2017 Book Awards

Just in time for the end of the awards season, here are my bookish winners, taken from the books I read in 2017 and excluding any re-reads.  

Best Actor aka Best Male Protagonist

Mark Watney (Any Weir)

Best Actress aka Best Female Protagonist

Rachel Chu (Kevin Kwan)

Best Cinematography aka Best Plot Twist

The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov (not particularly twisty, but good plottage occurred in this book)

Best Costume Design aka Best Book cover

Scythe by Neal Shusterman and Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Best Supporting Actress and Actor aka Best M/F side character

Astrid Leong (Kevin Kwan)

Eliza’s Brothers (Francesca Zappia) and Khalid’s cousin (Renée Ahdieh)

Best Original screen play aka most unique world/setting

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Best Adapted screen play aka best book-to-movie adaption

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Best animated feature aka a book you want to see animated

Saga by Brain K Vaughn and Warcross by Marie Lu

Best director aka best new writer discovered

Kevin Kwan

Best short film aka best short story/novella

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Best visual effects aka best action

Warcross by Marie Lu (not overly action-y but would be great to see the visual effects of this in movie form)

Best documentary aka best historical fiction/non-fiction

Working Stiff by Judy Melinek

Best picture aka best book

Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia


Library Lovers Book Tag

 1. How often do you visit your local library?

Currently about 3 times a month, or roughly every other week. 

2. Are you the type of person who checks out more books than you know you can read or are you someone who only checks out the exact amount of books you intend on reading before they are due?

Both, though more often more then I can read.  I don’t really check out more then 3 or 4 at a time, but I’m a mood reader and sometimes I think I’m ready to read the book but am not and have renewed the book 3 times before I give up and return it. 

3. How old were you when you got your first library card?

About 9 or so, but my mother had a card I would use basically weekly before that.

4. Do you go to your library looking for a particular book or do you check out anything that peaks your interest?

At this point in my life mostly looking for a certain book, but I do go in and grab what looks good.  Now that I have a mile-long TBR list browsing just lengthens it.  Plus mood reader. 

5. Do you use your library to check out just books or do you also check out dvds, audiobooks etc.?

I use it for all the things.  Ebooks, audiobooks and DVDs make up about 60-70% of the use of my card.  Though my library also has musical instrument and other things like that you can sign out that I have yet to. 

6. From what section of your library do you check out a majority of your books? ( YA, middle grade, adult, nonfiction.)

I’d say about 60% YA, 40% adult. 

7. What is your favourite part of using your local library?

Free books.  Also being able to use Overdrive, where I get a tonne of books and audiobooks.

Would you Rather

I saw this post over on My Bookish Dream and liked the questions so I stole it to do it!

1. Have an unlimited money for Ebooks, or a 5,000 dollar B&N gift-card?

As I prefer to read physical books and I don’t read or buy so many books, I think the $5000 gift card, if it had no expiry date, would be perfect for me.

2. Meet any deceased poet, or J.K. Rowling?

I love Harry Potter, but I really can’t imagine what I would really say to her.  I also don’t read poetry.  However, I’d rather meet a deceased poet as they could give me a refresher course on how to read poetry, insight into whether they actually write all the symbolism stuff English class makes you look for or that is just extra bonus to the writing, how they write poetry, some other people’s works to read, etc, etc.  It would be an interesting conversation I think.

3. Write the world’s most famous book, or visit the world of your favourite book for one day?

Tough one, because if I wrote a famous book it would be famous for being bad, but I would be rich.  However, to pick just one world would be hard, then you would have to return and the world I think I would pick would be interesting but possibly deadly.  But I love to travel, so visit the Land of Tortall!

4. Choose ______ or ______ ? (Insert characters from your favourite fictional love triangle.)

I actually don’t have a favourite love triangle since most are obvious from the start and I almost never oppose the author’s pick of couple.  EXCEPT IN ONE VERY TERRIBLE OCCASION.

5. Experience Hogwarts in a very realistic and accurate virtual reality, or travel around the world for a year, at no cost.

Travel.  VE is just not the same as going and experiencing all the places. Also at no cost I would hire a private chauffeur to get to see all the places.

Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

Note: wherever possible, I avoid adding re-reads to these kind of tag posts.  

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017. 

None have really forced me to put them on my exclusive favourites list so far this year, but a few have if forced to pick one Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017.

Gemina by Kaufman and Kristoff, with Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane coming 2nd 

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire (library just informed me they have a copy for me!)

