Category: Book Tag


NSFW Book Tag

The Not Safe For Work Tag was created by ChapterStackss and LukeLaneReads. I thought this tag would be really fun to do, so here we go!

The Questions:

1. What is the LAST book you would want your parents to walk in on you reading?

Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children by Jonathan Kellerman
Genre – Non-Fiction/Psychology

I haven’t actually read this book yet, but the title and description are enough to raise a bunch of questions from my parents. I picture my mom walking in on me reading it and then slowly backing out of the room. I’m not in college anymore, and I don’t have any children, so it’s all the more concerning that I would be reading this book.

 

 

 

2. It’s storming outside, and you’re home alone for the night. What book would only make matters worse?

Tailypo
Genre – Folklore

Chad and I spent over an hour on the internet trying to find the exact version of this story that I heard as a child, but we were unsuccessful. There are many different versions of this folklore, and the majority of them are terrifying. A man takes a tail which belongs to a “creature” and eats the tail. The creature then haunts him over the next few nights, trying to get its tail back. One night it comes inside his cabin and climbs up over the foot of his bed saying, “tailypo . . . tailypo . . . give me back my tailypo.” In the version that I remember, the creature was roughly the size of an adult man, with a wolf face, bobcat ears, and really wanted its tail back . . .

I won’t be re-reading this anytime soon, especially if it’s storming outside.

 

3. Have you ever read a book simply because of the controversy surrounding it?

Not that I can recall. I don’t really seek out books because they’re controversial. I don’t avoid them. I just haven’t run into any that I would be interested in reading.

 

4. What is the most cringe-inducing romance or sex scene you have ever read?

A Fair Maiden by Joyce Carol Oates
Genre – Contemporary

** POSSIBLE SPOILER **

This entire book was cringeworthy. There were a few different scenes, but only one went into a lot of detail. Basically, the main character gets raped by someone who is supposed to be helping her seek revenge on someone else who raped her. It’s extremely sad. You feel really bad for her and it’s just awful. Just know what you’re getting into if you decide to read this book.

 

 

5. What book has made you question the author’s sanity?

It by Stephen King
Genre – Horror

An “eponymous being” disguises itself as a clown to eat children. As if we needed another reason to fear clowns. If that’s not enough to make you question his sanity, just read any of his other horror books . . . However, I still love Stephen King.  🙂

 

 

 

6. Have you ever put down a book and not finished it because the content was too much for you?

No, I haven’t. There are plenty of other reasons that will make me stop reading a story, but usually the content isn’t the deciding factor. Books that I normally put down are boring, have irritating characters, or a really poor plot. I try my best to read through everything, but sometimes it’s just too much, and I’d rather spend my time reading something I enjoy.

 

7. What fictional character do you have the most NSFW thoughts about?

Victor from Vicious by V. E. Schwab
Genre – Fantasy

Victor is very witty. I know he’s a sociopath, but there’s just something about him that makes him appealing. He knows how to get stuff done, and his power is extremely interesting to me. As someone who really likes psychology, Victor fascinates me.

 

 

8. Show us your most NSFW book cover (or drawing/photo inside a book).

Pleasure Prolonged by Cathryn Fox
Genre – Erotica

This is about as risque as it gets with my physical books. However, my tablet is another story because those books don’t count.  🙂

 

 

 

 

9. Have you ever read something from the erotica/romance genre, and what did you think?

Yes, it’s not bad. I even own a few. I haven’t found anything I really like though. If you have any recommendations, please let me know.

 

10. You stumble across a portkey. What fictional world would you NOT want to be transported into?

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Genre – Classic/Science Fiction

The world in Farenheit 451 is described as “post-literate” which means they’ve advanced to a point where reading and writing is thought of as unneeded and has been deemed illegal. Firemen literally burn books. What kind of world would be worse than that?!

You tell me, by doing this tag!

 

 

I tag anyone who would like to do this. If you do this tag or if you’ve already done it, leave a link in the comments, and I’ll be sure to check it out.

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Bookshelf Tag

I was tagged for the Bookshelf Tag by littleonionwrites. It’s taken me a while to do this tag, but I have finally finished. Here we go!

Rules:

Answer the following questions about books on your book and then tag five other bloggers. You can answer the questions any way you want, whether it’s on your blog, in a video, or a combination of the two. Then remember to let whoever tagged you know when your post is up so they can read it.

