The 100 Truths Blogger Tag

I saw this on Librae Paints Pages after reading their post about the harmful representation in Fantastic Beasts 2 and it looked like a lot of fun so I decided to do it. Plus, what better time than just before the new year when I’ll be spamming you with posts to do this, right? I’m not going to tag anyone so if it looks fun to you too, consider yourself tagged! 😉

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1. What’s your name?

Hi! My name is Kitty. Or as I’m known at work “the opinionated mermaid-haired one”

2. Any nicknames or aliases?

Technically Kitty is a nickname so I guess so? I don’t even go by my legal name at work though and I’m hoping one day to be willing to spend the money it’ll take to legally change it.

3. Your gender?

This kind of fluctuates? I use both she/her and they/them.

4. Your star sign?

Cancer ♋

5. How old are you?

30ish. I can figure the exact number based on my birth year but I’ve honestly just stopped keeping track of my exact age.

6. Your relationship status?


7. Any children?

I have two amazing children who I have so much fun with.

8. Any pets?

I have an outdoor cat who is a love muffin. My oldest child named him Moo because he’s white with black spots and apparently to a 2 year old that means it’s a cow that meows.

9. Any tattoos or piercings?

I have three tattoos and I definitely plan to get more! I have several piercings in each ear but the other piercings I’ve had (eyebrow, tongue, and belly button) have all closed up because I stopped caring. I keep considering getting an industrial but it’ll probably never happen because I think I’d rip it out.

10. What do you like about yourself?

I like that when I really work at it, I can make myself form new habits. My favourite one that I’ve formed is the one where if I’m afraid of doing something I make myself do it. It often leads to amazing results. Example: I was terrified of failing if I went back to school for my bachelor’s degree, so I did it. The result? I WORK AT A LIBRARY. Total win.

11. What do you dislike about yourself?

LOL the list goes on and on and on and……..

12. Righty or lefty?

Both! 🙂 I’m ambidextrous, though I write a bit better with my right hand because my left is a little more out of practice. Gotta use the muscles or you lose them blah blah blah…

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13. The last thing you drank?

Red Bull: The Red Edition, which I’m really into lately even though it’s probably horrible for me. Sparkling cranberry flavoured beverages are my jam.

14. The last thing you ate?

I had a slice of chocolate babka for breakfast. 😍

15. Your last phone call?

My grandmother, though I’ve already forgotten what we talked about.

16. Your last text message?

I texted my gingerbearded Englishman friend good morning. 🙂

17. Your last email?

The last email I received was from the University I applied to saying that I’ve been accepted to the school and my application has been passed along to the graduate program I’m applying to. 😀

18. The last song you listened to?

19. The last book you read?

I finished reading Annelies by David R. Gillham yesterday and it was painful but amazing.

20. The last time you cried?

Yesterday morning.

21. The last blog you read?

I keep up with a couple, but the last post I read as of right now is Top Ten Tuesday by the (book) supplier.

22. The last person you spoke to?

My kids because THERE ARE TOYS EVERYWHERE. Also, we just finished having a wizards’ duel because of course we did.

23. The last place you visited?

I think this refers to travel? So the last place I visited was about an hour outside of Portland, Maine. It was the end of September/ beginning of October so autumn was beginning and OMG it was gorgeous. Also, I got to see my best friend get married and I honestly don’t think there’s ever been a more wonderful wedding ever in the history of weddingdom.

24. Your last holiday abroad?

I’m kind of sad to say that I haven’t been abroad in just over two years now. Back in 2016, I got to visit London, England and Rome, Italy. London was amazing and I can’t wait to visit again. I’m still not sure how I feel about Rome, though that might be because I think the cab driver was trying to kill me. Not literally. Apparently, that’s just how they drive there.

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25. Have you ever gotten back with an ex?

Once. Never again. NEVER again.

26. Have you ever been cheated on?


27. Have you ever cheated on someone?

No. I feel like if I cheat then I’m only cheating myself. I also feel like I should note that a polyamorous relationship is not the same thing as cheating because that’s still just the one relationship.

28. Have you ever lost someone special to you?

Yes and I miss her every day, even decades later.

29. Have you ever been so drunk you threw up?

Nope. I’ve definitely been so drunk that I thought I was going to throw up but stomach control won out in the end. 💪

30. Have you ever fallen out of love with someone?

Yes. Well, more like slid out of love with someone? It happened gradually.

31. Have you ever met someone who changed you?

Almost everyone I meet changes me. Not because I let them change me or mold me somehow, but because I like to think that everyone I meet can teach me a lesson about myself and how I can improve.

32. Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are?

Yes. Within the last few years, in fact. Only one remained.

33. Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have?

Yes omg and I try not to think about it.

34. Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back?

Yeah. I’m still working on being okay with this because it’s not something I can control. It’s something I’ve always struggled getting over. People are going to talk about you behind your back. It happens. And yeah it kinda sucks.

35. Have you ever broken someone’s heart?

I think so, yes. It’s kind of hard to be sure because I certainly didn’t ask directly. I did it because it was a choice between breaking their heart or stay in an abusive relationship, so while it was difficult I don’t regret doing it.

36. Have you ever kissed a stranger?

I want to say no to this, but my brain shoved a memory at me from this one time my friend and I went to a dance club so… Yes.

37. Have you ever had your own heart broken?

Yes, and that’s why I LOVE when the Philadelphia Eagles lose.

38. Have you ever had sex on the first date?

Nope. Definitely not my style.

39. Have you ever been arrested?

No and I hope to keep it that way.

40. Have you ever been attracted to someone that isn’t the gender you usually find attractive?

There isn’t a gender I don’t usually find attractive so… no? 😅

41. Have you ever done something you regret?

No. And that’s not to say I haven’t done anything bad. I’ve done some pretty horrible things and lived through some bad experiences. I don’t regret any of them because they’ve shaped me into who I am today and put me into the place I am today. And… I’m honestly kind of content with where I am and where I’m (hopefully) on my way to.