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

Tortall: A Spy’s Guide by Tamora Pierce, Juile Holderman, Timothy Liebe and Megan Messinger

5. Biggest disappointment.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  I was promised big things but they never happened.  The great setting could have used a better plot and characters.

6. Biggest surprise.

I didn’t expect to love Learning to Swear in America as much as I did.  I also didn’t expect to not like Eve: the Awakening my Jenna Moraci as much as I did.  Or HATE Beauty Queens by Libby Bray so much. 

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

No one has really forced be to need to pay attention, but Andy Weir‘s book was good and the blurb for the newest one has me interested.  Also I like Queen of the Tearling (Erika Johansen) enough to want to continue. 

8. Newest fictional crush.

None of my new reads this year have had crush material, but I have a newer appreciation for Raoul of Goldenlake and Nealan of Queenscove

9. Newest favourite character.

Again, no one really stands out here.

10. Book that made you cry.

None, I rarely cry reading books (mostly because I avoid the type of book that would make me cry).  

11. Book that made you happy.

The Martian made me laugh a tonne.  So did Learning to Swear in America and Gemina.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year. 

I’ve seen (as far as I know) one movie adaptation, The Martian, and one TV adaptation, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and both were great!

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year. (Booktube version: Favourite video you have done so far in this year)

None of my reviews really sticks out to me. 

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

Did I need it? No.  But it is beautiful inside and out.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Oh there are a tonne, and I really should make a list.  I’m still trying to read as many books on my shelves as I can in attempt to reduce the unread total to 6.  But I keep buying books….

Real Neat Blog Award

tagI was tagged by the lovely Zezee to do this tag!  It’s taken a bit to get around to it because life is a thing that throws last minute curve-balls at you.  But here it is!

Zezee’s questions for me:

1. Do you think you would survive a zombie apocalypse?

NOPE!  I think I have the smarts to last for a while, provided I’m still in the middle of buckfuck nowhere when it starts but I lack the stamina to be able to outrun and last long term.  

2. How do you think the phrase “taste the rainbow” came about?

Honestly? Likely similar to the Mill Street Beer slogan: some intern got drunk at a party and said something that would normally be stupid to someone high up in the company, but they liked what they heard and made it a slogan. 

3. If you happened to fall into a fairy world that somehow matched who or how you are, what sort of fairy world would that be?

OOOOOOH!  A Every Heart a Doorway question!  I think it would be very earthy: trees, nature, rivers, waterfalls.  I would hope it would have magic as well, and I picture there being nice, polite fairies and other magical beings.  Hopefully dragons and griffins too.  As for it being either Logic or Nonsense, I feel like Logic would make more sense to my science side, though if there was a bit of Nonsense I think I could handle it.  Not High Nonsense, though.  If this makes no sense, go read Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire ASAP!

Do you think you’d survive in Westeros?

Again, no.  I have the smarts, but that or my lack of strength/stamina would get me killed.  Plus having a 21st century brain, I could not deal with the lack of female rights or basic hygiene. 

What your favourite book by your favourite author?

If you insist on twisting my arm and making me name only one, I think Squire by Tamora Pierce would win.  But there are sooooo many good books by her and my other favourite authors. 

If you use e-readers, what needed change would you make to them?

I don’t have an e-reader, but I do read on my phone and computer.  I think a bit more customization wold be nice but I think e-readers have that.  Another thing I would like it the ability to highlight a short quote and be able to copy/paste it other places.  I get that this becomes a copyright issue since people could copy the whole book to places, but there has to be a way to be able to copy a few short lines.  

What’s the last nonfiction book you read?

Ha, I might have read one recently just because of this question since the last ‘book’ form non-fiction I could think of was from middle school (there was likely others since, but I couldn’t think of what they were).

Working stiff: Two years, 262 bodies, and the making of a medical examiner by Judy Melinek, MD and JT Mitchell.  

I tag:

I’m going to pick the last few people that commented or liked my posts, so:

Christy Luis I know you don’t do tags on your blog, so if you feel like it you can comment your answers?
Christina at The Bookshelf Corner
James at You and I Books
The ladies at Thirce Read
A Book A Thought
Melting Pots and Other Calamities
Tiana at The Book Raven

The questions:

  1. What thing or object on a cover instantly makes you reach for that book?
  2. What is the last 1 or 2 star book you read and what one thing would have instantly made it a better book?
  3. What book older then 10 years do you really really want to read?
  4. What colour is most prevalent on your bookshelf? 
  5. What thing instantly makes any book better?
  6. Share your favourite book quote!
  7. Least favourite and most favourite book or short story you read in school

Hopefully these are interesting enough for a few of you to do this tag!  And if I didn’t tag you, because I didn’t really know who to tag, feel free to do this tag and let me know you did!

