Courtship Tag

Hello hello hello! Back again with another tag while I get a handle on my reviews. I can’t remember where I first saw this since the draft has been sitting unfinished for the past year (yeah, sorry – at least I’m honest about having been trash?), but credit to whoever came up with it.

Please also appreciate that I spent a good 20 minutes trying to choose the best romance image from medieval manuscripts (this one’s from the love poetry of the fourteenth-century German Codex Manesse) because the history buff in me got way too excited about the word ‘courtship’. Aaaaand now we’re going to move on before I start rambling about medieval romance…

Phase 1: Initial Attraction a book that you bought because of the cover

Okay, to be clear here a lot of the books I’ve read for the cover have not delivered on its gorgeous promise. If you read my review of Tangled Webs by Lee Bross way back when (click here), you could see exactly how heartbroken I was about this—the lacy beauty of the cover sucked me into what would up being a subpar ‘spy’ novel too driven by insta-love to really hit home. Still, it’s one of my favourites to own because of how it looks on my bookshelf.

Content aside, isn’t that just stunning?

Phase 2: First Impressions a book you got because of the summary

Well this is most of the books I own so that’s tough. I’ll go with By Your Side by Kasie West or The Librarian and the Spy by Susan Mann. The descriptions of both drew me in instantly because of a sort of kinship I felt with the characters/dream to be the characters: By Your Side (turned out okay) has a teen trapped in the library with an attractive classmate–basically my Nirvana–and The Librarian and the Spy (turned out surprisingly great!), as it is so aptly named, has a reference librarian caught up in an international 007 affairs. I’ll be honest, it didn’t really matter the ratings or the content for these since I just had to get my hands on them regardless.

Phase 3: Sweet Talk a book with great writing

I read Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi ages ago but I finally opened up the sequel the other day and remembered how much I loved reading Mafi’s writing! The way she manipulates words and grammar conventions has an almost poetic quality and adds so much to Juliette’s character, with the pace and tone perfectly matching the MC’s emotion. Love love love.

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

One of my darkest bookish secrets is that I am HORRIBLE at finishing series. I blame this majorly on an insanely busy schedule that as a general rule seems to weed out anything I love in life, and partially on a huge TBR of first books I feel guilty not reading and have no space to keep. The result: no matter how much I love and am dying to read a series, chances are I won’t have the time to finish it before I forget about it.

I SUCK.

Still, there are a number of books that even forgetting about them doesn’t make me forget them and the top of that list is probably The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. Have I read the sequel yet? No. Do I internally sob every time I remember that I haven’t? Yes.

Phase 5: Late Night Phone Call a book that kept you up all night long

I can’t decide whether this is about staying up all night because you can’t put it down or because it has you too freaked out to sleep, so I’m choosing one that was both. I read Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter and was instantly obsessed with the storyline and the romance and the zombies to the point of utterly forgoing sleep–in fact, I think this was one of my first up-till-5am-before-school reads. On top of that, my freshly fifteen-year-old self was so unnerved by the zoms hanging outside Ali’s bedroom windows that about every 20mins I’d pop out of bed, press myself against my door (I had no lock) with my ear to the wood making sure I heard no footsteps, then scurry back into bed as far from my window as possible. Clearly, even moderate horror was never my thing.

Phase 6: Always On My Mind a book you could not stop thinking about

Generally, the books I can’t stop thinking about = relationships I can’t stop swooning over, whether in some saccharine contemporary romance or a fantasy’s forbidden enemies-lovers affair. But instead, for this I’m choosing Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross because the story and the relationship in this are so entwined that thinking about one always means thinking about the other. I’m a sucker for fairytales, particularly of the Grimm variety, and Cross’ unique approach to some of my all-time favourite stories PLUS the couple’s will-it-even-happen slow-burn have had it stuck in my brain on loop since I read it a almost a decade ago.

Phase 7: Getting Physical a book you love the feeling of

Easy: Talon by Julie Kagawa. I may not have enjoyed the book as much as I’d hoped I would–though I may give it another try some time–the embossed dragon scales on the cover gave the whole reading experience extra oomph.

Phase 8: Meet the Parents a book you’d recommend to friends and family

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. This book, alongside Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girl series, were what really turned me into a reader. I think the complexity of City of Bones in terms of the world created with also the simplicity of its fantasy storyline make it both accessible and intriguing enough to pull in my non-reader family while intricate enough to impress any of my reader friends who’ve yet to try them.

Phase 9: Dream About the Futurea series you know you’ll reread many times in the future

I will confess, I am not so much of a rereader. Though I will reread certain favourite parts of favourite books (not going to lie, it’s usually the moment the love interest and MC finally get together), I don’t like to read something when I know exactly what is going to happen, and with my memory, it could be years since I’ve read something and I’ll still recall the details. This is also why spoilers are the literal bane of my existence. Barring that, I would love to at some point get around to re-reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan, since A) I’m a slut for mythology and could use a refresher and B) it’s been a solid decade or more since my last time reading them so I’ve forgotten enough to make it shiny and new again.

Phase 10: Share the Love – tag people!

Since I myself stumbled upon this without being tagged, I tag anyone else who wants to do it! Wishing you a successful and deeply romantic novel-filled courtship, my bibliophilic friends.

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

The Cake Book Tag

img_1416Howdy, Bookworms! Today we’ll be doing something a little different. I’ve yet to do a tag on this blog so I’m super excited for this one, especially since, um, CAKE! Thanks so much bookchanted for tagging me–if you haven’t already, you should definitely go check out her blog too. For ease I linked the titles to their goodreads pages in case any of you want to check them out. Now, on to the deliciously bookish goodness! Continue reading