1. Is there a book that you really want to read but haven’t because you know that it’ll make you cry?

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

I’ve been avoiding this book for a while. For one, McCarthy doesn’t use quotation marks, so it’s a little intimidating when trying to read his work. Plus, the subject matter is depressing: a father and son in the apocalypse, and I found out that it doesn’t end happily. I’m not sure when I’ll be prepared to read this novel.

 

 

 

2. Pick one book that helped introduce you to a new genre. 

Wounded by Stephen Cole

This book sparked my interest in the Fantasy and Paranormal genres. As I’ve stated before, this book started my love for reading. It was my first werewolf story, and it helped me fall in love with fiction. Being able to escape the world for a short time to go on an adventure is an incredible experience, and I’m glad I have such a large variety of books in my life.

 

 

3. Find a book that you want to reread.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

It might be really shocking, but I haven’t finished reading the Harry Potter series. I’ve only read to the fourth book. I want to reread the first three and continue on with the series soon. I have watched all the movies, of course, but I want to experience all of the Harry Potter awesomeness.

 

 

 

4. Is there a book series you read but wish that you hadn’t?

I haven’t found a series yet where I’ve read all the books and haven’t enjoyed them. Usually, if I don’t enjoy the first book much, then I won’t continue reading the sequels.

 

5. If your house was burning and all of your family and pets were safe, which book would you go back inside to save?

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

If I could only save one book, I would have to pick my signed copy of A Monster Calls. It’s one of my favorite books of all time. While being an emotional story, it has beautiful illustrations to match the tone of the novel. Plus, it was a gift from Chad and holds a lot of sentimental value.

 

 

 

6. Is there one book on your bookshelf that brings back fond memories?

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

I took a Children’s Literature class in college. It was not as easy as it may sound. It was an entire semester packed into three weeks, so we had a lot of work. We ended up writing 2 – 3 page essays every night. One night we had to read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and write a paper on it. So far, it doesn’t seem like a fond memory, but my friend was also in this class, and we would text each other all night while we were trying to finish all of this work. We had a lot of funny conversations, one of which was about us quitting college and opening a wig shop for the college students who get so stressed they pull their hair out. Suffice it to say, she helped me get through this class, and I’ll always have fond memories of our conversations while we were stressing out.

 

7. Find a book that has inspired you the most. 

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

I wasn’t expecting to be inspired by this book. I heard it was funny, and I wanted to read something to make me laugh. However, it was so much more than just a funny book. It’s relatable and the stories in it are hilarious while also being honest and down-to-earth. It’s such an incredible book.

 

 

8. Do you have any autographed books?

I have six autographed books.

All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Reader by Erec Stebbins

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

Crewel by Gennifer Albin

 

9. Find the book that you have owned the longest.

I would have to say any of my R. L. Stine books. I have quite a few, but I’m not sure which one is the oldest because I’ve been collecting them since I was young. I remember getting them from the bookmobile at school. I will keep them all until they fall apart. Even then, I’ll probably still keep them because I like them so much.

 

10. Is there a book by an author you never imagined you would read and enjoy?

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

I usually try to separate the author from their work so I can make my own opinions about the books. I only avoid an author when he/she does something against his/her readers or if the author is rude. At first, I was worried about reading Card’s work because I didn’t know if his strong opinions about homosexuality would be prominent in his books. I was pleasantly surprised when they were not. I’ve only read Ender’s Game, but Chad loves Orson Scott Card’s books, so I definitely want to read more of them.

 

I Tag…

  1. Brilliantly Novel
  2. Stephanie’s Book Reviews
  3. A Bit Behind on Books
  4. Hit or Miss Books
  5. Books & Cleverness

 

Harry Potter Spell Book Tag

I was tagged by Diana at Brilliantly Novel for the Harry Potter Spell Book Tag. Here we go!

Expecto Patronum

  • A childhood book connected to good memories.

The Ghost of Goose Island by Mercer Mayer – LC and the Critter Kids were some of my favorite children’s books when I was younger. This one and Haunted House were two of my favorites though because they introduced me to mystery and thriller elements in books. I actually still have them on my bookshelf.

 

Expelliarmus

  • A book that took you by surprise.