42. Have you ever had a threesome?

Yes. It’s definitely not for me.

43. Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public?

The thing about being embarrassed is that you have to give yourself permission to be embarrassed. I’ve been nervous about things in public but I can’t make myself be embarrassed anymore, I don’t think. I’m also not going to go out of my way testing that theory though.

44. Have you ever misjudged someone?

Yes. I’m fairly certain we’ve all misjudged someone at one point or another. I’m no exception.

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45. Do you believe in God?

I don’t not believe in God. I don’t believe there’s just the one or that they’re all powerful or created the world in a week or anything, but I mean something could possibly be out there, right?

46. Do you believe in yourself?

Yes. It took me a long time to get here and I kind of surprised myself with it but yes. I honestly do believe in myself.

47. Do you believe in Santa Claus?

Yes, but not in the fictitious “ho, ho, ho” and lives at the North Pole way. I believe that Santa Claus is the giving and helping spirit within all of us. In that way, he’s totally real.

48. Do you believe in ghosts?

Yes. Sometimes, we’re just not ready when our bodies are.

49. Do you believe in aliens?

I feel like it’d be ridiculous of me to acknowledge how hugenormous our universe is and then say there’s no such thing as extraterrestrial life. Whether that life is what we might consider intelligent, I can’t say, but I can’t rule out the possibility of life of some sort out there somewhere.

50. Do you believe in miracles?

Science is full of miracles. Just because we can explain and understand the how or why doesn’t mean it’s any less miraculous.

51. Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?

Yes and no. This is a tricky one because I often see it applied to mental illness, which is laughable yet exhausting. I do think that believing you can do something has an effect on whether or not you accomplish it. Like when I believe I can fully plan a storytime program at work in under three hours. I do not think that positive thinking is the solution for everything. Thinking I can get out of bed in the morning on a bad day doesn’t guarantee I’ll stay out of bed or even make it out of my room, even if I do manage to drag myself from the mattress.

52. Do you believe in love at first sight?

I’m not sure. I didn’t, but a friend of mine recently explained that she experienced love at first sight with her first husband. I don’t know what happened to the relationship after the amount of time they were married, but they’re still friends so it couldn’t have been horrible. So, I’m currently rethinking my beliefs when it comes to love at first sight.

53. Can money make you happy?

No, but it certainly makes things easier. Also, money buys books…. So, on second thought, maybe.

54. Would you describe yourself as a feminist?

Yes. There’s too much inequality in the world for me not to be.

55. Are you pro-life or pro-choice?

I’m pro-choice. Your body is your body and I have no right to tell you what to do with it.

56. Do you have strong political beliefs?

Maybe? It seems like humanity is political, so probably yes.

57. Do you have strong religious beliefs?

I have varying thoughts on religions and the organizations within them, but I don’t hold strong religious beliefs of my own.

58. What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is?

Respect, both for themselves and others around them.

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59. Are you eating anything right now?

No, though I’m kinda hungry so I probably should.

60. Are you drinking anything right now?

Herbal tea because if I drink anything but tea or water right now I’ll never get to sleep.

61. What are you listening to right now?

62. What are you thinking about right now?

What I’m going to wear today. Yes, I’m still in my fluffy Sully onesie. Don’t judge me.

63. What are you waiting for right now?

My wee monsters to get dressed so we can walk over to my grandmother’s house.

64. What are you most excited about right now?

I’m working on a teen program series for work that I’m theming around Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles and I’m really excited about digging into it!

65. What is your pet hate right now?

LYING. Please don’t lie to me. It’s the literal worst.

66. What’s your favourite thing right now?

Audiobooks. I’m in a slight bit of a print/digital reading slump and audiobooks have saved me. Also, Arctic Fox hair colour because my mermaid hair is still going strong. 😉

67. If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?

Probably sleeping.

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68. Your first best friend?

When I was four, I lived in this apartment complex in Virginia. I was on the bottom floor and there was a boy named Eric who lived upstairs and across the hall. We hung out all the time. He would pick me up in his little motor jeep and we’d drive all over the hill in the back yard. We also watched a lot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which my mother didn’t like so I wasn’t actually allowed to hang out with him, but obviously I was a rebellious child because I did anyway.

69. Your first kiss?

Was gross. I went on a double date with a friend in middle school because her boyfriend couldn’t come out unless his brother did. I guess he assumed that my presence meant I wanted it? But yeah. It was gross.

70. Your first celebrity crush?

I’m not sure I’ve ever had one to be honest.

71. Your first holiday?

The first one I remember was when I was four-ish we all got together with my grandmother, uncles, and aunts at a house on the beach in California. We flew kites and looked for sand dollars (back before it was illegal to do so). I remember being afraid of the crabs and my grandmother helped me get past that. I don’t remember a lot more from that trip, but I do remember feeling happy.

72. Your first pet?

The first pet I remember having… I actually had two dogs at the same time. They were doberman/lab mixes named Rosco and Randy and I (apparently) used to ride on them like they were horses.

73. Your first regret?

I regret letting people get to me when I was a kid, but mostly because thinking about it still hurts me a bit and makes me feel pretty negative. I don’t regret this enough to fully regret it though if that makes sense.

74. Your first job?

I did landscaping and house cleaning and babysitting when I was like 12 or 13. I liked the landscaping bit until summer hit and it was 110F out.

75. Your first childhood memory?

Hiding in the basement during Hurricane Hugo and finding a trunk full of dolls.

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76. Love or money?

Love. Definitely love.

77. Twitter or Facebook?

I spend an equally wasteful amount of time on each so I don’t know which I’d choose. 😂

78. Hook up or relationship?

Relationship. I can’t just hook up. Any time I try to imagine it, I get the heeby jeebies.

