The Goodreads Book Tag

This is one of the many “tag” posts I found months ago that I saved for when I had more time.

I found this on Callum McLaughlin’s blog a while ago and put it aside to do later.  It’s currently later, and I’m excited to finally do this tag.  Like Callum, I encourage anyone to add me as a friend on Goodreads!

Let’s get to it.

  • What was the last book you marked as “read?”

The Red Rose by Fia Black from the Submissive Beth Mysteries.

This book and the one before it got me into the mystery genre, something I need to do since I want to write in it at some point.  It also has the extra bonus of portraying the BDSM scene a lot better than some more well known series out there.

  • What are you currently reading?

Four books right now:

Since I discovered that I could easily fit some Kindle pages in during lunchtime at my job, I’ve added an additional book to my reading trio.  Oddly enough, now that I’m on my vacation I’m reading less of Sigil than I was during work.

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The Book Blogger Memory Tag

This is one of the many “tag” posts I found months ago that I saved for when I had more time.

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who tagged you – Well nobody tagged me, but I did get the idea from Captivated-By-Fantasy so I should at least give her credit and link back to the post!
  2. Answer the questions.  Don’t search for the answers on line.  Use your memory – This might be problematic because my memory is really shitty lately, but I’ll give it a try.
  3. Tag people to do the tag – I’m going to take CBF’s route and leave this open for anyone who wants to do it now, later, or at all.
  • Name a book written by an author named Michael.

It’s the first author/book that popped into my head.

  • Name a book with a dragon on the cover.

Captivated By Fantasy used my first choice The Ice Dragon by the same author hehe.  I really should try to think of a book by another author, but I did warn you that my memory was shot.

  • Name a book about a character called George.

What’s with the “George?”  Dammit!  Captivated By Fantasy already used George Weasley D:  Hm, okay, let me put my thinking cap on.  Ah!  Grandpa George from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  I can’t think of any stories where the main character is named George.

  • Name a book written by an author with the surname Smith.

Loved this book growing up.  It was one of those “animal stories” that I was so fond of.  Eh, I guess his surname is technically “King-Smith,” but I’m not going to split (cat) hairs.  They rarely draw cats with slit pupils or entirely slit pupils when they’re the protagonist #observation

  • Name a book set in Australia

I don’t even know.  I have read myths/stories about the aborigines, which would obviously be set there, but I don’t know any exact titles.

  • Name a book with the name of a month in the title

Blanking here, too.  Aren’t I fun?  I can think of plenty of songs with a month in the title (“January Girl” by Tori Amos, “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” by Green Day), and even band names (October Project), but books ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • Name a book with a knife on the cover

  • Name a book with the word “one” in the title

Hopefully it still counts in the plural.

  • Name a book with an eponymous title

  • Name a book turned into a movie

There are so many that would fit this bill.

Oh that’s it?  Whew, that was tougher than advertised.

Feel free to do this tag if you want!


Ultimate Book Tag

This was originally posted here by blogger inspiredbyabook, and she encouraged everyone to partake so I shall in addition to paying the encouragement forward.  Please feel free to use and/or reblog 🙂

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
Thankfully, no, but it’s been a long time since I’ve had the opportunity to read in the car. I’m either usually driving or not going far enough to immerse myself into words. I read more in cars before I could drive and used to read profusely when I regularly took public transportation many, many years ago.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
My favorite author right now is the amazing George R R Martin. I love the incongruence between his lush, gorgeous style and the often horrors and gore he pens. I’m a lover of irony and try to mimic such a paradigm in my own writing. There’s also of course the indomitable Anne Rice who manages to perfectly display the nature of humanity using non-human characters. I’ve heard critiques about her being an elitist, and not only do I not care if she is, I revel in it. I love how seemingly over dramatic her characters can be, how they feel everything so intensely. She’s been a favorite of mine since the long gone days of high school. The accusations of her over descriptiveness is also something I can relate to.

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The Aurorae – Bringers of the Light

My thoughts are fleeting and flittering at the best of times, but unsurprisingly the northern lights have been in the forefront of my mind.

Aurora on the Mountain

How could I not be awed and inspired by this?

Grim Up North is a trope found in many of my favorite works. A Song of Ice and Fire with with its voluminous and cold caverns and the dark mysteries they hold; FFVII’s Northern Crater, which contains cruel and frosted depths hiding ancient horror; Frozen’s North Mountain where Elsa runs to cast off the shackles of concealment. The north is a very bleak and unforgiving place (for those of use who reside in the top hemisphere. I suppose it would be the opposite for you who dwell below).

When I arrived at work today, the title “The Shadow in the North” was stuck in my head.  This happens sometimes, a title or phrase will just bounce around in my skull or no reason I can discern. These words happen to refer to the second book in Philip Pullman’s Sally Lockhart Mystery Series.

Shadow in the North

You might remember Mr. Pullman from my Preamble/Prelude where I mentioned his, er, His Dark Materials Series. Gah, I hate when there’s awkwardness at the beginning of a title. I have the same problem with A Song of Ice and Fire. You have to often say THE A Song of Ice and Fire so you have two determiners and it just looks messy, but I digress. The first book of HDM was entitled Northern Lights, and my god are the covers beautiful.

How gorgeous is this?

How gorgeous is this?

Northern Lights Cover 2

Northern Lights 3

They’re all from the UK Amazon of course, because for some reason every other country gets the good covers AND the better titles. I guess “The Golden Compass” is more descriptive since the story does focus around a golden compass-like object, the alethiometer, whereas the title Northern Lights is a vague sort of location.

Come on US.  Step up your cover game.

Come on US. Step up your cover game.

So in the midst of my exercise class my endorphin soaked brain could only think about the glory of the northern lights, and I realized to my great shame, that I didn’t know how or why they occurred, and as I am not one to dwell in ignorance, I have turned to the Google for guidance.

Wow…so in my internet travels this is what I’ve found and this is what I’ve concluded. The northern lights or aurora borealis are (very simply) caused by solar radiation interacting with earth’s magnetic field,
the latter or which serves to deflect most of the solar wind, whose charged particles would otherwise strip away the ozone layer that protects us from harmful UV radiation. So…the northern lights are a sign of the planet’s protection. I have to file this under “shit I did not know before I started writing my fanfiction, but am utterly baffled to discover as it makes the title even more relevant.” I’m dumbfounded and humbled. The gorgeous display that many would sell our sight to see once is actually proof of protection.  “The sky’s awake…” so we’re alive. I will refrain from my typical rant about horrible human ingratitude and the deplorable way we treat this world and all its inhabitants, and just say this one human is very grateful and delighted to have discovered something a bit more profound in her simple words.