Happy Monday everyone! How’s your month going? Are you guys doing well and you’re happy? I’m back to work now and I’m happy to see my co-workers and get that part of my daily routine back! But not only that, my new obsession is Animal Crossing! Back in late March when things shut down real fast and there was a small earthquake not far from my city, I was overwhelmed. I needed something to keep my mind off of things, so my husband suggested looking into the new Animal Crossing game. I never thought it would be my thing, but after I started it, I’ve played every day since! So when I saw that there was a book tag centered around this game, I couldn’t resist! The original tag was created by Two Book Thieves.

1. Past Villager: Who is a character you found when you were younger that still has a place in your heart?

I’d have to say that it’s Mogget from the Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix. He is a free magic creature that is in the form of a white cat in the series. He has a small bell on his collar that keeps him in that form. He’s such a smart mouthed creature who always tries to get the current Abhorsen to make a deal and set him free. Now whenever I see an all white cat, I always think of him lol. Plus Tim Curry’s narration of the audio books has cemented his voice as this sassy cat in my head.

2. Blather’s Blatherings: Recommend a historical fiction that everyone should read!

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I’m putting two in here lol! One is already out that you can go get and the other doesn’t come out until late next month but it’s one you CAN’T miss! The first one that’s already out is Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson. This has 3 POVs, with one in 2065, 1934 and 1919 and how all three girls are connected. I got this book from my library’s Overdrive app as a Kindle book and I nearly cried by the end. It’s quiet but beautiful as these girls experience love, loss, family and fear of the unknown. It’s a masterpiece that more people need to read.

The other comes out in June and it’s Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi which I read at the end of April.  We follow Frannie Tasker, a girl from Grand Bahama Island who assumes the identity of an American girl and eventually becomes a female spy during the American Revolution. There was a real female agent who went under the code 355 which stood for “lady” and her real identity is unknown. But this story is  splendid “what if?” story that I can’t recommend enough for historical fiction lovers.

3. Celeste’s Wish: What is a future book release that you wish you could read now?

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THIS THIS THIS! I loved “Unearthed” by this duo and Amie Kaufman has proved that she’s a skilled YA author that will always have my attention. This new book is sci-fi fantasy that supposedly has Hayao Miyazaki vibes! (He’s the guy behind movies like Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke) That immediately has my heart yearning for this gorgeous book to read now!

4. Timmy & Tommy: What’s your favorite sibling relationship in a book?

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This book is just one of many (can’t remember more of them) that feature a great sibling relationship. This book centers around Tempest, who is going to revive her dead sister Elysea for 24 hours. She thinks that reviving her sister to find out what happened to her parents is the only reason, but she quickly realizes other reasons why she wanted her sister back. I loved how we see both sisters handle their grief, joy and also fear of this resurrection process and what happens after. This is an amazing sister relationship that made this book a favorite for me.

5. The Easter Bunny: Name a popular character that you’re not a fan of

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I’m gonna go there and say Helene from the Ember in the Ashes series. I really liked her in book 2 but then in book 3, she really regressed and made so many stupid decisions and I’m not a fan anymore. She feels like a different character in books 2 and 3 and that’s not good for me. Her losses in book 2 don’t seem to affect her as much and I felt she was blindly making decisions in book 3 that caused negative consequences. Elias and Laia are much better characters than her for me.

6. Nook’s Loans: An author you’d give all your money to

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This is a silly question lol! Ever since I read the first Mistborn book in 2011, I knew this author was someone special. Now having read nearly everything he’s published, I have spent a lot of money on his book LOL! Whether it’s the audio books, hardcovers or fancy leather-bound editions, I love Sanderson’s works and probably always will. He’s really grown into a fantasy author who weaves humor, darkness and adventure into vast original worlds that always leave me wanting more.

7. The Sister’s Able: What is your favorite fictional family (found or otherwise)?

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Right now, it’s gotta be the found family in the Diviners series! With Evie, Sam, Theta, Memphis, Isaiah, Mabel and Jericho, this group of friends who are initially strangers create a family bond that warms my heart! I love how while they each have their own character story to tell, you see the love and strength of when they’re together. The author really outdid herself with creating a found family that will always be memorable.

8. It’s a C+: What’s a trope you don’t like that keeps popping up?

Frankly, I don’t like the trope/trend that a lot of YA books where the protagonist becomes VERY skilled at their magic/fighting/abilities very quickly. Hardly any protagonists in YA have to fight and struggle to be good and master something, like how real life is. It’s irritating when the character never is challenged by enemies or their circumstances. YA books are for teens and teens need to see how characters, even in a fictional world, have to work hard to be good at something and how trials and struggles can make you grow. That doesn’t happen enough so that needs to change…

9. The Wandering Camel: What is your favorite book set in a land far away from yours?

 

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This book set in Japan was riveting and really transported to the faraway country. We follow a girl who seeks seven shinigami in order to not only get revenge but also prevent a demon lord from destroying the world. We some different parts of Japan in this book and I loved every page of this YA book! I hope there’s more to come in this series 🙂

10. What Would Dodos Do? A fictional land you wish you could fly away to at any moment?

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That’s a no brainer: the world from Strange the Dreamer! I would love to see the Great Library of Zosma, the city of Weep or the vast desert that Lazlo crosses with the caravan to get to Weep! This world is so magical, foreign and alluring that I would love to whisk myself away to a land like this 🙂

 

Therefore, I tag:

Amanda @ Literary Weaponry

Destiny @ Howling Libraries

Xandra @ Starry Sky Books

Anyone else who plays Animal Crossing is also tagged! 😀