WWW Wednesday- December 8, 2021

Well hello everyone! How goes the day? Personally, I’m sitting here in my holiday sweatshirt (it has planets on it!), listening to my holiday tunes and writing up what I am sure is going to be a throughly interesting blog post.

Did I mention the gingerbread tea? No? I should have. It’s delicious.

And hey! It’s Wednesday! That means it’s WWW Wednesday! WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words but was previously hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. WWW Wednesday asks three simple questions: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan

I know. I was reading this last week. Well, I got interrupted by life. It happens sometimes. I can tell you that I am enjoying what I have read so far. Also, it’s sold out, like, everywhere if you are interested in it. So ebook is your best option. Sorry.

What did you recently finish reading?

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

Using The Time Machine for First Lines Friday a couple of weeks ago made me want to pick up the book. It was pretty good. A little flowery for me, but that’s to be expected of a Victorian story. Also, does anyone else remember Wharehouse 13? You know, the season when they made H.G. Wells a woman? Good stuff that show.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Absynthe by Brenden P. Bellecourt

I was supposed to have had this up for review earlier this week. Oops. I should have this book finished by the middle of next week if my schedule holds true. Let’s face it, when does that ever happen.

But seriously though. Gingerbread Festival tea by Harney and Sons. Exquisite.

TTT-Books I Could Re-Read Forever

Well hello, friends! It’s a chilly day here in Texas. And by chilly, I mean it’s in the 50s (almost 60s) and that’s on December! Always exciting when the weather dips. Means it’s cool enough for comfy sweaters! And who doesn’t love comfy sweaters?!?!?!

It’s also Tuesday! This means it’s Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and originally created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week it’s a freebie, so I decided to go and do a past topic, which is Books I Could Re-Read Forever. But you probably guessed that from the title, didn’t you?

Warning, you will have seen most of these books before, but a couple of them you won’t have seen. Ooh…surprises!

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

This feel-good book just sits on my shelf begging to be read. It’s perfect for days when your mental health has taken a hit. Or maybe you just want to curl up with a cozy read under a blanket sipping on a cup of hot tea. It’s probably not going to be a yearly re-read, but I will pick it up quite often.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

The first of Jenny Lawson’s memoirs. I remember listening to the audiobook on a long drive and just laughing, constantly. The author also reads her own audiobooks, so her personality really shines through in the narration. It’s a regular road trip companion for me.

In Death series by J.D. Robb

The In Death series seems to be a set of stories I just can’t stay away from. I buy every new book that comes out. Re-reading takes forever, but it’s fun and worth doing. I get warm fuzzies, mild spice, and suspenseful moments from these books. I love them!

Dragon Prince Series by Melanie Rawn

I think I’ve talked about this book or this series enough that none of you should be surprised to find it on this list. I’ve loved Rohan and Sioned and their journey since I was a teenager. I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

The Cat Who series by Lillian Jackson Braun

The Cat Who series was started in the 1960s and the whole series is a very dated, but fun read. The author was writing right up until her death, but the thirtieth book remains unpublished. This cozy mystery series follows Quill and his two Siamese cats KoKo and YumYum as they work to solve the newest case. And yes, my love for this series is why I wanted a Siamese cat, got one, and then named her KoKo. Yes, the female in the books is called YumYum, but it just didn’t fit my girl. Anyways, yes, I love these books, dated though they are.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

What can I say about this book that I haven’t already mentioned before? I love it. I love everything about it. The story is about a girl who makes a deal with an old god to escape a marriage she doesn’t want, but as a result, she is instantly forgotten about by everyone she encounters. It’s so good! I just read this last year and am itching to read it again.

The Heralds of Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey

I know, I know, get a book series already. But Valdemar is such a fun read. Am I able to read each one in one sitting? Absolutely. I love that for me. Here’s hoping she is able to continue writing for years to come!

The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

This dense, well-written, forbidden love story between a vampire and a witch had me captivated from word one. My favorite one is A Shadow of Night. I love every moment of my reading experience with this book series. And the 3rd season of the TV show comes out on Sundance Now on January 8th, in case you were wondering.

The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn

Another one I’ve mentioned a lot. I’ve only read it once, but I can see myself reading it over and over again. It’s a great book about the “real” story of Santa Claus and is absolutely adorable. It’s a great story to read over the holiday season.

