Category Archives: Book Tag

Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

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1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017.

Nicole: The Gauntlet by Karuma Riazi. I’ve talked about this book a lot, and I still really love it.

Isis: At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson. I’ve talked about this one endlessly.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017.

Nicole: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan. It was fantastic.

Isis: Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat gave me life. It’s the best sequel ever. The political aspect is so juicy and the romance is such a slow burn. So great, so good.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

Nicole: The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas. I haven’t picked this up yet, and it’s really sad.

Isis: The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich. This one has really poor ratings on Goodreads for some reason. I’ve heard that it shouldn’t be taken too seriously in order to enjoy it. I’m still really looking forward to it.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

Nicole: The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan. It comes out in October and I can’t wait.

Isis: The Last Cigarette on Earth by Benjamin Alire Saenz. This is Saenz’s new poetry collection that was pushed to August 15. I’m so excited because the only poetry I read comes from Saenz.
5. Biggest disappointment.

Nicole: Ink and Ashes by Valynne Maetani. I quit this book around fifty pages in. It was sad because I was looking forward to loving this book. But the subplots regarding the main character’s romance put me off too much even when I was enjoying the mystery.

Isis: What in God’s Name by Simon Rich was so disappointing. It’s an angel book that I was really excited to read, but it was so poorly executed. Not only was the entire thing stupid and boring, it was also body-shamed to an extreme. No good.
6. Biggest surprise.

Nicole: Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier. I expected to love this book, and was really surprised that it was just blah. And I didn’t know that it had iffy rep so I was also surprised by that. I think this question was supposed to be about a book that surprised you in a good way but oh well.

Isis: Preacher vol. 1 by Garth Ennis definitely took me by surprise. I loved the TV show so I read the comics, and it was not what I expected. Very different from the show, and way more bloody and shocking. I love both.
7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Nicole: Karuma Riazi

Isis: I liked C.S. Pacat’s world-building and characterization a lot, and I would definitely read anything she writes in the future. I also love that she’s very open about being genderfluid and bisexual.
8. Newest fictional crush.

Nicole: Alex Fierro from The Hammer of Thor

Isis: Jesse Custer from Preacher. I adore him.
9. Newest favorite character.

Nicole: Ballister Blackheart from Nimona

Isis: Damen from the Captive Prince series quickly became my favorite character.
10. Book that made you cry.

Nicole: No books have made me cry this year.

Isis: At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson brought me pretty close to tears.
11. Book that made you happy.

Nicole: The Hammer of Thor. Doing this tag has made me realize that I haven’t read as many books as I thought I had so I’m sorry I have a lot of repeating answers.

Isis: Shelter the Sea by Heidi Cullinan. It was such a great book. Very sweet and pure. I wish more people talked about the Roosevelt series.
12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year. 

Nicole: I think the last adaption I saw was Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children so I’ll put that. Much better than the book.

Isis: Does the Vampire Academy movie count, even though I’ve never read the book? I enjoyed the movie. It was cheesy, but entertaining. Interesting vampires.
13. Favorite review you’ve written this year. (Booktube version: Favorite video you have done so far in this year)

Nicole: My Zombies at the East End review. I feel like I explained my feelings very clear in that one which I struggle with sometimes.

Isis: My Captive Prince review is probably one of the longest ones I’ve ever written ’cause I just had a lot to say.
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

Nicole: I’m going to cheat again and say the books Isis got me for Christmas. She got me the full Vampire Academy series and it’s amazing even if that series has unfortunate covers. But I don’t get a lot of books all the time and almost all of them aren’t new so they look really nice.

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Isis: I recently bought this manga, My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame. It’s such a beautiful hardcover edition full of the most beautiful art. I can’t wait to read it.

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

Nicole: Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and The Flying Witches of Veracruz by James Endedy

Isis: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. It’s about angels, so of course I have to read it.

Netflix Book Tag

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1.Recently Watched: The last book you finished reading

Isis: Shelter the Sea by Heidi Cullinan. This is a sequel in the Roosevelt series, and I really enjoyed it. I think it’s an important read, really diverse. It made me so happy.

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Nicole: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. It was a good graphic novel.

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2. Top Picks: A book/books that have been recommended to you based on books you have previously read

Isis: I read The Song of Achilles because everyone recommended it after reading Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. But I was so disappointed in The Song of Achilles. It was not my cup of tea. I still don’t get the hype for it.

