Monday, August 20, 2018

Liebster Award (July 2018)

I was tagged by JJ at This Dark Material for the Liebster Award and this was a fun one. Thanks JJ!

The Rules
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, provide a link to their blog and display the award 
  • Answer 11 questions they asked you 
  • Come up with your own 11 questions 
  • Tag 11 bloggers and don't forget to tell them 

JJ's Questions 

1) What was your first favorite book (that you can remember)?

Maybe The Sword of Shannara? It was the first real epic fantasy I read, and at 700-some pages it was big too. I read it a ton of times.

The Sword of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #1)

2) If you could turn any book into a movie or TV series, which one would it be and do you already have a dream cast in mind? 

This is hard. I would love to see a City of the Lost adaptation from the series by Kelley Armstrong. I have no dream cast though. Or a really good re- imagining of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.  

3) Where would you go on your dream vacation? 

Probably Santorini. 

4) What's your favorite trope to read? 

I am not sure! I love certain tropes like cloning, time traveling, and cyberpunk- if those are tropes- and I love a good enemies-to-lovers story I guess.  

5) Where would you rather be trapped for the rest of your life: Azkaban or Mordor? 

Well I don't know much about Azkaban so that's a toughie. Okay I looked it up and that is a nasty place. Since I don't want to go mad or be tormented by Dementors I may have to pick Mordor here. At least you can walk around and try to avoid the roving orc patrols and the Eye of Sauron. Which, uh, does not sound like a picnic. 

6) What's the last book you told someone not to read? 

I'm not sure I have, but I was not super impressed with River of Teeth?

River of Teeth (River of Teeth, #1)

7) Name a series you started but don't think you'll ever finish 

Six of Crows/ Crooked Kingdom? I just couldn't get into the first one- I guess I'm not a heist fan?

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

8) If you had to write a book of your own (or want to)what genre would you choose? 


9) Who is a favorite character of yours that you think is misunderstood? 

I could spend all day on this one, but I'm going to go with Catelyn Stark from A Game of Thrones. Lotsa people can't stand her but I think she gets a bad rap (other than the whole starting a war thing). Not to plug my own posts but I explain why in Catelyn Stark- Yea or Nay?   

10) What is the prettiest book you own (or want to won)? 

I'm going to go with Record of a Spaceborn Few here for those awesome front and end papers. 

Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers, #3)

11) Describe your ideal reading nook

Ooh preferably a window seat or plush recliner with lots of natural light, maybe in the corner of a library room with a crackling fire. And a bank of windows to let all that light in. 

I Nominate 

I've tagged a fair amount of blogs over the last few years for this so I'm not sure who I've already nominated, so... I tag YOU if you want to do this!

My Questions 

1) What is your favorite color? 

2) What is your favorite TV show?

3) Favorite season? 

4) So if you could go back and choose a different profession/ vocation, would you do so, or are you happy doing what you're doing? 

5) Name a book you would give as a gift or recommend  

6) Name a book to movie adaptation you feel was done well. 

7) An asteroid is coming. You can flee offworld with a 50% chance of survival (immediate family only), or you can stay and hope for best. What do you choose? 

8) Little House on the Prairie or Anne of Green Gables? 

9) Favorite pizza toppings? 

10) You have been invited to join the Sisterhood/ Brotherhood of the Wolf. Increased lifespan, immunity to disease, and the Sisterhood takes care of its own. However, you cannot tell your family (or anyone). You will almost certainly outlive them. Plus, you know, werewolf. Do you accept the bite?

11) So, since I still have The 100 season finale in my head, I'll ask this- would you resort to cannibalism to survive? 

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Sunday Post #259

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer
Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews
It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Book Date 
So next week is my 5 year blogoversary, more or less. I say more or less because I started this blog in 2012 but then didn't post anything until the following March. So we're just going with 5 years! I've been thinking about it and shared my observations in Some Thoughts on Book Blogging. I've really come to appreciate the book blogging community and what a special place it is for all of us who come together to talk books. This week with Top Ten Tuesday I was able to reflect even more on some of the awesome blogger friendships I've made. In other news, I saw this week that there is a new dating sim game coming- Boyfriend Dungeon. You can even take a quiz to see what weapon you're most suited to! I got the Epee (apparently I'm cultured and like haute cuisine) but I really wanted the Dagger (aka Valeria).   

Have you seen the movie Before Sunrise? Imagine spending the night wandering a European city with someone you just met. You have one night before you both have to leave, and you resolve to spend it together, exploring the city. Aria from Buzzfeed wants to recreate the premise, and he has one night left in Vienna. You can see what happens below.

The 100 is over and the long wait begins for the next season- anyone have any thoughts on that finale? Seems to have generated lots of discussion. Twitter kills me.   

Last week I posted the Bookshelf Book Tag and Movies That Suck featured The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. Now that was a movie that sucked. But fun too? This week will be The Golden Voyage of Sinbad- or will it? I may do Sharknado for a switch (and thanks to Suzanne at The Bookish Libra for the suggestion). Which will it be?? I also posted a Mystery Blogger Award tag which was fun (thanks Brittany!) So a pretty good week.    

Strange New World (Brave New Girl, #2)AdriftContagion (Contagion, #1)The CheerleadersThe Opposite of Here

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Boyfriend Dungeon

Song of the week 


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Survive the Night

Deserted camp

The thing I like about this one is the emptiness of it- the sense that a fire is burning but there's no one there. Where did they go? Plus the heights in the background, the enshrouding mist and the moon overhead. 

Shady Grove

This one (especially if you look at the large version) really gives me a sense of a golden wood- almost like Lothlorien- with the waterfall in the background and the trees receding into the distance.

Shady Grove by AnthonyPismarov

The Beacon

This one looks so stark, with the boulder strewn valley and the beacon in the distance. Could this be the plains of Rohan?
The Beacon by ReneAigner
The Druid

The Druid by ReneAigner


 I can almost hear the wind moaning through this marsh. Imagine the eerie glow at night as these runes illuminate the landscape.

p86 by HrvojeBeslic

He Has Risen

The Last Of Us

The Last of Us by maciejkuciara

Wasteland Bar

Astrologer's Room by MartinKlekner


Tellaga by Bonvanello


Midros by morbiusgreen

Ancient Companion

Ancient Companion by fallenZeraphine

Green light

Cyber Punk


This one I like for the details on her sword, the butterflies, and the cherubs (and notice the creepy angel with a skull face)



Again with the butterflies


Love the sky lanterns.