TTT: Bookish Discoveries I Made In 2019

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader. The prompt this week is perfect for the last day of the year: Bookish Discoveries I Made In 2019. I’ll admit, I struggled making this list a bit so today I only have four discoveries! Let me know what some of your bookish discoveries in 2019 were!

1. The Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews (see my mini series review HERE) – Ilona Andrews is an author whose name I’ve heard bandied about it the past, but this past year I finally picked up the Kate Daniels series after seeing the final book released. I’m so glad I did! I ended up reading all 10 books in less than four months and even met the Ilona Andrews writing duo to get some books signed!

2. Book Beau Traveler – I’ve known about Book Beau for a while, but I didn’t realize until 2019 that they had products other than book sleeves (which I never bought, because why buy it when you can make it yourself?!). I splurged and purchased a Traveler – which is basically a large pouch with two zipper pockets – and it has changed my every day carry life. I am able to fit my kindle and planner or small paperback in the larger pocket, and all my assorted charging cables and such in the smaller one. It makes it TONS easier to just grab and go! I also did buy standard Book Beaus this year because they have added zippers to all their sizes – and I hate sewing zippers.

3. Audiobooks – Okay, so I didn’t really discover audiobooks this past year, but I now listen to audiobooks A TON more than I have in the past. I listened to maybe four audiobooks total before 2019, but since joining my online library (Libby) I’ve been picking up audiobooks and LOVING them. I now listen to an audiobook during my commute, during slow times at work, or even just while doing chores around the house. It’s become a way to keep my reading up while also staying busy.

4. Yearly Reading Challenges (Beat the Backlist) – I’ve done short readathons hosted on Instagram before, but never engaged in full-on community reading yearly reading challenge until last year. I really enjoyed the Beat the Backlist challenge, and will be participating in it as well as Romanceopoly this year to continue doing yearly reading challenges!

Fall Book Tag

It’s been a while since I did my last book tag and they’re so fun I want to get back into them! The Fall Book Tag was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm. 

CRISP FALL AIR – A BOOK THAT FELT FRESH AND NEW:

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I’m currently reading This Mortal Coil, and while there are a lot of common tropes from both YA and Science Fiction in it, they are presented in such a way that they feel so fresh! So far I’m loving the book and am thinking it might be on my top reads of 2018.

HOWLING WINDS – AN ENDING THAT BLEW YOU AWAY:

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Even though I read the Six of Crows Duology ages ago, the ending of Crooked Kingdom still haunts me every now and then. I’m so excited that we will get to see more of one of the characters in King of Scars this January!

COMFY SWEATERS – A BOOK THAT GAVE YOU THE WARM AND FUZZY’S:

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I really enjoyed the romance in The Kiss Quotient, and it’s the most recent book that gave me the warm and fuzzy’s. (There have been a lot I’ve read since then that have had great romances, but none as sweet.)

BRIGHT COLOURS – A COVER WITH RED, ORANGE, OR YELLOW:

The City of Brass has been on my TBR list for ages (I even got my copy signed at BookCon this year!) but I haven’t yet gotten to it. I definitely need to before the sequel releases this January!

LEAF FIGHT – A BOOK WITH NON STOP ACTION:

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A war is happening in Kingdom of Ash which leads to some non-stop action throughout (and that’s the only thing I’ll say about it 😉 )

PUMPKIN SPICE – YOUR MOST ANTICIPATED READ:

 

TTT: Series That I Don’t Plan On Finishing

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader. This weeks prompt is “Series That I Don’t Plan On Finishing”. I had some trouble thinking of my answers for this one, so I stuck to 5 instead of 10. What are some series you don’t plan on finishing?

1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland series by Lewis Carroll

I know this entry may upset some people, but these books were just too wacky and nightmare fueled for my adult self. I may have enjoyed them as a kid (though I don’t believe I would have) but this series is one I don’t plan on finishing in the future.

223285462. The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard

The heroine was not my favorite, and I thought the storyline relied on tropes that I have seen done multiple times before. After reading so many books with a similar storyline I don’t really feel the need to continue on with this series.

3. The Selection series by Kiera Cass

I believe everyone who has read this series agrees that it should have ended after book 3. After reading book 4, I made the decision to not continue on with the series that I had previously enjoyed.

4. The Forest of Hands and Teeth series by Carrie Ryan6518042

Zombies aren’t my thing (I’m terrified of the prospect of them), and neither are questionable unhappy endings. While I enjoyed the story while I was reading, I don’t see myself continuing on with the series.

5. Delirium series by Lauren Oliver

I didn’t really feel connected to the characters in this series which is why I don’t think I’ll be continuing on (plus its been so long since I read the first one I kind of forget what it’s about haha).

Marvel Avengers Book Tag

I saw this tag at Life of a Literary Nerd, and had to do it because I’m a Marvel fangirl! With Infinity Wars releasing today, I though it would be the perfect time to let the Marvel flag fly (I saw it last night and very much enjoyed it!).

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Favorite First Book

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis is one of my favorite first books.


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Book that Takes Place in a Different Time

The Song of Achilles by Mais one of my favorite reads of the year so far! I absolutely loved this retelling set in Ancient Greece.

 


THOR

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A Book Character You Liked More After They Were Casted

 

Murtagh is a character from Outlander that was always fun to have around in the books, but the character in the TV show (played by Duncan Lacroix) is just absolutely amazing. I’m glad that they changed his storyline a little so he has stuck around!


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A Book With A Sibling Duo

The duo that immediately comes to mind are the Dane twins from A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab, who are absolutely evil.


LOKI

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FanArt by PhantomRin (Red Bubble)

A Villain That You Love and Can’t Help Being Attracted To

I think I speak for the majority of the Grisha community when I say I love the Darkling from the Shadow and Bone series. I still haven’t finished the last two (I skimmed the second one a while ago cause I wasn’t a huge fan), but I am planning on reading them all this year!

 


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A Book I’ve Been Meaning To Read

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman has been on my TBR since it came out! I’ve been reading to read this forever (and own the entire trilogy!) so hopefully I’ll be picking it up soon.


THE HULK

A Book You Can’t Talk About Without Getting Angry

I try not to be super negative when talking about books, because each one is a work of art that can be interpreted differently by others! But…one book I always feel a little disappointed in is Red Queen, which had a lot of elements that weren’t my cup of tea.


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FanArt by Charlie Bowater (Society6)

BLACK WIDOW

A Side Character That You Wish Had Their Own Book

I really love Elain Archeron from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I feel that she is such a nuanced character that we don’t know much about and who needs a bit of a redemption. I know there are a few more books planned in the ACOTAR series, and I hope that she is featured in one of them!

TTT: Characters I liked That Were In Non-Favorite/Disliked Books

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader. This weeks prompt is Characters I liked That Were In Non-Favorite/Disliked Books!

This was so hard for me, so I ended up only picking five! I normally don’t finish or get attached to characters from books I disliked, so here are some from non-favorites. Feel free to help me out and comment some of yours below! All FanArt creators are credited and images are linked back to their source if you click on them.

  1. Tris from the Divergent series – This series crashed and burned, but I’ll always remember loving Tris the fearless way she was in Divergent.

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    Art by a-lise on Deviant Art
  2. Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door – This was my least favorite book in the Anna and the French Kiss series, but Cricket is one of my favorite men!9961796
  3. Ze’ev from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – My least favorite book in the series, but I absolutely love Wolf!

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    Art by taratjah
  4. Nikolai from the Grisha Series – I enjoy the Grisha series, but it’s not one of my favorites (although the spin-off Six of Crows is, so check it out!). I love the character Nikolai though, and can’t wait for his own book, King of Scars, to come out.

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  5. Arsinoe from Three Dark Crowns – Arsinoe is such an amazing and resilient character, but I really struggled finishing this book and am still debating on whether the second one is worth the time.

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    Art by Gabriel Picolo

    What other characters would you pick?

Easter Book Tag!

I saw that Abbie @ Bone Season of Glass did this tag, and thought it was perfect to do just in time for Good Friday! Feel free to tag yourself!

If you click on the cover image of the book, you can go and read more about it on Goodreads if you’re so inclined.

Rabbits: A book you wish would multiply / have a sequel 

 

So I’m kind of cheating, because VICIOUS IS GETTING A SEQUEL THIS YEAR, but it was originally supposed to be a standalone. I’m SO EXCITED to read Vengeful this year, and I wish this series would snowball into a trilogy (although Schwab has said it will remain a duology). Also, JUST LOOK at this beautiful new cover (right), although I love the old one as well (left)!!!

Egg – A book that surprised you6449920

Back in the day, when I had more time, I used to troll the “new” section of my local library. I picked Dragonfly by Julia Golding up on a whim and absolutely LOVED it! There’s intrigue and politics and persecution all packaged up in one!

Hunt: A book that was hard for you to get your hands on 

 

The collector’s edition of The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon was so hard to find! Long story, but my original preorder got canceled and I had to run around on various websites trying to find this because I NEEDED all of my covers to match. There has been a rebranding with white covers, so only the collector editions going forward will match the originals! And I mean, look at that gorgeous Purple!!!

Lambs – A children’s story you still enjoy 

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The Chronicles of Narnia is a series that I still love and appreciate. I’ve been hoping to reread them soon! I used my reread as an excuse to buy this lovely wooden bookmark from In The Reads on Etsy.

Spring – A book with a cover that reminds you of spring 

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I still haven’t picked up Wild Beauty, but I hope to soon. And doesn’t this cover remind you of spring! Look at all the pretty flowers!

Rising from the dead – A book from a deceased author 

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Tolkien is forever my favorite deceased author <3.

Baskets – A book in your wishlist right now 

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I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this book, and I really want to check it out!

Candy – A book that is sweet 

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite sweet contemporary reads!

This tag was so fun and definitely got me in the bookish-spring/Easter spirit!

The 90’s Kid Book Tag

THE RULES

  1. Please, please, please steal this tag and spread it around!  I only ask that you link it back to The Literary Phoenix so that I can see everyone’s answers!
  2. Freeze tag was all the rage in the 90s.  Tag someone (or many) you think would have fun with this!
  3. Have fun!

POKEMON

A GBA game and trading card game where you battled pocket monsters and strived to catch them all.  Back in the day, there were only 150 Pokemon.

The author you need every book from.

 

Sarah J. Maas is my all-time favorite author, and I absolutely NEED everything that she writes. (As you can see from the pics above, my obsession has led to some marvelous adventures. You can read about Bookcon and the ACoWaR tour.) For those not in the know, she actually wrote the BEGINNING of a serial story on tumblr (The Starkillers Cycle) with Susan Dennard and the fact it will probably be forever unfinished (the underground fandom thinks they had a falling out) is heartbreaking.


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AOL Instant Messaging – how 90s kids communicated with their friends after school before everyone had a cell phone.

Book that connected you with your best friend.

The reason my sorority Big Sister and I met was actually because I put Sarah J. Maas on my introduction and interests slide when I was joining. One of our “sister dates” was an adventure to a local Maas signing! The rest is history, and now we have expanded our circle of obsession to others in our Harry Potter Family.


FURBY

Creepy needy robots you could teach to talk and were probably demon possessed.  Somehow these made a comeback?

Book that seemed like a good idea but was actually a monster.

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An unpopular opinion – I didn’t really enjoy the book An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. The cover is absolutely stunning by one of my favorite fan artists, Charlie Bowater, and because of the hype I decided to pick it up. It really just wasn’t for my over-analytical mind with the writing seeming for much younger audience and the characters having some holes I couldn’t ignore.

 


N’SYNC

90s quintessential boy band. You may have heard of Justin Timberlake?

A book you hated to say Bye, Bye, Bye to.31453592

The Dark Calling by Kresley Cole is a book that I waited for-freaking-ever for. After the major cliffhanger in Arcana Rising, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book, and there is still so much unresolved things that need to happen before the end of the series! I’m in denial that the next book will be the last in The Arcana Chronicles, which is one of my guiltiest of guilty pleasures.


