March Recommendations

Another month, another set of recommendations prompted by the Goodreads group Monthly Recommendations. March’s recommendations are duologies!

It’s just me doing it this month, so let’s go!

Admittedly, I don’t read duologies. They’ve been a recent thing. The ones I’ve tried, I DNFed. Then, I also haven’t read Six of Crows (which is what we’re reading in April, actually). I have one recommendation and that is…

The Shining/Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

The ShiningDoctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)

Admittedly, I don’t even consider these a duology since they’re completely separate entities. Anyways, I love both of these books. I love Stephen King and this is a great duology that follows the evolution of Danny Torrence, from when he was a young boy to becoming an adult that’s eerily like his father.


First Lines Friday

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Caidyn will be in blue.
Chantel will be in purple.

The two would-be jade thieves sweated in the kitchen of the Twice Lucky restaurant. The windows were open in the dining room, and the onset of evening brought a breeze off the waterfront to cool the diners, but in the kitchen, there were only the two ceiling fans that had been spinning all day to little effect. Summer had barely begun and already the city of Janloon was like a spent lover — sticky and fragrant.

Another week, another book. My choice is kind of unconventional for me. It sounded like something I’d like, but it’s not one that I’d have actively sought out or even heard of until I read a great review of it. It’s magic mixed with gansters mixed with fantasy. In other words, a pretty interesting mash-up.

It is….

Jade City by Fonda Lee

Jade City

I got this book rec thanks to Alienor’s review over on her blog. It’s a great review, so check it out here! It sounded right up my alley and like a book I’d like to give a try, so I got a hold on it through my library and now it’s in my hands. (Which aren’t tiny like Trump’s or Chantel’s, for the record.) I’m pretty excited to give it a go!

Once upon a time there was a pair of pants. They were an essential kind of pants — jeans, naturally, blue but not that stiff new blue you see so often on the first day of school. They were a soft, changeable blue with a little extra fading at the knees and the seat and white wavelets at the cuffs.

Again, another short entry but I don’t think anything more than this needs to be said about this book. 

This was a recent purchase of mine but it is certainly not a book that’s new to me. I bought it because it was cheap on Amazon but I was suddenly feeling nostalgic for the series and wondered if I would still enjoy it now despite years of distance. 

This week I’ve chosen: 

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Like I said before, this series is not new to me. I’ve read the first three books and by the time the fourth and fifth book came out, I was no longer interested in the series. I remember this series being great. The chapters of the book contain famous quotes and/or proverbs and I used to record them in a journal because I was that much of a dork.

Honestly, the first movie was very well done. Not so much the second, but whatever. I used to watch the movie long after I had stopped reading the books and it was one of my pick-me-up movies.

I also remember the series being very raw and realistic when it came to sex, divorced parents, illness and death, isolation, and feeling like you are stuck in one place. Those are just a few things I remember but I know there are a lot more. 

At some point, I’ll pick this book up again and if I enjoy it then I will continue on. 

The Stranger Thing Tag

The Book Prophet did this tag a very, very long time ago. However, we really liked it and decided that we ought to do it since we both love Stranger Things. It’s a show we watched together, although we haven’t written about it on the blog.

This tag was originally created by A Running Commentary, which I don’t have a link to, but you’ve been given credit. The graphics I’ll be using were designed and put together by Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile.
Caidyn will be in blue.
Chantel will be in purple.

For me, it’s:

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

I liked it and I was super intrigued, however, I was confused about why it wrapped up so easily and why there was a series.
I’m cheating on this one because I was left intrigued but not confused. I’m going with Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire because I loved the concept of the book and I wanted to inhale read everything I could about these characters and the world.

My choice is:

Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1)

Nope nope nope nope.
I’m going to say the world from Proxy by Alex London because if you are poor you are punished for the crimes of the rich and I’m not about that life.
I’d be screwed.

