I’LL HAVE TO WAIT AT LEAST A YEAR FOR MORE. 😞

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021

I’ve seen all these books around the book blogging scene as of late, and they all have caught my attention. My hold finally came up at the library for Nettle & Bone, so I’ll be getting to that one before the week is out. I cannot wait to read it!!

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

I have my fingers crossed a million times over for ARCs of The Lost Metal and A Restless Truth. But the other two I have read, and you’ve seen me crow about them over and over. I can’t wait for more people to get their hands on The Drowned Woods, and A Taste of Gold and Iron.

Biggest disappointment

the book cover for Locklands by Robert Jackson Bennett

Locklands. Oh, Locklands. You broke my heart. 💔 I adore the first two books in this series — Foundryside, and Shorefall. But Locklands is just…an on-fire garbage can of mess. It was jumbled together, didn’t make sense in parts, and felt completely separate to the first two books of the series.

Biggest surprise

The book cover for Dark Earth by Rebecca Stott

I had requested an ARC of Dark Earth completely on a whim, and well, it was so, so good. I wasn’t sure what I expected, but it wasn’t a surprisingly detailed view of post-Roman Londinium.

Favorite new author (debut or new to you)

I think I’m going to give this one to Freya Marske and Emily Lloyd-Jones! I haven’t read more than one book by either, but I am DESPERATE to get to the other books by both of these women. They are so creative, and talented, holy crap.

Newest fictional crush

The book cover for House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Hunt Athalar, enough said.

Newest favorite character

the book cover for The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah

Qadir!!! What a fascinating character. I loved watching layer after layer peel off of him as the story went on in The Stardust Thief! I hope we learn more about his history in the next books in this series, because I am enthralled.

Book that made you cry

the book cover for The Hunger of the Gods by John Gwynne

I really don’t want to spoil anything, but uh, The Hunger of the Gods hurt. Am I anxiously awaiting the next book? Yes, 100%. Is it probably going to be a couple of years? Yeah. I’m upset about it.

Book that made you happy

the book cover for The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches was such a delightful novel. It has the same cozy sort of feeling as The House in the Cerulean Sea, which I know a lot of people point towards as a comfort novel. I hope people get the same sort of vibe here, I know I sure did!

The most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

I haven’t bought many physical books this year — I only buy books that are 1. pretty and 2. I really, really loved as we just don’t have room. Earlier this spring, my husband bought us leather-bound editions of all the Mistborn books. So far, we’ve only received the first book, but it is a STUNNER.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

So, so many. So many that I don’t actually have a list? I’m going to keep chugging away at my ARCs, and catch up on some backlist titles. As long as I don’t let my Netgalley rating dip down too much, I think I’ll be in a great spot.

Favorite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year?

With a toddler, it’s not often I find time to actually binge anything. So, really, the only book-to-film adaptations I’ve seen this year are Bridgerton’s season 2, which I liked, and The Expanse‘s last season. I am a huge fan of The Expanse tv show, and I hope more people pick it up soon! (I don’t even want to say how long it took me to watch either of these. Way, way too long.)

FAVORITE POST YOU’VE WRITTEN SO FAR THIS YEAR?

I think this probably goes to all my recommendation or spotlight posts! In particular, my spotlight on Brandon Sanderson, or my recommendation list for beginner fantasy reads.

Now that I’ve formatted this post to heaven and back…here it is, my Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag! I’m not really freaking out — I think I’m in a great place for this time of year! I hope you are, too. Consider yourself tagged, if you haven’t done this already!

THE FAE BOOK TAG

THE RULES:

  • Give credit to the creator of this tag – Jordyn Reads
  • If you want to, pingback to the post you first saw this tag.
  • And most importantly, have fun!
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A FAERIE BARGAIN: Pick a book in which a character makes a bad deal / is blackmailed.

The Rules of Arrangement book cover

I’m reading one right now, actually! In Rules of Arrangement, Adelaide is forced to help an old friend after he finds out she’s writing papers for money. It’s blackmail through and through.

