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.

The Thanksgiving Book Tag-Part One

Hello beautiful humans! Welcome to Thanksgiving Week! Why is it a week, you may ask? Because this is one of the biggest travel weeks in America. And it’s anticipated to be extremely busy this year. Go us. There is also Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two of the biggest shopping days of the year. It’s a week of craziness!

To celebrate, I decided to do two Thanksgiving Book Tags. The first one you will find here!

The rules to this Thanksgiving tag are as follows:

Thank The Person Who Nominated You (um…no one nominated me, I found this on the interwebs)
Give Credit To The Creator (Annasbooknook)
Answer The Prompts
Tag Others If You Desire! 

Friends and Family: A Book With Characters That Feel Like Family

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

This group of put-together people is a found family if I ever read one, and you feel like you belong. This could be unfortunate, as this house holds a doorway to the afterlife and the proprietor is the ferryman that guides you there. I really enjoyed the family aspect of this group. Even the dog has a purpose in this book, and it’s just absolutely heartwarming…and heartbreaking.

Fallen Leaves: A Book That Fell Flat (Didn’t Meet Your Expectations)

Child of Light by Terry Brooks

This book, about a young woman who escapes a prison camp only to wind up in the hands of the fae only to find out she may be one of them, did not live up to my expectations of it. I had high hopes going in because it’s by Terry Brooks, but this book fell very short of those. I ended up DNF’ing it.

Thanksgiving Dinner: A Book You Want to Read Every Year During This Season

A Discovery Of Witches by Deborah Harkness

This book is right up there as one of my favorites of all time. It’s amazing. I know I just read it earlier this year, but the final season of the TV show comes out in January and I am currently thinking of re-reading the series again…this year! I’m not saying I have a problem, but I probably have a problem. And who doesn’t want to read a complicated love story between a witch and a vampire that isn’t a love triangle?

Turkey: A Book With A Bird In It

Dragon and Phoenix by Joanne Bertin

Does a mythological bird count? I’m counting it. The Dragonlord series is a lot of fun. Unfortunately, we only have three books set in this world, and the third book is more of a prequel than a sequel so we don’t get all of the characters we know and love from the previous two books. I still enjoy reading this series though. Especially because it deals with humans who can turn into dragons! Huzzah!

Ham: A Book That Made Your Eyes Glaze Over (Boring)

Outlawed by Anna North

Apparently, I just don’t like westerns because this one just…le sigh. I DNF’d it.

Dinner Rolls: A Book That Melted Your Heart and Made You Feel Warm

How Y’all Doing? by Leslie Jordan

I loved this audiobook. Something about Leslie Jordan makes you feel glad and happy to be here. His life wasn’t always easy, but his delivery of said life made you smile. Check him out on Instagram if you want a taste. He’s a hoot.

Mashed Potatoes: A Book With a White Cover

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

This grim-dark book series features white covers for all its books. At least for the hardcovers anyway. It’s a really good series if you’re looking for something dark to read.

Gravy: A Book You’re Not Totally Sure Why You Love, But You Do

Naked in Death by JD Robb

I have never been able to explain why I love this series so much. I have never been a big fan of this kind of mystery, or of romance, but I enjoy the heck out of these books! I’d say they are a guilty pleasure, but I feel no guilt reading them!

Pumpkin Pie: A Dessert Book That You Love

The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn

I guess I will always hype this book up as one of the sweetest books I have ever read. It’s so cute I bought both sequels, even though one seems absurd. Really absurd. I still bought it!

Bonus: Black Friday: The Top 5 Books On Your “I Want To Buy Them” List

In no particular order we have The Heartbreak Bakery by A.R. Capetta, Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man by Emmanuel Echo, What Once Was Mine by Liz Braswell, The Guinivere Deception by Keirsten White, and The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox. I just bought a whole bunch of books back in October, so it’s going to be a while before I can actually add these to my TBR pile. I might pick up the Holiday Swap in December…maybe.

So where does that leave me? Oh yeah, tagging people. Consider yourself tagged! Have fun with this tag. I know I did!

The next Thanksgiving Tag will be up on Thursday!