SLIMED!

Getting green slime thrown on you, courtesy of the show Figure it Out.  Also apparently still a thing at the Kid’s Choice Awards?

22328546A book everyone loved but you hated.

The Red Queen series is one that I absolutely did not like. When I say I didn’t like the series, I mean I forced myself to read the first book because everyone seemed to love it, and then figured there MUST be something in the sequel to redeem it (which I did not find). I ended up DNFing Glass Sword and have no desire to return to the world. It seemed like a really tired YA trope that wasn’t done in a new or compelling way. Mare was whiny, the “good” prince was trash, and the only interesting thing was the superpowers, but I digress.


OREGON TRAIL

90s computer game you could usually play at school, which was great.  It taught us people used to die a lot of gruesome, messy deaths.

A book that made you wish you died of dysentery.

Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert is a book that I had to read for English class in high school, and one that I hope I never have to pick up or look at for extended periods of time again.


MIXTAPE/CD

Back before everyone had music on their phones (remember, we didn’t have cell phones!) folks would rip their CDs and make mixes for each other.

3 books you recommend to anyone, anywhere, no matter what.

 

Ready Player One, Red Rising, and The Darkest Minds. All three of these books have such amazing and powerful stories that I believe people of all ages and background would love and enjoy.


DIAL-UP INTERNET

You know how it’s annoying when you aren’t on LTE?  IMAGING WAITING 10 MINUTES FOR INTERNET TO START AND ANOTHER 20 MINUTES FOR GOOGLE TO LOAD!

A book that took FOR FREAKING EVER to read.10987

I ended up picking up and putting down Voyager by Diana Gabaldon for over a year before I finally buckled down and forced myself to finish it. The same thing is happening now with it’s sequel Drums of Autumn, but hopefully I’ll be able to finish it soon.


KEENAN THOMPSON

He’s that guy who’s been on SNL forever.  Also Mighty Ducks.  Good Burger.  Keenan and Kel.  All That.  Everything.

That book that you see referenced everywhere and is in everything, but that’s okay because it’s awesome.3

Harry Potter references seem to have found their way into everything YA, and even some adult, but I’m not complaining. Harry will always have be The Boy Who Lives On In My Heart.


THUMBS UP, SEVEN UP

A game where most the class closed their eyes and seven people tapped someone’s thumb and you had to guess who did it without peeking.

Book where you peeked just REAL quick at the ending because you don’t like 18966806guessing games.

Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown. No spoilers but something VERY STRESSFUL happens towards the end of this book, and I *may* have peeked to see how the situation would resolve itself (I don’t trust this man after what happened in Golden Son.)


DUNKAROOS

These were basically just Teddy Grahams dipped in frosting, which is still a wonderful snack idea.

Your ideal bookish snack.

I don’t enjoy eating while reading, because I’m always worried that I’ll get food stuff on my page. When I do eat, I’ll normally have cookies with chocolate milk or tea of some kind (iced or hot).


SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK

Collections of short stories that would scare any sensible kid!  Plus, there were illustrations…

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli had me up until 2AM as I finished it in one sitting. This book had everything I love in a contemporary: a cute romance, a story about finding yourself, and a dash of mystery (with some well done drama mixed in). I can’t wait to see the movie adaptation coming out at the end of this month!


BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY

Basically the coolest thing you got to do in science class was watch Bill Nye.  He has a Netflix show again!

A book that taught you something new.

21532133I’m not that big into non-fiction books (which is a fact that I am working to remedy!) but I have always been a fan of historical fiction. However it sounds, I learned more about the Scottish uprising and Bonnie Prince Charlie by reading the Outlander series than I ever did in school. While I’m not saying its 100% historically accurate, Diana Gabaldon definitely did her research and I love how many historical aspects she mixes into her books.


That was a lot of fun and nostalgia. Feel free to steal this tag and spread it around if you’re a fellow 90s kid, or you just love book tags too!