CHANGELING: Pick a book in which a character is dropped into a new world.

The book cover for The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Is there a better book for this topic than The Ten Thousand Doors of January? I’m not sure. The whole book is about January being able to open doors into different worlds.

WINGS OR MAGIC: Pick one or the other, and list three favorite books that include characters with that trait.

The book cover for The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern the book cover for A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske the book cover for Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

I’m picking MAGIC. In The Night Circus, Celia and Marco are both magicians locked in a competition that neither one of them really agreed to. In A Marvellous Light, Edwin is a magician that pretty much everyone underestimates. In Sorcery of Thorns, Nathaniel is a great sorcerer who comes to the rescue of Elisabeth, the main character.

ANIMAL COMPANIONS: Pick a book in which there is a talking animal.

the book cover for Lirael by Garth Nix

I have to pick the book/series with my favorite talking animals ever, The Old Kingdom Series. Mogget the cat, and the Disreputable Dog can pretty much never be topped. Dog doesn’t show up until Lirael, but Mogget is in the first book.

FATED MATES: Pick a book in which there is a mating bond / Pick a book with true love in it.

The book cover for A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness The book cover for A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

The ‘mates’ trope is one of my absolute favorites, but I don’t actually have that many books with it in them! I gotta find more mate books. My favorites of the few that I do have, though, are Diana/Matthew, Feyre/Rhys, and Aelin/Rowan.

THE SPRING COURT: Pick a book in which plants feature a large role.

the book cover for A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova

Without Luella’s plant magic in A Deal With the Elf King, the elf realm would wither away and die.

THE SUMMER COURT: Pick a book in which the ocean or a body of water features a large role.

the book cover for It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

The male lead in It Happened One Summer, Brendan, is a fisherman in the pacific northwest. I’d say the ocean plays a pretty big part of this book!

THE AUTUMN COURT: Pick a book in which fire plays a large role.

The book cover for The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

Spook, or Lestibournes takes up the title Survivor of the Flames in The Hero of Ages, after he wakes up in a burning building and manages to escape. Spook ends up playing a big role in this book.

THE WINTER COURT: Pick a book in which a character almost freezes to death.

The book cover for Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne the book cover for The Hunger of the Gods by John Gwynne

This happens in both Bloodsworn Saga books. Two words: Frost Spiders. That’s all I’m going to say, because I don’t want to spoil anyone for anything.

THE TAGGED:

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Alright, it’s my first go at making a book tag. It might fail, it might flop, but whatever. I wanted to come up with questions that were unique, and maybe brought out books that aren’t seen frequently. Please tag me if you do this!! I’d love to see your answers.

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GET TO KNOW THE FANTASY READER TAG

Rules:

  • Make sure you give credit to the original creators of this tag – this tag was originally created by Bree Hill.
  • If you want to, pingback to the post you first saw this tag. I was tagged by Destiny @Howling Libraries! Thanks again!!
  • Have fun!

1. What is your fantasy origin story? (The first fantasy you read)

the book cover for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Lord knows I’ve read my fair share of fantasy books, but I literally could not tell you what the first fantasy book I ever read was. I’ll tell you the first one I remember though, and that’s without a doubt Harry Potter. I have a complicated relationship with the series these days. I still love the story, and probably always will, but the author is a horrible person. Not to mention that I’m still a little disappointed with the last book as a whole.

2. If you could be the hero/heroine in a fantasy novel, who would be the author and what’s one trope you’d insist be in the story?

I want Sarah J. Maas to be the author because overall, everything always ends up alright for her main characters. As for tropes, I insist on either a talking animal companion, or a sweet magical weapon.

3. What is a fantasy series you’ve read this year, that you want more people to read?

Um, um, um, I guess The Bloodsworn Saga by John Gwynne? All the other series I’ve read this year are very popular, and really don’t need me pointing people towards them! (The Green Bone Saga, The Throne of Glass Series, etc.)

4. What is your favorite fantasy subgenre?

Without a doubt, it’s fantasy romance. It’s a combination of everything I love about books. Runner up would be historical fantasy, or fantasy based off of particular cultures without actually being set in that culture.