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Nicole: People recommend The Iron Trial by Cassandra Claire and Holly Black to people who like the Harry Potter books. I did not like it at all.

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3. Recently Added: The last book you bought

Isis: I just recently bought an e-book I found randomly called Bonfires by Amy Lane. It’s about two older men who fall in love, both men have children from previous marriages, both are trying to get through life. It just sounds right up my alley. I’m excited to read it.

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Nicole: I finally bought The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. I’ve been wanting it for a long time, so now I’m resisting the urge to drop what I’m currently reading in order to get to it quicker. 

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4. Popular on Netflix: Books that everyone knows about (2 you’ve read and 2 you have never read or have no interest in reading)

Isis: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Gotta go back to the oldies. 

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I feel like everyone has heard about this book. 

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Love Shadowhunters, but I don’t like the author of the books. I don’t think I’m missing out on anything. The show is amazing.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I’ve heard mixed things about this one. I’m not interested in a new book format or whatever. The story itself doesn’t really interest me.

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Nicole: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. A surprisingly good book.

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. With how everyone talked about it, I expected it to be fantastic. It wasn’t.

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The Divergent series by Veronica Roth. I feel like everyone can still be obsessed with it, but after I found out the premise my already mediocre interest fell completely away. It just doesn’t sound interesting to me at all.

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The Black Witch by Laurie Forest. This one’s buzz is mainly on twitter, but it still counts. At first I was interested in this one because I simply heard it was about witches and it was good. Then all the negativity surrounding it happened, and I learned it was about unlearning racism, badly, in a fantasy setting. Even if it was well done, I still would have decided not to read it. It simply isn’t a plot that interests me.

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5. Comedies: A funny book

Isis: The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore. I loved the humor in this book. It was the sort of humor that sinks in and really gets to you. If that makes sense. I still think about this book. It had a lot of heart too.

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Nicole: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan. I think it’s his funniest series yet.

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6. Dramas: A character who is a drama queen/king

 Isis: As a drama queen myself, it’s hard for me to really pinpoint other drama queens/kings because I think everyone should be dramatic. But Juliette Ferrars was pretty dramatic in the Shatter Me series. I really loved her development though.

Nicole: Draco Malfoy is the ultimate drama king.

7. Animated: A book with cartoons on the cover

Isis: The new Carry On paperback book has this amazing cover. Simon and Baz are cartoons and they look beautiful. 

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Nicole: Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon.

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8. Watch it again: A book/book series that you want to re-read

Isis: Eventually, I’d love to re-read the Gives Light series. I’ve talked about this one before. It’s one of my favorites. It’s set in a Native American Reservation, which is something you don’t see a lot. It was beautiful and so informative.

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Nicole: I’m not a big re-reader. I have been kind of wanting to re-read the Harry Potter series, which is the only books I’ve really re-read before. Also the two books I mention in the childhood favorites list.

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9. Documentaries: A non-fiction book you’d recommend to everyone

Isis: I think everyone should read We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It’s a good starting piece.

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Nicole: Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight by M.E. Thomas. I think it’s not popular, but it really opened my eyes. I think it has important information that society, especially present in the media, doesn’t share at all.

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10. Action and Adventure: An action packed book

Isis: I don’t read many action packed books, but Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan was full of action. I wanted it to slow down, but it never did.

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Nicole: The  Outliers by Kimberly McCreight. This book never stopped from the first page. Every page had something dramatic happen till the very last sentence.

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11. New Releases: A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can’t wait to read

Isis: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, but I’m dying to read When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. It looks so good and sweet and summery. I still haven’t bought it yet, but soon!

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Nicole: Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh comes out on July 25th, and I can’t wait. It’s a middle grade mystery book that includes ghosts, and it sounds amazing.

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12. Max: Tag some people

Everyone, consider yourselves tagged

Books We’ll (Probably) Never Read Tag

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1. A really hyped book you’re not interested in reading?

Isis: Caraval by Stephanie Garber. It doesn’t sound appealing to me at all. I’m not sure why there’s so much hype surrounding it.

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Nicole: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. I thought this sounded interesting because when people talk about it they just mention clairvoyants, but when learning more I learned about the slave/master romance it mainly involves around. Who wants to read about that?

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2. A series you won’t start/won’t be finishing?

Isis: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I mentioned this before, but I don’t like assassin books at all.

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Nicole: The Mortal InstrumentsThe Infernal Devices, basically any of the shadowhunter books.

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3. A classic that you’re not interested in?

