Finally Fall Book Tag

The season has finally started to change. The weather is getting cooler during the day and not just at night. The candy corn is back in the aisles. I found this awesome book tag that celebrates some of my favorite things about the season, plus I missed doing tags. Enjoy!

In fall, the air is crisp and clear: Name a book with a vivid setting!

For this one I am going with a historical fiction book: The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah . This book made the dustbowl, migrant camps, and work fields come alive. The writing is so vivid and beautiful, even in this book that is largely heartbreak.

Nature is beautiful…but also dying: Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

Unfortunately for this question and perhaps myself I have read quite a few books that fit in this category. I would pick Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi and The Deep by Rivers Solomon but for very different reasons. Yolk is a contemporary that focuses on health, growing up, and food. The Deep is a fantasy that surrounds generational trauma, identity, and mermaids.

Fall is back to school season: Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

I have been reading a lot more non-fiction lately. One that really stuck with me was Pushout by Monique Morris. This focused on the criminalization of Black girls and the structures that work against them in the school systems, especially in the US.

In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: Name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.

Even though i wasn’t a huge fan of the last book I would love to be a member of the Penderwick clan from the Penderwick series by Jeanne Birdsall. This passionate, loving, wild family is so endearing and cares for each other so deeply that I would just love to be another member of this ever growing family.

The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: Show us a pile of fall-colored spines!

Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: Share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.

Definitely going with the classic The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss for this one. This fantasy epic is Kvothe telling his own story to a biographer after years in hiding from his past.

The nights are getting darker: Share a dark, creepy read.

I am not a huge horror or gore fan but I do like a good mystery or suspense novel. The best creepy novel I have read recently is A Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell. This is the story of massacre, class, and coverup. This was brutal but not gorey or gross and definitely a great stay-up-all-night nervous book.

The days are getting colder: Name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.

Eva Evergreen: Semi-Magical Witch by Julia Abe is an incredibly heartwarming book that also deals with an impending storm. I absolutely adore this book about a young witch going to find her talents and her place in the community (both magical and non).

Fall returns every year: Name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.

This is not a book but a world favorite. I absolutely love Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legends of Korra. I am super excited to return to the world with the Kyoshi duology by F.C. Yee and Suki, Alone by Faith Erin Hicks this fall.

Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: Share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”!

I got a large mug with a hot beverage and cozy cat. I am all set to settle in for a long reading night.

The post Finally Fall Book Tag appeared first on Kristin Kraves Books.

Avatar: The Last Airbender – Book Tag!

This tag was created by A Clockwork Reader on YouTube. As I just finished my rewatch of Avatar and am making my way back through Korra and loving it, I thought this was a cool time for this tag. I loved this tag and thought the questions were really fun. What type of bender would you be? I would for sure be a fire bender.

Water


1.) Katara and Sokka: The Best Sibling Relationship

For this I am going with the Penderwick series by Jeanne Birdsall. In the first book we follow Roselind , Skye, Jane, and Batty who are on summer vacation with their father. They are such a sweet family. The say they care for each other and the frustrations they have with each other are so real and grounded. I love that they each got their own path.


2.) Yue: Favorite Star-Crossed Lovers

The Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds: I’m not sure there is a correct way to define this love, but star-crossed seems close enough. I loved this story and it did in fact bring me to tears more than once.


3.) Blood Bending: A Book With A Disturbing/Unsettling Content

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett: This books place in a dystopian community where girls are banished for a year when they are 17 to rid themselves of the “magic” that corrupts the men in the society. It follows through in all the ways this can be interpreted the vulnerable year of banishment and how a society throughout it’s years places blame on young women for corrupting.

Earth


1.) Toph: A Character Whose Strength Surprised You or The Other Characters In The Book

Jude and Noah from I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. We follow these twins three years apart and through the story it is slowly revealed just how much weight they were carrying.
2.) The Tales of Ba Sing Se: Best Short Story/Poetry Collection

There are a lot of really good ones. I think the one that has the most stories that stuck with me is Paper Cities edited by Ekaterina Sedia. Each story is a fantasy set in a city whether real or fictional. I really like most of the stories and loved the way setting was used as the common thread.


3.) Kioshi Warriors: Best Warrior Character

This answer is only ever going to be Paks from The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon. She starts as a sheepfarmer’s daughter and joins up as a foot soldier. Then… everything else happens but she is always a warrior at heart.

