Fantasy Book Bingo 2017

I’m really excited to have found out about the Fantasy Book Bingo. It’s a great way to encourage literacy, share and discover fantasy books and authors. I’ll be updating this page throughout the year.

Fantasy Book Bingo card below 😉

Find out more here: https://redd.it/62s73d

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My Progress:

  1. Any r/Fantasy Goodreads Group “Book of the Month”
  2. Graphic Novel or Audiobook
  3. Novel Featuring Time Travel – Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs √
  4. Fantasy Novel published in 2017
  5. An Author’s Debut Fantasy Novel
  6. Non-Fiction Fantasy Related Book
  7. Fantasy Novel on “To be read” list for over a year
  8. Award Winning Fantasy Novel
  9. Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic/Dying Earth
  10. r/Fantasy Big List 2016 Under-read/Under-rated
  11. Horror Novel
  12. Fantasy Novel featuring a Desert setting
  13. Re-use any r/Fantasy Bingo Square
  14. Self-published fantasy novel
  15. Fantasy Novel featuring non-human Protagonist – The Only Child by Andrew Pyper √
  16. Sequel: not the first book in the series
  17. Novel by an r/Fantasy AMA(Ask me anything) Author or Writer of the Day
  18. Fantasy of Manners
  19. Fantasy Novel Featuring Dragons
  20. New Weird
  21. Fantasy Novel Featuring Seafaring
  22. Steampunk
  23. Five Fantasy Short Stories
  24. Novel by an author from an r/Fantasy Author Appreciation Post
  25. Getting Too Old For This Crap: Fantasy Novel featuring an older (50+) Protagonist

Dragon Teeth #BookReview #SpoilerFree

Dragon TeethMichael Crichton, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Jurassic Park, returns to the world of paleontology in this recently discovered novel—a thrilling adventure set in the Wild West during the golden age of fossil hunting.
Goodreads Blurb

When HarperCollins sent me a complimentary Advance Reader’s E-Proof of Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton for review I was convinced that I wouldn’t enjoy it all that much. A book about Paleontology in the Wild West isn’t something I would have ever selected to read. By the end of the first chapter I was hooked.

Dragon Teeth is a thrilling historical fiction novel set in 1870’s, before the Wild West was “conquered”. After a terrible first year at Yale, William Johnson, a young man from Philadelphia and grandson of a Scottish immigrant, accepts a bet of $1,000 proposed by Harold Hannibal Marlin to go West on an expedition with Paleontologist Professor Marsh. The expedition was expected to be about 2.5 months long, but for William it ended up consuming a year of his life.

Professor Marsh’s arch rival is Professor Edward Drinker Cope. Marsh is a paranoid man who believes Cope is always spying on him. They are two Paleontologists competing in the strange new world of finding fossils, and naming undiscovered species of dinosaur.

William is given a list of supplies he’ll need, which include a knife, revolver, and rifle. That alone is enough to tell you that the next few months will be life-changing and life-threatening.

Some of the characters in Dragon Teeth were based on real people, and actual events.

Edward Drinker Cope was a “paleontologist who discovered approximately a thousand species of extinct vertebrates in the United States and led a revival of Lamarckian evolutionary theory, based largely on paleontological views.” https://www.britannica.com/biography/Edward-Drinker-Cope

Othniel Charles Marsh “spent his entire career at Yale University (1866–99) as the first professor of vertebrate paleontology in the United States. In 1870 he organized the first Yale Scientific Expedition, which explored the Pliocene deposits (2.6–5.3 million years old) of Nebraska and the Miocene deposits (5.3–23 million years old) of northern Colorado.” https://www.britannica.com/biography/Othniel-Charles-Marsh

Wyatt Earp was a “legendary frontiersman of the American West, who was an itinerant saloonkeeper, gambler, lawman, gunslinger, and confidence man.” https://www.britannica.com/biography/Wyatt-Earp

Charles Hazelius Sternberg “was an American fossil collector and amateur paleontologist.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Hazelius_Sternberg

William Johnson, is an entirely fictitious character who undergoes a tremendous attitude change throughout the novel. There are themes of Greed vs Downfall, Betrayal, Heroism, Sacrifice, and Isolation. During a time when Americans were at war with Native Americans, before the Wild West was won, this novel was bound to be a page-turning thriller.

