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The Cookie Book Tag ūüć™

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Hello again, bibliophiles!

I was looking for tags to do the other day, and I came across this one, and immediately wanted to do it! I mean, who doesn’t love some form of cookie or another? Also, I figured it would be fitting for today, since my mom and I baked chocolate chip cookies in a skillet. (I don’t have any pictures, but they were¬†delicious.) ūüć™

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leave it to me to slip in yet another Radiohead reference

I found this tag over at Misty’s Book Space.¬†¬†Let’s begin, shall we?

 

CHOCOLATE CHIP: A Classic Book That You Love or Really Enjoyed

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Frankenstein is easily one of my favorite books, if not my favorite of all time.

 

THIN MINTS: A Fandom That You Really Want to ‚ÄėJoin‚Äô and/or a Hyped-Up Book You Want To Read

Incarnate (Newsoul, #1) by Jodi Meadows

I’m not sure if I’m necessarily plagued by the desire to join another fandom, but The Newsoul trilogy appears to be a classic YA dystopia, and one that actually looks decent, at that.

 

SHORTBREAD: An Author You Can’t Get Enough Of

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Though I’ve only read two of her novels (at the moment, I hope to read the others very soon), I am such a sucker for Anna-Marie McLemore’s luscious writing. There’s no prose quite like hers.

 

SAMOAS: An Emotional Rollercoaster

Amazon.com: Thunderhead (2) (Arc of a Scythe) (9781442472457 ...

Even though I finally know the resolution, the entirety of Thunderhead, ESPECIALLY the ending, had my mind reeling in shock.

 

OREOS: A Book Whose Cover Was Better than Its Story

(Wait, what do you have against Oreos? Oreos are CLEARLY the superior cookie…)

(Okay, fine, I’ll answer the question…)

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel: Green, Hank ...

Unpopular opinion time…

Though it had a few moments of being funny, I ultimately DNF’d¬†An Absolutely Remarkable Thing.¬†Between the weird pacing, the unrealistic dialogue (Does ANYBODY actually say “LOL” in real life? That’s right, NOPE), almost everything about April May’s character (at least she admits that she treats her girlfriend like an object), and the gross misrepresentation of bisexuality, this one was kind of a recipe for disaster for me. No pun intended.

[heavy sigh] Whew, had to get that out…

 

TAGALONGS/PEANUT BUTTER PATTIES: A Book That Wasn’t What You Expected

Amazon.com: Crown of Coral and Pearl eBook: Rutherford, Mara ...

In this case, not in a good way.

Putting aside the fact that I thought that¬†Crown of Coral and Pearl¬†would feature mermaids [repeatedly slaps self in the face], I also thought this would be a fantasy novel. In reality, the only thing that might get it labeled as fantasy would be the fact that there’s a magical creature or two hidden in there towards the end of the novel.

 

SNICKERDOODLES: A Book You May Never Stop Rereading / Loving

Amazon.com: Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle) (9781524720964 ...

Aurora Rising.¬†‘Nuff said. Just re-read it a few days ago, actually. I’ve been thinking about this one a lot, lately (partly because I preordered¬†Aurora BurningEEEEE)

 

If you want to listen to today’s song, just head over to today’s Goodreads Monday, as I already posted today. ūüėČ

 

I tag anyone who wants to participate! 

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That’s it for this tag! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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The Radiohead Book Tag (ORIGINAL BOOKISH MUTANT BOOK TAG!)

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Hi again, bibliophiles!

Sorry for being semi-ominous about the creation of this tag for the past; I had a few kinks to work out, and I wanted to make sure that nobody else had come up with the tag before I did. (Book tag plagiarism? That’s probably a thing, but I don’t know…)

Anyway…

Since I got into them about a year ago [cut to me last year, crouched in the entrance to the lunchroom reading Tennyson whilst blasting OK Computer through my headphones], Radiohead has quickly become one of my favorite bands. Their musical and lyrical prowess is almost unrivalled, and has managed to become instantly timeless. So, naturally, I decided to make a book tag about them. As one does. I hope you like it!

Let’s lay down some rules:

RULES:

  • Thank and tag the creator (yours truly,¬†The Bookish Mutant)
  • Answer all of the questions to the best of your ability
  • Tag as many people as you want
  • Have fun!

 

Here we go…

PABLO HONEY: The debut novel of an author you admire 

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Half Bad,¬†though not nearly as masterful as Green’s¬†Smoke Thieves¬†series, was certainly a brave debut, to say the least.