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama – This was my first mermaid book, so I wasn’t too sure what to expect going into it. I have to say the writing style blew me away. I was not expecting to love this book, but it’s one of my favorites now. It’s dark and gripping and tells such a beautiful story. I would highly recommend it.

 

Prior Incantarto

  • The last book you read.

Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan – This was an interesting read. Of course, I was picking out everything the teens did wrong as the story went along because I’ve read and watched quite a few mysteries. The ending wasn’t my favorite, but the novel was entertaining.

 

Alohomora

  • A book that introduced you to a genre you wouldn’t have considered before.

Easy by Tammara Webber – I haven’t read any new adult books, but after finishing this book, I think I might want to try other books out of this genre. Feel free to recommend any, so I can add them to my to-read pile.

 

Ridiculous

  • A funny book you read.

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh – This book is hilarious. I was literally laughing out loud through most of this book, while getting weird stares from Chad. It’s the perfect balance of funny and serious, and the pictures add so much to the story. It’s completely relatable and down to earth.

 

Sonorous

  • A book that you think everyone should know about.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab – I’m officially obsessed with this book. I need more people to know about it and read it, so we can discuss all of the awesome in this book. If you love anti-heroes and great characterization and character development, then this is the perfect book for you. You should read it! 🙂

 

Obliviate

  • A book you wish you never read.

Trapped by Michael Northrop – I’m sure some of you know that I don’t like this book at all. I do wish I could erase it from my memory.

 

Imperio

  • A book you had to read for school.

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut – I had to read this for one of my college classes, and I’m so glad that I did. It’s full of irony and humor that make it a great satire. I would highly recommend it. This reminds me that I really need to read more of Kurt Vonnegut’s work soon.

 

Crucio

  • A book that was painful to read.

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams – This novel was so hard to read and not because it was bad. The subject matter was a tough one for me. It’s about a young girl named Kyra in an isolated community where men have more than one wife. Kyra’s struggles are sad, and it just makes the reader feel as trapped as she is. It’s a great fast-paced story, and I would recommend it.

 

Avada Kedavra

  • A book that could kill.

Beyond: A Ghost Story by Graham McNamee – The main protagonist Jane has a lot of near-death experiences in the novel. It can get a bit crazy with the number of experiences. I feel like this girl is a secret superhero and just hasn’t told anyone yet.

 

I Tag:

littleonion at littleonionwrites

Laurel May at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Stefani at Caught Read Handed

Anyone else that wants to do the tag!

 

Nine Circles of Hell Tag

While I was browsing through Youtube, as I tend to do a lot, I found this new tag by one of my favorite booktubers. It’s the Nine Circles of Hell Tag created by Missy on Booktube. The tag was inspired by The Divine Comedy (Dante’s Inferno) by Dante Alighieri and of course, features the nine circles of hell described in the book. Each question represents a different circle.

 

Circle 1: Limbo
1. What book series have you read the first book but have not made the decision to finish the rest?

  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
    • I’ve been hesitant to continue on with this trilogy because I liked the first book, but I wasn’t a big fan of Juliette and the writing style with all the crossed out words. I hear that she gets stronger as a character and that there are less crossed out words in the following books, but I’m not sure if I want to continue with this trilogy or not.

 

Circle 2: Lust
2. What book do you not own that you can’t wait to get your hands on. MOST ANTICIPATED!!

  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
    • This is the third installment of The Raven Cycle Series, and I’m so excited to get this book! I don’t want to read the The Dream Thieves yet because I don’t want to have to wait a long time to read the next book. I cannot wait till I get this book and find out what happens with all of the amazing characters.

 

Circle 3: Gluttony
3. What book or series could you read over and over and never get your fill?

  • The Wereling Trilogy by Stephen Cole
    • This trilogy includes Wounded, Prey, and Resurrection. I just love these books so much. These are the books that made me fall in love with reading. I ended up finding them at my local book fair when I was younger, and I remember finishing Wounded and begged my mom to take me back so I could get the next book. This trilogy holds a special place in my heart, and I would gladly read it over and over again.

 

Circle 4: Greed
4. What book do you need multiple copies of even though you own enough of them?

  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
    • I actually own two copies of this book, one signed hardback and one paperback. I received the signed hardback as a Valentine’s Day Gift this year and believe me many tears were shed.  This is such a beautiful book, and I try to recommend it as often as I can. Honestly, I would buy many more copies of this book if there were different editions and covers.