 

Also by Michael Crichton:

Westworld originalWestworld is an American science fiction–thriller media franchise. It began in 1973 with the release of the film Westworld, written and directed by Michael Crichton. It depicts a technologically advanced, Western-themed amusement park populated by androids that malfunction and begin killing the human visitors.

It was followed by the sequel film Futureworld (1976).

In 1980 there was a short-lived television series, Beyond Westworld. A new television series from HBO, based on the original film, debuted on October 2, 2016.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westworld

Jurassic Park book

 

Jurassic Park is a 1990 science fiction novel written by Michael Crichton, divided into seven sections (iterations). A cautionary tale about genetic engineering, it presents the collapse of an amusement park showcasing genetically recreated dinosaurs to illustrate the mathematical concept of chaos theory and its real world implications. A sequel titled The Lost World, also written by Crichton, was published in 1995. In 1997, both novels were re-published as a single book titled Michael Crichton’s Jurassic World, unrelated to the film of the same name.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jurassic_Park_(novel)

 

 

For more info about Michael Crichton’s work visit http://www.michaelcrichton.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Only Child #bookreview #spoilerfree

The Only Child

The Only Child is a thrilling horror-mystery story weaved by bestselling Canadian author Andrew Pyper. Have you ever stopped to wonder if Hyde, Dracula, and Frankenstein were the same monster? What if that monster had a child?

When Lily was a child her mother was killed by a monster in an Alaskan cabin. Thirty years later Dr. Lily Dominick is the assistant Director of Forensic Psychiatry at a maximum security institution where her job is to interview “monsters”. Her next client to interview is an unnamed, lean, broad-chested man with a defined jawline, gray eyes, and a strange accent. After the strange interview Lily can’t shake the strange feeling that she somehow knows this man. He later claims that he is Michael, the 222 year old monster who inspired some of the most famous horror authors of our time: Robert Louis Stevenson, the author of Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde; Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein; and Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula.

The Only Child is a thriller from the first page to the last word. I didn’t want to put it down, and found myself reading in bed well past my bedtime. I loved how Lily traveled from Manhattan to Budapest, Geneva to London, Romania to Yukon, seeking to discover if Michael really is who he claims to be, and in the process she learns much more about herself than she ever could have imagined.

One of my favourite aspects of this novel are the old diary entries from Michael’s journals which provided insight into how he met Robert Louis Stevenson, Mary Shelley, and Bram Stoker.

The strange sexual attraction Lily had to almost every man she met in the story was confusing. I’m guessing Pyper did this as a way to show how much she was deviating from her normal non-impulsive, controlling personality. But as a woman I found that annoyingly sexist. The love-interest trope was completely unnecessary in my opinion. When we met Lily she was a strong, independent, smart, successful woman, and then she became weak, dependent on Will. I didn’t quite appreciate her character “arc”, which wasn’t really an arc at all.

The horror Gothic feeling is there, simmering below the surface, covered in unnecessary tropes. It’s one of those instances where less is more. We needed less Michael being hunted, less father-daughter-incest thoughts, less romance, and more monster scariness. It’s not a bad book by any means. As a fan of classic horror stories, I loved the idea and concepts here. It just wasn’t one of the best I’ve read.

Expected publication date is May 23rd, 2017.

Other books by Andrew Pyper:

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“Professor David Ullman is among the world’s leading authorities on demonic literature, with special expertise in Milton’s Paradise Lost. Not that David is a believer—he sees what he teaches as a branch of the imagination and nothing more. So when the mysterious Thin Woman arrives at his office and invites him to travel to Venice and witness a “phenomenon,” he turns her down. She leaves plane tickets and an address on his desk, advising David that her employer is not often disappointed.

That evening, David’s wife announces she is leaving him. With his life suddenly in shambles, he impulsively whisks his beloved twelve-year-old daughter, Tess, off to Venice after all. The girl has recently been stricken by the same melancholy moods David knows so well, and he hopes to cheer her up and distract them both from the troubles at home.”

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“Attorney Bartholomew Crane doesn’t belong in the small town of Murdoch. And the town of Murdoch doesn’t want him there. Even Crane’s client, a teacher accused of killing two girls, his own students, doesn’t seem to care if Crane gets him off or not. But Bartholomew Crane has come to Murdoch to try his first murder case — and he intends to win at all costs.

That is, until the case takes an unexpected turn. For as Crane begins to piece together a defense for his client, he finds himself being drawn into a bizarre legend at the heart of the town’s history — a legend that is slowly coming alive before his eyes.