 

THE BENDS: A book that brought you to tears

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Not only did¬†A Monster Calls¬†give me a MAJOR book hangover, there were buckets of tears shed…veritable BUCKETS…

 

OK COMPUTER: A book that changed your life

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I know I keep going back to¬†The Search for WondLa¬†a lot, but this novel/series will always hold a special place in my heart–not only for introducing me to the wide world of sci-fi literature, but for inspiring me to be an author someday as well.

 

KID A: A book that’s a different genre from the author’s previous works

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(on an unrelated note, this album’s my current desktop wallpaper…so pretty…)

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Before¬†Carry On,¬†Rainbow Rowell mostly stuck to realistic and historical fiction. I’m glad to say that she’s equally adept in both genres. ūüíó

 

AMNESIAC: A book with grim or dark imagery

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(I mean…okay, most of Radiohead’s stuff is pretty dark, but I’m just trying to make these questions make sense…)

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All of¬†B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth¬†would fit the bill to a T. Y’know, just your garden-variety apocalypse, plus the added Fun‚ĄĘÔłŹ of frightening creatures laying waste to the Earth. Good times.

 

HAIL TO THE THIEF: A book with a clever title

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(I just…really like this album title? I really don’t know why, but it’s really cool to me…)

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Though I’m not sure if this is *completely* true (I think it’s been tested, and Bradbury was probably wrong about it), Ray Bradbury named the novel¬†Fahrenheit 451¬†because it was (supposedly) the temperature at which paper burned. Right or wrong, I find it quite clever.

 

IN RAINBOWS:  A book with a colorful cover

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The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik. Enough said. [squints at cover through 3-D glasses]

 

THE KING OF LIMBS: A book you found to be strange, but loved all the same

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The Order of Odd-Fish¬†was an absolutely wild, Monty Python-esque ride that got weirder and weirder with every passing page…in the best way possible.

 

A MOON-SHAPED POOL: A dystopian novel that you adore

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I just finished The Scorpion Rules up a few days ago, and though my expectations were fairly average, I was blown away at how well-done it was!

 

Let’s stay on topic for today’s song…

I still can’t quite decide if this is my favorite Radiohead song, but it’s up there with “Fake Plastic Trees,” “Street Spirit (Fade Out)”, and “Airbag” for me. ūüôā

 

For now, I can only think of one other fellow book blogger who likes Radiohead, so I tag Emer @ A Little Haze Book Blog to take part, if you want! Otherwise, anyone who would like to participate, feel free! Have fun! 

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That’s it for my first original book tag! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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Out of My Comfort Zone Book Tag

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Hello again, bibliophiles!

Now that I’ve got more time on my hands thanks to this whole COVID-19 deal, I decided to look up a few more book tags to do. I’m thinking of creating my own soon, as I said, but I’m still working out the details there, so stay tuned. ūüėČ

In the meantime, I found this tag on Madame Writer, and the tag was originally created by Emmmabooks.

RULE: 

  • Choose one genre/category of books that you frequently talk about in tags and don‚Äôt use ANY books from that genre for answers.

[gulps] goodbye, sci-fi…

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1. A book that is an exception when it comes to genres or elements in books that you don’t typically like.

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Normally, I have quite a lot of trouble with the use of the 2nd person. In most instances, it takes me out of the story, and it leaves me feeling confused or disconnected. But Other Words for Smoke manages to utilize it masterfully, putting the reader in the headspace of Bevan just as seamlessly as if it were in the 1st or 3rd person.

 

2. A book you enjoyed from a genre you previously held some stigma about.

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Technically,¬†Descendant of the Crane¬†could be categorized as fantasy, mystery, or fiction, but the mystery element hooked me more than any other element (sort of a murder mystery?), which is something that doesn’t often happen to me with novels.

 

3. A book you didn’t know was actually out of your comfort zone until you started reading it.

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I knew going into it that¬†I Am Still Alive¬†was waaaaaay out of my comfort zone (survival fiction/adventure), but all of the different elements woven into it surprised me at every turn–ones that usually turn me off to a book, but were so well-executed that they worked for me. Whew, this one’s a rough ride.

 

4. Pick a friend that motivates you to pick up books you might not normally be interested in. What is one book out of your norm that they convinced you to give a try?