I actually don’t own the book anymore, sadly. I finally decided to replace it a long time ago. But it was my well-loved, first edition American copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. That was my favorite HP book for a while, but it was so worn that the cover and first few pages of it fell off. I also still own my first edition copies of the first, second, sixth, and seventh books and they’re pretty loved on.
I try really hard not to damage my books anymore, but the first five Harry Potter paperbacks I have are in pretty rough shape. This was back when I didn’t care how ruined a book was.

Can I ignore the trilogy part? Because I honestly can’t think of a trilogy that I reread for comfort. Usually, it’s a stand-alone or a long, childhood series for me. I’ll list a few, that kind of fit this. Harry Potter and Lockwood and Co. are my pick-me-up books.
I’m going to say the first three Harry Potter books because those are the ones I’ve read most and they always remind me of how magical the series is.

But they’re so cute!!!!

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I wouldn’t want to face Pennywise from IT. Or the guy from Needful Things. Do you see the Stephen King pattern there? He scary. And I wouldn’t want to mess with those things in his books.
Maybe if I read more books with terrifying beasts, this would be easier. I’m just going to go with Aragog, the giant fucking spider, from Harry Potter because nope.
Yeah no. No.

….my instinct says Dumbledore.
I’m a terrible person.
I don’t know why you didn’t just say Snape… I didn’t feel like attacking him since I’m going to spend a lot of time doing that in our joint reviews of Harry Potter. Fair enough.
I’m going to say, Thetis from The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. She is consistent in her dedication to keep Patroclus away from Achilles and by the end of the book, we understand why she did so.

Given that I didn’t like Nancy Wheeler, this is awkward. She was annoying and just got on my last nerves with how she acted. Especially season two. Ugh.

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Just sayin’

So I’m going to answer it as the asker said and a book I expected to love and didn’t. For the first, I didn’t expect to love Reign of the Fallen. I really enjoyed it in the end, despite the issues that I had with it. For the second, it’s Let’s Talk About Love. I thought that I’d absolutely adore it, but, alas.
Yeah, I didn’t like Nancy either. It’s funny how Steve became one of the more likable characters in season two. Steve is fantastic and is the mom of the group. He is their mother. Anyway, a book I didn’t expect to love as much as I did was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I know I’ve talked about this book so much, but honestly, I didn’t expect it to be one of my favorite books of all time. I was worried it wouldn’t live up to the hype and I WAS WRONG.

I’m gonna say the setting of Mark Lawrence’s’ The Broken Empire series and The Red Queen’s War. It’s an odd world and is absolutely fascinating.
More Than This by Patrick Ness has a very unusual setting. I can’t say too much about it because I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s definitely bizarre.


We’re actually going to tag people. Like holy crap, right?

We tag:

If we didn’t tag you and you love this, feel free to tag yourself and say we tagged you.

dustin i love you

Hades by Candice Fox

Hades (Archer & Bennett, #1)



A while ago, I read this book as an ARC before it became available in the US. And I remember really liking it. There’s a review of it on Goodreads, but I know I’m going to be replacing it. But, I gave it a nice review and rated it at four stars. Luckily, that didn’t change for this reread!

The book has two stories that eventually meet up. The first is about the past, going over how Eden and Eric grew up. Victims of a senseless crime, orphaned, and raised by a man good at crime, they aren’t exactly set up for good. But they end up detectives in Australia.

The other story is in the present, mainly told by Frank, Eden’s new partner. Day one and he’s thrown into an insane case that involves tons of missing bodies being recovered. And then he starts getting suspicious about Eden and Eric.

Really, I thought that Frank was a character anyone could like. He was personable and kind, then he had a wicked sense of humor and a history that isn’t great. Eden was also an interesting character. I thought she was the one that as most relatable to, even though you don’t get a great sense of who she is. But you know enough that you can understand her despite how different she is.

Fox is a great writer. The book is easy to read and follow. She also wove a great story. However, I had an issue with how the two stories came together in the end. It didn’t work for me. It felt too contrived. Then, the romance that was injected into the story didn’t work either. Another part that I thought was unneeded in the end.