Unnerved by visions he sees on Murdoch’s dark streets, by the ringing of a telephone down the deserted hallway of his hotel, Crane is beginning to suspect that what is happening to him is happening for a reason. And that the two lost girls of Murdoch may be intricately tied to the town’s shameful history … and to a dark episode in his own long-forgotten past.”

http://www.andrewpyper.com/

The publisher kindly sent me a complimentary advanced digital copy in return for an honest review.

For the #GilmoreGirls fan who doesn’t know what to read next…

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Thanks to Chrystal from Snowdrop Dreams for posting about the Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge. I had never heard of it until now!

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Here is the list in alphabetical order: https://www.buzzfeed.com/krystieyandoli/all-339-books-referenced-in-gilmore-girls?utm_term=.rp194RpVyR#.imgZA9Kd49

The Gilmore Girls Wiki Page has a complete list of books talked about or seen in every single episode. Choose a season, click on episode, then you’ll find the list of literature, music, and other trivia.

Here are the first few episodes 🙂

Season 1: Episode 1

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Stephen King (referenced by Lorelai to Sookie)
  • Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  • The Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir
  • The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
  • Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt (Rory is seen holding this book)
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Season 1: Episode 2

  • Harry Potter
  • War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
  • Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
  • David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens
  • Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
  • A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens
  • Little Dorrit, by Charles Dickens
  • Dostoevsky
  • Balzac
  • George Sand
  • Shakespeare

Season 1: Episode 3

  • Mencken’s Chrestomathy, by H.L. Mencken
  • My Life As Author And Editor by H.L. Mencken
  • Plato
  • Mark Twain (quoted by Rory, “Golf is a good walk spoiled”)
  • Peyton Place

Season 1: Episode 4

  • The Comedy of Errors, by William Shakespeare
  • The Oxford Shakespeare, by William Shakespeare (Rory is holding this book)
  • Richard III, by William Shakespeare
  • Also referenced: Shakespeare, Marlowe, wikipedia:Francis_Bacon Bacon, Ben Jonson, John Webster, Sonnet 116, Sonnet 126, Sonnet 145

 

 

Okay So Booksically #booktag #tagtuesday

I’m loving these book tags. 🙂

List of questions are below for easy copy/paste. Be sure to link your blog/video in comments!

1 – Tell us about your user/blog/channel name and your real name
My blog is called “Amanda’s Words” and my real name is Amanda Hartwick.

2 – Open Instagram search and chat about the first 3 images
the.imperfect.library posted a picture of a children’s book called Homegoing

molly_odette posted a picture of a big beautiful shawl she knit called Lucidity

wearethemurrays posted a picture of a her almost 40 weeks pregnant, pointing to her TV which is showing the mama giraffe who finally gave birth LOL

3 – Open YouTube and talk about the first 3 videos

The Beardy Adventures posted a video called “Last day of our beardy holiday & my new trousers

A Dash of Ash posted a video called “10 Fantasies I need to read”

Super Space Chick posted a video called “March Wrap Up”

4 – Your favorite song to listen to while reading/writing, and how many plays its got

I don’t normally listen to music while reading or writing…I also don’t have iTunes, or other players that keep track of # of plays. I basically only listen to music while driving in my van (radio), or to “Rock my Run” APP when I go for a walk or a jog.

5 – Favorite book on your shelf at the moment

Hmmmm…that’s a really hard question to answer for me. I can’t pick a favourite! You can’t make me!

6 – Favorite bookish thing you love using as a prop in your pictures/videos

I don’t really pay attention to props…I guess I need to up my photo taking game.

7 – 3 Books you are dying to re-read, but probably never will

It by Stephen King. One of my favourite authors, but I have an irrational fear of clowns.

Moby Dick by Herman Melville. I’ve wanted to read this one for as long as I can remember, however, I’ve heard some really mixed reviews, it’s really long, if I start a book I have to finish it, so it’s a commitment that I’m not sure I want to make.

Let’s Just Say it Wasn’t Pretty by Diane Keaton. It’s on my Goodreads “To Be Read” list, but it has a really low average rating, 2.83, so not too sure on if I’ll ever get to that one.

8 – Amazing bookish finds (this can be books, bookish things, or bookish moments)

I found a first edition copy of Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King at a used book sale.

I’ve had the same KOBO for about 6 years now and it works great. Knock on wood.

Watching my kids become bookworms like me.

