Saturday, March 17, 2018

One Lovely Blog Award

A doe and her fawn I came upon while walking, circa Montana years

Thanks to Stephen (of Stephen Writes) for nominating me and tagging me! Although I still have more (older) tags to attend to, this is a nice short one that I could finish more quickly.


Thank the person who nominated you for the award;
Share seven facts about yourself;
Nominate 15 other bloggers and inform them.

Seven Bookish Facts About Me

  • Every "which literary character" are you quiz ends with me being Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games fame, even though she's not exactly my personality type (my personality type being INTJ). I think it's probably something to do with the fact that we had gritty childhoods and will do anything to survive, but I could be wrong.

  • Although I am obsessed with J.R.R. Tolkien, for years I had only read The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Yesterday I read The Hobbit and it was another of my 5 star reads of 2018!

  • I remember after reading and watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy, I decided I would write my own books. I was 12, so I've been a book writer for 13 years! Before that, I was a short story writer who wrote about unicorns living in a subterranean environment to get extra credit for 4th grade English class.

  • I would love to go to author signings, etc., but I'm afraid the crowds might freak me out. Of course, this year I went to the Killers concert and waited in line for an hour with a bunch of people, so maybe my fear is less relevant than it used to be.

  • If I could only choose one book to bring to a desert island with me, it would be the Bible. Basically, although I find parts of it grotesque (i.e. parts of the Old Testament) I really enjoy the variety of stories it offers- and it's technically one book.

  • Although I read a ton of romance, I'm a bit of a coldly logical person when it comes to romance IRL. Sometimes it makes me feel a bit like a robot/female Spock, but I don't believe most couples will be together forever and ever... but it's nice to read about that happening!

  • I haven't read any poetry since I was about 18ish until 2017, when I started to read Rupi Kaur's work. It's powerful!

My Nominees

Since rules are made to be bent, I am going to just leave this open to anyone who would like to tag themselves. If you tag yourself, feel free to drop a link to your tag in the comments!

Which books have inspired you? Have you gone to any author/bookish events?

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Fortnightly Update #41: Let's Try This Regularly Blogging Thing Again!

I may not be the most efficient blogger, but I feel like blogging (particularly about books) helps keep me on track with my goals and helps keep track of my health, so I'd better start again. Lately I've been on an ARC-acquiring binge because it gives me something to look forward to (even if the publication dates have begun passing me by on a few of them).

Recent Acquisitions (or the Piling of the-Piles):

the-pile Additions:

Some to speak of, but I'm too shaky-handed to take decent pictures now.

the-invisible-pile Additions:

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
An anonymous blogger is threatened with having their gender fluidity outed in this YA book- I just thought it was an interesting topic. Because of my past, I sometimes find YA books triggering, which is why I typically avoid them, but of course, not all YA books are that way for me.

Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom by John O'Donohue
I feel like if my aunt were alive, this would be something that she'd read. She was very neo-pagan-ish for a Catholic woman.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X, Alex Haley, & M.S. Handler
I have a movie about Malcolm X's life, but I think the autobio ought to be more fascinating. He was an incredibly complex man.

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
Both this book and Dear Martin are YA, which as I stated above, I typically avoid, but... the descriptions of these both made me want to read them. This is about a girl who allegedly killed a baby.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone
This YA also revolves around crime and justice, this one more involving the current state of affairs between the public and the police.

 Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1) by Ann Leckie
The worst thing (by far) about being a book blogger is that if you see a book mentioned enough times (positively or negatively) and you're curious, you'll probably want to read it. This one is one of those for me- I've seen positive and negative reviews and I'm very curious about which end of the spectrum I'll end up on.


School for Psychics (School for Psychics #1) by K.C. Archer
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018
I couldn't resist this one's description- and as a twenty-something, I must read books about my fellow twenty-somethings sometimes.

The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable
Expected publication: May 29th 2018
This is supposedly lighter historical fiction with a romantic bent about the relationship between John F. Kennedy and Alicia Corning Clark- I was intrigued, so I clicked Read Now.

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
Expected publication: July 17th 2018
I'm not into thrillers... but something about the description of this one hooked me. I hope it's as good as it sounds.

Currently Reading:

I am very slowly munching on this book, but I'm still loving it. It's a hard book to read, in some ways, because the magic system is intricate. I don't like to compare books (especially across age ranges), but it does remind me of Harry Potter.

Expected publication: March 27th 2018
I read the first in this series, How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days (The Embraced #1), last year, but I haven't read the second yet. Although I skipped one in the series, it still makes sense to me, though if you plan on reading this series (which is fantasy/paranormal romance) I would recommend starting with the first one and reading sequentially.

Blogger Event:

From Here

In case you're looking for a challenge, Let's Book About It and That One Girl Who Reads are hosting a Lost-A-Thon in April from the Twitter account OurLostLibrary and from That One Girl Who Reads's blog. It looks like a lot of fun, but I'm not sure if I'll be up for the challenge.

P.S. If you have book blogger events that you'd like me to share, feel free to contact me to put them on my Fortnightly Updates. I try to share book blog posts, but sometimes fibro-fog is just a beast!

