Norse Mythology Book Tag

Góðan daginn (good day), everyone!

I haven’t yet been able to do any reading this month or really August either (thank you, school, for sucking) and I’m a wee bit behind on my reviews, which makes this the perfect time to avoid all my responsibilities and do a tag!

Fellow book bloggers, for those of you who find tags nice because they’re quick and easy…YOU ARE MAGIC. I put soooo much thought into these things, they end up taking longer than my–usually also long–reviews!

But will I stop? Probably never.

The Norse Mythology Tag was created over at Kyera’s Library–which is fabulous by the way, especially her series recs, so you should all go check it out if you haven’t already! I first saw it pop up on Book Princess Reviews and a ton of other wonderful people started doing it, then Birdie Bookworm did it not too long ago too and every time I see it I swear to do it, then I don’t. SO I’M FINALLY DOING IT!

I would like to thank myself over on my own blog, obsessionsofabookaholic, for thinking about my love of mythology and Nordic history and tagging me to do this! Really, her blog is just so great it’s, like, my favourite 😉

Shall we?


ODIN – Favourite Standalone

Odin is the All-Father, the leader of the Norse Gods. He is the god of wisdom, poetry, battle, death, wine, and war, among other things

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In case you haven’t heard by now, I’m SUCH a romance lover. Taste Test follows BBQ-er Nora in a cooking show contest where contestants are being mysteriously sabotaged and chemistry is flying with a certain fierce competitor. Bonus? They can’t stand each other.

The plot is fun and the mystery is surprisingly difficult to determine, but most of all the back and forth weirdness of Nora and Christian’s relationship gives me so much life, which is obviously my priority.

Hey, I did warn you that I loved romance. What did you expect? 😉

THOR – A Book That Hits You Right in the Feels

Thor is the god of thunder, weather, warriors, strength, and storms, so his might packs a punch. He is married to the beautiful Lady Sif.

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LITERALLY. EVERYTHING. ABOUT THIS BOOK. HURTS ME.

LOKI – Biggest Plot Twist or Character Betrayal

Loki is the god of mischief and thieves, and thrives on chaos.

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As y’all will hear when I finally get off me arse and finish this review, Red Queen didn’t exactly live up to my expectations. Also unfortunate is that the plot twist everyone freaks about was sort of hinted to me before I read it, so I can’t actually figure out if I just wasn’t surprised or if I was spoiled. GAHHH! Despite all of that, though, THIS WINS SO HARD FOR BETRAYAL. I mean, holy hells it’s evil!

FRIGG – OTP

Frigg is Odin’s wife, the goddess of love, marriage, fertility, and fate.

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DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW LONG IT HAS TAKEN ME TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION?????

OTP? OTP?! ONE true pairing? Nuh-uh, I don’t think so.

I went through a good six of my beloved couplings trying to sort through this one (Feysand? Will and Tessa? Percabeth? Hex Hall‘s Archer and Sophie?). Clace (my loves! My true loves!) is usually my go-to answer here but I’m trying reeeeeeaaaal hard to only use a book once in this tag and I use City of Bones later. So what I’ve decided on is my first hardcore literary ship, which is Zach and Cammie from Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series. I love these books so much–who doesn’t want to read about crazy missions and a secret spy school?!–but they carry an extra special weight for me because this is the series that turned me into the full-on obsessive reader I am today. Zammie’s pretty damn amazing–their banter is on point and, even when they’re separated or hiding things from each other, it’s always clear how much they genuinely care for each other. We get a lot of sexy romances now, but this is a more romantic romance which, much as I love the new stuff, is kind of something I miss.

BTW, if you’re interested in reading, Zach doesn’t show up ’til book two (pictured above!) but book one is totally worth reading to get to him 🙂

HEIMDALL – Favourite Second in a Series

Heimdall is the god of loyalty, faithfulness and he is who protects the bi-frost, the bridge that connects all nine worlds.

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No explanation needed. My love is just too strong.

BALDUR – Favourite Male Character

Baldur is the beloved son of Odin and Frigg, twin brother of Hodor.