Fire


1.) Zuko: Best Redemption Arc

In general I don’t think these are well done. Zuko tends to be my number one example. I feel like the best example I have is Alabaster from The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin and it still doesn’t totally count. Also spoilers…


2.) Iroh: Wisest Character

Elodin from The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. He is the Master Namer at the University. It is literally his job to have an understanding of things as to name them. He is also an incredible teacher and his patience while people are taking in his learnings is unmatched.


3.) Azula: Best Downfall

Xifeng from Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao. This is a East Asian inspired Evil Queen (ie. Snow White’s step-mother) origin story. So we go in knowing it’s going to end badly, however Xifeng’s descent and how far she is willing to go to get what she wants is so spirally and good.

Air


1.) Appa: Favorite Fictional Animal/Pet

Gleep! The purest little dragon in the world from Myth Adventures by Robert Asprin. He is a baby dragon and he would think you are wonderful.


2.) Aang: Purest Cinnamon Roll

Chestnutt from Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia is the first one that comes to mind. Not only is she the softest character (personality wise and literally) but she reminds me a lot of Aang. Chestnutt wants to help people but struggles with being seen as capable.


3.) Avatar State: A Stubborn Character/ A Character That Struggles With Letting Go

Stevie Bell from the Truly Devious series by Maureen Johnson is incredibly stubborn. Yes, she is smart and passionate, but she is so stubborn. Stevie has a hard time letting go of a puzzle and initial perceptions of people. She makes a lot of mistakes when she can’t let go of the reins and let someone else take care of it. Super fun character to read though.

20 Questions Book Tag

So, I  wasn’t sure what to write for this week and then I found this tag over at Fantastic Book Dragon. I  am not sure who the original creator is… But it seems really cool and fun and I thought I would give it a try.

1. How many books are too many books in a series?

This is a hard one cause I feel like the real answer is anything in the double digits but some of my favorite series reach into the double digits. So think it depends on the world and skill of the author but MAJORITY of the time if it has hit double digits it has lasted too long.

2. How do you feel about cliff hangers?

I really like them because it encourages me to pick up the next one and not forget to continue the series. What really bugs is when the next book doesn’t pick up at the cliffhanger or it resolves in a page.

3. Hardback or paperback?

Paperback 100% I often like the hardback covers better but I spend most of my time looking at the spines.

4. Favorite book?

This is the world’s most unfair question. So here are a couple: Terrier by Tamora Pierce, All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren, School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

All the KingsMen

5. Your least favorite book?

I don’t really think I have a least favorite but the first one I remember disliking was Sarah Jane, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan in like 5th grade.

6. Love Triangles, yes or no?

Yes! As long as they are love triangle not love angles. I need for every character involved to have something to choose and lose in the stakes of this love. My best example is And I Darken by Kirsten White.

7. The most recent book you couldn’t finish?

The most recent would be Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I likely would have finished but the e-library loan was coming up and I just wasn’t vibing with the mystery.

8. A book you are currently reading?

I am currently reading The Constant Princess by Phillipa Gregory. I really like it and also I knew basically nothing about Catherine of Aragon. I know how her story ends but basically nothing else. She is fascinating!

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

I believe the last book I recommended was Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao to my mom. I really think she’ll like it.

forest of a thousand lanters

10. The Oldest book you have read by publication date?

The oldest are the Odyssey, Illiad, Antigone in the B.C. but no exact publication date. The latest I can find with a specific publication year is The Account by Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca (1542) which was for my American Literature 1 class in college.

11. The newest book you have read by publication date?

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire (January 7th, 2020)

12. Favorite Author?

I truly don’t know like I have no idea. There are literally so many to name a few: Susan Dennard, Patricia C. Wrede, Rick Riordan, Lemony Snicket, etc. 

dealing with dragons

13Buying books or borrowing books?

I love buying books like nothing gives me such a calm in life. But I do borrow books more I wouldn’t being able to sustain my reading otherwise.

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

It is not a dislike but I never totally understood the worship of the Raven Boys series. I liked them they were okay but I with all the fans of it I feel like there is some sort of disconnect.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Yes I am a terrible person who dog ears.

16. A book you can always reread?

Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley. Over and over and over again since I was I think nine. It speaks to my tiny soul.

spindles en

17. Can you read while hearing music?

Yeah, I can read while doing anything except like walking or drive cause that is dangerous.

