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!

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Stranger Things – Not Really a Review

This is less a review and more of what I hope will become an open discussion.  I had absolutely no idea that going into Stranger Things, I’d come out with so many other narratives on my mind, but it was not only chock full of 80s aesthetic without being the least bit campy, but it also reminded me of many other stores of not just that decade but others prior and since.

Stranger Things Cover

While this is not a review, it will still spoil the entirety of the first season, as I’ll be discussing all aspects of the show in regards to other stories, and the discussion will spoil those narratives as well.

All of the doors are about to be opened Dustin, don’t worry!  Also, I love Gaten Matarazzo.

***Spoilers for Stranger Things and every single narrative in bold.***


Stand by Me – We’ll get this one and The Goonies out of the way since Stranger Things was heralded as being reminiscent of the adaptation of Stephen King’s novel The Body and that classic 80s treasure hunt/coming of age tale, though ST was quite a bit darker and more horrifying than them both.  Also, oddly enough, in looking up the Wikipedia links for both movies, I discovered they both take place in small towns in Oregon.

E.T. There’s a picture of all of the kids on their bikes with Eleven in a hoodie with the hood up.  I can’t find it right now, but I recall the scene from one of the latter episodes.  If I knew exactly where it was (and I wasn’t being lazy), I’d screenshot it from my Netflix app, though…maybe it’s better I don’t since I don’t want to get in trouble.  Anyway, that was a definite visual reference to E.T., but just the idea of government officials hunting down a special entity set in the 80s, and the children the entity befriended trying to keep them safe has E.T. all over it.  Now El’s not an alien…or so it might seem, but the Demogorgon certainly is.  We’ll talk more about aliens and special children’s connections to them in a later entry.

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