79. Dogs or cats?

Yes. Also, ferrets, birds, squirrels, snakes, lizards, turtles………. I just like animals, okay?

80. Coffee or tea?

Probably tea, though coffee and I are good friends, too.

81. Beer or wine?

Wine. I’m really into Girl & Dragon‘s Malbec right now.

82. Sweet or savory?


83. Introvert or extrovert?

DEFINITELY introvert.

84. Vampires or werewolves?


85. Seaside or countryside?

Countryside. I don’t like the way sand feels.

86. Summer or winter?

Winter. I miss the snow, but not the ice, shoveling, icicles, black ice, sleet, etc. Just like… snowmen and snow forts and pretending to be eight years old. 😂

87. Books or movies?

I love both but obviously books, right? Definitely books.

88. Horror or comedy?

COMEDY! I don’t watch horror movies. Nope, nope, nopety, no.

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89. Do you wish you could change your past?

No. Where I’ve been has brought me to where I am and where I am is right where I need to be to get to where I want.

90. What’s your dream job?

Youth Services Librarian 😀

91. What’s your guilty pleasure?

I don’t think people should feel guilty about enjoying things, so long as those things aren’t hurting anyone. If you like romance novels or chocolate cake or sleeping extra late on Sundays, do it. If you like harming people or making other people unhappy at all, please rethink your life.

92. What are you afraid of?

Drowning or being buried alive.

93. What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?

A teacher. But then I grew up and realized that teachers are underpaid and overworked and often work on their unpaid time and put their own money into what they do and then get blamed when children don’t apply themselves or receive any other help than in the classroom and…. NOPE. Teachers are basically saints and I could never do what they do.

94. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

I’d love to have the ability to convince people to do things.

95. If you could change anything about your life, what would it be?

I would really like to not have lost my house. If I could change anything, I’d probably still have it. It maybe wasn’t the best, but it was mine.

96. Would you want immortality?

Nope. One lifetime is enough.

97. If you could interview anyone alive or dead, who would it be?

My paternal grandmother.

98. Would you say you are happy?

No, but I am content and that’s enough for me for now.

99. What is one piece of advice you would give yourself at age eighteen?

Just because you know them doesn’t mean you know them.

100. Where would you like to be in five years’ time?

Working as a Youth Services Librarian and saving up to be able to actually retire. Maybe living closer to my best friend, who I miss immensely.

Tag: Finally Fall Book Tag

Hey there, bookworms and dragons! I’m so far behind on my book tags and things, but mistysbookspace tagged me for the Finally Fall Book Tag and, having just gotten back from where autumn is actually autumn-like, I feel like it’s the perfect opportunity to relish my favourite season. It’s also the perfect way for me to procrastinate on writing this review that I need to post tomorrow. Why wait? Procrastinate now!

Misty wasn’t sure who created this tag and I’ve not got the energy for digging so, if you know who created it let me know and I’ll be sure to update the post. Let’s dig in and have a little fun, shall we? 😀


In Autumn, the air is crisp and clear: Name a book with a vivid setting!


The world building in the Witchlands series by Susan Dennard is incredibly vivid and lush! It’s one of the most immersive experiences I’ve had with a novel. I also heard recently that the series might be getting made into a TV show! *screams*

The first novel in the series is Truthwitch, followed by Windwitch, and the third novel in the series, Bloodwitch (are you seeing the theme here?), is due to be released in February 2019. There’s also a novella associated with the series that has already been released, titled SightwitchAnd, though it’s a prequel novella, I would read that one after the second novel because it might be easier to understand the world that way.



Nature is beautiful… but also dying: Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief

16115612.jpgThis one could be pretty much any book written by Khaled Hosseini. He’s one of my favourite authors and everything he puts out is heart wrenchingly beautiful. My favourite novel of his is And The Mountains Echoed, which is a novel that deals with loss and family and shows how much of an effect we really have on the lives around us.

Khaled Hosseini is an incredible storyteller and I always look forward to reading anything he writes. I recently picked up his new release, Sea Prayer, though it’s a picture book so I won’t be writing out a full review of it. I love how it was written and why. It’s utterly heartbreaking and I recommend it to anyone who’s able to read it. (TW/CW: death of a child)


Autumn is back to school season: Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new

35297455.jpgFor Every One by Jason Reynolds is the book I didn’t know I needed until after I read it. I needed a short digital book to read while I was on the reference desk on one of my Sunday shifts back in May and this popped up as something that was available to read right away. I’ve heard many good things about Jason Reynolds and his writing, so I figured I would give it a go.

Little did I know I was picking up a book that would change my outlook on so many things. It’s more of a poem or open letter than a novel, which is why I never wrote a full review of it, but I definitely recommend everyone read it. It helped me learn that while everyone is struggling with one thing or another, it’s okay to fail. It’s okay to pick myself back up after I fail. And it’s okay to be okay with who I am now instead of forcing myself to only think about how much better I could be if I was different. It’s definitely the kick in the arse and self-esteem boost I needed.


In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: Name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be part of

30312855.jpgI would LOVE to be a member of The Devil’s Own from The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell! I was hoping to visit a few of the spots in the book when I passed through New York City at the beginning of this month, but between traffic (people in Connecticut CAN NOT DRIVE) and getting lost (where do people in NYC even park?) it just didn’t work out that way.

I did, however, get to drive past the Brooklyn Bridge, where quite a few of the scenes in The Last Magician and take place! I’m hoping that when I’m near the city next, I’ll be able to stop by a few of the places in the Bowery that have been immortalized in my mind by The Devil’s Own.



The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: Show us a pile of autumn-coloured spines!

I do have a few books I could probably use to take a photo for this prompt between my personal library and the public library. Unfortunately, it’s quite rainy here just now and I’m not sure I’ll be able to get any decent photos taken until after this Hurricane passes by. 😦 I will try to at least do it later on and post it to bookstagram. Unless I forget, which, let’s face it, is a distinct possibility these days.


