BOOK TAG #19 | Rocky Horror Picture Show Book Tag

Rocky Horror Picture Show Book Tag
Rocky Horror Picture Show Book Tag

Hey, y’all! I hope you’re having a great day/night and getting through the first full week of 2021. Today, I’m doing another book tag ’cause I need to ease myself back into blogging, and tags are easy. This one is the Rocky Horror Picture Show book tag brought to us by Rach over at Anxious Nachos. That link leads y’all to Rach’s original book tag post, in case you want to do the tag yourself! She actually tagged me for this back in…uh…October? So here we are, three months later, lmao. I swear I wasn’t ignoring it, I was just in a blog hiatus. But let’s get into it now!

Science fiction, double feature: a book that has been made into a TV show or film

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

I haven’t watched the series on Hulu or read the book, but it sounds interesting! I’ll have to pick it up sometime soon and watch the adaptation.

Damnit, Janet: a YA romance

Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann
Let’s Talk About Love – Claire Kann

While it’s not my favorite book (I think I rated it 3 stars?), I thought Let’s Talk About Love was cute! It was the first YA romance (the first romance ever, even?) that I read that had an asexual protagonist.

Over at the Frankenstein Place: your favorite gothic fiction

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Mexican Gothic – Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I don’t read much gothic fiction — in fact, Mexican Gotchic might be the only gothic book I’ve read outside of the Poe I read for high school. And honestly, I think I need to read more because, while I didn’t finish Mexican Gothic (I ran out of time on my library hold 😭), I absolutely loved the vibes of it all.

Time Warp: your prettiest book cover

Six of Crows: Collector's Edition
Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo (Collector’s Edition)

Aaron gifted me the UK collector’s edition of Six of Crows for Christmas one year, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. This picture really doesn’t do it justice. I love the read on black and how shiny it is. Definitely one of my prettiest books, along with the collector’s edition of Crooked Kingdom.

Sweet Transvestite: an iconic queer book

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan

I read this one last year and fell in love. Such a good book! The world-building is super interesting, and I love the characters, especially Wren. Can’t wait for the third one to come out this year!

I Can Make You a Man: a book set in a medical setting/about medicine/with a doctor or nurse main character

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet A. Washington
Medical Apartheid – Harriet A. Washington

This is a non-fiction book about the history of medical abuse, neglect, and racism against the Black community in the United States, from colonial times to more recently. While it was hard to read at parts, it was a phenomenal book that I definitely recommend.

Hot Patootie: a book set in the 1970s or 1980s

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
The Miseducation of Cameron Post – Emily M. Danforth

This prompt was a bit challenging: I don’t know many books set in the ’70s or ’80s. I eventually found The Miseducation of Cameron Post; I haven’t read it, but I’ve heard others liked it. I may read it in the future, when my owned TBR isn’t so high…

Toucha Toucha Told Me: a book where a character loses their innocence

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, from left to right: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay.
The Hunger Games trilogy – Suzanne Collins

It was hard for me to think of a book for this prompt, too, but once I did, it seemed like a “duh” kind of moment. Prim in the Hunger Games trilogy seems like a character that loses her innocence, but doesn’t lose hope. I could be wrong, it’s been a minute since I read the series, but that was the impression I remember.

Eddie: a book where one of your favorite character dies

Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan
Girls of Storm and Shadow – Natasha Ngan

I included GOPAF already, so it’s only right that I include its sequel. No spoilers, but let’s just say I do not forgive Miss Ngan for what she did. 😤

Rose Tint My World: a book that makes you happy

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee
Not Your Sidekick – C.B. Lee

I read this book twice already, and I absolutely love it. It’s just a cute and fun superhero book that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Ant the romance? Adorable! I definitely recommend it if you want some (not Marvel) superhero media.

Don’t Dream It, Be It: a book by a trans, non-binary, or gender diverse author

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
Dragon Pearl – Yoon Ha Lee

I haven’t read Dragon Pearl yet, but! It’s definitely one that I want to get to, especially since it’s from a trans man. I’ve been wanting to get more into sci-fi, especially middle grade sci-fi, so this book seems perfect for that, too.

Wile and Untamed Thing: a book that makes your heart race

Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray
Before the Devil Breaks You – Libba Bray

Out of the four Diviners books, I think Before the Devil Breaks You is the one that had me on the edge of my seat the most. I thought it was the best out of the series, partly because the stakes seemed to be the most personal. And oof, that last quarter of the book? It almost gave me a heart attack. Definitely recommend the series!

I’m Going Home: a book with the found family trope

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

Yet another book I haven’t read, but I own it, so…half points? My friend Makenzie recommends it big time, and literally all I know about it is that it’s one big, queer found family book. Which, I mean…what more do you need?