Lord Of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

You may not know this, but I am a nerd. I love LOTR. Why yes, I have read the Silmarillion. Do I recall any of it? No, that book is way too dense to retain all of it. Also, did I just use all my audible credits to pick up the LOTR trilogy as read by Andy Serkis? Absolutely.

I love all these books and now all I want to do is read them all again. Thanks, Top Ten Tuesday.

All The Books I Read-November 2021

Well, wasn’t November special! I only read 5 books! 5! 5 is better than zero when you have a book blog though, so I’m not going to be too hard on myself.

I am, however, going to blame the new Animal Crossing DLC for taking up a good chunk of my time, as well as other general life things. I’d say Thanksgiving didn’t help, but I read 3 books while I was gone for the week, so yeah. That’s what happens when you leave your Switch at home I guess.

So here’s what I read in November.

You Feel It Just Below The Ribs By Jeffrey Cranor and Janinia Matthewson

So I reviewed this book, you can find that here, spoiler alert, I didn’t love it. In fact, I DNF’d it. This book helped me realize that I just don’t like dystopian stories set in the “real” world. That’s just another genre I’ll have to cross off my list, along with westerns.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

The story of Piranesi, who lives in a fantastical house that contains an ocean within its walls. He, along with the Other, is trying to unlock the mysteries of the house. I also reviewed this book. You can find that review here. When I initially reviewed this book I gave it 3 stars, but the more I sat with it, I feel it may be a 3.5 or 4 star read. It happens.

River Marked by Patricia Briggs

Book six of the Mercy Thompson series. Mercy, while on a much-needed vacation, encounters monsters and finds out the truth about her father. I loved this book, as I love all the books in the Mercy Thompson world. It was such a good entry into the series, and I really loved how it brought in small amounts of Indigenous lore. 5 stars!

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis

The story of Ransom, who is abducted from Earth and taken to another planet to be offered as a sacrifice by the people there. I liked this one but couldn’t get past the bad science. yes, I know, C.S. Lewis was not a science guy, and yes, there is a lot we have learned since the 1930s, but it still bothered me. 3 stars. Good plot. But still, 3 stars.

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

The seventh entry in the Mercy Thompson series. In this one, the pack mysteriously disappears and it’s up to Mercy to find them. This book has an interesting twist in it, one that I already knew because I had read it before. Did it knowing the twist change my enjoyment? No. 5 stars!

And there you go. That’s the massive list of books I read last month. On to the stats!

Stats

I read 3 challenging books? I’d ask how that happened, but I read them, so I know how it happened.

This seems a little skewed, like maybe one of the medium books should be a fast-paced book, but that’s okay.

I didn’t realize how short Piranesi was. It comes in at just 250 pages.

I’m not really sure why I bothered to include this one when I knew that I had read nothing but fiction anyway.

It’s always fun for me to look at the genre breakdown. Classics is not something you see on here very often.

This one looks about right. Still not sure If I should go back and change Piranesi’s rating though. I’ll think about that one.

This newest of stats is a favorite of mine. You can really tell where someone reads. For example, I was useless at the beginning of the month. For at least the first 11 days. Then it picked up…ish.

And there you have my stats. If you want to see your own stats, why not get started on The Storygraph? It’s free and easy to start even if all your book reading data is on Goodreads. And no, this isn’t a sponsored post. I just like them that much.

How was your month of reading?

First Lines Friday- December 3 2021

Well hello beautiful peoples! And how are we this fine Friday? Ready to get our TGIF on? I’ve been running around all week doing not fun, and some fun, stuff. It takes a toll and I’m ready for a weekend off. Which is weird because I just got back from a week off! Alas, that’s life.

And because it’s Friday it’s First Lines Friday!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author, or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

The Lines:

“The Time Traveler (for thought it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us. His grey eyes shone and twinkled, and his usually pale flesh was flushed and animated. The fire burned brightly, and the soft radiance of incandescent lights in the lilies of silver caught the bubbles that flashed and passed in our glasses.”

Intrigued?

