This is a #bookstagram tag turned blog post from my AHmazing bookstagrammer friend Cait at Paper Fury. I might do this with #7writerfacts eventually. Somebody don’t let me forget. (Hey. I’ve been working on this blog post for over a month. THAT is how much free time I have now. So. Ahem.)

And I LOVE to talk about books. So here we go.

1. Book you’re too lazy to read:

*nervous laughter* You… mean… some people have only ONE book they’re too lazy to read? Ha. Ha. No. I do manage to keep my bookshelves populated with books I’ve read, but I also have a TBR shelf. Not an entire bookcase, mind you. Just a shelf.


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Here is a small selection of books that I’ve not yet managed to read. Here are a (few) reasons why. They’re all staring at my from my shelf with very accusatory eyes.

Outlander: It HURTS. I’ve seen the first two seasons of the show and it just keeps stabbing you. Or maybe it’s just me. I love time-travel and Scotland and the Highlands and I can’t stand for all my beloved characters to suffer.

Dark Eagle: Let’s face it, folks. This book looks pretty cool, but it’s no A Natural History of Dragons (we’ll get to this one later, promise). You have to be feeling pretty hardcore to grab this novel. I’ll get the hankering eventually.

Eragon: THAT FIRST CHAPTER. I CAN’T DO IT. I CAN’T READ THAT. MY EYES ARE BLEEDING. Okay. Maybe not. But as much as people tell me it’s great… I … just… can’t.. do… it. There are too many other great books to read and I’ll never get to read all the ones I want anyway (cue sobbing), so I’m passing this one over forever. Probably.

A Gathering of Shadows: I ADORE the first book ‘A Darker Shade of Magic’ and it’s precisely because of that reason that I haven’t been able to pick up AGOS. I have it. I have them all. But what if I don’t love it as much? I’ll be brave enough to see soon. Ish.

2. Book that made you swoon/ book details that made you swoon:

Due to my background as a writer/ editor, I’ve never found an entire book that’s made me swoon. Here’s some book details, though:

– Kell’s Coat (Also, a bonus: Lila’s party outfit, just because. It’s not magical, just cool. Also, Lila’s sass.)

-The Magic System in EVERYTHING THAT BRANDON SANDERSON WRITES. You think I’m kidding, but I’m not. Everything he writes is genius.

-Also, the magic system in the Glamourist Histories by Mary Robinette Kowal. Super cool, and it explains why women were always fainting all the time in the Regency Era.

– The Lamppost in Narnia.

-The black/white/red/magic vibe of The Night Circus. The way that some of it is written in 2nd person and it just works. And The Wishing Tree.

– The premise of Stray by Elissa Sussman. If you’re bad a being a royal with magic, your punishment is becoming a fairy godmother? Yes please. So genius. Also, LOOK at that cover.


– There are a whole bunch of beautiful covers out there, speaking of which.(I’m looking at you, Caraval) What’s your favorite?

3. Books that gave you a hangover:

I’ll confess that this doesn’t happen to me often. I mostly just don’t have time to read, and if I decide I don’t want to read, it’s because a book was awful and caused me to doubt the trajectory of the path of literature in general. (*coughTheSelectioncough*)

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4. Book that you will always recommend:

Hm. Well, there are so many books I like and so many different kinds of readers that I don’t know if there can be just one book I will always recommend. Here’s a short list of authors I will always recommend, with appropriate genres;

~Epic Fantasy: Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn or The Stormlight Archive
> or V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic Series
~Comedic Historical(ish) Fantasy: The Bartimaeus Series by Jonathan Stroud
~Historical Fantasy: Glamourist Histories by Mary Robinette Kowal 
~Historical Fantasy for Kids: The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
~Dragons: (okay, so that’s not a genre, but still): The Lady Trent Series by Marie Brennan
~Magic Realism (I kind of made this one up too): The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
~Tolkien. Just, Tolkien.

5. Book you will always reread:


Have I talked about Sanderson yet? Huh. Well, anyway, I’ll always reread Sanderson. The thing is…. I have a pretty stupendous TBR pile. And if you’ve read the first part of this blog post and didn’t skip to the middle like a crazy person, you’ll know that in the summer I have NO TIME to read. So.

6. Favorite Male Authors:

So apparently I don’t love as many male authors as I do female. The jury’s out as to why that is…

  1. Bet you didn’t expect… Brandon Sanderson
  2. C.S. Lewis
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien
  4. Jonathan Stroud
  5. Steve Robinson
  6. Kevin Sands
  7. Michael Shaara

7. Favorite Female Authors

  1. Marie Brennan
  2. Erin Morgenstern
  3. V.E. Schwab
  4. Mary Robinette Kowal
  5. J.K.Rowling
  6. Naomi Novik
  7. Heather Dixon
  8. Kristin Cashore
  9. Cornelia Funke
  10. Renee Ahdieh


What I’m reading right now:


LOOK at that cover, people.

Chip in! Do the tag! Read the books! Comment and let me know what’s up in your literary world!



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