 

Circle 5: Wrath
5. What book did you hate and would never recommend?

  • Trapped by Michael Northrop
    • I’m not even sure where to start with this book. I try not to give books one stars, but I couldn’t find anything that I liked about this book. While I was reading it, I wanted to stop so many times and throw it against the wall. I feel like so many things went wrong with this book, and I would not recommend it.

 

Circle 6: Heresy
6. What book or series got really low ratings/or that most people despised, but you LOVED?

  • Overnight by Adele Griffin
    • I finished reading this one recently, and when I went to check some of the ratings, I noticed that they were really low. While I didn’t love the story, I did really enjoy it, and I’m not entirely sure why it received such low ratings. I hope more people find out about it and give it a chance.

 

Circle 7: Violence
7. What dystopian book/series had the most violent society in your opinion?

  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    • While this story doesn’t have an entire dystopian society, the boys create their own society. There were quite a few savage moments throughout this novel, and I feel it’s one of the most violent dystopians I have read. It’s such a great book and really represents how some people can be reduced to primitive instincts when put in danger.

 

Circle 8: Fraud
8. What book did the cover or synopsis not truthfully depict the story?

  • The Fever by Megan Abbott
    • When I read the synopsis for this book, I thought it was going to be a mystery/thriller about what happened to the town and what secrets the Nash family might be hiding. What I read was something completely different. The secrets were not what I had expected and the reason for the hysteria and contagion that spread through the town was unsatisfying. It wasn’t what I originally thought it would be, and I was disappointed.

 

Circle 9: Treachery
9. What book/series did the protagonist start off strong but grew weaker as time went on?

  • A Fair Maiden by Joyce Carol Oates
    • At the beginning, Katya was self-aware and as strong as she could be in her situation. However, she deals with some pretty terrible experiences throughout this book, and I feel as though she is worse off now than at the start of the story. I’m pretty sure this was the author’s intent, but I felt so bad for Katya and I don’t think she’ll be the same.

 

I Tag:

  • Anyone that would like to do this tag.

Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

While looking through videos on Youtube, I came across this particular book tag. Several people have been doing it, and it seemed like fun. I decided that I wanted to try it out. Of course I won’t be doing a video like most, but I figured I would post about my attempt. I was even able to convince my fiance to do this tag with me, so you’ll get to see his picks and opinions at the end. This tag was actually a lot of fun, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to die in this zombie apocalypse. I think Chad might have a better chance with his team.

Here is the original video if anyone would like to check it out.

The Rules:

  1. Pick 5 books (preferably ones you’ve read or know the characters).
  2. Write the name of the books on pieces of paper.
  3. Put the pieces of paper in a hat or container.
  4. Pull one piece of paper out to choose your first book.
  5. Open to a random page and use the first name you see to answer question 1 (under “Your Zombie Team”).
  6. Use the same book for question 2, but turn to a different page.
  7. Pull one piece of paper out to choose your second book.
  8. You will use your second book to answer questions 3 and 4.
  9. Your third book will answer questions 5 and 6.
  10. Forth book with answer questions 7 and 8.
  11. The fifth book will answer questions 9 and 10.

Your Zombie Team:

  1. Who is the first person to die?
  2. Who is the person you trip to get away from the zombies?
  3. Who is the first person to turn into a zombie?
  4. Who is the person that trips YOU to get away from the zombies?
  5. Who is the idiot of the team?
  6. Who is the “brains” of the team?
  7. Who is the team’s medic?
  8. Who is the weapons expert?
  9. Who is the brawler?
  10. Who is the Team Captain?

My Results:

My books:
Easy – Tammara Webber
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
Anna Dressed in Blood – Kendare Blake
Lord of the Flies – William Golding

First Book: Lord of the Flies

1. Who is the first person to die? – Roger

  • I’m pleased with this one. That sounds so terrible, but I really didn’t like him.

2. Who is the person you trip to get away from the zombies? – Piggy

  • This is actually really sad. I’m such a horrible person for tripping Piggy, haha. He didn’t deserve it. Poor Piggy.

Second Book: Ender’s Game
3. Who is the first person to turn into a zombie? – Ender

  • This would be shocking. If he is the first to turn into a zombie, I’m pretty sure the rest of us are doomed.