In My Life:

Pictures Taken From My Kindle (AKA not the best, but...)
I am tending to my minion army, which I started back in February. I was upset at George (the cat) because he decided that my schizanthus flowers I put in the back room were his to play with (or rather, destroy). I've started over with the schizanthus and also started tomato seedlings (which are more sensitive to frost). I'm hoping everything will turn out well.

Are any ARCs sparking your attention?

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Get To Know Me Book Tag (Better Late Than Never!)

Jamie @ The Last Page tagged me with this Get to Know Me tag that she wrote the questions for way back in July. Since I'm having a bit of a hard time punching out reviews, I may as well complete some of these tags that I've put off for so long! Feel free to tag yourselves!

Me, feverishly happy after the Killers' concert, AKA best day of my life so far

About Me

Name: Litha

Birthday: July 6th

Eye Color: Blue, but going kind of gray lately

Hair Color: My natural hair color is light-ish ash brown, my chosen hair color is bordello red (AKA L'Oreal Paris's Feria "Cherry Crush"- it's darkish red with a hot pink undertone).

Tattoos: None, but I would consider a few of them.

Piercings: I used to have "normal" piercings in my ears, but I let them heal. I tend to overuse  bracelets and necklaces, so I probably don't need earrings too.

Torrie the Mini Direwolf


Eating / Drinking: Rooibos tea mixed with a bit of masala tea spice.

Wearing: Dark jeans, black ankle boots, and a mauve/subdued rose blouse with puff sleeves. For jewelry, I'm wearing my usual triquetra charm bracelet my aunt bought for me before she passed and a faux bling flower bauble necklace.

Single or Taken: Happily a bachelorette. 

Pets: I have Torrie the mini direwolf, George the mini sabertooth, and Leia the weirdest dog ever. They all came from the shelter, and they all are very... interesting.

Reading: I'm trying to get through The Philosopher's Flight by Tom Miller, which makes it sound onerous, but it's actually so fascinating that I am taking my time to soak up all the details.

Watching: Psych (season 1-rewatching), Bones (the last season- I'm trying to pace myself on this rewatch), and #MeToo Now What? on PBS (which can be streamed for free if you're in the States).

Oscar Wilde being Oscar Wilde

My Favorites

Color: Purple, blue, and red (choosing one would be impossible!)

Hobbies: Gardening, reading, listening to music, and occasionally gaming.

Authors: Margaret Atwood, Oscar Wilde, Octavia E. Butler, and too many others to name.

Book Genres: Fantasy, sci-fi, and historical (with an emphasis on Gothic books). I like most things with a romantic bent to them, but sometimes I get burnt out by it.

Food & beverages: Right now I've been only eating high protein things and drinking tea because I've been so nauseous that I don't feel like eating. However, the exception to that rule appears to be dark chocolate (70%+ proof).

Television Shows: House M.D., Bones, Inspector Lewis, Sherlock, and Psych. I am a detective show junkie.

Films: The Princess Bride, Moulin Rouge, Pan's Labyrinth, V for Vendetta, and Rent.

Leia being a porch puppy

Reading Habits

Where is your favorite place to read? In the summer I tend to read while out on my porch, in the winter I (boringly) read inside instead of gathering icicles as a frozen statue on my front porch.

Do you ever read ahead or skip pages: The only time I recall doing this was with the final Harry Potter book. I read the final page to reassure myself.

Physical Books or Ebooks? I love physical books, but with my syringomyelia I have a hard time grasping them properly. I love ebooks for the convenience, and for the fact that my tablet is easier to grasp and takes more hard falls gracefully than any of my pretty physical copies.

Audiobooks? I only "read" audiobooks when I buy them along with a Kindle book- I'm hooked on visual learning.

Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends: This is a tough one, so I will give my middle-school self answer: Luthe from The Hero and the Crown!

My Angst Post from 2017's SSEP

My Future

Marriage: I could take it or leave it. I think as a kid who saw many dysfunctional and unhappy marriages around me, I'm more into commitment than I am ceremonial commitment. Plus, the divorce rate in the U.S. is yikes!.

Children: I love kids, but with my disabilities I'd worry about keeping up. I'd definitely need a partner in crime if I were to have children, or just adopt older kids. I have, of course, considered becoming a cat "child" hoarder, but George would be unhappy with that decision.

Career: Someday (someday!) I will finish off some of my books and publish them. Because I have a shelf-full of semi-done manuscripts, but all of them need a harsh dusting with a flamethrower. Otherwise, I have no current prospects- college would freak me out too much (for reasons) and I have embraced autodidactism to the point I get into arguments with a lot of college folks for education shaming. Not everyone can afford college, and even if it were affordable, a piece of paper with my name on it would mean nothing to me hanging on the wall. A piece of my own art would mean so much more.

Where Do You Want to Live? I would love to live in a bigger city than the one that I live in now. I hate having to travel 4 hours (there and back again) for my medical care.

What are your pursuits/goals for 2018? Which books are your favorites so far this year?

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