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JAAAAAAAAAAAACE. Jace, my dearly beloved, how are you so incredible? I love his sarcasm, and his confidence, and his devotion to Clary, and his bravery, and his determination, and literally every single thing about him. Jace is my hero and, if it weren’t for Clary, also my husband. They’re too perfect though, so I can’t steal him away.

SIF – Most Beautiful Book Cover

Lady Sif is known for her beautiful golden tresses, although she is also the goddess of the harvest and is married to Thor.

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Shatter Me defines the term ‘glow up.’ The original cover? Enh. This one? BEAUTIFUL. SO BEAUTIFUL. SUCH BEAUTY. Apparently I have a thing for eyes on covers, as also evidenced by my enthusiasm for Lisa McMann’s Crash all those ages ago, but the Shatter Me books take gorgeous eyes to a whole ‘nother existential plane of prettiness. I mean, just look at it! *unashamedly swoons over cover art*

FREY – A Book or Series That Made You Happy

Frey is the Lord of weather, god of light, summer, master of agriculture, fertility, and brother of Freya.

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Basically anything by Kasie West makes me happy, but this is my favourite thus far! Camden and Xander have their ups and downs but their relationship is so cute and the story is so cute and everything is just so happy and lovely even when it’s not happy that I left the book with such a big grin on my face.

FREYA – Favourite Book Setting

Freya is the goddess of love and beauty, fertility, war, wealth and growth, and sister of Frey.

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I find Middle Eastern culture fascinating so the very fact that The Wrath and the Dawn is set there already puts the book pretty high on my favourite setting list. Ahdieh’s writing is what takes that one step further. I love how rich and real everything is! I could taste the food, I could smell the incense, I could feel the fabrics, I could see everything as if I were experiencing it there.

TYR – Favourite Book With a Huge Upheaval or Epic Fight Scene

Tyr is the god of war.

SO MANY BOOKS TO USE HERE! ACOWAR was my first instinct because REASONS butttttt I also wanted to throw in Eternally Yours, the finale to Cate Tiernan’s Immortal Beloved trilogy (which is great and has both a hilarious narrator and a sexy Scandinavian lover boy), because, yes, there is a huge fight, but mostly because of her instructions on decapitating someone, which I enjoyed probably a lot more than I should have…

ULLER – Character Death That Affected You the Most

Uller is the god of death, winter, archery and hunting.

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Sobbing, gasping, ugly cries.

NJORD – Favourite Book With an Epic Journey in a Water/Sea Setting

Njord is the god of the wind and sea.

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To be fair, I haven’t read a ton of books with watery settings (I should probably get on that…) but Of Posiedon is the first that came to mind! Galen, the lurrrrve interest, is the Syrena (essentially mermaids, but don’t tell him that) prince and human ambassador of an underwater kingdom. Only a direct descendant of Triton (Galen) and of Posiedon can have the special abilities that make them fitting for Syrena royalty, so when human Emma starts talking to fish Galen’s understandably confused and heads up to check it out.

The characters are loveable and hilarious, the plot is different and interesting, and the romance is swoon-worthy and utterly adorable. Plus, the whole book is about figuring out Emma’s fish-talking powers and stopping a desperate dolphin-wielding Syrena gal from becoming Queen so, ya know, I think it fits pretty well here .

VALKYRIE – Strong Female Character

The Valkyries, much like the Amazons, are strong female warriors.

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Celaena/Aelin is such a freaking badass (especially in the later books) that I will give her every possible award imaginable. I think she works especially well for ‘Valkyrie’ because she’s not only a strong female character, but a fierce female fighter/warrior as well.

Also, I just love her. End of.

AESIR/VANIR – Favourite Book Crew

The Aesir and the Vanir are the two groups of Norse gods, believed to be the old and new gods.

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So everyone and their uncle’s been using the Gregs gang for this one but, errr, I haven’t actually read Six of Crows yet… (cue Game of Thrones shame bells). But you know who else is awesome? BLUE AND GANSEY AND RONAN AND ADAM AND NOAH. Their relationship dynamic is perfect as they all individually are in my heart.