4. Who is the person that trips YOU to get away from the zombies? – Bean

  • I always liked Bean, but I might have to reconsider that since he trips me.

Third Book: Anna Dressed in Blood

5. Who is the idiot of the team? – Thomas

  • I don’t really see Thomas being the idiot of the team. I know he can put himself in some danger, but I don’t see him being the idiot.

6. Who is the “brains” of the team? – Carmel

  • This is where my team starts heading down hill. While I think she can be smart, at times, I wouldn’t want her to be the “brains” of the team. It’s a bit scary thinking about it.

Fourth Book: The Raven Boys

7. Who is the team’s medic? – Maura 

  • This could be helpful. She might be able to save us. Maybe.

8. Who is the weapons expert? – Calla

  • I’m not so sure about this one. She is spunky, but I’m not sure if she would be a weapons expert.

Fifth Book: Easy

9. Who is the brawler? – Dr. Heller

  • . . . I’m not even sure about this one. If he is the best fighter we have, I think we should just hide . . . forever.

10. Who is the Team Captain? – Lucas

  • I can see this. He probably had to take charge since our “brains” of the operation is Carmel and our brawler is Dr. Heller. I give us about a week or two of survival.

Chad’s Results:

“I decided to participate in this as well but I’ve read far fewer books.  I only know the characters in a few of the books on our shelves, so I only used 4 books (each the 1st in a series) instead of 5.  The Way of Shadows, being from my favorite trilogy, was used twice.  Brent Weeks and Orson Scott Card are my two favorite authors, and I have read these four books more than once each, so I am very familiar with and attached to these characters.  It was a lot of fun, and I look forward to doing more of these in the future.” – Chad

Chad’s books:
The Way of Shadows – Brent Weeks
The Black Prism – Brent Weeks
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
Ender’s Shadow – Orson Scott Card

First BookThe Black Prism

1. Who is the first person to die? – Liv

2. Who is the person you trip to get away from the zombies? – Gaven/Dazen

  • In all honesty I don’t think tripping either of them would do much.  I think they’d be safe from zombies regardless but I guess I was feeling brave to even attempt such a thing.

Second BookEnder’s Game

3. Who is the first person to turn into a zombie? – Ender Wiggin

  • Well I guess our odds of defeating the zombies are significantly lower now.  One of Earth’s greatest leaders being a zombie and all.  But at least he probably wont be working against us.

4. Who is the person that trips YOU to get away from the zombies? – Peter Wiggin

  • No surprise here.  Peter is a ******.  Good luck trying to take over the entire planet when 75% of the population is brain-dead and just wants to eat you!

Third BookThe Way of Shadows

5. Who is the idiot of the team? – Durzo Blint

  • Hmm . . . he would make a far better weapons expert or brawler in my opinion, so it’s disappointing that he’s our idiot.  Hopefully we can still get by.

6. Who is the “brains” of the team? – Regnus Gyre

  • This is probably one of the best selections.  Regnus Gyre is a very intelligent man in The Night Angel trilogy.  I would have no problem with him making all the intelligent decisions.

Fourth BookThe Way of Shadows

7. Who is the team’s medic? – Kylar Stern

  • I would say we’re safe with Kylar as our medic.  He was trained by Durzo Blint in all things that can kill and in how to prevent death, so surely he would know how to take care of us.  That said, if he was trained by the Durzo in our list, who is an idiot, I think we might be in trouble.

8. Who is the weapons expert? – Logan Gyre

  • The son of the “brains” of our group being the weapons expert is a good thing.  Logan liked to read a lot about history and battles so he would be well educated on weapons I’m sure.  He would certainly be able to craft us some lethal contraptions.  With two Gyres on our team the zombies best look out.

Fifth BookEnder’s Shadow

9. Who is the brawler? – Sister Carlotta

  • We have a nun as our brawler.  I guess we intend to either convert the heathen zombies to our religion or fight them in a non-violent manner.  Perhaps we should just stay hidden inside the church . . .

10. Who is the Team Captain? – Volescu

  • While there are certainly better options for team captain, Volescu is a smart man and would probably make a good captain.  He was very unethical, but anyone who can genetically engineer children to be extremely intelligent  has to have some good qualities right?

Tag:

Anyone who wants to do this tag. Let me know in the comments if you do because I would love to see others’ results.