A scientist and gentleman inventor in industrialized Victorian England claims to have irrefutable proof that time is not simply a concept—it’s a whole other dimension. When he reveals the prototype of a time-traveling machine to his peers, he’s met with skepticism at first . . . until he returns one week later, disheveled, bloody, and with a fantastic story to tell.

Is it embarrassing to admit that I have never read The Time Machine by H.G. Wells? I’ve seen quite a few movie adaptations but have never taken the time to just sit down and read this novella. And it’s less than 100 pages! Well, at least the edition I have is.

Have you read The Time Machine? What did you think of it?

Monthly Wrap Up-November 2021

Well hello happy people! How are y’all doing today? I’m doing pretty well. I’ve been running around like crazy trying to get a bunch of things done. Did I procrastinate doing these things before I left town? Yes. Am I considering procrastinating them now? Also yes.

Sigh. I’m such an adult.

Anyway, it’s monthly wrap up time. This was a good month for me. Not reading wise, I’ll get into that in a later post, but other than that, good month.

I was busy getting ready for our trip to see the Hubs’ folks. And then there was the actual trip to see them. I learned how to make a quilt top! That was so much fun. I really have a good with Hubs mom. She is such a wonderful person. Speaking of wonderful people, my mom was at Thanksgiving dinner! It was so much fun to be surrounded by both parts of my family and the food was amazing.

But on to the wrap up! I managed to get 22 posts up last month, which seems impressive, but the week month started on a Monday, so that gave us a few extra days of posting.

I didn’t manage to post that much to Instagram. I hoping to make more of a effort this month. I require nice pictures for the monthly wrap up posts!

On to the Wrap Up!

More New Releases- November 2021: November has a lot of new releases. Heck, a book that I bought when it came out (that wasn’t on this list) has sold out pretty much everywhere. It’s pretty crazy how it’s working out right now. Basically, buy those books when they release!

TTT-Books I Would Hand to Someone Who Claims to Hate Reading: This was a fun one to do. I enjoyed all of these books an liked getting to share them with you.

WWW Wednesday-November 3rd: I’m not gonna lie, I struggled with the books in this post. It was a rough start to the month.

All The Books I Read-October 2021: I hit October’s reading out of the park. I read 11 books in October and am pretty pleased by that!

First Lines Fridays-November 5th 2021: Who would have thought that when I started doing First Lines Friday I would enjoy doing it so much? I sure didn’t.

Biggest Book Haul Ever-October 2021: October holds within it that most sacred of days…my birthday. I got a few gift cards, which I used to buy a fair few books. Just a hint, want to make me happy with gifts, buy me gift cards so I can buy books.

TTT-Memorable Things Characters Have Said: A Top Ten Tuesday with my favorite quotes from books! I couldn’t remember who said what, but it was fun remembering the quotes!

WWW Wednesday-November 10th: Another week were I struggled to get through the books on the list. Reading was not my friend this month.

A Turkey Day TBR-November 2021: I had a pretty decent sized TBR this month. The question of whether or not I failed will be answered later.

First Lines Friday-November 12th: This FLF is an anticipated read that I probably won’t get to for a thousand years because that’s just how I roll. It’s sad, I know.

You Feel It Just Below The Ribs-A Book Review: So…yeah. spoiler alert, I didn’t like this book. Read the review to find out why.

TTT-Books to Read if You Love/Loved X: So I totally failed at this one. But I have a few options on this list. Go check it out to see what I recommended.

WWW Wednesday-November 17th: Oh look, another bad reading week. There is a theme to this month, you may have noticed.

Bookish Gift Ideas: With the holidays coming, I thought I would throw out some, well, book themed gift ideas that

First Lines Friday-November 19th: So this particular book I have picked up no less than four times to try and finish. I’m guessing it will live forever on my TBR.

Thanksgiving Book Tag-Part One: I really enjoyed this turkey day tag. T’was a fun, festive post!

TTT-Characters I’d Love An Update On: I really enjoy looking back on characters I love. I will say, fanfiction is a good way to imagine the characters lives after the story ends. Anyway, go see who I picked for this list.

WWW Wednesday-November 24th: Well this post ended up being a lie. I wrote it before I left town for Thanksgiving and just…failed at it. Le sigh.

Thanksgiving Book Tag-Part Two: I was very careful not to make every answer the same between the two Turkey Day tags. It worked, for the most part.