Isis: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. I don’t think I’ll ever get to this one. It’s probably one of the few classics that have never appealed to me.

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Nicole: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. I’m not interesting in reading about white men who think they are misunderstood.

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4. Any genres you never read?
Isis: I don’t think I’ve ever read any sci-fi. It’s something I stay away from. I’m not into it.

Nicole: I don’t think I’ve ever read a western or a cyberpunk. I wouldn’t say I would never read a book from either of these genres. They just aren’t on my usual radar.

5. A book on your shelves you’ll probably never actually read?
Isis: I like to think I will read everything, but I’m not sure I’ll ever get to the Spanish version of Stephen King’s 11/22/63. I bought it for my mom a few years back and she never read it, and when she passed away, I kept it. My sister read it and loved it, but I’m not sure I would like it.

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Nicole: I recently got rid of a lot of the books I didn’t think I would ever read. But I’ve stubbornly held onto a couple for some reason. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

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Truth or Dare Book Tag

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1.What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Nicole: The death collector by Justin Richards. It’s a book that’s always been there. I’m honestly not sure where I even got it but I’ve never read it.

Isis: I think one of the first books I ever bought for myself is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in third grade. I still have that copy, which is in really bad shape ’cause of my dogs who peed and chewed all over it. I can’t make myself throw it away.
2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Nicole: I’m currently reading Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. My last read was Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. And I think my next read will be Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza.

Isis: My current read is The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. It’s required reading for one of my lit classes, and it’s really good, but I hate reading on deadline. My last read was Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero. My next read will be finally In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero.

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?

Nicole: Since it’s been brought up recently I’ll have to say Shatter Me.  I know a lot of people say it gets better from the first book, but that doesn’t interest me at all.

Isis: I don’t understand why everyone praises The Song of Achilles. It is so overrated. I honestly don’t get the love for it.

4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

Nicole: Probably Nicolas Sparks’s books. I have two. The Lucky One and The Guardian.  I picked them up since he’s such a big name and I thought I had to read at least one of his books. But honestly I’m not interested at all.

Isis: I own a copy of Gone With the Wind, but honestly it looks huge and not worth my time. I’ve heard it’s really good, but I’m not sure I’ll ever get to it.

5. What book are you saving for retirement?

Nicole: Oh I don’t know. Maybe all those old books people consider “real literature.”

Isis: Probably the Mistborn trilogy ’cause God those books are long. Also, all these cheesy Harlequin romance novels I have would be great for retirement. I love mindless reads.

6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

Nicole: Uh wait till the end. Why would you spoil yourself like that?

Isis: You gotta earn that ending, man. Of course I wait till the end.

7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

Nicole: I used to think they were a waste of ink, but now I always read them. They can be interesting.

Isis: I love reading the Acknowledgement if I enjoyed the book, so I think it’s interesting to have.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?

Nicole: Danny in the Dragonbreath books. I could be a dragon going on random adventures with my friends all the time, and life would be good.

Isis: I would love to switch places with Legs, Ari’s dog from Aristotle and Dante so I can be there to witness all the great fluff between my favorite characters.

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)

Nicole: Perks of Being a Wallflower was the first book me and Isis switched for our own personal book club that eventually turned into this blog.

Isis: I have a beautiful copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde that my mom gave me on my 22nd birthday before she passed away. It was a beautiful surprise when she gave it to me, and I will always cherish it. It makes me think of her.
10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

Nicole: I got all the Percy Jackson books without even wanting/paying for them. My boyfriend works for a moving company and a lot of times he can take stuff the client wants to throw out. So I got the whole series in perfect condition from that. I also got The Hunger Games series that way.

Isis: I love getting books from the Dollar Tree for a dollar because that’s the last place you’d think you’d find books.
11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Nicole: I give people books all the time for gifts even if books aren’t their favorite thing. I wouldn’t say any of them stick out that much.

Isis: I give books to Nicole more than anyone else, and it’s because she’s my best friend, and she needs all the books. Honestly, my sister and niece get books from me all the time, and it’s actually worked in getting them more into reading.
12. Which book has been with you most places?

Nicole: I feel like this can be any book on my shelves. They’ve been with me as I’ve moved multiple places. As I read a book I usually take it with me everywhere till I finish it.

Isis: This tiny pocket Bible that my brother gave me when I was 8. It’s all wrapped in a smiley face cover. I’ve carried it with me for years, without reading it.
13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

Nicole: Any book I actually read I typically liked. And I’ve never reread any of them later. Or even read the ones I didn’t bother reading.