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One of my dear friends from school (and one of the few people who I’ve managed to convince to join my school’s book club) recommended The Poet X¬†to me around two years ago. Our taste in books tends to be similar, but this one was most definitely out of my norm, mostly because of the aspect of a novel in verse, which I’ve found to be rather hit-or-miss. To my pleasant surprise,¬†this one was a MASTERPIECE.

 

5. A book that is out of your comfort zone that you would like to read.

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This one’s been talked about a lot for the past few years, and though I’ve found the reviews to be INCREDIBLY polarizing, I definitely want to at least give The Night Circus a try. I don’t usually read historical fiction, but the melding of that and a dash of fantasy seems like it would be entertaining, at best.

6. A book or genre so out of what you normally read that you’ll probably never give it a(nother) chance.

I’m probably never going to touch any sort of bodice rippers. That’s just completely out of the question. I mean, I’m all for romance, but…nope. Not today, nor ever, likely.

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I tag anyone who would like to participate!

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Since I’ve already posted once today, you can head over to¬†Book Review Tuesday (3/24/20)‚ÄďCrown of Coral and Pearl¬†to see today’s song.

 

That just about wraps up this tag! Have a wonderful day, and take care of yourselves!

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The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

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Happy Friday, bibliophiles!

I found this tag at¬†A Little Haze.¬†¬†You all know how fiery I can get when ranting about a book/series/trope that I hate, so I’ll channel all of my bookish salt into this one.

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Let’s begin…

 

A POPULAR BOOK OR SERIES YOU DIDN’T LIKE¬†

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Red Queen¬†has gotten BOATLOADS of hype over the years, and I just don’t. Understand. At. All. IT’S EVERY BAD YA TROPE ROLLED INTO A SINGLE MONSTROSITY. UGH.

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A POPULAR BOOK OR SERIES THAT EVERYONE SEEMS TO HATE BUT YOU LOVE 

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I mean…?

From what I can tell, Daughter of the Pirate King¬†has been fairly well-received (and has a solid 3.98 on Goodreads), but both my mom and I have noticed that when the bad reviews come in, they are positively¬†scathing. I know this doesn’t really count, but I couldn’t think of any other books/series.

 

A LOVE TRIANGLE WHERE THE MAIN CHARACTER ENDED UP WITH THE PERSON THAT YOU DID NOT WANT THEM TO END UP WITH¬†OR¬†AN OTP YOU DON’T LIKE¬†

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UUUUUUGGGGGGHHHH. I am still FURIOUS over the fact that Juliette ended up with Warner. He’s just…I don’t know, they’re trying to make it seem like he’s “changed” or whatever, but I can’t see past the manipulative, controlling creep he was in the first two books or so. I’ve jumped off the¬†Shatter Me¬†ship anyway, after the disappointment of¬†Defy Me,¬†but this was my first dealbreaker.

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A POPULAR BOOK GENRE YOU HARDLY EVER REACH FOR

Mystery. I mean, it’ll do in a pinch, but it’s never been my go-to.

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A POPULAR OR BELOVED CHARACTER THAT YOU DO NOT LIKE

As much as I adore¬†the¬†Harry Potter¬†series…the chosen one himself really doesn’t do it for me. I suppose he’s got some admirable qualities, but I think it was his actions in Order of the Phoenix¬†that really ruined it all for me. He was just so whiny…so entitled…so repulsive…

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A POPULAR AUTHOR YOU CAN’T SEEM TO GET INTO¬†

Weeeeell…

I’ve only read one of his novels (Foundation), but I really haven’t taken much of a liking to Isaac Asimov. Eh…it had such a fascinating premise, but most of the book seemed to be a bunch of old white guys sitting around… “Oh, so we might all be annihilated in a matter of days? Let’s discuss…”

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A POPULAR BOOK TROPE YOU’RE TIRED OF SEEING¬†

Love triangles. Never start well, never end well, and they create a disgustingly unnecessary (in most cases) romantic subplot. And even if you’re rooting for one party, the main character ALMOST ALWAYS, WITHOUT FAIL, PICKS WHOEVER YOU’RE ROOTING AGAINST. Disappointing.

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A POPULAR SERIES YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN READING

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After the train wreck that was Atlantia, you can consider me all but turned off to anything else by her. Matched is no exception, and even though it may have been one of the first series of the YA Dystopia revolution, I have zero interest in it.