First Lines Friday-November 26th: This FLF was for a book that has sat on my TBR for over two years. I’m embarrassed. Kind of.

Piranesi-A Book Review: So I read this book. I had some thoughts. Not all of them bad. Go see how many stars I gave it.

TTT-Bookish Memories: I feel like I bared a part of my soul here. It was a very fun post to write and brought up a lot of fun memories for me.

And there it is. All of last months post. I love looking back and seeing what I wrote. It’s a fun little habit.

My most read post was All the Books I Read-October 2021, and my most liked post was that same post. It doesn’t always work that way. But sometimes it does.

How was your November?

WWW Wednesday-December 1st

Well hello folks! And how are you today? Have you recovered from your Turkey Day festivities yet? I still have a suitcase that I need to unpack from my travels. I will probably get to that today. I was too busy running around town trying to be an adult yesterday that I forgot to do it.

Life happens.

But today is WWW Wednesday! WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words but was previously hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. WWW Wednesday asks three simple questions: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan

I started this one this morning and I am only a few pages in but it’s off to a promising start! It was a book club pick this month and I just so happened to already own it! Carmen gets laid off from her job and has to go live with her sister, Sofia. This is not ideal for either of them. But Sofia gets Carmen a job working in her client’s bookshop just in time for the Christmas. It has cute and sweet written all over it. I can’t wait to get further into it.

What did you recently finish reading?

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

I read this book on the flight back from Florida and finished before the flight ended. Which meant I had to listen to the talkative drunk without a distraction the rest of the flight. Fun. I can’t tell you much about the plot of this book, just that it’s not what you think it is. Also, it’s the 7th of the Mercy Thompson series, so you know I loved it.

Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

The 8th book in the Mercy Thompson series. I adore this series and I’m excited to read this next book in the series. I know, I’ve already read it before, but that doesn’t stop me from looking forward to it!

TTT- Bookish Memories

Well hello, beautiful people! I returned from a family trip late last night. We went to see the Hubs’ parents for Thanksgiving. Because the Hubs parents get along with my mom so well, they invited her for Thanksgiving dinner! Also, I learned how to make part of a quilt! Twas a fun time had by all!

It’s Giving Tuesday here in America. It’s a day to make a charitable donation to your favorite non-profits. I prefer The Hefier Project and No Kid Hungry. If you’re interested in finding out more, click the links. Both charities do amazing work and help a lot of people.

But since it’s Tuesday it’s Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and originally created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is bookish memories. I’m excited about this one because I’ve been reading, or have been read to, since I was an itty bitty human.

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

This book came out in 1990 when I was 10. When I was 12 my mom saw no harm in letting me read this very grown up book. I got the movie tie-in cover, which, as far as tie-in covers go, is not bad. A few months later, while I was still 12, I was allowed to accompany my family to see Jurrasic Park the movie. It was my first PG-13 film. I think I was a little too young for this book at the time, but I still love this book to this day and recently had to buy another copy, as my original was falling apart.

The Stack of Books

So I had bookcases in my bedroom growing up. I also had a queen-size bed. Guess where most of the books lived? That’s right, on one side of the bed. Up until the day he passed, my dad loved telling people about the time he went into my room to ask me a question and saw the pile. It was his “my daughter reads more than your kids” story. I wish I had a picture of it, but it was kind of embarrassing at the time.

The Scholastic Book Fair

So here’s the thing. The book fair was always a special day for me. My parents sacrificed a lot for my brother and me to go to a good school. That meant we didn’t often have money for the coolest clothes or newest video game station. But there was always extra money for books when the book fair came to town. Could I get a lot? No. But what I could get was treasured. It’s probably why, to this day, I try and treat my books so well.

Having a Bookish Bestie

We’ve known each other for over half our lives and she’s super special to me. And one of the things we share is a love for books. We don’t always read the same books, but we both have libraries to share with each other. It was fun growing up with someone and you had a love of the written word in common. 10 out of 10, would recommend.

Nancy Drew Books by Caorlyn Keene

My mom doesn’t read very much, if she reads at all. But when she was younger, one of the things she did read was the original Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene. When I was younger, she passed her collection of various editions on to me and we read them together. I treasure those memories and I love that I have something bookish to share with my mom.