18. One POV or Multiple POV?

Totally depends on the story but I think my favorite is a two POV alternating narrative.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or multiple days?

I really like days where I don’t have to do anything but pour over a book and just finish story after story. Those days are few and far between, most of the time I read a little every day.

20. One book you read because of the cover?

Only one? Most Recently: A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy. And it was amazing!

A river of Royal blood

 

 

 

Blog Tour: Truthwitch Book Tag

Welcome to today’s blog tour post for the Witchlands series by Susan Dennard! The new hardcover box set came out yesterday, October 8th, and features brand-new, refreshed covers for the first two books and a full cover map posters. Now if you don’t know I love the Witchlands series (also, hi and welcome!). It is full of elemental magic, friendship, angsty romance, and a world on the brink of war as a 20-year truce is about to come to an end.

So today in honor of the boxset release I am doing the Truthwitch Book Tag created by Insidemylibrarymind. It’s such a fun tag and will give you a small glimpse at all the moving parts and I get to talk about more books I like!

Safiya – A character that grew on you

 For this I have to go with Mirabella from the Three Dark Crowns series by Kendare Blake. It was just so easy to root for Katherine and Arsinoe but she was a slow burn. She was too perfect and tried to hard and cared in weird ways. But eventually I was at the point where I didn’t want her to die.Three Dark crowns

Iseult – A character that you relate to the most

the school for good and evil Besides Isuelt?! I don’t know that there is a way to answer this question without it being a brag. I think a character that I love and want to be consider like (at like peak me time) 8a6d9db8-dca9-42fd-9484-2c8491037332-1417-00000203493c67d0is Agatha from the School of Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Nubrevna – Favorite Setting

There are so many good options for this but I am going to go with Tamora Pierce’s Tortall. I have spent 5 book series there and I never tire of it. There is so much too explore and I like the magic and the gods and Pounce.

Aeduan – Favorite Anti-Hero

Shockingly I am not a huge fan of the anti-hero despite my deep love for Bae-duan. Maybe I will like more in the future but for now I am going with the other one I know well and like despite EVERYTHING which is the Vampire Lestat from Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles.

the vampire lestate

Merik Nihar – A loyal character

I feel like it is too easy to go with Ron Weasley for this one but I am going to go with another classic best friend and choose Grover Underwood from Percy Jackson and thelightning thief Olympians by Rick Riordan. If I need to explain this you need to go reread the books. 

Safi & Iseult – Favorite Female Friendship

Rosie and Peony from Spindle’s End were probably the first and still one of the best female friendships I have read. Their deep love and support for each other despite their differences is so touching. Plus I am a sucker for like the very spindles engirly feminine and grunge dynamics especially in a positive relationship.

Threads that Bind – Favorite Book Relationship

Ummm the relationship in Bloodwitch… but for real. I think my other answer for this question would be Elisa’s relationship in Crown of Embers and the Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson. It is so swoon worthy and angsty and they love each other so freaking much it hurts. Hopefully we get more sweet scenes with them in the upcoming Empire of Dreams.

crown of embers

The Puppeteer – Favorite Villan

 Actually very similar to the idea of the Puppeteer. I am going with the Fates from Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly. This was one of my favorite books this year and it was spurred on by the ongoing contest between the personifications of Fate and Chance, which I absolutely loved.

stepsister.jpg

The Mountain Bat – Favorite Animal/Creature

Blink from Diadem: Worlds of Magic by John Peel. He is a red panda familiar to a powerful sorceress who is an ally to our main trio. He can talk and he is sassy and sleepy and never wants to do work. I desperately wanted him when reading the e61da458-996f-40bc-a3ba-936f52eb759e-6747-000007c509ac4800books when I was like 9 and still kinda do.

Vaness – Most Intimidating Character

Intimidating is such a hard feeling to identify from a character cause it’s scythenot the most powerful or scariest, just the most intimidating. Which is definitely a cool dynamic that Safi experiences with Vaness. I am going with Scythe Curie from the Arc of the Scythe series by Neal Schustermen. She is so important and so impenetrable, especially when we first meet her. So it feels like an obvious choice.

So again read the Witchlands it is sooo worth it! And buy the full boxset of the first three books in the series with revamped covers by Cliff Nielsen and a full color map of the Witchlands from Jessica Khoury.

If you are interested you can purchase the boxset at any of these locations: