Last, Now, Next Book Tag

Thank you to Jordyn for the tag! It has been a while since I’ve felt motivated enough to do a tag. This one is pretty short. So, I think I can handle it. lol.

Rules

  • Link back to the ORIGINAL CREATOR-@Shivakshiiifyblogs.
  • Show gratitude to the person who tagged you.
  • Mention these points in your post.
  • Tag as many bloggers as you want.
  • Have fun!

What was the last book you read?

Ruination by Anthony Reynolds

Did this book meet your expectations?

It did! I requested it mostly because of the cover and didn’t really know what to expect from the story. I’ve never played League of Legends. So, I was somewhat concerned I wouldn’t understand the book. It ended up being a great introduction to the lore and world.

Will you recommend this book to others?

Absolutely! If you enjoy epic fantasy with cool magic, political conspiracies, and world-breaking consequences, I definitely recommend this book.

What is your current read?

Notorious Sorcerer by Davinia Evans

Why did you pick this book?

This tag is going to make me sound super shallow, but I picked this one based on its cover too. The blurb also made it sound intriguing, and I think I saw somewhere that the main character is bisexual. Those three things combined made this one unmissable for me.

How much time do you think you’ll take to finish your current read?

Hmmm. I’m really not sure. I’m struggling to balance this book with my participation in the Sabriel readalong, the audiobook of Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, and finishing up my BBNYA excerpts. I hoped to have it finished today, but that doesn’t really seem feasible at the moment. I’m going to try really hard to finish it by tomorrow so my review can be done by the publication date on Tuesday… All in all, it will probably be approximately 4 days or so to finish it from when I first started the book.

What genre would you like to read next?

I’m thinking about reading either romance or fantasy. I’ll actually probably pick a romance audiobook to listen to while reading a fantasy ebook. I typically have one audiobook and one ebook/physical book going at a time, and I prefer to listen to romance more than any other genre.

What would you like to pick: a long read or a short read?

Hopefully short. I’ve been reading a lot of chonkers lately, and I’ve struggled some with maintaining the attention necessary to do so. Knowing me, though, it’ll likely end up being a tome that I could use to murder somebody. That seems to be what I go for the most, especially when it comes to fantasy.

Mention some books you’re eyeing!

Tags

This has been a ton of fun to do! I’m going to invite the following people to join in (feel free to ignore if you don’t want to participate):

Mid-Year Freakout Tag

I did this tag last year and had a ton of fun with it. So, I guess it is time to make it an annual tradition! I’m still not quite sure where the tag originated, but I’ve seen it all over on a bunch of blogs. If you know where it came from, feel free to tag/link them in the comments. I can’t believe the year is already halfway over. Even more surprising, I can’t believe I already read 91 books in the first half of the year. That is only nine away from my goal for the entire year! So, I’ve got plenty of great options to choose from for this tag.

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Meet the Book Blogger Tag

Hello, everyone! Today I’m doing a book tag. I feel like it has been forever since I took the time to do one of these. So, I’m kind of excited about it! Thank you to Dini @ dinipandareads for the tag!

The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who tagged you (See above)
  • Mention the creator: Lauren @Lala’s Book Reviews
  • Tag as many (or as few) people as you’d like
  • Have fun and get to know one another!

Introduction

INTRODUCE YOURSELF

My name is Chris! I’m in my mid-30’s, and I love books and all things reading, which shouldn’t come as much of a shock since this is a book blog. 🙂 I’ve lived my entire life in Louisiana, and even though the state ranks last in almost every good thing out there, it isn’t all bad because there is good food and interesting culture. I’m currently a house husband, which gives me plenty of time to read. However, I’ve got four degrees and have worked in multiple fields, including biomedical research and mental health. I’m just lucky to have an awesome partner with a lucrative career that allows me a lot of flexibility right now.

SOMETHING MOST EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW…DO YOU HAVE ANY PETS?

I do! My partner and I have four pets. The first is a golden retriever and lab mix named Shelby. We’ve had her the longest for over 11 years. She’s getting up there in age (like us…lol), but she’s still a puppy at heart. We also have a lionhead rabbit named Pancakes. He is super cute and super fluffy, but he loves to chew through EVERYTHING. So, when he’s out of his cage we have to watch him like a hawk. We’ve lost a lot of cords and furniture to his nibbling. I’m honestly surprised he hasn’t been electrocuted by this point since he’s been at it for almost ten years. Finally, we have two cats, Meesum and Cash. Meesum is the friendliest cat you’ll ever meet. Cash, on the other hand, is a bit of bitch, especially to other animals. They are both incredibly needy and revolt with incessant whining if they do not receive the required amount of snuggles per day. Here are some pics because I know that is what everyone will want…

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DRINK?

I feel like this was covered pretty thoroughly in my post from earlier this week about my Top 5 Drinks for Reading, but the short version is any type of Dr Pepper.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SEASON?

Winter. I love the cold and being able to bundle up. There’s nothing better than curling up in a blanket to read a good book, and I can only do that comfortably in the winter because of how hot it is during the rest of year. I also just really hate the heat and humidity here in Louisiana, which is present pretty much the entire year except for a couple months in winter.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL TALENTS?