9 – Hottest author(s)/Author Crush

Veronica Roth

Ransom Riggs

Paula Hawkins

Gillian Flynn

John Green

 

★QUESTIONS
1 – Tell us about your user/blog/channel name and your real name
2 – Open Instagram search and chat about the first 3 images
3 – Open YouTube and talk about the first 3 videos
4 – Your favorite song to listen to while reading/writing, and how many plays its got
5 – Favorite book on your shelf at the moment
6 – Favorite bookish thing you love using as a prop in your pictures/videos
7 – 3 Books you are dying to re-read, but probably never will
8 – Amazing bookish finds (this can be books, bookish things, or bookish moments)
9 – Hottest author(s)/Author Crush

I like Big Books and I cannot lie #monthlyrecs

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The Monthly Recommendations Goodreads Group has chosen a theme for April 2017 and it’s …….. Big Books!

Here are some of my favourite tomes ♥

 

 

The eye of the world

 

 

The Eye of the World (Book One of The Wheel of Time series) by Robert Jordan. This tome has over 800 pages, and the following books in the series are all big beautiful books that require an enormous commitment, and likely note-taking, in order to follow along. It puts the “epic” in Epic Fantasy.

 

 

 

 

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The first novel of “A Song of Ice and Fire” series written by George R. R. Martin is A Game of Thrones. This 835 page Epic High Fantasy novel inspired the TV Show, Game of Thrones.

Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.”

 

 

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Winter is book four of “The Lunar Chronicles” written by Marissa Meyer. It has over 800 pages, however, it didn’t feel that big when I read it. Marissa writes fantastic stories that wrap you up in a fantastic world, with well-rounded, interesting characters, and a plot that keeps the pages turning fast.

 

 

 

 

 

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I cannot talk about big books without mentioning the Harry Potter series. The first few books aren’t tomes – but Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a whopping 734 pages – quite large for a “middle grade” novel.

 

 

 

 

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The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton.

Cassandra is lost, alone and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident ten years ago, feels like she has lost everything dear to her. But an unexpected and mysterious bequest from Nell turns Cassandra’s life upside down and ends up challenging everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.”

 

 

 

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Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Sometimes dead is better….When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son — and now an idyllic home. As a family, they’ve got it all…right down to the friendly cat. But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth — more terrifying than death itself…and hideously more powerful.

 

 

 

What are some of your favourite BIG BOOKS?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Goodreads Tag #BookTag

The Goodreads Booktag

I watched Peter Monn’s Youtube video doing this tag (his video is below).

I tag anyone who would like to do this tag – link yours in the comments! 🙂

Add me on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/amandadroverhartwick

Questions are below to easily copy/paste.

1. What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

Turning

Turning by Jessica J. Lee

“Through the heat of summer to the frozen depths of winter, Lee traces her journey swimming through 52 lakes in a single year, swimming through fear and heartbreak to find her place in the world.”

At the age of 28, Jessica Lee–Canadian, Chinese, and British–finds herself in Berlin. Alone. Lonely, with lowered spirits thanks to some family history and a broken heart, she is ostensibly there to write a thesis. And although that is what she does daily, what increasingly occupies her is swimming. So she makes a decision that she believes will win her back her confidence and independence: she will swim fifty-two of the lakes around Berlin, no matter what the weather or season. She is aware that this particular landscape is not without its own ghosts and history.

Expected Publication Date: May 4th, 2017

2. What are you currently reading?

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Man Gone Down by Michael Thomas

In May 2014 I started reading this book, but stopped at page 246. This January 2017 I decided that one of my goals for this year was to start from the beginning and actually finish it. I’m on page 195. *hangs head in shame* I really need to pick this up again. Perhaps if i just focus on reading one chapter at a time I can get through it.

 

 

 

 

 

The Only Child

 

I started reading The Only Child by Andrew Pyper on April 8th, and am 47% done. LOVING this one so far.

Expected Publication Date: May 23rd, 2017

The publisher kindly sent me a complimentary copy for review.

 

 

 

 

 

3. What was the last book you marked as ‘TBR’?

Harry Potter The Prequel

 

The Harry Potter Prequel is an 800-word story written by J. K. Rowling, and was published online on June 11th, 2008. Set three years before the birth of Harry Potter, the story recounts an adventure had by Sirius Black and James Potter.