Going to The Library As a Child

A great deal of my formative years were spent in the library. My mom would drop me and my brother off (back when it was safe to do so) and would come back an hour later and I would have a stack of 15 books. She would always try and get me to put some back, and I never would. The borrowing time lasted for two weeks. That was a book a day! I could read more than that. Especially kid’s books! I loved those hours at the library and look back at them fondly.

Reading Rainbow

Levar Burton made up a lot of my childhood. I loved him as Geordi LaForge in Star Trek: The Next Generation. But I really loved him in Reading Rainbow. I loved the way he read the stories to us as children and the way the show’s animators made the book’s illustrations come alive. Plus the bookish adventures he would have! PBS was, and still is, awesome.

The School Library

My middle school had a very small library. But for several years, they had a time where each class would go to the library each week. Yeah, that didn’t make me happy at all. The library had everything you would need to research your classwork, but it also had The Nancy Drew Files, which is what I was really there for. The Nancy Drew Files were an updated for the ’80s and ’90s Nancy Drew and my school library had a plethora of them. I was in heaven.

Starting My Own Personal Library

This was a big deal for me. The day we were able to bring home those bookcases to fill with books was amazing. Everyone should have a library. No matter how big or small. Whether e-reader or physical. Books are meant to be enjoyed by everyone.

Cuddling With My Cat And Reading

Cuddling with KoKo has gone on for as long as I have had her. She especially love to jump on my lap when I have a book in my hand. It means, for her anyway, that she is more likely to get londger streches of cuddles. And it’s nice to me too. It keeps my legs warm while I read. It’s a happy memory that I will always treasure of my crazy feline.

Piranesi-A Book Review

Well hello beautiful people! It’s that most chaotic of days where everyone returns to work after the holiday and tries to Cyber Monday shop at the same time. If this is what you endeavor to do today, I wish you luck and happy hunting. May your clicking be fruitful and the deals plentiful.

But I’m not here to talk about Cyber Monday, any more than I have already, I mean. I’m here to talk to you about Piranesi. A book that had been sitting on my TBR for a year just screaming at me to be read. It was my online book club that got me to read it this month, so thanks Literarily Wasted book club!

Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls, an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.

There is one other person in the house-a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known.

I must confess I was very excited to read this book. It currently sits at 4.28 stars on Goodreads, so I had high-ish expectations. I have to say, I was a little disappointed.

This is a book that clearly wants to be read. It craves it. And yet, it doesn’t quite fulfill that promise.

Piranesi’s journey to finding himself and answering the mystery of the House was promising. I loved watching as he discovered more in the mysterious journals even as it made him question both himself and The Other.

One of the things I found interesting was the way Piranesi looks at the House with this sort of child like wonder, despite being an adult of some age. Piranesi journals his days in the House so you can see his thoughts and feelings towards the House and the Other. But, the question does come up as to whether or not he is an unreliable narrator. Can you trust Piranesi as a narrator?

I felt that the characters that fill the House, such as the Other, could have been fleshed out a bit more. They all felt like they were missing just a little something.

Another problem is that I wasn’t as entertained as I would like to be by a book. It had moments where it gripped me, don’t get me wrong, but those weren’t as often as I would have liked.

At the end of the day I just didn’t feel like Piranesi lived up to the hype. I gave it three stars.

First Lines Friday- November 26th

It’s Black Friday peoples! This means I’m going to be busy sitting at home reading and eating leftovers for the most part. I’m sure if the deal on the books is good enough I will venture forth. Because books! But alas, I might not go anywhere but my couch.

I’m more of a Cyber Monday person anyway.

On top of it being Black Friday, it’s also First Lines Friday.

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author, or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

The Lines:

“Come on,” Mingzha begged. “Please, I want to see.”

Nezha seized his brother by his chubby wrist and pulled him back from the shallows. “We’re not allowed to go past the lily pads.”

“But don’t you want to know?” Mingzha whined.

Intrigued?

The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang

The war is over.

The war has just begun.

Three times throughout its history, Nikan has fought for its survival in the bloody Poppy Wars. Though the third battle has just ended, shaman and warrior Rin cannot forget the atrocity she committed to save her people. Now she is on the run from her guilt, the opium addiction that holds her like a vice, and the murderous commands of the fiery Phoenix—the vengeful god who has blessed Rin with her fearsome power.