 

THE SAYING GOES “THE BOOK IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN THE FILM,” BUT WHAT FILM OR TV ADAPTATION DO YOU PREFER MORE THAN THE BOOK?

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As much as I adore Roald Dahl, Wes Anderson’s adaptation of Fantastic Mr. Fox¬†is one of the few movies that I feel surpasses its source material. Anderson expanded so much on the world that Dahl built, and brought an immeasurable amount of life to it via the gorgeous stop-motion animation.

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Today’s song:

 

I tag anyone who would like to participate! 

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Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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The Lunar Chronicles Book Tag

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Happy Tuesday, bibliophiles!

I found this tag over at¬†Brianna’s Books and Randomness, who is also the creator of the tag. Though I haven’t re-read the series in ages,¬†The Lunar Chronicles¬†was, from what I can remember, my gateway into YA books, so it will always hold a special place in my heart for that reason. It sounded like a super fun tag to do, so here I go!

The rules are simple: Answer each question, tag or pingback to the creator, and who you found the post from, and tag as many or as few people as you’d like.

 

CINDER: A SARCASTIC CHARACTER WITH ALL THE SASS

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I’ll say it once, and I’ll say it again: Finian from¬†Aurora Rising¬†is the YA king of sass. I’m in stitches from his one-liners every time I go back and re-read this.

 

PRINCE KAI: AN AUTHOR THAT DESERVES A CROWN

Though there’s a plethora of authors out there that deserve this title, today, I’ll dedicate the crown to Sarah Maria Griffin. Nowhere else have I seen such a deft portrayal of emotion and human nature–and not to mention, easily the only author that I’ve ever seen write the 2nd person and make it believable and readable.

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QUEEN LEVANA: A COVER WITH STYLE

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Ah,¬†Crier’s Warso iridescent…so intricate…so wonderfully¬†sapphic[wipes single tear from cheek]

 

CRESS: A FICTIONAL PLACE YOU WOULDN’T MIND BEING STUCK IN

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I would have absolutely no qualms about staying anywhere in Leigh Bardugo’s richly imagined Grishaverse. Except for the Unsea, maybe…

 

CAPTAIN THORNE: THE LAST FUNNY BOOK YOU READ

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By no stretch of the imagination is¬†Rogue One¬†a comedy, but there’s something to be said for K2-SO’s one-liners.

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SCARLET: A BOOK WITH A RED SPINE

[internally catalogues all of the library holds I’ve read in the past few months to search for a red spine]

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I’ve had this one for quite a while, and since I’ve already given lots of love to¬†The Demon World,¬†I’ll shine the light on¬†Inkmistress¬†this time.

 

WOLF: A WHOLESOME CHARACTER THAT COULD KILL YOU

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I mean…what gets more “wholesome-but-could-kill-you” than a massive tardigrade that acts like a puppy? All my love to Otto the giant water bear…ūüíó

 

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WINTER: A BOOK THAT PORTRAYS MENTAL ILLNESS

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How it Feels to Float is a beautiful and deeply moving portrayal of depression and anxiety, and an incredibly underrated one, at that. I highly recommend this one!

 

IKO: A BOOK WITH ANDROIDS OR ROBOTS

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LIFEL1K3. So many robots. SO MANY!

 

I tag anyone who’d like to participate! Give Brianna some love, everybody!¬†

 

Since I’ve already posted today, just head over to this week’s Book Review Tuesday if you’d like to see today’s song.

 

That just about wraps up this tag! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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Women’s History Book Tag

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Afternoon, bibliophiles!

I found this tag on¬†The Comfy Reader, and as soon as I saw that it had to do with Women’s History…COUNT. ME. IN. The tag was created by¬†Weird Zeal.

Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post.
  • Link to the¬†creator‚Äôs blog¬†in your post
  • Answer the questions below¬†using only books written by women
  • Feel free to use the same graphics
  • Tag 8 others to take part in the tag

 

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Lei from¬†Girls of Paper and Fire¬†is the ultimate disobedient, fierce, and patriarchy-smashing protagonist. I just got started with the sequel (Girls of Storm and Shadow), and though it’s not quite as potent as book 1, I’d forgotten how much I loved her and Wren.

 

Ada Lovelace

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Alouette from¬†Sky Without Stars¬†is a character that I always love to see in a female protagonist–daring and determined, but also incredibly intelligent, and VERY bookish!