 

 

 

 

 

4. What book do you plan to read next?

Dragon Teeth

 

Michael Crichton, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Jurassic Park, returns to the world of paleontology in this recently discovered novel—a thrilling adventure set in the Wild West during the golden age of fossil hunting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Do you use the star rating system?

Yes, but I have a really hard time deciding what to rate a book.

6. Are you doing a 2014 Reading Challenge?

I’m doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2017 and I’m also doing a few more challenges on Goodreads:

Let’s Turn Pages Challenge

A to Z Challenge (Location Edition)

Dewey Decimal Nonfiction Challenge

7. Do you have a wishlist?

Not really. I have some books in my cart at Chapters website, Amazon.ca website, Bookoutlet.ca, and a TBR. But not an official “wishlist”.

8. What book do you plan to buy next?

Hmmm…I’m slowly buying all the books in the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. I’m also keeping an eye out for Stephen King books. I want to read the unread books on my shelf before buying more. (hopefully, haha!)

9. Do you have any favorite quotes, would you like to share a few?

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“Unless you have been very, very lucky, you have undoubtedly experienced events in your life that have made you cry. So unless you have been very, very lucky, you know that a good, long session of weeping can often make you feel better, even if your circumstances have not changed one bit.” ― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”
Stephen King

“Sometimes, making the wrong choice is better than making no choice. You have the courage to go forward, that is rare. A person who stands at the fork, unable to pick, will never get anywhere.”
Terry Goodkind, Wizard’s First Rule

10. Who are your favorite authors?

Stephen King

Robert Jordan

Marissa Meyer

Veronica Roth

J.K. Rowling

Ransom Riggs

Sandra Gulland

William Shakespeare

J. R. R. Tolkien

Lisa Genova

George R. R. Martin

11. Have you joined any groups?

2017 Reading Challenge

ReadingRealm ReadAlong

County of L&A Libraries – Online Book Club

Monthly Recommendations

BooktubeSFF Awards

Fiction Writing

The Book Bound Society

 

THE QUESTIONS:
1. What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?
2. What are you currently reading?
3. What was the last book you marked as ‘TBR’?
4. What book do you plan to read next?
5. Do you use the star rating system?
6. Are you doing a 2014 Reading Challenge?
7. Do you have a wishlist?
8. What book do you plan to buy next?
9. Do you have any favorite quotes, would you like to share a few?
10. Who are your favorite authors?
11. Have you joined any groups?

Spring Reading #BookTag

I tag anyone who would like to completely this booktag! Be sure to link yours in the comments 🙂

 

1. What books are you most excited to read over the next few months?

The Only Child

 

I’m currently reading The Only Child by Andrew Pyper and loving it. The publisher kindly sent me an Advanced Reader Copy to review. Expected publication is May 23rd, 2017.

The #1 internationally bestselling author of The Demonologist radically reimagines the origins of gothic literature’s founding masterpieces—Frankenstein, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Dracula—in a contemporary novel driven by relentless suspense and surprising emotion. This is the story of a man who may be the world’s one real-life monster, and the only woman who has a chance of finding him.

Dragon Teeth

 

Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton was another e-book sent to me by the publisher for review. I’ll be reading this after The Only Child. Expected publication date is June 1st, 2017

The year is 1876. Warring Indian tribes still populate America’s western territories even as lawless gold-rush towns begin to mark the landscape. In much of the country it is still illegal to espouse evolution. Against this backdrop two monomaniacal paleontologists pillage the Wild West, hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars.

A Tapestry of Tears

 

After Dragon Teeth I’ll be reading A Tapestry of Tears by Gita V. Reddy.

Set in the early nineteenth century, A Tapestry of Tears is about female infanticide, and the unmaking of tradition. If a woman gives birth to a female child, she must feed her the noxious sap of the akk plant. That is the tradition, parampara. Veeranwali rebels, and fights to save her offspring.
The other stories span a spectrum of emotions and also bring to life the varied culture and social spectrum of India. Woven into this collection is the past and the present, despair and hope, and the triumph of the human spirit.

 

2. What book most makes you think of Spring, for whatever reason?

The Hobbit

 

Bilbo sets off on a great adventure in The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, going through incredible changes leading him to become an unlikely hero.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No idea why, but The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion reminds me of Spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. The days are getting longer – what is the longest book you’ve read?

Lord of Chaos

 

Lord of Chaos (Book 6 of The Wheel of Time) written by Robert Jordan. 1011 pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. What books would you recommend to brighten someone’s day?