Not really. Unless you count being super uncoordinated. I’ve never played an instrument or been great at sports. I’m unable to carry a tune. So, I can’t really think of anything.

Blogging

WHEN AND WHY DID YOU START YOUR BLOG?

I started my blog in March 2021. There were quite a few reasons I started blogging. I’ve always loved to read, but I don’t really have any close friends that read as much as I do. So, I wanted to join a community of like-minded people with similar interests. I also had recently quit graduate school because of the pandemic and my battle with cancer, and I needed something constructive to do with my time. Finally, I wanted free books. lol. I’m not afraid to admit it. Although, it has definitely backfired because I spend way more on books now than ever before even though I get lots of ARCs. I blame all the other bloggers for that because they make me notice books I never would have considered before.

WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU WISH YOU KNEW ABOUT BLOGGING WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED?

I wish I knew how addictive and time-consuming it would be. The amount of time spent reading, writing posts, and interacting with others is a lot more than I ever expected. I’ve always been fairly obsessive when it comes to work of any kind… I’m a bit of a workaholic. So, if I’m not careful, blogging has a tendency to take over my life. There have definitely been times where it has started to feel more like a job or obligation. I’m wary of that because this is supposed to be for fun. When I start noticing those feelings creeping in, I do my best to switch something up or force myself to do something else for a while. It took a while for me to recognize that I don’t have to post every day or respond to every comment immediately, and I almost closed the blog down because of it. These days I just try to have fun with it, and I wish I had been less stressed about numbers and self-imposed deadlines from the beginning.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HARDEST PART ABOUT BLOGGING?

The hardest part about blogging for me has been keeping up with everyone else’s stuff. I feel constantly bombarded by notifications, and it stresses me out because I want to read everything and support everyone. I’m also a super shy and introverted person by nature, and it makes interacting with others, even through a screen, incredibly exhausting. So, I’m usually super picky about what I comment on or interact with to keep from getting overwhelmed. If I interact with your blog/posts in any way, especially a comment, know that I love your work because that is a super rare occurrence.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST REWARDING PART OF BLOGGING?

The books. I’ve found so many books I would have never read otherwise, especially a lot of great indie books. So many, in fact, that I’ll probably die buried under my massive TBR pile. Oh well. Surely there are worse ways to go.

DO YOU WRITE YOUR POSTS AHEAD OF TIME OR WRITE THEM THE DAY OF POSTING?

I’ve changed my mind about the special talent. I think it will have to be procrastination. lol. I’m always waiting until the last minute to get things done, including my blog posts.

Reading

WHO ARE YOUR TOP 5 FAVORITE AUTHORS?

This is such a tough question to answer! I love the work of so many authors, but if I have to narrow it down to five, I think I’d pick these awesome people:

  • TJ Klune
  • Fonda Lee
  • Adam Silvera
  • Claudia Gray
  • Alice Oseman

WHAT GENRE DO YOU READ THE MOST?

I definitely read more fantasy than anything else. Although, I also read quite a bit of LGBT+ YA.

WHAT GENRE SURPRISED YOU BY HOW MUCH YOU LOVE IT?

Romance. I didn’t think I’d ever really enjoy this genre that much. I refused to read it for the longest time, but now I love it and always try to include at least one romance read a month. If the romance is LGBT+, fantasy, and/or historical, I’m almost guaranteed to love it.

WHICH POPULAR BOOK DIDN’T LIVE UP TO THE HYPE FOR YOU?

The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman. This book was all over Twitter back when it came out last year. It seemed everyone only had good things to say about it. I didn’t like it very much. I thought it was boring and found the main character to be super annoying.

WHO ARE SOME POPULAR AUTHORS YOU HAVEN’T READ?

There are so many!!! These are just a few that I have on my bookshelves but haven’t had a chance to read yet:

  • Holly Black
  • Chloe Gong
  • Brian McClellan
  • Sarah J. Maas
  • Jim Butcher
  • R.F. Kuang
  • Pierce Brown
  • Olivie Blake
  • Brandon Sanderson
  • Lev Grossman
  • Tracy Deonn

WHAT UPCOMING RELEASE ARE YOU EXCITED TO READ?

Once again, there are so many!!! Here are some of the ones I’m looking forward to the most:

DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE READING?

Nope. Anything with noise makes it really hard for me to concentrate while reading, which means no music or TV playing in the background.

WHERE ELSE CAN WE FIND YOU ONLINE?

Twitter: @biblionerdrflxn
Goodreads: biblionerdrflxn
Tumblr: @biblionerdreflections (I rarely do anything extra besides my WordPress content here)

Tagging

I don’t think I’m going to tag anyone specific in this one. If it looks like fun and you’d like to participate, consider yourself tagged. Just be sure to link back to this page so I can see your post!