Isis: I loved my required reading in high school. All of it. I loved all the classics. Those books actually made me love reading.
14. Used or brand new?

Nicole: Used. Cheaper books aren’t any worse than brand new ones. They might have some wear and tear on them, but the words inside are still the same. And it makes it so I can afford more books.

Isis: I love both! But used books don’t make me feel so guilty after buying them.
15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Nicole: No.

Isis: Nope, but I do own two of them.
16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

Nicole: I don’t think so but then again I usually watch the movie or I read the book. I don’t usually do both.

Isis: I’ll have to say, I adore the Perks of Being a Wallflower movie, far more than the book. When I first saw the movie after reading the book, I didn’t love the changes. But then I slowly forgot the details in the book, and continued watching the movie, so the movie became one of my favorites. Now I don’t think I could re-read the book. That movie is perfect.
17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

Nicole: The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi made me really hungry.

Isis: This is probably odd, but I loved the way the food at Hogwarts was described in the Harry Potter books. That always made me hungry.
18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

Nicole: I listen to Whittynovels and Thoughtsontomes from YouTube a lot.

Isis: I also love Whittynovels. Mostly, I like taking book advice from diverse readers who promote books with good diversity. 
19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

Nicole: I was surprised to like We are Not Ourselves and Ari and Dante. I typically don’t think I like realistic fiction with no magic or adventure so I’m always surprised when I do like it.

Isis: Yeah, I’m still surprised I enjoyed Vicious by V.E. Schwab so much because that’s not a genre I really lean towards. It felt like reading an action-packed comic book.

Goodreads Tag

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

Isis: Green but for a Season by C.S. Pacat. It’s a short story set in the Captive Prince world and I wasn’t going to read it but I have serious Captive Prince withdrawals and it just happened.

Nicole: The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi. I reviewed it here. It was really good.

 
2. What are you currently reading?

Isis: -Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero – amazing so far, but it’s taking me way too long to finish. COLLEGE! FRUSTRATION!

-In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero – same thing here!

-Sweaters & Cigarettes by Mika Fox – I stopped reading this one in August of last year, and haven’t picked it back up. I’m not even halfway through and there’s been so much angst already, kinda. I don’t know how I feel about it.

Nicole: On Goodreads it says I am currently reading 24 books, and I don’t have half of them anymore. I’m actually currently reading Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan which I am loving, Ink and Ashes by Valynne E. Maetanti which I was loving but then I got distracted by Magnus Chase, The Pants Project by Cat Clarke which I’m liking but it’s taking too long to read, and Hero by Perry Moore but the first chapter is so info dumpy and boring I dread picking it up again.  

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

Isis: Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce – I bought this one today at a library book sale. It’s a children’s book and it sounds like fun.

Nicole: Peter Darling by Austin Chant. I read a review about it, and it sounds really good.

 
4. What book do you plan to read next?

Isis: Honestly, I have no idea. I know I need to get to Juliet Takes a Breath soon, so probably that.

Nicole: It’s between Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza or Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia since I check them out from the library and they are due soon.

 
5. Do you use the star rating system?

Isis: Yes, and I try not to give 5 stars too often. A lot of my favorite books are 4 stars actually.

Nicole: Yes I usually add them to my reviews. My profile says my average rating is 3.63.

 
6. Are you doing a 2017 Reading Challenge?

Isis: Yes, and it’s for 30 books. I’m currently 6 books ahead of schedule!

Nicole: I set it for 52 books, but I’m currently 8 books behind schedule.

 
7. Do you have a wishlist?

Isis: Yes, it’s one of my Goodreads shelves: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/17632530?shelf=wishlist

Nicole: No I don’t.

 

8. What book do you plan to buy next?

Isis: I ordered on Amazon Saga vol 7 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee, and the paperback version of Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I won’t be getting these in the mail until the paperback of Carry On is released, so until May. 😦

Nicole: I really want to buy The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig.

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

Isis: “You wanted to feel alive, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re monster or human. Living hurts.” – Victoria Schwab, This Savage Song

“We are the dead. Our only true life is in the future.” – George Orwell, 1984

“I’ll always hate shoes.” -Benjamin Alire Saenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Nicole: I don’t really keep track of quotes honestly.

 
10. Who are your favorite authors?

Isis: BENJAMIN ALIRE SAENZ. I will literally buy anything he publishes. I actually already have, but I mean in the future. Then there’s Rainbow Rowell, Victoria Schwab, and David Levithan. You know, the usual.