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Moms Who Drink and Swear by Nicole Knepper is hilarious! Highly recommend this read 🙂

 

 

 

 

5. Spring brings new life in nature – think up a book that doesn’t exist but you wish it did. (eg by a favourite author, on a certain theme or issue etc)

Harry Potter The Prequel

 

J.K. Rowling did write an 800 word Harry Potter prequel, but I selfishly want more LOL A whole book, or shall I be so bold as to ask for a trilogy about Harry’s parents growing up as children attending Hogwarts, then becoming adults, leading up to the first Harry Potter book?

 

 

 

 

6. Spring is also a time of growth – how has your reading changed over the years?

As a young child and teen I basically only read fiction and school-required books. While attending University I read only fantasy and required reading for school. Now, in my mid-thirties, I read many different genres, and this past year has been my best reading year since I was thirteen years old.

7. We’re a couple of months into the new year – how’s your reading going?

Since January I have read 23 books, which is already more than the number of books I read ALL of last year. 🙂

8. Any plans you’re looking forward to over the next few months?

Well, now that I’ve been reading a lot more the past six months I’ve decided to get back to writing two stories that I’ve been working on for awhile. I’m hoping to finish them this year, and look into getting published.

My “To be read” list is getting completely out of hand. Once I finish all the books that I received to review, I will be reading all of the books on my bookshelf that haven’t been read yet, then tackling all the unread books on my KOBO before I delve into my TBR list. That’s the plan HAHA!

 

Tag questions:
1. What books are you most excited to read over the next few months?
2. What book most makes you think of Spring, for whatever reason?
3. The days are getting longer – what is the longest book you’ve read?
4. What books would you recommend to brighten someone’s day?
5. Spring brings new life in nature – think up a book that doesn’t exist but you wish it did. (eg by a favourite author, on a certain theme or issue etc)
6. Spring is also a time of growth – how has your reading changed over the years?
7. We’re a couple of months into the new year – how’s your reading going?
8. Any plans you’re looking forward to over the next few months?

Nope! #BookTag

These are my opinions…you may disagree, and that’s okay! I tag anyone who wants to do this tag. Be sure to link it in the comments! Feel free to answer the questions in the comments too – I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Disagree

 

★QUESTIONS:
1. NOPE. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

State of Wonder

2. NOPE. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

The Lifeboat
3. NOPE. Series: A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE. after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it, or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore.

Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #1) by Louise Penny

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4. NOPE. Popular pairing: A “ship” you don’t support.

Tris and Four. Yup. I said it.

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5. NOPE. Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.

The Light Between The Oceans by M.L. Stedman – Did NOT see the plot twist at all. Thoroughly enjoyed this book.

The Light Between the Oceans
6. NOPE. Protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head NOPE.

Murder By Family by Kent Whitaker. I did not agree with many of the decisions the father made.

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7. NOPE. Genre: A genre you will never read.

I would never say never – but I’m not a fan of Manga or Erotic Romance.
8. NOPE. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition

I have never listened to an audio book, and not sure if I ever will.
9. NOPE. Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.

Love triangles. Insta-love. Damsel in distress. Villain monologues where they reveal their entire plot and motivations.
10. NOPE. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.

50 Shades of Grey – or any erotic romance.
11. NOPE. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

Message in a dream.
12. NOPE. Love interest: The love interest that’s not worthy of being one. A character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest.

Carl from Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

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13. NOPE. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.

I don’t think any book is bad enough that it shouldn’t exist.
14. NOPE. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.

Dracula.
15. NOPE. Death: A character death that still haunts you.

So sad 😦  The Fault in our Stars by John Green. The feels. Oh the feels.

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16. NOPE. Author: An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.

Roy MacGregor. Sorry 😦

★QUESTIONS:
1. NOPE. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.2. NOPE. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.
3. NOPE. Series: A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE. after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it, or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore.
4. NOPE. Popular pairing: A “ship” you don’t support.
5. NOPE. Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.
6. NOPE. Protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head NOPE.
7. NOPE. Genre: A genre you will never read.
8. NOPE. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition
9. NOPE. Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.
10. NOPE. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.
11. NOPE. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.
12. NOPE. Love interest: The love interest that’s not worthy of being one. A character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest.
13. NOPE. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.
14. NOPE. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.
15. NOPE. Death: A character death that still haunts you.
16. NOPE. Author: An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.