The Book Recommendations Book Tag

Hello again, everyone! Today I’m participating in the Book Recommendations Book Tag. I was tagged by Tabitha from Behind the Pages. So, make sure to go check out her answers to the tag, as well. This tag was created by Ally over at Ally Writes Things, and it has the following rules:

  • Tag Ally @allypallystaken so she can see your recommendations!
  • Give at least one recommendation for each of the prompts below
  • If you don’t have a recommendation, talk about a book you want to read
  • Tag your friends
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Meet the Blogger Book Tag

Happy New Year, everyone! I was recently tagged by Tabitha over at Behind the Pages to complete this tag. I decided today was the perfect day. It’s a new year, and this tag gives everybody the opportunity to learn new things about me as a reader and blogger.

Rules

  • Nominated bloggers can nominate ten other bloggers.
  • Use the same questions from the tag.
  • Tag the original creator (Bibliomavens) and the blogger who tagged you

Questions

1. Who is your all-time favorite book character?

The answer to this question changes pretty often for me depending on what I’m reading at the moment. I don’t really have an immutable all time favorite character that stands out above all the rest (yet – maybe I just haven’t met them yet?). Right now, though, I’d have to say one of my favorite characters is Anden from the Green Bone Saga by Fonda Lee. He shows an immense amount of growth throughout the series. He makes some extremely tough choices and becomes the exact opposite of what is expected of him, which took me by surprise and made for great reading.

2. If you were stranded on a desert island, which book would you take with you? (Survival books do not count)

I’m going to have to cheat a bit on this one… I would take my copy of The Lord of the Rings, which has all three books bound in one edition. That way I get three books instead of one, and I’ll have an excellent story to read (and re-read) anytime I want.

3. What’s your most unpopular book opinion?

I don’t DNF books. I see people posting all the time about how everyone should do it, but I just can’t. I am a completionist with major anxiety issues. So, leaving a book unfinished will bug me FOREVER even if I hate the book.

4. What’s your weirdest bookish habit?

I tend to read books sequentially rather than starting several at a time. It just really annoys me to have several stories going at once because once I start them I typically want to know how it is all going to turn out rather quickly. Reading more than one book at a time heightens those feelings of anxiety about how it will all turn out because then I have to worry about the characters from several stories. So, I typically just stick to reading one at a time to get the resolutions as quickly as possible. The only time I read more than one story at a time is if one of them is in audiobook format, and the only reason is because I can read that format while doing other things.

5. What character would you bring to a family event as your fake partner?

I’d have to pick Magnus Bane from the Shadowhunters books. He’s tons of fun at a party and would make for interesting small talk given everything he has lived through. He could also use magic on any of my family that pisses me off. lol. So, I think he’d be an excellent choice.

6. What made you decide to start a book blog?

I wish I had a fancy answer to this, but I don’t really. It was mostly because I was bored. I had just dropped out of graduate school and stopped working full time. I started reading a lot more to fill the time and thought it would be fun to document that reading in a way that let me connect with others doing the same.

7. What about reading and books do you love the most?

The thing I love most is getting to see the world through the eyes of others. Every single story has elements that teach me something about how others view life, the world, themselves, and other people. I find it completely fascinating to get that chance to enter into someone else’s mind and see the world through their point of view. It truly is a spectacular thing.

8. What is your field of study/desired profession/current profession?

My current profession is househusband. lol. I’m honestly not quite sure what I want to do when I decide to go back to work. I have a B.S. in biology with a minor in chemistry and a B.A. in psychology with a minor in technical writing. I also have master’s degrees in molecular and cellular physiology and counseling psychology and half a doctorate in psychology. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor, but I’m not sure I want to go back to doing therapy, at least not full time. It is an exhausting job that has consumed my life in the past, and I’m not really sure I want to go back to that. Any ideas of fun book-related jobs? Leave them in the comments because I could use all the help I can get. 🙂

9. What are some book recommendations that became your favorites/obsessions?

Most of the books that I read and loved last year came from recommendations on other book blogs or book Twitter. The ones at the top of that list have to be the Green Bone Saga by Fonda Lee, The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune, The Bound and the Broken Saga by Ryan Cahill, and The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart.

10. What is the book you shove down everyone’s throat?

Most recently, it has been Of Darkness and Light by Ryan Cahill, but I’ve also been adamant about everyone reading Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee and If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich.

My Tags

I think I’m going to cheat here too and just tag anyone that wants to participate. The rules say I can tag 10 others, not that I have to. 🙂 So, if you think this tag looks like fun, give it a go. Be sure to link back to this post, though, because I want to read your answers! Happy New Year!

12 Days of Christmas Book Tag

Hello, everyone! I know I’m supposed to be on hiatus from blog posts right now to focus on the holidays and finish up my Reindeer Readathon TBR, but I couldn’t let this book tag pass me by before the Christmas season ends. I first saw the tag at Fi’s Bibliofiles, and it was created by Lizzie Loves Books. I did my best to avoid repetition, but many of these could be used for multiple answers. Without further ado, here are the questions!

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Naughty or Nice Book Tag

Hello, everyone! It’s getting closer and closer to Christmas, and I really wanted to do at least one Christmas-themed book tag before I go on a brief hiatus from blog posts for the holidays. I saw this one at Fi’s Bibliofiles earlier today and thought it looked like fun. It was created by Jen of Jenniely, and the goal is to answer the bookish questions to find out if you will be on Santa’s naughty or nice list this year.

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