The A – Z Book Tag

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A | author you’ve read the most books from:

Without doing too much math, and referring to just my blog posts: Christine Feehan.

B | best sequel ever:

I really loved V. C. Andrews series Ruby. Every book was good and furthered the storyline.

C | currently reading:

Malleus Maleficarum by James Spenger
Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
The Greek Gods by Evslin, Evslin, & Hoopes
The Complete Works of Confucius
Jeff Edwards Military Thriller 3 Book Box Set

D | drink of choice while reading:

Honestly, I don’t have a go-to drink for reading. Whatever’s handy. I drink water, Diet Dr. Pepper, Tea, or Iced Coffee.

E | e-reader or physical book:

I do both. I like having a physcial book, but sometimes its just easier and handier to have an ebook on my phone or ereader. Some books I prefer to have the physical copy, but most of the time it doesn’t really matter.

F | fiction character you would’ve dated in high school:

Spoiler Alert: I didn’t date in high school. Life is complicated. So my initial reaction is: nobody. I wouldn’t have dated in high school, it was my choice not my parents. But if I would have to answer: Steve Rogers. I think he would have been supportive and wouldn’t pressure me into things I wasn’t comfortable with.

G | glad you have this book a chance:

I typically do not read non-fiction books as a rule. I use books as entertainment more than a source of information. However, I was tempted to read The Total Money Makeover and it has literally changed my life.

H | hidden gem book:

I was pleasantly surprised by The Cousins O’Dwyer series from Nora Roberts. It was suggested by my aunt who doesn’t normally give me book recommendations. Since she usually doesn’t do this I took her suggestion and enjoyed the entire series.

I | important moment in your reading life:

One of the more important moments was when I discovered Goodreads. To this day it is the easiest way for me to keep track of what I’m reading and my personal library.

J | just finished:

Heroes & Monsters of Greek Myth by Evslin, Evslin & Hoopes

K | kind of books you won’t read:

I really want to say that I’m open to any book from any genre, but I do know that some areas of my library are distinctly lacking. I don’t read many Westerns (I really should they’re my mom and brother’s favorites), and I don’t ready many biographies (I do own some but have yet to read them).

L | longest book you’ve read:

I , too, have read The Stand by Stephen King; but for the purposes of this blog: I’m currently read Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes and Malleaus Maleficarum by James Sprenger; both of which are monstrously sized.

M | major book hangover because of:

I’m currently attempting to read a 3 Book Boxed Set by Jeff Edwards. Each of these books are fairly substantial, and I’ve made it through one earlier this year, and did try to get started on the second one – but had to take a break.

N | number of bookcases you own:

Currently I have 3, but because of life and other reasons not one of them is full and I need to buy more.

O | one book you’ve read multiple times:

Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville

P | preffered place to read:

I have a few places: the bathtub (with a bubble bath), in bed, or in a comfy chair/recliner.

Q | quote that inspires you/gave you all the feels from a book:

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”

J. R. R. Tolkien

R | reading regret:

10 Tips for Writing Your First Book by Joe A. Rector

S | series you’ve started and need to finish (all books are out):

The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan – I actually have most of the books but it’s been so long since I’ve read them I’m going to have to start over.

T | three of your all time favourite books:

Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
Mort by Sir Terry Pratchett

U | unapologetic fangirl for:

Stephen King and the majority of his work. I even like the majority of his movies, even the bad ones.

V | very excited for this release:

I really don’t keep track of new releases. It’s just not my thing. Occasionally I’ll have a look at Stephen King’s website but that is it.

W | worst bookish habits:

I skip around in some series (see Christine Feehan) where the timeline doesn’t matter as much. I also don’t read every day and can skip between current books I’m reading.

X | x marks the spot! start at the top of your bookshelf and pick the 27th book:

Cold Case by Kate Wilhelm

Y | your latest book purchase:

I really haven’t bought much for books this year thanks to the pandemic, but I suppose we can include the free books I “purchased” from Amazon and they’re all by Tai Sheridan.

Z | zzz-snatcher book – last book that kept you up way too late:

It was probably the last book I read by Christine Feehan: Dark Prince.

What do you think of my book choices?

Leave your comments down below! Also please let me know if you’d like to see me do something on this blog that I haven’t done yet!

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Relax, You’re Going to Die by Tai Sheridan

Relax, You're Going to DieRelax, You’re Going to Die by Tai Sheridan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you’ve been following my reviews of Tai Sheridan, this is the third of his little ebooks, and for once I believe I’ve read something in order!

Buddha in Blue Jeans tackles the concept of sitting quietly with yourself, followed by Secrets of True Happiness, which I believe if you sit quietly enough you’ll start to contemplate what true happiness actually means. Beyond that is the concept of life and death, which is what this book tackles.

In another series of chapter-like poems ( I think I have it right this time!) he walks through the connection between life and death, while we are living we are also dying, and touches every so slightly on the role that religion plays in life and death.

Buddhists believe in reincarnation, so there is a whisper of that within the poems, but there is also nature, our ego, and even the universe and cosmos to consider. There are many things going on with our dance from life to death to consider, and this little ebook takes you there.

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Secrets of True Happiness by Tai Sheridan

Secrets of True HappinessSecrets of True Happiness by Tai Sheridan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another, very short, ebook from the Buddhist author, Tai Sheridan. This one is a little less straight forward than the other book, Sitting Quietly. This is one is more about our outlook onto the world rather than just sitting in it.

Again, with short, poem-like chapters, the author works through some of our greatest fears (death, fear, anger) and puts forth experiencing aliveness and big love into ourselves in order to become truly happy. He also has a short verse on the cyclical nature of “wanting”.

To me, it feels like this book is a step beyond Sitting Quietly, a deeper dive into our thoughts and nature to find deeper meaning and emotion. Or it could be just an interesting little ebook to get you thinking again about life and the meaning of the universe.

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Buddha in Blue Jeans by Tai Sheridan

Buddha in Blue Jeans: An Extremely Short Simple Zen Guide to Sitting Quietly and Being BuddhaBuddha in Blue Jeans: An Extremely Short Simple Zen Guide to Sitting Quietly and Being Buddha by Tai Sheridan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The title is aptly descriptive, it is a short ebook. I think I read it in 15 minutes, but that’s not really the point of this book. This book is a lesson in sitting quietly with yourself, which is something many of us humans have trouble doing, myself included.

This book is separated into tiny, poem-like chapters, the first one essentially explaining the basics of sitting quietly. The rest of the chapters help you work through what happens when you sit quietly, what to do with those pesky emotions, a wandering mind, and existential crises.

It’s written by a Buddhist, but it is written in such a way as to be appropriate for all religions or lack thereof. Anyone could benefit from this and that’s essentially why the author wrote it!

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Weekend Readathon for May 2020

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What is a Readathon?

I found a topic on Goodreads that answered this question really well:

A readathon, for those of you that might be confused, is an event, usually with a time limit, where you set a certain goal you would like to reach. The goal of readathons is to help you read more during that time period than you would any other time.

For me it simply worked better to try a readathon on one of weekends off from work. A time to relax and be myself surround by my books. I didn’t have a complete goal in mind, mostly because I’ve never tried to do a readathon before and wasn’t sure what I would be able to accomplish. I guess you could say I had the basic goal of try my best and see where I end up.

SATURDAY:

I finished reading Wonder Woman by Nancy Holder throughout the morning and afternoon. I had started reading it previously, but had only read through the first chapter before setting it aside. It started pouring down rain by the afternoon, so I made myself a cuppa tea and sat by my bay window for the added ambiance.

That evening I picked up Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes and read until it was too dark for me to see anymore. Leviathan is a difficult read and any little bit I can get in is tremendous progress.

SUNDAY:

I was a bit lazy on Sunday, meaning I slept in and watching a bit of YouTube before rousing myself for more activity.  Which means I didn’t get to reading until the afternoon where I read through Put the Cat in the Oven Before You Describe the Kitchen by Jake Vander-Ark, and three ebooks by Tai Sheridan: Buddha in Blue Jeans, Secrets of True Happiness, and Relax, You’re Going to Die. I finished with another round from Leviathan, until is was time for supper.

RESULTS:

I rather enjoyed myself. Usually I just read during my breaks at work, or sometimes in the mornings when I’m not ready to be productive just yet. I never just decide that I’ll go read for an hour.

This weekend showed me that I am capable of making a good size dent in my TBR pile. I read a total of 5 complete books (even though 4 were short ebooks they still count!) and made progress on the monster of a book I’m still trying get through, Leviathan.

I have a feeling that I’ll be doing this again when next I get day or two off from work, and the housework isn’t piling up!

Keep reading little book worms!

 

What about you? Have you tried a readathon before? Do you set aside a specific time to read? Let me know about it in the comments!