Other than those two areas, the book was great. I enjoyed it quite a lot and I’m very excited to continue the series.

Daughters of the Winter Queen: Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots by Nancy Goldstone

Daughters of the Winter Queen: Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots



I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! This did not influence my opinion.

I requested this ARC because this basically lines up with Tudor history. Mary Queen of Scots was a big name during that time, so I thought it would be interesting to read about her continued line. It’s something I’m vaguely familiar with, after all.

The story really focused on her granddaughter, Elizabeth. She married the man who would later become the King of Bohemia and had a lot of kids. Like 13. That’s a whole lot of kids. Four of the ones that lived to adulthood were girls. Elizabeth, Louise Hollandine, Henriette Marie, and Sophia were her four daughters, all of them impressive in their own right. Two never married and were abbesses, one died young, and the last lived to a ripe old age and almost became the next Queen of England, her son becoming George I.

I learned a whole lot from it, as I usually say from nonfiction books. I found it fascinating, easy to follow, and fun to read. You don’t have to know much about the history of this time because Goldstone explains it as she writes. She goes into it assuming that you don’t know a whole lot, which worked for me since I didn’t know a whole lot. But I enjoyed making connections to what I knew. It was a whole lot of fun.

Something that I didn’t like, though, was how the book is supposed to be about the daughters of Elizabeth of Bohemia, also known as the Winter Queen. But most of the book focused on Elizabeth herself. From her childhood and upbringing, through to her death. After she died, it talked about the daughters and focused on them. The focus of the book lacked in that way. While I found it interesting, it focused more on people other than her daughters, which was a shame since I felt that I got an abbreviated history of their lives in the end.

That’s a minor thing, though. It didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book, but it made me wonder when we would exactly get to them rather than getting context for their lives.

Lear: The Great Image of Authority by Harold Bloom

Lear: The Great Image of Authority


1.5/5 – DNF at 59%

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy. This did not affect my opinion.

Last year, I read Cleopatra: I Am Fire and Air, an analysis of Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare. That was the first time I had ever heard of him. Everyone calls him a renowned Shakespeare expert. It just didn’t feel like this book was his finest piece on Shakespeare. I got more out of reading the play myself (which I did in prep for this book) than reading it.

While this says the book is about Lear, it felt like it was about everyone but Lear. There was more time spent on Edgar, the legitimate son of Gloucester who was being plotted against by his half-brother, than anyone else. I expected this book to be a very close analysis of Lear’s character since he is such a unique one. The slow devolution into insanity and madness, which he already had a thin grasp of already.

The most I got out of this was that the use of “nothing” is very purposeful in the play. And that everyone else has a real role and uniqueness that Bloom focused on rather than the titular character. Even with that, the book felt jumbled and without a thesis whatsoever. It starts off with a comparison of Hamlet and Lear (which did nothing) and moved onto completely rehashing the play. There were more quotes pulled from the play than actual analysis of what was taken out.

Overall, this didn’t feel like an expert telling me about Shakespeare and giving me the hidden meaning of the play, but an overlong essay that I could have written back in my AP Lit class that earned me a barely passing grade.

First Lines Friday

Hello everyone! I hope everyone’s week went well. I know I’m happy for it to be over, but let’s get on to the first lines!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Caidyn will be in blue.
Chantel will be in purple.

As soon as the stranger set the bundle on the floor, Hades could tell it was the body of a child. It was curled on its side and wrapped in a worn blue sheet secured with duct tape around the neck, waist and knees. One tiny pearl-colored foot poked out from the hem, limp on his sticky linoleum.

I’m doing this way early, actually. Since, at this point, I’ll be three days post-surgery, I highly doubt that I’m going to be spry and ready to do anything. Therefore, I’m making it early and doing this early.

In other words, I don’t have any quippy intro to this and I’ll just get on with this. Yeah? Sound good. Good. Thanks for the consensus.

My book is…

Hades by Candice Fox

Hades (Archer & Bennett, #1)

This is a reread for me, actually. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this when it was being published in America (this is Aussie based) and I loved it. Now that the third book is out and I wasn’t able to get it via ARC, I decided to check out all three books and just binge the series while I’m recovering. What I’m most excited for is to see how it measures up to a reread.

Shane is awake, wishing he wasn’t. The alarm clock makes a soft warning click before flooding the room with staticky Top 40. Too loud. Shane reaches an arm out from under the covers and hits snooze for the third time. It feels better in bed. Not good, but better. As long as his door is closed, no one wants anything from him. 

My choice is a book that actually came out this week and I received an ARC for. Unfortunately, I still haven’t posted a review for it. Oops, but it’s a book I want to give as much exposure as possible because I think it’s an important story to tell. 

Without further ado, I present…

Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones

fire song cover

This book is about a teenage boy who is coming to terms with his sexuality who happens to be an Indigenous person who lives on a reserve in Canada. To me, these are the stories I want to read. I want to read about a culture completely different than mine. A culture that might have a slightly different take on homosexuality and there is a bit of that in there. However, I think this book was well written with characters that were very flawed. The reason I haven’t written my review yet is that it’s difficult to sort out my feelings about the characters and the directions the book took. 

However, I highly recommend it and want to spread the word about it as much as possible, but before going into it there are content warnings for suicide and sexual assault. 

Red Adam’s Lady by Grace Ingram

Red Adam's Lady


2/5 – DNF at 24%

I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion.

Chicago Review Press approached me last month about reading this book for review. While romance isn’t usually my genre, I thought the reviews I read for it were good and it was historical fiction set in a period that I’m very familiar with.

What it came down to, for me, was that it was very slow. I could read a paragraph and nothing could happen. Then, my eyes would glaze over and suddenly I’d miss everything. Which is what I don’t like. I hate it when I can’t read a book because I’m getting too bored with it.

However, the writing was well-done — it definitely felt like a medieval story with how people were being addressed — and I thought it was rather period accurate. It’s definitely a different sort of romance, starting it off with an attempted rape of the heroine, Lady Julitta, by the “hero”, Red Adam. They marry to protect her honor, even if she beat him up. Lady Julitta is a heroine that someone can get behind and understand. She was interesting and, if the pacing had been different, I likely would have finished it and liked it.

Simply put, a book that just wasn’t for me.

Black Mirror – Season Four (Part 2)


Black Mirror – Season One

Black Mirror – Season Two + The Christmas Special

Black Mirror – Season Three (Part 1)

Black Mirror – Season Three (Part 2)

Black Mirror – Season Four (Part 1)

Wow, it seems like we’ve been at this forever, hasn’t it? Just watching the show and reviewing it a few episodes at a time. But, we’re finally done! So, let’s hop into it.

Chantel will be in purple.

Caidyn will be in blue.

Hang the DJ

So, I’ve noticed that my favorite episodes (with one exception) are ones that have to do with two people who are in love/falling in love. This episode is one of my absolute favorites and if you don’t watch any other episode, I’d highly recommend this one…and “San Junipero”.

And “Be Right Back”, too. I’d add that one since those are the “fluffier” episodes.

At least, the ones that don’t have some insanely bad/creepy/gross twist at the end that makes you question life itself.

Yes, “Be Right Back”, “San Junipero”, and “Hang the DJ” are all “happy” episodes. About as happy as Black Mirror can be. So if you are a sucker for great love stories then you should check out those three. They are unconventional and different which is what I love so much about them.

However, we are talking about “Hang the DJ”. The premise of this episode is that you are set up with another person based on compatibility and then there is a time limit put on your relationship. Whether it’s 12 hours or 5 years, you know when your relationship with the person you are with will end.

And, you can’t leave the relationship. Once the length has been determined — which is done by the oh so practical idea of if you touch the device at the same time — you’re in it for the long haul. You can’t leave it early. You can’t insist on staying with it. Nope. You’re there for that period then you leave and you move on to the next person. Finally, you’re given a person, without knowing who they are, that is your one and only. And you have to take them, marry them, and move on. No matter what.

It basically goes from something kind of cute and sweet — like a step up from the dating apps available now — to something dystopian where you’re made to be in relationships with people you don’t like and marry a stranger.

There is definitely a point where the episode has a bit of a dark turn, but only in the sense of the world. They aren’t given a choice who they want to be with and as a result, one character gets stuck with someone who is awful, and the other character is constantly set up with person after person until she stops feeling. It’s not dating anymore, but more like a chore. Despite the somewhat dark implications of this system, the episode has a lot of comedy to it and I think I speak for both of us when I say that we adored the two main characters. If there’s one thing Black Mirror does right, it’s creating characters that are interesting and getting the audience invested in relationships when all we have is about an hour of time with them.

Frank and Amy. I mean, how cute are those names?? So cute. But, we typically judge an episode based on how much we chatter while watching it. With this one, we weren’t shutting up. I mean, imagine us in the same room trying to watch it. We wouldn’t have absorbed a damn thing.

What it comes down to is that this was a cute episode and it was done well. It didn’t feel like I was being beaten over the head by fluff because there was enough drama going on that drove the episode. It was just really sweet and I loved the ending. It was really brilliant what they did with a twist (not dark) that didn’t feel sprung on me and fit the episode well.

We would’ve had to watch it again because we would’ve missed everything if we had been watching it in person.

I do agree, this was so sweet and took some unexpected turns but as a whole, I think this was one of the best-written episodes of the series and that’s saying something.


So, I actually liked this episode too, but it’s very creepy and very horror movie like. It’s actually a very simple premise with minimal actors and minimal dialogue. What I liked about it was it didn’t give you any information about the world these characters lived in. It looked very post-apocalyptic with the population having dwindled significantly and then there is this robotic dog. You guys, this dog is fucking creepy. It moves very weirdly and very quickly and the main character is on the run from this robot dog who wants to kill her. It’s very unsettling.

For reference, this is the “dog”:

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It is insane. And, it also felt like a classic horror movie. I’d compare it to Psycho. As Chantel said, there’s not a lot of context given, just that something’s wrong with the world and that there are these insane dogs.

I loved the classic feel to it. It was in black and white, then there was the lack of dialogue and very few characters. Add in great background music that filled the place of the dialogue — kind of like in “Fifteen Million Merits” — and you had something that put me on edge the whole time, all while I was expecting to be bored by it.

But, the ending. We didn’t talk much about the ending. I was on the fence about it. It felt like a gut punch but I would have liked more hints throughout.

I do think that this was a very interesting episode and yes, the music kept me thinking that someone was going to die. Also, I can’t tell you how many times we chastised the main character for making stupid ass decisions. I will say that while I was entertained by the episode and appreciated the lack of background information, there was something that didn’t quite click with me. Perhaps it was that I wasn’t rooting for the main character and didn’t have someone to get invested in, but I don’t know if that was me or just the episode itself.

Yeah, I agree that there was some slight disconnect for me. It was a very good episode, but, still, it lacked some great oomph. It’s not a bad episode at all and I was impressed by it, just that I think there could have been a little more.

Black Museum

Alright, this episode was fantastic. I loved it, not as much as “Hang the DJ”, but it had a lot going for it. For instance, it followed the same format of “White Christmas” in that it was one person talking about their career in technology and showing off different parts of technology. I think that format works really well when it comes to introducing us to different technologies and the episode started out almost funny (in a dark way), we soon find that things are a lot more sinister than we are led to believe.

It was funny because it was campy. I thought the acting in the flashbacks was hilarious. Like, I kept laughing, even though I got a campy horror movie vibe from it. And, when I say campy, I mean the B-rated horror movies. More in the vein of Dark Ride, which has the campy feel to it while also being pretty tense.

There’s not a lot I can say without feeling I’m going to get into spoiler territory for this. Just that I really enjoyed it and it almost overtook my love of “Hang the DJ”. It was a very close second and more like a tie in the end. But, this was a fun episode from start to finish.

I don’t know if I got the camp, necessarily, but that being said there were certain scenes that were absolutely ridiculous they were funny. And yet, like most Black Mirror episodes, there’s far more to it than meets the eye. Like “Hang the DJ”, it does things that are so unexpected and yet amazing. Again, I don’t want to get into spoilers either, but if I wasn’t such a sap this would’ve been my favorite episode out of the second part. It was definitely my second favorite out of this season, which unfortunately had a few duds. None of these episodes were duds for me.

Our rankings

Chantel’s rankings

  1. Hang the DJ
  2. Black Museum
  3. Metalhead

Mine are the same!

There is only one correct ranking. Though, I wouldn’t blame someone if they liked “Black Museum” more.

And I’m the cocky one. Neither would I, though. I think it’s because we’re suckers for romance at times.

The romantic episodes are my favorites.

I know. And I like the creepy ones usually.

The Liebster Award


Now, who do you think tagged us in this? We’ll give you three guesses. No, really, we’ll wait. Take your time.

Got them?

If you said Emma from Thoughts of a Brown Eyed Girl (the link will take you to her award), then you’d be right. Yet again, she thought of us with this award and decided to nominate us for it! However, are we really sweethearts? We fight all of the time. We bicker and argue and just make fun of each other.

But, I guess we’re sweethearts.

Here are the rules of this thing:

1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog and/or Liebster Award post.

2. List 11 questions of your choice for your nominees to answer (optional, I suppose).

3. Display the award logo on your blog and/or in your post.

4. Talk a little bit about your favorite blog(s) and explain why you like them, perhaps link to a favorite post or two.

5. Provide ten random facts about yourself.

6. Nominate 5-11 blogs that you feel deserve the award and who have less than 200 followers (and note that you may always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets readers know this information).

7. List these rules in your post (you can copy and paste from here if you want).

8. Be sure to inform your nominees that they have been nominated (you could do a pingback, like I do).

Caidyn will be in blue.
Chantel will be in purple.

1. Least favorite book from your favorite genre?

So, I love horror and mystery. The book for horror is The Twilight Pariah by Jeffrey Ford. It was just so… BORING.

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Me the entire book.

Nothing happened. Like, at all. And it was painfully horrid. Then, for mystery, there was Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero. None of the reviews I read pointed it out, but it’s transphobic from the beginning.

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My least favorite book ever is Adam by Ariel Schrag and it’s a YA book which is also described as queer. It’s not queer. Don’t ever read it. 

Here we go again about this book…

Just wait until the movie comes out. She sent me a long rant about it already.

It’s the only book I despise and so it’s my one and only punching bag. Deal with it. 

2. Favorite book from your least favorite genre?

My least favorite genre has to be YA. Which means that Chantel and I are the exact opposite, but that’s okay. We find a way to get along. The YA book that I like the most, and haven’t reviewed on here is The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey. Technically, it’s YA. Technically. But it’s also a rather good horror/fantasy series that I actually own all of the books for.

I don’t think mystery is my least favorite genre, but it’s one I definitely don’t reach for often. However, I adore the Thomas Lynch series which starts with Idyll Threats. It’s a mystery series with a gay main character. Of course, I’m going to love it. 

Is he your gaybie?

One of many. 

3. Favorite TV show?


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Thanks, Hanni. I miss you, too. Even though you’re talking about your murder husband here. BUT, I wrote a post about this TV show. Did you see it? If not, here it is.

Ugh, what a difficult question. The easy answer here is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s a show I continue to go back to time after time because of the strong female characters, and Willow, of course. 

Willow waving

4. Your greatest fear?

Open water and spiders. Fuck that shit. I’ve even had to confront them at the same time.

Spiders need to get the fuck away from me. That is all. 

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At least with our fears. And many other things.

5. Quote something from the last book you finished.

Guys, I don’t pay attention to quotes when I read. I only do it when there’s one that stands out to me. The last book that had one stand out was Wonders Will Never Cease by Robert Irwin. And, here is the quote:

“History is nothing but the lies we tell about our ancestors.” 

Um, I don’t think I can pull a quote from the last book I read. Quotes just don’t stand out to me, and if they do I don’t record them. Sorry. 

Okay, I have another quote now:

“For us, the places we went were home. We didn’t care if they were good or evil or neutral or what. We cared about the fact that for the first time, we didn’t have to pretend to be something we weren’t. We just got to be. That made all the difference in the world.”

6. A book that deserves more hype?

Uhm, Wonders Will Never Cease by Robert Irwin. It was a super good book. Like, excellent. The writing was spot on, the characters were great, and the themes were fleshed out nicely.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. That book got A LOT of hype, yo. That’s why it was a joke…duh.

Okay, I kid, I kid. 

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake. This book was incredible and I would encourage anyone who wants to read a great book with queer ladies to read it. It’s really good guys. 

7. A fictional character that you relate to most?

Funny enough, Harry Potter. I’m not angsty. I’m not a teen. My parents are living. I have people who love me and have loved me always. But, I always connected with him. He’s sarcastic, I’m sarcastic. He went through tough times, I’ve been through tough times. I always just really connected with him.

Dobby the house elf. For the reasons why check out our Me in Book Characters post!

Nice promo. Like my Hannibal one. Totally subtle.

8. Favorite book cover?

I’ve said somewhere else on this blog that I don’t really pay attention to book covers. Like, great, they’re nice. But I care more about content than how they look.

I could make a whole post about gorgeous book covers. Seriously. However, I think I will go with one of my favorite book covers from last year which is the UK edition of Release by Patrick Ness. 

Release book cover

9. Sunsets or sunrises?



But they both pretty.

10. Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Morning person. Even on the weekends, I’m up around 6:30 or 7.

I can’t stay up past 10 o’clock most days and yet I’m always up early. 

11. Last book that genuinely scared you?

No freaking clue. I don’t get scared that often by books.

I don’t read books that scare me. 

I get scared by how bad the plots and writing are.

So, facts about us. I guess I’ll go first?

  1. I have a BA in psychology.
  2. I minored in religious studies.
  3. I have four tattoos and will get a fifth soon.
  4. My favorite tattoo is the one I got of my dog’s pawprint after she passed away.
  5. I have a very macabre sense of humor.
  6. I love learning languages. Currently, I’m learning eight languages and I’m thinking about adding in a ninth.
  7. My oldest friend and I have known each other since we were five. (We’re almost 22 now.)
  8. I got a second-degree black belt in taekwondo.
  9. I hate Steven Moffat.
  10. I hate talking about myself.

Some facts, hm…

  1. I have a fat cat named Watson. 
  2. I didn’t get my driver’s license until I was 19. 
  3. I was on the varsity tennis team in high school despite never winning one match.
  4. I got my first tattoo on my 18th birthday. #noregrets
  5. I once walked through a blizzard thinking I would get McDonald’s. I was deceived. 
  6. I used to volunteer at a small little bookstore. 
  7. I really want a pug and I want to name it Frank.
  8. I look terrible in baseball hats. 
  9. I love cider. Especially when it has alcohol. 
  10. I got an infection after getting my wisdom teeth removed. It was gross.

  1. What do you refuse to read?
  2. What is your typical routine when you are sick?
  3. Cat or dog person?
  4. If you had the choice to visit any one place without worrying about money or time, where would it be?
  5. What word describes you the best?
  6. If you were the protagonist of a novel, what kind of novel would it be?
  7. What is the happiest moment of your life?
  8. Favorite dessert?
  9. If you could learn any subject for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
  10. Is there one thing that would automatically make you DNF a book?
  11. What kind of toppings do you like on your ice cream?

Now, we’re not going to nominate anyone. Everyone seems to have gotten this one. BUT, if you really love our questions, feel free to say we nominated you and no one will be the wiser. Unless they look at this post.