SEIPYRTS – Favourite Non-Human Sidekick

Seipyrts is Odin’s trusty eight legged steed; yes, you heard that correctly – eight legs.  I promise that he is the god’s horse companion and not a giant spider that he rides around on… although that would probably strike more fear in the hearts of his enemies than a pretty horse does.

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Oh Derrick, you honey-loving pixie, you. He’s definitely not as freaky as an eight-legged horse (yeah, I know you say it’s not a spider, but it feels like a spider *shudders*) but he’s just so freaking cute! Also loyal, and caring, and sweet, and protective.

Anyone know where can I get an adorable pixie companion? Asking for a friend.


And on to the tagging! Since I’ve seen this going around already and I don’t want to tag people who’ve already done it, I’m only going to tag a few of you. That said…

Rhea @ bookchanted

Em @ Keystroke Blog

Casey @ adoptabookaus

…consider yourselves tagged!

Their blogs are wonderful and you should go read them if you haven’t!

I also challenge anyone else who likes mythology, likes Norsemen, likes shirtless Chris Hemsworth as Thor, likes tags, or just likes books to do this tag too! No matter how long it may have taken me, I swear it’s a lot of fun.

At last, I shall leave you with a strange Norwegian proverb I found on a random website while I was busy having no life:

Dei galne har mange morosame stunder som den vettige ikkje har.
(The maniacs have many funny hours that the sane guy does not have)

Three cheers for Vikings promoting insanity. Hurrah!

Sjáumst! (See you!)

xoxo, Brittney

Let Me Explain…

Goooooooood morning, wonderful bibliophiles! Yes, I know I’m a few days late (sorry, sorry) but hey! at least I’m actually posting!

For anyone who doesn’t know, I have officially returned once again to university. Aaaaaand for those of you who haven’t been following this blog since the start (welcome! And thanks those who have for sticking by me *blows kisses*), in the past I pretty much ceased all activity on here during school months, for both years I’ve been blogging. My schedule is insane and I’m a little over my head in extracurriculars so my beloved reading and beloved blogging just…stopped.

Not this time! I promise, I’m going to do my best to stay at least mostly on top of this while I navigate the stressful landscape of research papers and dead languages, but that may mean sometimes I’m a little late or I miss a day. Like now.

Pretty please forgive me–I swear, I’m trying my best! The last thing I want to do is disappear again. And if anyone has suggestions for how to handle reading and blogging while you’re completely swamped by other responsibilities, let me know down below! I can probably use the help 😉

xoxo, (a stressed but determined) Brittney

Summer Recap

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Hello hello, bookworms! Can you believe summer is finally coming to a close? I can’t quite decide whether to be angry about having to go back to university, or glad because it’ll finally give me something to do again. What can I say? I’m a nerd, and life is weird without homework.

Aaaaaaaanyway, I just realized that I’VE NEVER DONE A MONTHLY WRAP-UP! Whaaaaaaaaaaat. Yeah apparently I’ve been doing them in video form, but not writing them up over on here, which is just all kinds of I’m-sorry and so-wrong. So to rectify the situation I’m doing a recap of July and August in one. The original plan was to do June in here too but that was getting to 20-something books and things were getting long. Like, even longer than usual long.

I might actually continue doing these seasonal wrap-ups instead of monthly ones because I like seeing everything all together, and school does have its dark sides–like ALMOST ENTIRELY PREVENTING ME FROM READING FOR FUN AND THEREFORE RUINING MY LIFE–but, uh, I should probably get one done first. So here we go! Continue reading

Whoops!

Hello, my lovelies!

Sincere apologies for my absence last week. I was on a trip to NYC the week before and then had the BookTubeAThon going on all this past week so I got a liiiiiiiittle behind on my reviews. Oops. Thankfully, because of the BookTubeAThon I’ve been reading non-stop so I have no shortage of books to talk about! If you’re interested in watching any of my videos for that you can find them here (though I warn you, I don’t have a good camera yet) but in the meantime I will be hard at work catching up so I’ll do my best to get those out twice a week, as per usual.