Nicole: Victoria Schwab, Rick Riordan, Mildred D. Taylor, Ursula Vernon. I think Karuna Riazi can easily become one.

 
11. Have you joined any groups?

Isis: Nicole and I have a group on Goodreads called Hopeful Wanderers and you’re welcome to join. We do update it, though our reading is veryyyy slow. Still, it’s not abandoned: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/107752-hopeful-wanderers

Nicole: The one Isis linked is all. I tried to be a part of the Austentatious Book Club, but then never read any of the books.

 
12. Are there any questions you would like to add?

How about, what’s the last book you added as “favorite”? And what are the number of books you have in the read and want to read categories?

Isis:  Mine is At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson. I’ve raved about this book endlessly so I won’t do it again. But if you haven’t read it, definitely check it out. I loved it! I currently have 294 read, and 766 to read.

Nicole: I don’t ever put any books in other categories but I would have put The Gauntlet. And I currently have 190 books read, and 583 in the want to read category.

Mass Effect Tag

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Commander Shepard: A favorite protagonist

Isis: Aristotle Mendoza from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. He was so relatable and beautiful. I always come back to him, but I’m not even sorry. He’s the best.

Nicole: Magnus Chase from The Gods of Asgard series. He’s smart and scared and I loved reading from his perspective. 

Liara T’Soni: A character with great character development

Isis: Ozzie from At the Edge of the Universe. He has the most painful character development, but it was also so well done. I loved him from the start to the end, but I was proud of him at the end. He grew so much, and he became a better person overall.
Nicole: I really liked how Zach develops in Last Night I Sang to the Monsters by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

Garrus Vakarian: A favorite friendship

Isis: August and Kate from This Savage Song. Their friendship was pure and strong and it was totally platonic. I loved every minute of it.
Nicole: Rose and Lissa from The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead have a great friendship. They still fight and mess up, but they don’t forsake each other for it. They support each other like a real friendship.

Jack: A character with a tragic past that works

Isis: Ummm Andres from In Perfect Light. The reason for this is that half of the book is about his tragic backstory, and the other half is about him dealing with it presently. So it works really well. And his backstory is so painful but it’s also hopeful at the end. I adore that book. I don’t think I could have taken such a sad backstory from anyone else, but Saenz is a genius when it comes to writing tragedy.
Nicole: Amy’s backstory from Amy and Rodger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson worked well for the story. It’s the whole reason the book happened, and I feel like it fit and was done nicely.

Samara: A complicated family dynamic

Isis: Oh man, the family dynamic in Stranger on the Shore by Josh Lanyon is just the craziest thing. The Arlington family was a mess, but I grew to love them anyway.
Nicole: Artimes from the Artimes Fowl series has an extremely complicated family, but it somehow works.

Marauder Shields: A favorite inside joke from a fandom

Isis: I don’t know if this is necessarily an inside joke but every time someone in the Captive Prince fandom even mentions Charls, it is hilarious. We are all Charls.
For context, this line from “King’s Rising”:
“That’s right. He is Charls. I am Charls. We are cousins,” said Charls, gamely, “named after our grandfather. Charls.”

 

Nicole: The Harry Potter fandom will never get over this, and I always laugh.

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Thane Krios: A favorite character death

Isis: *Spoiler alert*  Voldemort. Die, bitch.
Nicole: I won’t say names but there is a character death in The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight that’s pretty great. And by that I mean really, really sad.

Kaidan or Ashley: A character you could delete and it would have no effect with the story

Isis: Haha, this is sad. I think if you deleted Agatha from Carry On everything still would have happened pretty much the same way. I honestly liked her, but she was no unimportant, it’s not even funny.
Nicole: I feel like if Tyler wasn’t in Zom-B it wouldn’t have been that different. He was there to get beat up, have racist tirades thrown at him, and make B feel bad. Really it would be doing him a favor to take him out of the story. 

Mass Effect 2: A favorite middle of the series book

Isis: The first thing that came to mind is Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat. Of all three books, this was by far the best one. It’s the only one in the trilogy that I gave a 5-star rating to. It’s probably the one I would definitely re-read.
Nicole: The Attack of the Ninja Frogs is the second book in the Dragonbreath series, and one of the best books that I’ve read so far in the series.

Andromeda: A favorite spin off

Isis: I don’t read spin offs because I don’t really read series. I think the only spin off I’ve ever read is the Sidewinder series that was a spin off of the Cut and Run series. I didn’t like it very much though.
Nicole: I’m not sure if this is technically a spin off but it’s not a sequel either. I really like Auggie and Me: Three Wonder Stories by R.J. Palacio. It’s three short stories featuring side characters in Wonder that I think added to the story nicely. 

Bioware: An author you support even if they disappoint you

Isis: I think Benjamin Alire Saenz, Rainbow Rowell, Victoria Schwab, and David Levithan are the only ones who have this honor.

Nicole: Victoria Schwab and Ursula Vernon immediately pop into my head. I will probably buy anything Khaled Hosseini writes.

 

Bookish Questions Tag

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1. What book is on your nightstand now?

Isis: I have a ton of books on my nightstand, but the one on top is In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero. It’s the book we’re currently reading for book club.

Nicole: Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen because I read a little before bed about a month ago, and left it there. I haven’t picked it up again since.

2. What was the last truly great book you read?

Isis: The last truly great, nearly flawless book I read was At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson. I adored that book and raved about it a lot. It’s one of my all-time favorites.

Nicole: The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story by Hyeonseo Lee was a really great book, but if I had to pick something fiction it would have to be The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight. It probably isn’t even that great of a book if you criticized it on a basic writing level, but it was the last book I read that truly grabbed me and forced me into the story. Which is sad since I read it last October.

3. If you could meet any writer—dead or alive—who would it be? What would you want to know?

Isis: I’ve already met my favorite author, Benjamin Alire Saenz, twice before. So other than him, I’d love to have met Jane Austen. Her life was fascinating and I admire the way she crafted her stories. She was so ahead of her time. I just love her.

Nicole: I really like Victoria Schwab so meeting her would be cool. Talking about writing with Rick Riordan or J.K. Rowling would be nice too. Realistically, whenever I meet authors I’m usually too nervous to barely say hi to them, so it doesn’t really mean anything to me.

4. What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?

Isis: I do have a book on my shelf called The Threesome Handbook by Victoria Vantoch. The only reason I bought it is because I went through a Misha Collins-Vicki Vantoch obsession and I felt it was necessary to have. No shame, though, right?

Nicole: It might be surprising that I have a whole shelf of romance books since that’s a genre I don’t gravitate toward ever really. I don’t think I have a particular book that would be surprising though. 

5. How do you organize your personal library?

Isis: No real organization to it. Other than Benjamin Alire Saenz and Stephen King shelves, everything else is just scattered. I guess I group them by size mostly.

Nicole: I tried to set it up by genres, but I don’t have enough shelf space so I have random stacks of books everywhere.

6. What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet? Anything you feel embarrassed never to have read?

Isis: Right now I’m pretty disappointed in myself for not yet reading The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz. It just recently came out and I got him to sign it for me before it was even released. But I have it tucked away with no plans to read it yet. I will, though! I’m just reading so many books at the time. I’m not embarrassed over not reading anything, though I wish I could get to Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo ’cause everyone praises that book and I have it, but again, not sure when I’ll get to it.

Nicole: I always mean to finish the Percy Jackson series but I never pick up the next one. I’ve been meaning to pick up The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin too. I usually feel a little embarrassed if a book is really popular and I haven’t read it. Only when it’s being hyped up though.  

8. What kinds of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?

Isis: I’m drawn to contemporary, realistic stories. Lately I’ve been trying to read more angel books for research, but other than that, I just love a good realistic world with realistic characters. With a happy ending, preferably. I do stay clear of high fantasy books. I find it difficult getting into those type of books. Also, probably any sci-fi. I’m picky sometimes.

Nicole: I’m usually drawn to any story with magic. So fantasy I like just not the ones with old kingdoms that are really political and that’s it. I’ve also really been into nonfiction lately. I stay clear of stories that just depressing nothing happy goes on at all. I like contemporary, but I’m also really picky about which ones. Anything too tropey or straight romantic I stay clear of.

9. If you could require the president to read one particular book, what would it be?

Isis: The current president? Jeez, can he even read?

Nicole: Maybe Wonder by R.J. Palacio or something like The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

10. What do you plan to read next?

Isis: I plan to read Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera. I have the ebook and I started it a few weeks ago, but I just stopped reading it. It was great and I can’t wait to focus on it again!

Nicole: I’m in the middle of five books right now so I should probably finish those, but honestly that’s not gonna happen. I feel like reading The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino right now, but I might leave that half finished too.