Though she does not want to live, she refuses to die until she avenges the traitorous Empress who betrayed Rin’s homeland to its enemies. Her only hope is to join forces with the powerful Dragon Warlord, who plots to conquer Nikan, unseat the Empress, and create a new republic.

But neither the Empress nor the Dragon Warlord are what they seem. The more Rin witnesses, the more she fears her love for Nikan will force her to use the Phoenix’s deadly power once more.

Because there is nothing Rin won’t sacrifice to save her country . . . and exact her vengeance.

I’m embarrassed to say that this book has been on my TBR for two years and I haven’t picked it up yet. Heck, it’s been on there longer since I got the ARC for free from a bookstore. I really need to buckle down and finish this series. There are just way too many books out in the world.

Have you read The Dragon Republic? What did you think?

The Thanksgiving Book Tag- Part Two

Happy Turkey Day everyone! I hope all is well with you and you aren’t running around like a turkey with its head cut off trying to prepare for the day. Remember to take time and relax, drink plenty of water, and actually spend time with your loved ones today. It’s not just about the food on the table.

But on to the second of my Thanksgiving tags. I found this one on The Sassy Book Geek’s blog and it originated with Erin and Becca at Fangirlscity on YouTube.

Bread- What book is purely fluff, and has no real plot line?

Anita Blake Series by Laurell K. Hamilton

So I can’t remember which book exactly it is in this series where it went from “hey, this book has a plot” to “hey, where did the plot go?” but it happened. These books used to be good, but somewhere along the way, it became about how much smut the author could squeeze in. So yeah. This whole series.

Turkey- What book made you want to fall asleep?

Divergent by Veronica Roth

I don’t know what it is about this series, but I just…yeah. It wasn’t very great. It just bored me. To the point where I didn’t really care how it ended. At all. Ever. I think I only watched the movie one day because I was bored. Le sigh. I know. You probably love this series. I just…don’t.

Gravy- What book makes the whole series worth reading?

Magic’s Price by Mercedes Lackey

Have y’all gotten tired of me talking about these books already? No? Good. In all seriousness, this is the rare third book where the payoff is absolutely worth it. It will inspire you to read every book in the Valdemar world.

Stuffing- What book is stuffed full of action scenes?

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

While this book does have its slower moments, its action scenes are superb. It’s a grimdark book, to be sure. But it is excellent.

Mashed Potatoes- What book looked good, and then wasn’t?

The Power by Naomi Alderman

This book sounded like it would be great. It had everything going for it. All the things I like in a book, and yet here we are, putting it in the dislike/disappoint pile. I don’t feel too bad though, my book club didn’t like it either.

Cranberries- What book has the sweetest romance?

The Ex Hex by Erin Starling

I don’t really read books for the romances, so this was the first one I thought of. Probably because it was my most recent romance read. It was good. Rhys and Vivienne were cute together and the book left me wanting to know more about them in the “I want a sequel way”.

Corn- What’s the corniest book you’ve ever read?

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

This has one of my favorite genre tropes, the time loop. And though the main character didn’t spend a lot of time in it, the book did still have the cheese factor I expect from that trope. It was still a cute book. But totally corny.

Green beans- What book is too long and needs to be shortened?

Dune by Frank Herbert

There is a lot of unnecessary exposition in this book. It could be because I don’t like this “epic masterpiece” but it doesn’t need to be that long. Did enjoy the recent movie release though. What? I’m weird.

Pumpkin Pie- What book do you read to get out of a reading slump?

Naked in Death by JD Robb

It’s not just this book, it’s the whole series. I can also get out of a reading slump with the Heralds of Valdemar series. Both work equally well. Besides, there’s something nice (and possibly daunting) about knowing you have 53 books to get to know your characters.

Dog/Cat- What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food that you would steal from the table?

Pumpkin Pie

It’s my absolute favorite thing on the Thanksgiving table. Well, that and dressing and gravy. Oh, and mashed potatoes with lots of butter. But yes, pumpkin pie!

What would your answers be? I tag you to do this! You know, if you have time.