Now on to a different order of business! If you haven’t noticed already, this blog is basically entirely reviews. I love writing reviews! But I also want to start making some different kinds of posts too, so here I am asking an opinion. What kinds of fun posts do you guys like to read? If you’re also a book blogger, what do you most enjoy writing about? Any specific tags that are cool to do? I’m open to basically anything, so hit me with everything you’ve got!

That is all for today, my wonderful reading friends! À la prochaine! *blows a kiss*

Xoxo, Brittney

EpicReads Decathlon

HELLO BOOKWORMS!

So I’m not sure how many of you know this but EpicReads (a fantastic website by HarperCollins alllllllllll about YA) recently started a reading decathlon for 10 books (or sort-of books) in 10 days. There are three levels: Reading For Gold (10 books), Reading for Silver (5 books & 5 graphic novels/comics/short stories/novellas), and Reading For Bronze (10 graphic novels/comics/short stories/novellas). Teeeechnically they started on August 11… but! the goal is to encourage reading so the rules specifically state we can start at any time.

Which is what I’m doing.

I’m a weeeeee bit late posting this, I know, but I started my challenge on Monday. Two days in and, thanks to furniture shopping and schedule making and class choosing and university prepping, zero books done! So I’m definitely behind but don’t worry guys, I totally got this! I will most likely review them as I go but if that doesn’t work out i promise I’ll post them the second I’m done.

Here are the 10 books I’m reading (Reading For Gold, ooooobviously):

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In the meantime, click here to see the decathlon details. Join me–we’ll be starting late together! I’d love to hear which level you guys pick and what you’ll be reading, or even what you’re reading in general so let me know in the comments 🙂

On that note, I’m off to read. Exquisite Captive, here I come!

XOXO, Brittney

I’M BAAAAACK

HELLO AGAIN, BIBLIOPHILES!

It’s been far too long, dear friends. Like, forever long. My bad.

Here’s the deal: nine months ago (cool your jets, guys; this ain’t a pregnancy tale) I packed my bags, dropped a couple hundred on books I didn’t actually want to buy, bid a tearful farewell to my cat and moved into a new apartment in a new city with three complete strangers to work myself to the point of near-death. You called it, folks–I went to university. University, I’ve discovered, is very overwhelming and in my being overwhelmed it would seem I neglected both this precious blog and–please don’t hate me!–my precious books.

*drops into armadillo position and waits for the angry mob to pass*

I think I read a staggering total of, like, eight books during those eight months I was at school. For such an avid, obsessive reader like myself, that hurts. It physically hurts.

Anyway, the point of this post was not to lament my lack of reading but give a long-overdue hello–hi!–an apology for my absence–I’m sorry!–and a bit of a heads up for what’s to come. So here you go:

  1. I originally intended to use this blog purely for reviews but I recently decided that in future I’ll be posting a variety of book-related things to offer the ultimate online portrayal of what being a bookworm is all about.
  2. I’ve been throwing around the idea of making some videos as well as doing these text posts. I’m more of a writing kind of gal but I’ve had a few people make the suggestion so I may try it out. Not sure if I’ll post them here too or straight to YouTube under the same blog name though so details to follow.
  3. This one’s a bit of a warning: I am soon going to attempt making this site a little more organized. Now, the key word in that sentence is ‘attempt.’ I am so completely out of my element when it comes to technology that I would not be surprised in the slightest if I screwed up in the process. So apologies in advance if things get a little wonky…

Well, I think that’s pretty much it for today. I promise I’ll try to be better with the posting from now on–I’m home for the summer now so I’ll have more time to devote to all this fun stuff and I’ll do my darndest to keep up during the school year. In the meantime, I’d love to hear from you guys! What are you reading? Do you have any ideas for future posts? Is there anything particularly spectacular you think I should be reading? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading!