Hello, lovely bookworms!
I hope you’re well this cold and cozy season. It’s nearly time for the foodiest holiday of the year. Thanksgiving! Now, I know that not everyone around the world celebrates, but it’s during this time I like to feel thankful for the friends and family I have. I’m very lucky to have what I have even if it doesn’t feel like a lot all of the time. I am lucky to be alive. I know it’s this time of year, with the sun going down earlier and the ridiculous cold settling into bones, turning them to stone, that those who live with depression can feel it the heaviest. For those who bear their struggle with the dark cloud, the wall, the deep hole in the ground you work to climb out of, the ten-ton shadow that sits on your shoulders and whispers twisted truths, know that you are not alone and that you are loved. I bear my own dark cloud and some days are easier than others, but I’m incredibly grateful for those in my life, especially those who get those funny feelings to check in on me (like mum).
Now, the foodiest time of the year! There’s a book tag for that! Here it is. From The Sassy Book Geek I bring you a tag that will get your stomach rumbling and your brain too.
Bread- What book is purely fluff, and has no real plotline?
Echoes by Alice Reeds
I was thrown off by this one because I didn’t fully understand what was happening to the two main characters or understand the main plot and got lost in their back-and-forth bickering/flirting.
Turkey- What book made you want to fall asleep?
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.
An amazing story. So beautiful and tragic and LONG! The longevity and immense detail weren’t bad but it did cause me to fade in and out of sleepiness at times.
Gravy- What book makes the whole series worth reading?
Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine
There are many series that I’ve read. I want to go with my utmost favorite, but there have been some new ones that I’ve been diving into. It seems like it would be the first book in a series that really hooks you and gets you to plummet into a book series, but sometimes the first book comes out meh and you get this flash of hope that the next one will be the one to drag you under. The third installment to The Great Library series pulled me in deeper into a dangerous world of knowledge. The first two books were amazing, but this one really amped up the risk and emotions and left me reeling. I’ve yet to get the fourth and final book to read it, but I’m hoping soon. It is on my list. LOL.
Stuffing- What book is stuffed full of action scenes?
The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
I choose the entire series because one: I’m in the middle of reading it currently, and two: It’s been nothing but action. I feel like it’s even more amped up than the Percy Jackson series that precedes it. It’s definitely a winner in the action department with a fight or battle around every corner that could possibly end with dead demigods or crazy results. I’m certainly out of breath after a battle.
Mashed Potatoes- What book looked good, and then wasn’t?
Night Shift by Charlaine Harris
I need to be more specific in this case. The book wasn’t absolutely dreadful. Not by any means. But I felt like there could’ve been so much more. It could’ve been more fleshed out. I just wasn’t as hooked as I wanted to be. I still enjoyed it, but I wasn’t totally satisfied.
Cranberries- What book has the sweetest romance?
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
I could’ve gone with something more complex, toxic, up and down, but I wanted to go with a book that pulled my heart in so many different directions and compressed it as if squeezing it in one’s hands and making me breathless and heart-stopping. The magic-infused within it makes it shine.
Corn- What’s the corniest book you’ve ever read?
Zom-B by Darren Shan
Still reading this series, but there are always moments that I get caught on that are totally funny and goofy. I keep reading because I’m quite interested in the character development and seeing what happens at the end, but overall, it’s kind of silly with a side of gore.
Green beans- What book is too long and needs to be shortened?
The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
I’ve really been enjoying this series, but there have been times that I’ve found myself wishing some parts had been shortened so that the story could move forward. I know that not everyone agrees and that the King man is highly revered for his long novels. I hold him in high respects myself. I really loved his memoir. IT’s truly helped me as a writer. But, even some of the authors we respect and admire the most can seem longwinded here and there.
P. S. I do have The Tommyknockers on my queue AKA the back of my couch, and I can’t wait to get to it. I also think it should be up on the remake list of movies only because I’d love to see the differences with all of the CGI and such.
Pumpkin Pie- What book do you read to get out of a reading slump?
I’ve fallen back on The Arcana Chronicles (Kresley Cole) and Morganville Vampires (Rachel Caine) many times when I feel like I just seem to not reach a good book. It sucks when book after book seems to not reach you, but these series always get my blood pumping and reach my sweet spots.
Dog/Cat- What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food that you would steal from the table?
I love turkey, but if I’m honest I’m going to steal some green bean casserole. Does that make me a vegetarian dog, because I’m definitely a dog person, even though I had a dream about a purple cat the other night, well then yes it does. I love my mom’s casserole and am always getting seconds of it.
Tag, you’re it! That’s right, I’m doing some tagging this time, but if you don’t feel up to it that’s alright. I just find fun tags like this to be a great way to connect and get friendly with other blogs and also share interests. If I made you hungry, sorry (not).
More to come soon…
Thoughts? Let’s chat in the comments below!