Autumn is the perfect time for storytelling by the fireside: Share a book wherein somebody is telling a story

36396341.jpgThere are three novellas in Star-Touched Stories by Roshani Chokshi. My favourite of the three is Poison and Gold but my second favourite was Rose and Sword, in which Gauri tells her granddaughter a story about a wife-to-be stealing her husband back from death himself. It’s a beautifully told story set in the lush Star-Touched world and I loved every moment of it! It’s definitely a collection worth picking up if you enjoyed either or both of Roshani’s novels set in the same universe, though I would read those novels first if you plan to read this collection because it’s pretty spoilery.




The nights are getting darker: Share a dark, creepy read

38255342.jpgThe Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein is two parts dark, one part creepy, and one part historical fiction. It’s the first and only (so far) novel I’ve read by Kiersten White, though if this is the kind of thing I have to look forward to in her work I’ll be eagerly picking up anything and everything.

The fact that this is a Frankenstein retelling should clue you in to the story’s dark and creeptastic nature, but it’s also slightly more historical fiction and slightly less sci-fi, making for a dark yet interesting read. Good plot twists and better world building, this novel should be near the top of your TBR!




The days are getting colder: Name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day

28458598.jpgWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon is obviously a summer novel. It also tackles some pretty tough topics, like being a first generation American. I love that this book didn’t shy away from those topics but still managed to be incredibly heartwarming.

The thing I like the most about When Dimple Met Rishi is what gives me the most heartwarming feels, so I figure I should take two seconds to talk about that: the fact that the characters are all incredibly flawed. I LOVE the fact that Dimple and Rishi both make mistakes. Sometimes they learn from them and sometimes they don’t. They’re allowed to be human and, to me, it makes them feel so much more real. I just love when characters are allowed to be human and show their humanity while still being able to have something like a happy ending. 🙂


Autumn (luckily, it’s my favourite season) returns every year: Name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon

23437156.jpgI was actually talking about this series a couple weeks ago at work with a friend of mine. I’m SUPER excited for the release of King of Scars in February, but I’d like to reread Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo before it’s released. This series has some of my all-time favourite characters in it and I’d really like to see them again.

I’ve also been told that the audiobook versions of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom are both incredibly well done AND with a full cast, so I’m probably going to go with audiobook format when I reread. Also, I might not have the time for many more physical books for a while beginning next summer if things go the way I’m hoping. But, yes. Six of Crows. Nina. Inej. Jesper. Wylan. Matthias. Kaz. I need all my Ketterdam friends back and soon! Also, dark stories with magic and heists seem to pretty much be my theme these days.


Autumn is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: Share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”!

It’s still quite warm here in Florida even though it’s rainy, so I don’t really have a cozy reading accessory right now? When it starts to cool off a bit, I’ll probably “borrow” 7’s orange blanket though. It’s SO FLUFFY AND SOFT! When it’s cooler, I’ll be able to sit under it for hours and just enjoy a good book! 🙂


Spread the Autumn appreciation and tag some people!

I’m not going to tag anyone specific, but if it looks interesting or you’d like to do the Finally Fall Book Tag, please consider yourself tagged by me! Happy reading!

Tag: Pride Flag Book Tag


So, I know it’s not technically pride month anymore but I’m still queer so I’m going to let the flag fly anyway. I saw this great tag over on Small Queer, Big Opinions and knew immediately I had to do it even though I wasn’t actually tagged. I’m just a rebel like that, I guess. The tag was initially created by Common Spence, who I didn’t know existed until I found this tag and realized I’d been missing out. Do yourselves a favor and follow both of these lovely individuals. 💖

I’m not going to tag anyone in particular so if you think you’d enjoy doing this one, consider yourself tagged! Let’s jump into the tag!



Red (Life) – A book with a spirited protagonist totally proud of who they are. Someone who gives you LIFE



The Six of Crows Duology is one of my favourite series, but my favourite character in the series is most definitely Nina. She’s proud of who and what she is and doesn’t let anyone look down on her for anything from her magic to her love of waffles. Reading her character makes me so happy because here is this teenager who is told so much is wrong about her and she just doesn’t let any of it even touch her. I also absolutely love that Leigh Bardugo won’t verbally confirm that Nina is bi, but instead says she would rather show us. I’m honestly really hoping we get to see this in the upcoming Grishaverse novel!



Orange (Healing) – A book that made you, as the reader, find a deeper meaning or catharsis in your own life


I remember not expecting much from The Nowhere Girls and then realizing that I should have expected a whole lot. This novel made me realize that I want to work with teens, especially teen girls. I want to make a place where they know it’s safe for them to hang out and not need to worry about what some guy is going to do to them or what the world will say about it. Before I read this book, I was on the fence about whether or not I wanted to transfer from the library branch I was working at to the branch I’m at now, a branch I work with both children and teens at. After reading this book, there was not a doubt in my mind that I needed to work with both. I’m so happy now to be able to help make that safe space for teens because of this book and its themes. Definitely worth a read!



Yellow (Sunshine) – A book that fills you with so much joy it could brighten even your darkest day


For this one, I have three words for you: Fluffy. Gamer. Romance. It’s so fluffy and happy and I just loved reading every moment of it! There are a couple instances of homomisia on the page from one of the MC’s parents so beware of that if you do read it. There is a bit of angst because it is a romance between a lesbian teen and a questioning teen and honestly if it hadn’t been there I wouldn’t have found it as believable. The romance itself was so fluffy and wonderful though and I can’t say that enough! Reading this one makes me very happy and I hope it does the same for you if you choose to read it.