 

Queen Elizabeth 1

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One of the perspectives that I enjoyed the most of Catherine in The Smoke Thieves, and her later struggle (and GREAT successes) of ascending to the throne as Queen of Brigant.

 

Virginia Woolf

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The prose in Wild Beauty was one of the elements that most stood out to me in the book, as flowery as the gardens of La Pradera.

 

Joan of arc

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Although this was only a three-star read for me, Sky in the Deep was what immediately came to mind. Eelyn was most definitely a Wonder Woman-ish character, in an almost Viking setting.

 

Mae Jemison

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Ooh, boy, I’ve got a lot to choose from…

A Conspiracy of Stars stands out so much in the YA sci-fi genre, with its spectacular world-building and memorable writing. WHERE. IS. BOOK. THREE.

 

Rosalind Franklin

(Heeeeey, we learned about her in my bio class not long ago!)

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Chilling and masterfully written, it honestly saddens me how little recognition Other Words for Smoke (and anything by Sarah Maria Griffin, really) has gotten.

 

Marsha P Johnson

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Another vastly underrated novel,¬†Everything Grows¬†is a beautiful and deeply relatable book about exploring one’s sexuality.

 

Amelia Earheart

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I’ll say it once and I’ll say it again:¬†The Poet X¬†deserves every ounce of hype that it has received.

 

Your Choice

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Sally Ride has been one of my personal heroes ever since I did a project on her in 8th grade. The first American woman in space and an LGBTQ+ icon, she is continually one of my biggest inspirations. ūüíó

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With its tackling of many issues that plague our modern society today, This Time Will be Different inspires me to not just look at the big picture, but to look within local communities to remedy these ills.

 

I tag anyone who’d like to participate during this lovely Women’s History Month!¬†

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Today’s song:

 

That’s it for this post! Have a wonderful day, and take care of yourselves!

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Six of Crows Book Tag

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Hi again, bibliophiles!

I figured that today would be a good day for a tag, and in lieu of the announcement that the Netflix Shadow and Bone/Six of Crows show has wrapped up filming, I figured this one would be fun to do. (I’m kind of scared for how the show will turn out, because some of the Grishaverse books are kind of my babies, but that’s a story for another time). I found this tag over at¬†SMELLFOY CAN READ?

Since I should probably give this post a little pizzazz, here’s some Six of Crows art from one of my favorite comic artists/book cover artists, Kevin Wada. (Same guy who drew the covers for¬†Carry On¬†and¬†Wayward Son,¬†actually!)

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Let’s begin, shall we?

 

The Thief ‚ÄĘ Kaz Brekker: A Layered or Complex Character

One of my first thoughts here was Art from Like a Love Story. Definitely someone who presents a tough exterior, but is deeply wounded on the inside.

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The Wraith ‚ÄĘ Inej Ghafa: A Book With a Twist You Didn’t See Coming¬†

Without question, the end of¬†Thunderhead.¬†The ending came out of nowhere…I think I still bear the scars from having to wait almost two years to see how it all turned out…

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The Sharpshooter ‚ÄĘ Jesper Fahey: An Author that Never Misses the Mark

Though I haven’t read any of his adult works, Jay Kristoff has never disappointed me. With his signature wit and heartrending writing, I’ve never read any book by him that I didn’t like.

 

The Heartrender ‚ÄĘ Nina Zenik: A Book that Broke your Heart or Gave you All the Feels

There’s a long list, and since I’ve already spoken about the aftereffects of¬†A Monster Calls,¬†I’d have to say¬†To Kill a Mockingbird.¬†Feels were had. Tears were shed.

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The Convict ‚ÄĘ Matthias Helvar: A Character Caught Between Two Worlds

My first thought here was Abe Sapien from the Hellboy¬†and¬†B.P.R.D. comics.¬†I mean…the guy’s amphibious…talk about being literally and figuratively being caught between two worlds…

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The Explosives Expert ‚ÄĘ Wylan Van Eck: A Book that Went Out with a Bang or a Cliffhanger¬†

Yikes, can I put Thunderhead on here twice?

Just kidding. Dare Mighty Things certainly ended with a bang AND a major cliffhanger. Talk about another ending that absolutely wrecked me.

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I tag any fellow Six of Crows fans who’d like to participate!

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Since I’ve posted twice today, head over to this week’s Book Review Tuesday¬†¬†for even more Radiohead ¬†today’s song.

That just about wraps up this tag! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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