Book Courtship Tag

Phase 1 – Initial Attraction: A book that you bought/read because of the cover

Phase 2 – First Impressions: A book that you bought/read because of the summary

Phase 3 – Sweet Talk: A book with great writing

I don’t like flowery writing or purple prose, so if a book tells it to me straight, I like the writing.  But I also like writing that makes connections between books, has great characters, foreshadowing, etc.  Examples include the list of favourite authors: Tamora Pierce work, later Sherwood Smith works, Kristen Britain and Maria V Snyder (who is heavy handed on foreshadowing, but it’s cool).  

Phase 4 – First Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pursue the rest of the series

Most first books in series I read that i have rated over 3 stars honestly make me want to read more.  Look at my favourites shelf on GoodReads to get a few key books.

Phase 5 – Late night phone calls: A book that kept you up all night long

Phase 6 – Always on my mind: A book that you can not stop thinking about

The books I think about most often and consistently are found on my favourites shelf on Goodreads (link above).  

Phase 7 – Getting Physical: A book in which you love the way it feels

I love the raised parts on the hardcover edition of Lady Knight (Protector of the Small #4 by Tamora Pierce).  Other books I can’t think of right now have nice and smooth covers.  I just love holding books to be honest. 

Phase 8 – Meeting the Parents: A book in which you would recommend to your friends and family

Great themes for everybody!

Phase 9 – Thinking about the future: A book or series that you know you’ll re-read many times in the future

Broken record here, but look at my favourites!

Phase 10 – Share the love!!! Who would you like to tag?

Stefanie at Your Daughter’s Bookshelf!

What Cats Do Book Tag

tagI saw this post over on Icebreaker694’s blog and thought I’d give it a try since I looooove cats and the questions on this were great!  Thanks to Kate at meltingpotsandothercalamities for creating this tag! If you do this tag, be sure to tag her in this as those are the rules!

PURR- What is the book that makes you happiest or relaxed?

Squire (third book in the Protector of the Small series) by Tamora Pierce and Harry Potter #1 and #3.

SLEEP- What is a book that put you to sleep or was just boring?

I read a handful of these recently, they include: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, A Wizard of Mars by Diane Duane, Saga by Conor Kostick and The Magicians by Lev Grossman.  There are more, but I’m going to stop there.

TWITCH WHILE DREAMING- A book you dreamt about? 

Dream about owning: all the new, unreleased books by Tamora Pierce

Dream about visiting: Hogwarts or Tortall

Actually dream about: none as far as I know, though a case could be made for Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, because all that takes is crossing a door….

SEEMS TO PLAY NICE…UNTIL THE CLAWS ARE OUT- Which book had the biggest plot twist? 

The one the threw me the most that I was not expecting happened in Trickster’s Queen by Tamora Pierce.  Also Lupin being a warewolf.

CUDDLES- Which book character would you give a hug to?

Basically all the animal characters ever.  Also the Darkings.

CATNIP- What’s a book that made you have warm and fuzzy feels?

There are many.  Most of them written by Tamora Pierce.  Do I sound like a broken record yet?  Also Harry Potter #1 and #3.

CAT BREEDS- What are your favourite books?

You can take a look at my mostly complete favourites shelf here.

GETTING THE CAT- How did you find your favourite books?

A Librarian introduced my to Tamora Pierce when I was about 8 years old.  Then I was introduced to my next favourite author when I asked for a recommendation for books similar to hers on an online forum when I was 18.  Other childhood favourites were blurbed by TP and then Booktube has given me a few good recommendations recently.  Funny how that works out since I’m terrible for actually reading and liking hyped and recommended books to the point where I almost didn’t read the Tamora Pierce book from the librarian, the once the was basically my childhood. 

THE VET’S OFFICE- Your least favourite book

I had some winners last year for least favourite books.  Most of these were books I read for school like Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger and Fifth Business by Roberson Davies.  There were some others that were boring but I didn’t hate.  One that I HATED was Spy Glass by Maria V Snyder. 

BEING IN PLACES THEY SHOULDN’T- Least favourite clichÉ

There are a lot but bland female main characters with the depth of paper is one. 

THE GOOD OLD CARDBOARD BOX- Most underrated book series

In this age of discussion about male privilege and badass female leads, I never understood why Tamora Pierce’s Protector of the Small series isn’t more popular.