Green (Nature) – A book that is set out of this world – a reality different to our own



Reign of the Fallen is set in a place called Karthia, where necromancers have been continuously resurrecting the king for an unknown but obviously very large amount of time. The main character is a bisexual necromancer who goes through a really heavy period with grief and addiction, which are both very accurately portrayed throughout the novel. Definitely something to be aware of if you choose to read it. But it’s such a unique novel with such good rep in it that I recommend it to those who can read it without being harmed by it.



Blue (Peace) – A book where one of the characters finds peace with a difficult truth


First let me go ahead and say that this is one of the most difficult books I’ve read this year. It’s a story about a few different gay boys but that’s not what makes it difficult. It’s told using the voice of a generation of gay men who died of AIDS. I cried so much while reading this book. During this novel, one of the two boys who are kissing to beat the world record for longest consecutive kiss realizes that it’s okay not to be in a relationship with the other one romantically. I honestly can’t remember which one this was, but I do remember them finding peace with this at the end of the novel. I was too emotional about this one to write a full review out, but it’s a quick read and I definitely recommend it.


Purple (Spirit) – A book that deals with LGBT+ themes and religion


I only very vaguely remember the story in this one, but I do remember enjoying it quite a bit when I read it. The main character in The Tiger’s Watch is a genderfluid soldier-in-training who is forced to hide in a monastery when their home is attacked. I remember not really feeling right about the romance in this, but the rest of the novel was a fun read. I did a full review of it back then, which you can find here.


The Fall Book Tag

Happy Monday, bookworms! I was sort of, kind of tagged for the Fall Book Tag by Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek. You should definitely check out his blog if you’ve somehow managed not to yet. (After reading this post, of course!) Anyway, this tag looks super fun so let’s jump right in!


For this one, I have to pick The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed. This book takes a hard look at rape culture and was refreshingly honest. I absolutely loved seeing all the girls band together the way they did.


This one goes without question to Deadly Traditions by Apollo Blake. This novella only took me a sitting to breeze through but wow was the ending a shocker for me!


As if any book could compete with When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon when it comes to warm and fuzzy’s. I like watching them try though because warm and fuzzy is my autumn aesthetic.


Turtles All The Way Down by John Green was one of my most anticipated reads for 2017. AND it has a big orange swirl on the cover!


Lifeblood by Gena Showalter is pretty heavy on the action. I also love how obsessed the main character is with numbers. It is like a balm on my number-loving soul.


I’m going to go with The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, which I will (hopefully) be reading in December with Story Society.


I’m not going to actually tag anyone but if you think this tag looks like fun (spoiler: it is!), consider yourself tagged! That’s all for now. Have a great week and happy reading!

25 Bookish Facts About Me

I saw this done by the lovely Weezie at Weezie’s Whimsical Writings and thought it looks super fun. I know I haven’t been posting as often as I would like to so I wanted to do something special and hopefully get my creative blogging juices flowing. 

1. I love buying used books that someone has annotated because I feel like I’m getting a part of their story along with the one the author wrote.

2. But I can’t ever bring myself to annotate a book. Even when I was in school, I couldn’t mark my books even to highlight the parts I needed to study later.

3. I really enjoy character based stories, but if there’s no plot I’m not likely to finish reading it. Especially if it’s a tome.

4. Cover changes mid series set off my anxiety so badly that I have stopped buying books of the series until it’s been completed.

5. The most satisfying covers for my anxiety are Rick Riordan’s. The paperbacks of each series are all the same height and are of similar design and that is just so soothing to me.

6. I am constantly rereading the Harry Potter series. Sometimes it takes me a year or two to get through the whole thing, but I’m always currently reading at least one of them.

7. My favourite bookstore isn’t one I get to visit with any regularity at all, but if you’re ever in London you should check out Word On The Water. It’s. The. Best!

8. I love the maps in books because they’re so detailed and creative and beautiful… but I rarely use them for reference while I’m reading.

9. My TBR is a disaster zone and I have no shelf space for that.

10. I’ve gotten really good about how I request books and give feedback for NG and I’m kinda proud of myself for it.

11. I’m TERRIBLE at fancasting.

12. I’m almost never reading only one book at a time. It’s always between 2 and 8, depending on the level and genre of each book. I’m currently reading 6.

13. I don’t read many anthologies because when I do I feel like I’m both rushing through stories and not reading quickly enough.

14. At least one of my current reads is always an audiobook. This is because I listen on the bus to work instead of pulling out a book. I don’t get bus sick often, but they do tend to be crowded and stuffy. Headphones = less conversation expectations.

15. If you talk to me while I’m obviously reading, I will glare you to death (or until you go away).

16. I don’t lend out my books. Ever. I used to, but they always came back damaged if they came back at all.

17. I love that my job allows me to get kids excited about reading. I also (not so) secretly love doing this by reading them picture books. Children’s picture books authors are underrated.

18. I love bookish candles. I know I could probably get something similar at the store if I really looked, but I love that someone had a specific book or character in mind when they created them.

19. My very favourite bookish candles are from Canterbury Road Co because the scent throw is strong enough to fill a large room without being at all overwhelming.

20. 99% of the time, if I can get a book at the library I won’t buy it, even if that means waiting 6 months. There are few exceptions.

21. I take so many notes when I’m reading a book I plan to review that sometimes when I read something I know I’m not reviewing it’s such a relief.

22. I read and write both nonfiction and fiction.

23. I make bookish amigurumi.

24. I’ve gotten into the bad habit of coming up with ideas I like for blog posts….and then never writing any of them.

25. I can read almost anywhere with almost anything going on. In bed or on the bus? Sure. Radio or tv blaring? Why not.

I hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! Hopefully, I’ll be more regular with my blog posts soon. I’m not going to tag anyone specifically because I always feel awkward doing that so if you want to do it, consider yourself tagged! 🤓

That’s all for me today, bookworms. Happy reading!

The Sunshine Blogger Award

sunshine-blogger-award.jpgThank you so much to Romie @ Who said reading was boring? for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! If you aren’t following her twitter, instagram, or blog, you’re really missing out and I recommend you remedy that as soon as possible! (After reading this post, of course.)

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog.


I. Book Recommendation: “if you liked this book, then you’ll like this one”

I have a few of these, but the one I’m going to go with this time is: If you like Harry Potter, then chances are you’ll like The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s definitely a series I enjoyed that has a Harry Potter-like flair to it!


II. Care to share an unpopular opinion?

Ha! Of course I would. I don’t like reading hyped books. I used to because it’s how I found Harry Potter, which saved my life (a story for another time), but I’ve been let down so many times. Most recently, the book that let me down horribly was The Raven Boys. I’m happy other people enjoyed it but….not my cup of tea.


III. Put your phone on shuffle and find a book that matches the song you got.

I had to use my computer instead because I don’t keep music on my phone. The song I got was Beacon by Goliath Flores and the book that matches it is When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. The song is about still being yourself while letting yourself love someone and also letting yourself grow as a person. I also kind of feel like it’s about being there for the person you love even in the hard times.


IV. If you had to use one book as a shield to protect yourself – because why not, you totally dislike the thing – which one would it be?

I really don’t feel like I totally dislike any book that much. There are a great many books I feel meh about but dislike involves a level of caring I just don’t have for books I don’t like or love. I suppose if I had to choose one, it’d be Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas because it’s just kind of taking up space on my shelf and, with it being as large and heavy as it is, would make a perfectly acceptable weapon.


V. If you could share a cup of tea – or a good mug of coffee – with a fictional character, who would it be?

It would be so awesome to have a cup of tea or coffee with Nina from Six of Crows. Especially if there are waffles involved!!


VI. Unhaul: List 3 books you don’t want to see anymore on your shelves

Since I’ve already said one, I’ll go with The Raven Boys and Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (because the series just wasn’t for me) and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (I never read it and won’t because I’m not sure I’m ready for the portrayal of abuse).


VII. Share the love: list your 3 favourite booktubers and 3 favourite bookstagrammers.

In no particular order, my 3 fave booktubers are the (book) supplierxreadingsolacex, and squibblesreads. My 3 fave bookstagrammers (again in no particular order) are VanshikaBrittany, and Shannon. The bookstagrammers were HORRIBLY DIFFICULT to choose. I really only follow those three booktubers though so that was easy!


VIII. Let’s say you have to get a book cover tattooed on your body, which one do you end up with forever?

Six of Crows French Edition. No contest whatsoever. IT’S GORGEOUS!


IX. Worst and best book-to-movie adaptation?

Worst is probably Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I couldn’t enjoy it and I’m not sure if that’s because it wasn’t good or if it’s because the movie is LITERALLY NOTHING like the book. At all. Best is The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, which was adapted to the film Home by Dreamworks. I enjoyed the movie so much that I decided to read the book it was adapted from and was utterly disappointed.


X. If you could get rid of ONE character because they’re a total pain in the ass, who would you choose?



XI. Choose one book for each season.

Spring: How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

Summer: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Autumn: An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Winter: Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling (this is usually when I start my rereading of the series, so I always associate it with the season)


My Questions

  1. What’s something you’d like to see more of?
  2. What’s the best book you’ve read so far in 2017?
  3. Why did you decide to blog about books?
  4. What book or book series would you most like to see adapted into a movie or tv show?
  5. What book or book series do you wish you could forget you read and why?
  6. Who are three book bloggers, booktubers, or bookstagrammers who inspire you as a book blogger?
  7. Who are your auto-buy authors?
  8. What genre would you like to start reading more of?
  9. What do you drink or snack on while you write blog posts?
  10. What are your non-bookish hobbies?
  11. If you could have lunch with three characters, which three would you choose?


I Nominate

Katie @ katsyxo

the (book) supplier

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Ravenclaw Book Club

Breeny @ Breeny’s Books

Lexie Brooke @ lexiebrookeblog

Misty @ Misty’s Book Space

Chelsea @ romweasley

Leah @ Small Queer, Big Opinions

YA Wednesdays

and YOU! If you’re interested in doing the tag, consider yourself tagged! 😉


That’s it for now, bookworms. Happy reading!

Harry Potter Spells Tag

Hey, bookworms! I missed doing a post yesterday for Harry Potter’s birthday because of writing and work. So today I’m going to make up for it by doing the Harry Potter Spells Tag, which I found on becoming bookish, who you should definitely check out (after reading this post, of course)!

I’m not going to tag anyone specific so if you decide you’d like to do it, consider yourself tagged! Let’s get to it!


1. Expecto Patronum – a childhood book connected to good memories


Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss is the only “childhood” book that I have good memories of. I consider childhood to span from ages birth to puberty, which didn’t leave me with much time to experience it as I went through puberty “early.” This was one of the first books I could read by myself and so I read it until my copy was tattered. (Photo credit to Chris Schwartz.)


2. Expelliarmus – a book that took you by surprise


The Alchemyst (well, the whole The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Scott really surprised me. I was looking for something similar to Harry Potter after a reread of the series and someone at the library suggested these. The covers reminded me of old books, which I thought was awesome, so I decided to check them out but had low expectations and wow! Definitely give them a go.


3. Prior Incanto – the last book you read


I’m working my way through The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan. The last book I finished reading was the first book in the series, The Red Pyramid. Honestly at this point, the author could put his grocery lists on eBay and I’d bid. I like him as a person, but his writing is also really good, albeit inconsistent.


4. Alohamora – a book that introduced you to a genre you had not considered before


Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey introduced me to a load of new things, both book related and not. It’s the first alternate universe book I’ve read and I really enjoyed it. I wish there were more alternate universe novels out there because I LOVE them. (If you have any recs….give me all the recs.)


5. Riddikulus – a funny book you’ve read

When Dimple Met Rishi IG

I laughed my way through at least half of When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandy Menon. It’s such a fun summertime read and I’ll probably reread it again soon because I just love it so much! I should probably also work on my review for it but I might just wait until after my reread to do that. I don’t know yet. We shall see!


6. Sonorus – a book you think everybody should know about

The Dragons of Nova IG

If you’re surprised that I’m picking The Alchemists of Loom series by Elise Kova, you must not follow me on any social media or text with me at all ever because it’s at least half of what I talk about. I absolutely love this beautiful steampunk fantasy series and please check it out. You can thank me later, preferably with baked goods or candles.


7. Obliviate – a book or spoiler you would like to forget having read

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I would love to forget having read what I did of A Tragic Kind Of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom. I’ve read ownvoices reviews that say how much they loved the book and saw great representation in it, but I really just hated it. As an ownvoices reviewer myself, I felt like it reinforced general stereotypes of bipolar disorder and the associated medicines while also providing wild inaccuracies I hadn’t heard before. I won’t review or rate it because, like I said, there are some reviewers who found good rep in it but I would love to forget I read any of it at all.


8. Imperio – a book you had to read for school

This one is impossible for me because the only things I had to read for school was when I was participating in school plays and I had to read and memorize a script. We were assigned book reports but we were always allowed to select our own books and since I was an avid reader even when I was younger, I never felt forced to read anything. I just wrote the report about whatever I happened to be reading right then.


9. Crucio – a book that was painful for you to read


Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember In The Ashes series is so extremely painful to read, but not for the reason you might think. It’s so incredibly well written that everything is immersive and realistic and seeing the people in the book suffer is excruciating. I can’t wait for book 3 in 2018!


10. Avada Kedavra – a book that could kill

The first book that pops into my head for this prompt is 13 Reasons Why because it romanticizes suicide, which could potentially push someone toward committing suicide themselves. This has probably also been aggravated by the creation of the show, which I already know I can’t watch so please stop recommending I watch it.


And that’s it! I had loads of fun doing this tag! If it looks like something you’d enjoy doing too, I tag you!

Happy reading!

The Mid-Year Freakout Tag

Hey, bookworms! I was (sort of) tagged by Rea at deadwritersclub to do The Mid-Year Freakout Tag. Go check out her answers to the tag here (after reading my answers, of course)! If you feel like doing it, I tag Katie and thebooksupplier and whoever else reading this that wants to complete the tag. Lets do this thingy!


One. The best book you’ve read so far in 2017

That’s tough because I’ve read so many amazing books so far this year. The best so far is a tie between The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake, and When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. They’re all stunningly written novels with beautiful representation. If you haven’t read them, definitely pick them up!


Two. Your favourite sequel this year

I have trouble remembering more than a few books back unless they really stood out for me. Right now I’ll have to say The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova, which comes out 11 July. It’s one of those “one more chapter” books where you one more chapter yourself into oblivion and I really enjoyed reading it.


Three. A new release that you haven’t read but really want to

Want by Cindy Pon! I keep hearing so many amazing things about this book and I really would love to read it.


Four. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

There are some amazing books scheduled to release during the second half of this year, but above all 27 Hours by Tristina Wright. Hands down. No contest. QUEER TEENS IN SPACE WHAT COULD BE BETTER (That was rhetorical. Nothing could be better. Obviously.)


Five. Your biggest disappointment

I was really disappointed reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. It’s so hyped up and then just… I don’t know. It just didn’t live up to my expectations at all. I probably won’t finish the series because the writing just isn’t for me.


Six. Biggest surprise of the year

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi. Oh. My. Gosh. Who expects the sequel/companion novel to be twice as good as the first novel? Not me, that’s who.


Seven. Favourite new-to-you or debut author

This question is just so unfair because all of my favourites this year are new-to-me or debut authors and I LOVE ALL OF THEM EQUALLY! I’ve been sitting on this question for five minutes and still….drawing a blank. They’re all wonderful.


Eight. Your new fictional crush

I don’t usually do fictional crushes, partly because I find it weird as a concept and partly because I read a lot of YA and NA and as an adult I feel like having an actual crush on a character in these books would be weird? In my mind “book boyfriends” and “book girlfriends” are like a “if we were the same age,” which is great but just…it’s not a compulsion I have. Also, that’s an entirely different conversation that I could likely fill an entire post about.


Nine. New favourite character

DIMPLE! Girls who are more obsessed with tech and programming and coding and their own career than they are with finding the perfect boyfriend while still supporting their friends’ needs? GIVE. ME. MORE!


Ten. A book that made you cry

A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir. No, I don’t want to talk about it.


Eleven. A book that made you happy

I’ve read lots of feel-good this year and I’m trying not to reuse books too many times on this list…. so….. The Alchemists of Loom. Chick loves chick while loving mechanics and destroying as much as possible. Are you seeing a pattern yet?


Twelve. Your favourite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year

I haven’t watched many really so I’m sure it won’t surprise many of you that I’m choosing Harry Potter. We watch those in my house A LOT.


Thirteen. Favourite book post you’ve published this year

It still definitely needs some tweaking and I’ll probably start doing something weekly to be more specific, but I’m pretty proud of my list post of ownvoices queer books. It makes me happy to see all of it in one spot! (You can find that here.)


Fourteen. The most beautiful book you have bought/received this year

I won an ARC of Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza and the cover of it is just GORGEOUS!!


Fifteen. What are some books you need to read by the end of the year?

Um… Well if I don’t read the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, I can think of at least three people who will hunt me down and duct tape me to a chair while I read it so… definitely those! I also want to finish Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver. It’s really good so far, but I’m reading more than one book at a time, which means it’s taking FOREVER. I would also like to read The Alchemists of Loom book 3 when it becomes available in the winter. What else? The world may never know. Unless you look at my TBR on Goodreads and then you’ll understand why I’m twiddling my thumbs a bit on writing out a full list.