5. What subgenre have you not read much from?

Stealing Destiny’s answer and saying grimdark! I’m not really one for anything overly dark, so I’m just not interested in it! If there were a really good book, I might pick it up, otherwise, I’ll stay over here with my books with happy endings and lots of kissing.

6. Who is one of your auto-buy fantasy authors?

It’s T. Kingfisher! I absolutely love her witty, sarcastic heroines that she throws in increasingly hilarious situations. The romances are often done just right, and her leading ladies are all so different. Did I mention sometimes they’re even older than the typical romance lead? She doesn’t shy away from throwing some dark plots into her novels, either.

*Note — I haven’t read any of her horror novels, because I am not a horror reader!

7. How do you typically find fantasy recommendations? (Goodreads, Youtube, Podcasts, Instagram…)

It’s a combination of pretty much everything — Goodreads, other Book bloggers, people recommending things on Twitter, my husband shouting about how I have to read this book. Sometimes, it’s just me scrolling through my library’s Newly Added section.

8. What is an upcoming fantasy release you’re excited for?

Oh god, there are so many! Here are my top 2 books that haven’t come out yet as of me posting this. (You can click their titles for my reviews.) Number one is, without a doubt, A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland, number two is The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones. I cannot wait for more people to get their hands on these books!

9. What is one misconception about fantasy you would like to lay to rest?

That it’s confusing or hard to understand. Are there some books that are too complicated for their own good? Yes, of course there are. Are most fantasy novels like that? No, definitely not. The genre is as popular as it is for a reason. A good fantasy book will explain things to you in a way that you don’t even realize you’re being explained to. Think of fantasy as a way to escape the real world.

10. If someone had never read a fantasy before and asked you to recommend the first 3 books that come to mind as places to start, what would those recommendations be?

Oo, oo! I’ve actually got a whole LIST of recommendations for beginner fantasy books. Check it out for more, but I’ll pick my top three for right here. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, The Old Kingdom Series by Garth Nix, and The Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan are all fantastic books to try out the fantasy genre.

11. Who is the most recent fantasy reading content creator you came across that you’d like to shoutout?

I followed Powder & Page last week, and I’m really liking her content!

WHO I’M TAGGING

If you feel like grabbing this, go right ahead and say I tagged you! I’m tagging the following, as well!

A – Z BOOK TAG

I was tagged on the A – Z Book tag by Becky’s Book Blog, and it looks pretty fun so I thought we’d give this one a go!

A – Author you have read the most books from.

I think this title belongs to Patricia Briggs! I’ve read 18 of her novels in both her Mercy Thompson series, and her Alpha & Omega series! After her, it’s probably Jim Butcher with the 15 of The Dresden Files books. And after him, it’s either Sarah J. Maas or Brandon Sanderson. If I like an author, I will read pretty much everything they put out. 🤷‍♀️

B – Best sequel ever.

Oh, this is definitely going to be a tie between Paladin’s Strength by T. Kingfisher and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I literally cannot pick between the two. Oops.

C- Currently reading.

After uh…everything that’s happened in the last two weeks, I needed some nonsense. I joined Kindle Unlimited yesterday and downloaded a bunch of fantasy romance novels. Right now, I’m about 50% of the way through A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova. It’s not perfect, but I don’t need it to be. It’s the perfect escape.

D – Drink of choice.

Frigid, ice-cold water. Failing that, really cold Dr. Pepper or lemonade!

E – E-reader or physical book.

Aw, you guys know the answer to this one! It’s e-reader! My kindle and I have been together for three wonderful years. It has over 200 books on it, and while I still absolutely love it, it’s starting to slow down on me. It’s also scratched to hell. I think I might ask for an upgrade for Christmas, to be honest.

F – Fictional character you would have dated in high school.

the book cover for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

I have a soft spot for funny guys, so I’m going to go with Fred or George Weasley from Harry Potter.

G – Glad you gave this book a chance.