Superheroes: a book with one of your favorite villains or monsters

And I Darken by Kiersten White
And I Darken – Kiersten White

So this may be cheating a little bit because Lada could be considered a grey character, not an outright villain, depending on the perspective. But! I absolutely love Lada’s development throughout the first two books of the trilogy, and I cannot wait to read the final book to see how it all ends.

And that’s the Rocky Horror Picture Show book tag! Like I said in the beginning of the post, feel free to do this tag if you’re interested. Below will be a list of the prompts, and link back to Rach’s original post if you want her to see it.

See y’all next time!

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TOP TEN TUESDAY #4 | Authors I’d Love to Meet

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Happy Tuesday, all! I’m here again for another TTT. As you may or may not know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post/meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic: authors I would love to meet.


1. Darren Shan

Hello, nostalgia, my old friend. I loved his Saga of Darren Shan books when I was in middle school. I originally planned on re-reading the series this month, but found other books instead. Maybe next month, though! I also heard he’s writing books under Darren Dash now, too? That’s pretty cool.

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TOP TEN TUESDAY #3 | Books by My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

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Happy Tuesday, everyone! Today is yet another day for Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly post/meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic, as you can see by the title, is “Books by my favorite author that I have yet to read.” And, wow, there are quite a lot… So let’s get started!

1. Prodigy by Marie Lu

Prodigy

I read Legend earlier this year, one of my first books of 2018 I think. I really enjoyed it, but for whatever reason, I never actually got around to the rest of the trilogy. I think I’ll have to re-read Legend, though, because I don’t remember much.

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REVIEW #24 | “The Language of Thorns”

The Language of Thorns

Language of Thorns

Title: “Language of Thorns”

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Pages (hardcover): 281 pages

Original Publishing Date: 26 September 2017

Synopsis (from the inside flap):

“Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

“Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

“Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

“Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.”

Trigger/Content warnings for the novel:

  • blood
  • violence
  • self-harm (for magic) (The Witch of Duva and When Water Sang Fire)
  • murder
  • pedophilia(?) (The Witch of Duva)
  • cannibalism(?) (The Witch of Duva)

Representation in the novel:

  • m/m couple
  • f/f couple
  • characters of color

⭐⭐⭐⭐ .5
4.5/5 stars

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DISCUSSION #3 | YA Fantasy and LGBT+ Rep. (Kind of a Mess, but Getting Better? Possibly.)

YA Fantasy and LGBT+ Representation

(Entirely unrelated, but I hate how big the “+” is compared to the rest of title. I couldn’t change it, either, sadly…)

Hi, everyone!

So, in celebration of finishing (and loving) Children of Smoke and Bone, I figured I’ll do a discussion post on YA fantasy! And since I always love queering things up a bit when I can, this is going to be about LGBT+ representation in YA fantasy: the good…and the not so good.

As disclaimer, I’ll try my best to be as inclusive as possible! I know I just say “LGBT+” when referring to the non-allocishet community, but just think that there is extra emphasis on the “+”. Because, hey, I’m part of the “+” myself! And, when talking about the community, I am also including ace and aro people, too!

So, here we go!

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BOOK TAG #4 | My Blog’s Name in Books

My Blog's Name in Books

Hey, everyone! This tag is brought to you by Lynne, AKA fictionophile; I found this tag whilst rummaging through WordPress, and I thought it was pretty neat. Here are the rules, as quoted from Lynn’s post:

“1.  Spell out your blog’s name. (this is where you wish your blog’s name was shorter LOL)

“2. Find a book from your TBR that begins with each letter. (Note you cannot ADD to your TBR to complete this challenge – the books must already be on your Goodread’s TBR)

“3. Have fun!”


S I X C R O W S B O O K S

S. “Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone

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REVIEW #4 | “Crooked Kingdom” (INCLUDES SPOILERS)

Crooked Kingdom

Title: “Crooked Kingdom”

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Pages (hardcover): 546 pages

Original Publishing Date: 20 September 2016

Synopsis (from the inside flap):

“Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets — a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.”

Trigger warnings for the novel:

  • violence and gore (throughout the novel)
  • talk of past trauma (throughout the novel)
  • character death (pg. 494)

⭐⭐⭐⭐
4/5 stars

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REVIEW #3 | “Six of Crows”

Six of Crows

Title: “Six of Crows”

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Pages (hardcover): 480 pages

Original Publishing Date: 29 September 2015

Synopsis (from the inside flap):

“Ketterdam a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price — and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

“A convict with a thirst for revenge.

“A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

“A runaway with a privileged past.

“A spy known as the Wraith.

“A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

“A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

“Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction — if they don’t kill each other first.”

Trigger warnings for the novel:

  • torture scene/graphic violence (pgs. 157-158)
  • mentions of slavery and forced prostitution (not graphic; throughout the novel)
  • violence (throughout the novel)

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
5/5 stars

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