Friday Fall Book Tag~

I can’t believe we’re more than halfway through fall and I haven’t done a autumn-themed book tag yet! So this is more like a Almost-Done-Autumn tag, ha. This one is going to be more Thanksgiving focused because I’ve got my mom’s vegetarian stuffing on my mind 🙂

BOOK TAG RULES

  • answer the questions 🙂
  • link back to the creator (katieonthecase)
  • anyone who reads this- consider yourself tagged! or tag a few friends at the bottom.

1. THANKSGIVING: What book, series, or author are you most thankful for?

I’m going to go with book here and say Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. This heart-warming and LOL-funny book got me through a rough patch when I first moved to New York and straight up never wanted to leave my apartment. I basically was Bernadette, which was so ridiculous that it was comical. I also read it right after my mom did, and we discussed it together after, so I really felt a mom-daughter connection while reading. We ALSO recently saw the movie together, and I’m just really grateful for these bonding moments, so thank you Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Maria Semple!

2. MAC N CHEESE: What character is the best side kick or best friend?

Mac n cheese is for sure my favorite Thanksgiving side dish, and my favorite side kick characters would have to be Nora and Hopper in Night Film by Marisha Pessl. Discussing Night Film could take multiple blog posts as there are so many layers to the characters and story and and even the physical book itself, but I just want to shoutout Nora and Hopper for being the best surprising sidekicks a guy could have!

3. MULLED WINE: What character would you take out for drinks or dinner?

For sure mother-daughter duo Mia and Pearl Warren from Little Fires Everywhere! I loved the endearing bond these two quirky women shared, and I totally understand why this town felt so obsessed with them. Would love to hang out with these two, maybe do some arts and crafts after dinner!

4. TURKEY DECORATIONS: Do you have any fictional animal characters or pets you love?

If I had to choose a fictional animal friend, I would definitely want my own demon like in the His Dark Materials series. Every time Lyra had Pan by her side, it had me wishing I could have a little demon animal tethered to me!

5. PUMPKIN PIE: What is your favorite spooky book from Halloween?

This is tough because I read a lot of creepy books this year around Halloween! But the scariest one had to be The Whisper Man. This book had me legitimately closing and locking my windows, terrified even when I was safely in my own bed and with the lights on. This book wasn’t all scary though, it had such a great parenting message and the bond between generations. Recommended for anyone who loves fast paced (and I mean REALLY fast paced) creepy thrillers!

6. COMFY PANTS: What is your go-to comfort book?

As the name would imply, any cozy mystery is definitely a comfort/ guilty pleasure for me- ESPECIALLY seasonal ones. I’m on my second read of  The Diva Runs Out of Thyme by Krista Davis, so I’ll go with that one as my comfort book. It centers around a Thanksgiving stuffing competition, rare cats, crazy vlogger-types, and of course, murder. It’s perfect for this time of fall, and it’s not nearly as cheesy as some other cozies out there. My favorite aspect is the silly but cute Pinterest-style ideas at the beginning of every chapter from the crazy vlogger character, Natasha. I recommend for a cutesy and comforting Thanksgiving time read!

7. LEFTOVERS: What book or series could you read over and over again?

I have to be basic and Harry Potter! Anyone who wouldn’t say that is lying 😉

 

Happy Friday fellow bookworms! Don’t forget to tag your book loving friends to pass along the tag 🙂 and remember- if you’re reading this- tag you’re it!

Friday Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag~~

It’s Friday, folks! Like I mentioned in my last post, I’m getting back into the swing of things after my incredibly drawn out winter break, which also means getting back into my regular blogging schedule. Which meeeeans- Friday book tags! I like doing book tags on Friday because they’re just fun and can be kind of silly, just like a total embodiment of a Friday.

I found this Seven Deadly Sins book tag from Crazy For YA and just had to do it. If you’re reading this, PLEASE consider yourself tagged because I want to share the Friday love with this fun tag.

1. Greed~ What is your most inexpensive book? What is your most expensive book?

My most inexpensive book was technically Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty because I swapped it with another bookworm! If y’all don’t know Ashley Spivey, I sincerely urge you to join her book club on Facebook! She posts the books she’s reading, her rankings, and created this space for people to do the same! For those of you who don’t know her, she’s a former Bachelor contestant who now uses her platform for activism and feminism. Can you tell I love her?! Anyway, she has a spin off group for swapping books, and I traded One Day in December for Nine Perfect Strangers. So yes, I count swapping Nine Perfect Strangers at no cost to me as my most inexpensive book!

Most expensive would probably have to be I Might Regret This by Abbi Jacobson, but let me tell you I did not “regret this” purchase. Sorry for the lame pun, but I absolutely adore Abbi from Broad City and Disenchantment so supporting her is my pleasure. I’m only a few pages in, but I can tell it’s going to be a really special read for me for many reasons, and definitely going to be worth every penny.

2. Wrath~ What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Definitely Gillian Flynn. It’s not that I love/have a hate relationship with her necessarily, but more of a love/fear relationship. Her books are so well written and compulsive, but they also genuinely terrify me in a way that I think can easily be confused with hatred. I usually hate how terrifying her twists are, hate the unlovable characters, and hate her gut-punch endings, but also admire her for these same abilities. So maybe I am just as twisted as her characters when I say I love to hate these sick aspects?

3. Gluttony~ What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?

Since I have a TBR that’s a mile long, I don’t typically reread very often. I have enough trouble keeping up with my current reads and TBR let alone past books! I actually think the only book I have read more than once was The Awakening, but that was for different classes in high school and college. While I did eat this book up both times, I’m not sure if it necessarily counts since it wasn’t exactly of my own volition.

Instead, I tend to reread short stories and poetry the most. I reread Shirley Jackson’s short stories pretty frequently, I think because they always manage to give me chills even when I know what’s going to happen. I always gravitate toward the classic, The Lottery and The Summer People. I also have read a lot of poetry from Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur and salt. by Nayyirah Waheed multiple times!

4. Sloth~ What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

Uhhh can I answer “my whole unread shelf?” Because I think it could be argued I’m too lazy to read 50% of the books I already own. In all seriousness, I’ve been picking up, reading 5 pages, and putting down the A Song of Fire and Ice series for probably almost 3 years now. It’s not that I don’t like it, or that I’m bored of it, I just have so many fast paced, compulsive, few-day reads that are so much more appealing in the moment than the daunting task of those loooong pages. I will say it is always the book I take to the beach though! A really perfect calm beach read.

5. Pride~ What book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

This question made me laugh out loud, because everyone totally has a book they talk about to impress a certain crowd. For some crowds it’s The Bell Jar, for some it’s Pride and Prejudice, and for some it’s Anna Karenina, depending on what’s cool to that circle. When I was in middle school, it was definitely A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy that was considered cool and smart for my crowd. In reality, I had NO idea what was going on in that book and actually haven’t picked it up since.

In recent years though, I think my answer would be The Handmaid’s Tale. When Hulu came out with the show and it was all the buzz, I would casually drop in, “well in the book…” like I was some Handmaid’s Tale expert, even though it was simply required reading for me in high school. Ha!

6. Lust~ What attributes do you find attractive in characters?

Oh my God I was in love with BOTH Tuck Everlasting brothers as a kid. I would have stayed young with them forever too…

7. Envy~ What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

Maybe this should be an answer for greed but, um, anything? I absolutely love book gifts. I received a really awesome Ravenclaw edition of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone from my fiance for Christmas and it’s a treasure! Honestly though, if I had a friend or family member who had a book that meant a lot to them, I would love to receive a copy of it. I love connecting with people through books, like reading the same pages and wondering what they thought or felt also reading the book.

This doesn’t feel envious at all… I feel like if I wanted to say something envious, I would say like, I wish I lived at Hogwarts and I’m jealous of all the witches and wizards there! Ok that’s envious and deadly sinful.

Well thanks for stickin’ around, Bookworms! I want to read your answers too! Copy and paste these questions, or just answer below if you don’t want to post. But just know if you read this, I want you to play too! Happy Friday~~~