Oh, this is very easy! Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas! This book was my very first foray into historical romance as a genre. It had been highly, highly recommended by authors I follow on Twitter, and one day I just decided to try it out. I credit this book with the reason I keep going back for more historical romances!

H – Hidden Gem.

I’m going to give this one to An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard. This book came out in 2017, and I haven’t seen anyone talk about it, ever! It’s an urban fantasy / dark academia type of book, with a stellar cast. It’s a fast read, and so, so much fun. I need more people to read it!

I – Important moment in your reading life.

Ha. I’ll give this to perusing the book fair in fourth grade, and picking up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I had always, always loved reading, but that book (and the subsequent series) really kicked something off for me. As much as I detest Rowling these days, I can’t discredit her for what her writing did for me.

J – Just finished.

I just finished up The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones! I really, really loved this one, and I hope more people will like it when it comes out. My review can be found here.

K – Kind of book you wont read.

Straight horror, or anything to do with cannibalism. I can’t handle it. I’m a whimp.

L – Longest book you’ve read.

Goodreads tells me that this title belongs to The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon, which sits at a nice 1,443 pages long. After that book, there’s Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson, which clocks in at 1,270 pages. Both are absolute chonky boys.

M – Major book hangover because of.

the book cover for A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

This definitely belongs to the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. I finished reading this series, and couldn’t let go of the world and the characters, so I…immediately reread the series from the beginning again. That’s the only time I’ve ever done anything like that before.

N – Number of bookshelves you own.

One really, really big one in our living room! Not all that impressive, but I do have over 200 e-books, so that has to count for something.

O – One book you’ve read multiple times.

The book cover for Sabriel by Garth Nix

I’ll give this to Sabriel by Garth Nix. Since picking this one up in middle school, I’ve read it and it’s sequels countless times. My physical copy is pretty much falling apart.

P – Preferred place to read.

Pretty much anywhere — at my desk, in bed, in my recliner, outside in my Adirondack chair, wherever. As long as I’m semi-comfortable, I’m good.

Q – Quote that inspires you.

“Survival is insufficient.”

― Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven

R – Reading regrets.

Another easy one. I regret spending any time on the From Blood and Ash series. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again…that series is awful.

S – Series you’ve started and need to finsh.

Eek. So many of these. The Cradle series by Will Wight, the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, the Crescent City series by Sarah J. Maas, the Veronica Speedwell novels by Deanna Raybourn, the Chronicles of St. Mary’s series by Jodi Taylor, the King of Scars duology by Leigh Bardugo, etc, etc.

T – Three of your all time favourite books.

It’s literally impossible for me to pick just three favorite books, so I went with books I haven’t mentioned yet in this tag that I absolutely love. The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness is an forever favorite, and the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson cannot be topped, and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon will always be a comfort read.

V – Very excited about this release.

the book cover for A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland

I need everyone to preorder A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland, because it is the perfect mlm fantasy romance. It’s got conspiracies, it’s got longing, it’s got wonderful representation of anxiety, did I mention it’s got serious longing?

W – Worst bookish habit.

Copying Becky’s answer for this one and saying it’s me requesting way too many ARCs off Netgalley, not expecting to get them all, and then ending up getting them all approved. THEN ALL THE SUDDEN I HAVE 10+ BOOKS I HAVE TO GET TO. I mean, it’s a great problem to have, I suppose…

X – X marks the spot. Pick the 27th book from your top left shelf.

It’s my husband’s copy of Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan! That’s the eleventh book in the Wheel of Time series. I’ve only read up to the fifth book, The Shadow Rising, and then gave up because I got seriously bored. I might go back to the series eventually, but it’s not high up on my list!

Y – Your latest purchase.

Ha. Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers for my kiddo, who suddenly points at all the babies in all his other books.

Z – Z snatcher. Book that kept you up way too late.

the book cover for Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. I had, had, had to know what was going to happen. I don’t usually stay up too late anymore, because who knows how much sleep the baby is going to grace us with, but this book made me stay up. WORTH IT.

I’m going to tag the following people, but if you’ve already done this one, no worries!