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Favorite Genre Tag

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1) Your favorite genre : I call it Speculative Fiction to be fancy, or simply SF/F
2) Favorite Books in the genre : UUNNNGGHH… I can’t answer these types of questions. It’s going to be a tie between Words of Radiance and Harry Potter. I know I’m terribly unoriginal.
3) Where did it all start : I picked up reading way before most of my classmates, I was let into the advanced section of the library in elementary school by the end of Kindergarten. I devoured a book, which I sadly don’t remember the name of, about a girl who could turn into a seal. I had up till then been reading Nancy Drew. The magic of that book had me jonesing for ages. The first series I remember really kick-starting my love was by Tamora Pierce (aka My Queen). It was the Immortals Quartet, which I quickly followed up with the The Song of the Lioness Quartet. I was a lost cause after that. Signed, sold, and delivered.
4) Hype – A book that deserves the hype and a book that deserves more hype than it has : (I’m going to ignore the obvious answer of Harry Potter from here on out) A book that deserved it’s hype is definitely The Martian by Andy Weir. Can. Not. Explain. My. Love. Just, go read it. Go. Now, forget this tag. Go…
Still here? Alright fine. A book that deserves more hype for me would be The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. This book may have a steep learning curve for most but oh my god, is it so worth it.
5) Biggest Pet Peeve in the Genre : Lack of awesome ladies and Diversity anyone? Adult SF/F is sadly lacking in a lot of awesome, strong ladies and diverse relationships and cast. The stereotype fantasy book is ‘Great Guy Saves Day With Token Friends and Token Ranger/Cleric Girl Who Is Secretly Princess’. A lot of times it’s not far off. We’re getting better (no thanks to some, looking at you Puppies) but it’s still a flaw that I hope to see continually improved on.

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6) Name the Authors/Series that are your Must Buy/Auto Buy : Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant, Brandon Sanderson, J. K. Rowling (though she does mostly Mystery now), John Scalzi, Chuck Wendig, and Illona Andrews.takemymoney
7) What places would you love to travel to / People you’d love to meet : Tortall from Tamora Pierce’s books or Valdemar from Mercedes Lackey’s. Those are great and rich fantasy worlds where I think I could survive for longer than… you know, an hour. I’d love to meet Verity Price from Seanan McGuire’s Incryptid series. I just want to pick her brain. Tell me all the Incryptids, teach me your ways!
8) What do you want to see more of in this genre : Just to revisit 5, more diversity and in addition perhaps so more of the classic tropes turned on their heads. I don’t think i need to explain the first but the second… more how Jim C Hines has, in his Libriomancer series, the brains is the scrawny white dude and the muscle is the amazing, Indian woman. That is a good twisted up trope for me.

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9) Recommend 3 of your favorite books in the genre : Oh good grief, this is as bad as #2. Hmmm… The Paradox Trilogy by Rachel Bach, The Wool Saga by Hugh Howey, and The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

A fun tag overall! I tried to keep my answers somewhat unique, it’s hard not to harp on lack of diversity though!

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Would You Rather: Book Edition

    Maryan from 1BookLife did this and it looked fun! So here we go!

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Would you rather read only trilogies or read only standalones?

Standalones. I like series, in fact most of what I read is a series of some sort but that is by no means on purpose. Typically series get more publicity, get more hype and so those are the ones I hear about. However I love standalones so much. I have commitment issues and love a well contained single story.

Would you rather read male or female authors?

This question is a terrible question. On one hand it can be sexist, should we read one sex over the other? On the other hand female authors statistically get the shaft when it deals with publishing, publicity, etc especially in my genre of choice (fantasy & sci-fi) so shouldn’t we support them? I want to read more female authors in the way the big ole feminist in me is like ‘HELL YEAH LADY POWER’ but I also am not ashamed to admit I love so many male authors and their books and they as awesome people (I.E. Chuck Wendig is boss guys). So I think I’m not going to answer this question.

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Would you rather shop at Barnes & Noble or Amazon?

I worked at a B&N once, I worked in the cafe. True story, I sort of hated it and them and their attitude (also still do). They do over charge for their items and books (this, we were told at orientation, was to weed out the lesser customers and attract those people that could afford to pay the overcharged prices). So, I get it. Amazon is shady as shit sometimes but there are also other evils. My shopping order is 1) Local bookstore 2) Books-a-Million 3) Amazon.

Would you rather books were made into TV shows or movies?

Queue the heaviest of sighs. I don’t watch TV, if I do watch anything it’s movies with the hubby who is a movie buff in the way I am a book nerd. That being said, most of what I read would work better as shows because of genre and how long they are. Especially series, I still haven’t watched all the Harry Potter movies because they just didn’t work for me. Sooo… TV I guess? If I had to pick?

Would you only read 5 pages a day or 5 books a week?

Is this a real question? Really?

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     5 books a week, obviously.

Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?

Librarian. I’ve been a bookseller (at a different store than B&N) and I didn’t enjoy it. You’d be surprised how many people do NOT want recommendations or care to hear your thoughts. I’m actually looking into pursuing my Masters in Library Science so Librarian please!

Would you rather read only your favorite genre or every other genre but your favorite?

My favorite. It’s called my favorite for a reason! Come on!

Would you only rather read ebooks or physical books?

Physical books have a unique magic to them that ebooks are missing for me. I love ebooks and if I find a book I want to read cheap enough (I don’t pay over 6 dollars for ebooks) I’ll get it. However if I like it I will ultimately turn around and buy it for myself in physical form. There are too many ways I could loose my digital books, way to many ways.

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The Nintendo Book Tag

Video games and books, what could go wrong!

1) NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) – A classic you want to read.    

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   Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

    I’ve never read the Holmes stories but I’ve always loved the different incarnations and reboots of them. My next classic purchase will be The Hound of Baskerville for sure!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Things on your bookshelf that aren’t books

Let’s be honest here. I have a ton of books. I have a whole room dedicated to the books. I probably need another room for books, it’s really messy in there. But I have managed to squeeze some goodies on the shelves to spruce them up!20150707_211039

5. Dolls. I have a small collection of Monster High Dolls. I love the creative takes on the monster girls. It’s a secret love, don’t tell anyone. My favorite by far is Skelita. I love her mold and though the paint job isn’t perfect I really dig her. My VTM character is a Nosferatu with scars and bruising that makes her appear skeletal so Skelita is like a glam version of Lindsey for me.

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4. Action Figures. My husband tucks his action figures where he can get to them while we’re gaming and he’ll play with them. Because we’re adults that why. My favorite of his figures are the turtles. We also have the TMNT turtles in their Dungeons & Dragon costumes from the recent season and I keep those with my Ps4. They are the best.

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3. Loose Dice. We are big tabletop gamers in this house. We play Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, Vampire, Mage. If it’s a tabletop game we’ve played it. So we have literally hundreds of loose dice laying around. It’s pretty impossible to pick my favorite dice but our Pound of Dice has provided me no end of amusement.

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2. More gaming supplies. This is stuff like tiny post-it notes for our books to note things, cups of pencils and pens, notebooks of notes from longer stories, sketchbooks for map-making, etc. There is something on almost every shelf. The shelf it’s intended for though is my favorite. I just really love those mugs, so damn handy

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1. And the winner today… Stuffed animals. Especially those little ones you win out of claw machines or the little chibi ones. I have just managed to amass a collection without meaning too so they are everywhere, usually themed to their shelf. Gandalf on fantasy, Zombies on zombie shelf, R2D2 and Chewie on the Sci-fi shelf, etc. The clear winner of stuffed animals will be my R2D2 and Chewie. I mean… come on.

Top 5 Wednesday is made by GingerReadsLainey and you can check out the Goodreads group over here!

PS: Did you like how I got lazy and stopped drawing on them? Yuuuup….