That’s it! That was super duper fun so thank you so much for tagging me, Rea!! Hopefully I’ll probably post something in the next couple of days to let you all know what’s going on. That may or may not be in my June Wrap-Up. I haven’t decided yet!

I hope your week is going wonderfully! Much bookish love and I’ll see you next time.

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

I found this tag created by TheBookArcher on YouTube and thought it looked like excruciating fun. These opinions are unpopular but they are my own. You have been warned!


1. A Popular Book or Series That You Didn’t Like

I have to go with A Tragic Kind Of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom. It’s one of the only books I’ve DNFed this year (for representation reasons) and I will be hopefully writing my review on it soon. It will be a spoilery review so if you plan to read the book, maybe skip it, but… I feel like it needs to be written.


2. A Popular Book or Series That Everyone Else Seems To Hate But You Love

I’ve seen quite a few people hating on Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi. I adored this book! It was such a creative way to retell Alice in Wonderland that if I hadn’t gone in knowing it was a retelling, I might not have known. I also like that it was written at a Middle Grade level because it meant birthday gifts for niecelings.


3. A Love Triangle Where The Main Character Ended Up With The Person You Did NOT Want Them To End Up With (Warn People For Spoilers) OR An OTP You Don’t Like

The Grisha Trilogy (I dislike many fans’ OTP from this series but I’m happy with how it ended)


4. A Popular Book Genre You Hardly Reach For

I don’t reach for poetry very often, but I enjoy it very much on the occasions I do pick it up.


5. A Popular Or Beloved Character That You Do Not Like

Celaena Sardothien


6. A Popular Author You Can’t Seem To Get Into

Well… There are a few who fit this one. I’m going to have to go with Jay Kristoff.


7. A Popular Book Trope That You’re Tired Of Seeing (Example: “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)

White Savior [screams into the void]


8. A Popular Series That You Have No Interest In Reading

ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas


9. The saying goes, “The book is always better than the movie,” but what movie or TV show adaptation do you prefer more than the book? 

The only one I can think of is Home, which is based on the children’s book The True Meaning of Smekday


Well, that’s it! (Relatively) painless book tag fun. Have some unpopular opinions of your own? Then I tag you to complete this tag!

A Series of Unfortunate Events Book Tag

Can you believe March is already over? Where did the time go? Anywho, it’s the end of the month, which means it’s time for me to do another book tag!
I found this one that was created by Erica Robyn Reads, whose blog is pretty awesome and you should check it out (after reading this post, of course)! This tag looked fun and dark, which serves my mood well this month. Let’s get started!


Bad Beginning  Name a book or a series you had trouble getting into but ended up loving

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison. It took me a couple tries to get going on reading this one, but once I finally did I had trouble putting it down. It’s such a well written story and I can’t wait to see what Meg Elison comes out with next.


The Fire – Name a book that you wouldn’t rush to douse with water if it happened to catch fire

Well, this one is a bit tough because I don’t like book burning, even for asthetic reasons (I’m looking at you, bookstagram) so I don’t know that there is a book I wouldn’t douse if it was on fire. Outside of an apocalyptic event, that is.


The Orphans – Name a book duology, trilogy, or series that you wish had been a standalone book

The Paper Magician trilogy by Charlie N. Holmberg. I enjoyed reading this series, but I think the way it flows might have been better as a standalone with separate parts to distinguish time passing instead of separated into three books.


Mischievous Schemes – Name a character (or characters) that always seemed up to something

Kaz Brekker from the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. He always has a plan for everything and is often planning things for when his other plans are complete. The man is always four steps ahead.


The Eye – Name a book scheduled to be released in 2017 that you’ve had your eye on

The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember! I’m so very excited for this one. F/F mermaids? Yes please!!


Disguises – Name a book that you read and loved but would never have picked up if you had judged the book by its cover

A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern. It’s such a beautiful story of coming of age and attempted redemption that I had to love it. The cover isn’t ugly by any means but it’s just not something that would have called to me.


The Villain – Who is your favorite book villain?

The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. He’s creepy and selfish and horrible… And human. He’s probably the scariest of all the villains I’ve read because underneath all the horror, he’s still so human with human desires and needs.


Letters – If you could write a letter to tell your past self to read a certain book, what book would that be and why?

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey. I originally bought the book when I was 16. I started it and got to maybe page two a few times but didn’t actually read it until I was 19. It would have saved me so much if I had read it sooner.


Clever Inventions – Name an invention from a book that you wish was real

The flying ships in The Ashes and the Sparks by Mary Victoria Johnson. I just think it would be really cool to be able to sail in the sky.


Mob Mentality – Name a book that you read solely based on the recommendation of others but didn’t enjoy

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst. I heard it was supposed to be a badass f/f with a princess, but it didn’t quite turn out to be as good a story as I had hoped. If you’d like, you can find my full review of it here.


The V. F. D. – Name a book or series you’ve read that is about a secret society

Black Iris by Elliot Wake. It’s probably the most interesting secret society set in present times that I’ve read so far. It’s also really, really dark so if you’re into that definitely check it out. If you want, you can find my review of it here.


The Sugar Bowl – Name a book that you used to own, but can no longer find

Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches series. I had the whole thing because the library wouldn’t let me borrow books for a while but I haven’t seen it in years. I suppose that’s what happens when you move as often as I do.


Unhappy Endings – What book or series did you feel ended badly or in a way that you did not like (NO SPOILERS!)

I really didn’t like the way that Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson ended. I won’t get into that because spoilers. Spoilers everywhere. If you’d like, you can check out my minimal-spoiler review here


I’m not going to tag anyone specifically this month. If you’d like to complete it, please do! If you post it on your blog, please feel free to put a link. In the comments section so I can check out your answers.