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Why I am Weird Tag

So my original Thursday post I had planned for today is taking a HECK of a lot longer than I thought it would, I was just wondering what I would post instead when one of my favourite bloggers/Twitter friends tagged me in this awesome top ten Thursday tag. You can chceck out Delly’s post here.

“Why I am Weird” Tag rules

  • List ten weird things about yourself, your life or silly habits that you wouldn’t normally share.
  • Tag up to ten people so you can get to know them better.
  • Link back to the person who tagged you & the creator
  • Comment on the posts of people you tagged!

Why I am Weird

  • I LOVE to sing and if I don’t do so on a regular occasion I get super grumpy. I especially love Disney songs, being able to name a huge amount of them within a couple of bars is my special skill.
  • I taught myself to swim like a mermaid when I was little and my nan paid for me to go to swimming lessons to learn to swim properly. I adore swimming and I also don’t have to put in any effort at all to tread water, I just float.
  • There are certain lines from films, tv shows and video games that can reduce me to tears almost instantly. These include (but are not limited to) “Goodnight Raggedy Man” from Doctor Who, “Had to be me, someone else might have gotten it wrong” from Mass Effect 3 and “You were my new dream” from Tangled.
  • I don’t drink tea or coffee and I very very rarely drink hot chocolate, I also really dislike any kind of fizzy drinks. I mostly just drink squash and the occasional glass of milk.
  • I play Dungeons and Dragons. Like…A LOT of Dungeons and Dragons. I love all of my characters with their extensive backstories and have playlists for almost of all of them.
  • I can get a little obsessive with some fictional characters – not in a way I think would be considered creepy or anything but I will quite often fall into the never-ending hole of YouTube edits. My go-to videos at the moment are usually Reylo, Mon El from Supergirl, Garrus from Mass Effect, Merlin (and Arthur if I really want to hurt) almost any Shadowhunters ones and the occasional Killjoys ones. I used to listen to music and imagine what videos I’d make to the songs and I finally got around to making my own one this year which I’m super proud of (It’s a Killjoys one if you wanted to check it out here)
  • I have to have at least a rough plan of what I’m doing for the day or I get stressed out/unmotivated. I love lists and I hate cancelled plans even if I maybe didn’t want to go.

  • I have to do things a certain way or I get stressed out and anxious. For example, I have to turn the lights off in the flat a certain way or I worry they’ll explode and I always brush my teeth the exact same way for the same amount of time. I also got so upset about our airer being wonky that I cried.
  • I used to be absolutely terrified of cows.
  • I have broken every single of one of my toes and fingers at least once as well as both of my arms (almost exactly a year apart).

So there you have it, ten weird facts about me. Feel like sharing ten weird facts about yourself? Then consider yourself tagged! Link back to me and don’t foget to credit Delly for creating the tag if you do so! I can’t wait to learn more about you!

 

 

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Mass Effect Book tag

Marta from MsBookishCorner created this Mass Effect Book Tag and as I am well and truly into the Sci-Fi binge read and have got back into playing an almost unhealthy amount of Mass Effect again to celebrate I thought this would be an appropriate book tag to take part in! Briefing note: There are a couple of questions towards the end (8 and 10) that could be considered spoilers for the end of Mass Effect 3, obviously it’s a game about choice so they’re not things that will necessarily spoil your personal playthrough but just a heads up anyway.

1. Commander Shepard
Paragon: A main character that puts the needs of everyone else before their own

Iden Versio from Star Wars Battlefront: Inferno Squad is one of my favourite self sacrificing character and not in a conventional way. People die on her watch and she’s killed or led to the deaths of innocent people but she sees this as doing the right thing for the Empire and therefore for the greater good, she puts aside any reservations she has for that better future and even when circumstances change she keeps putting others needs before her own although in some way I do wonder how much of this is guilt.

Renegade: A main character that chooses to do bad things for “the greater good”

AIDAN from The Illuminae Files is my obvious choice for this, a self-aware A.I that makes the hard choices to protect others, even if his sense of the greater good is pretty warped you can see the almost good intent behind it.

2. Eden Prime: the book/book series that got you into reading

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by JK Rowling was a book I read when I started secondary school and was one of the first proper books I read for fun and absolutely threw myself into. I’d always liked and been good at reading but HP just opened up a whole new world to me and I’ve never really stopped since. Honourable mention for ACOTAR for getting me back into more regular reading years and years later as well.

3. Liara T’Soni: a book that taught you something new 

I learned a lot about ancient alchemical texts and the way they were documented thanks to A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I liked that the book very much reminded me of what that first Twilight book could have been had it been better and perhaps aimed at a more adult audience. (Disclaimer: I enjoyed the original Twilight and there was nothing wrong with it being YA, I mentioned genre purely because DoW is an adult book).

4. Garrus Vakarian: a character that brought joy/life to an otherwise sad/too serious book

Zuzana from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone books was the actual soul of those books and I genuinely don’t think I would have finished the series if it weren’t for her and I find her an important role for many reasons. She’s hilarious and asks the real questions, especially the sassy ones but is also just full of support and love, an absolute joy.

5. Virmire
Kaidan Alenko: a book that was boring in the beginning but ended up becoming good

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas as a long painful read for me. I didn’t think very much of Chaol by the time his book came around and he continued to grate on me throughout this story but then Yrene turns up and we get a tribe of people who fly giant birds etc as time goes on and the beginning and even the middle to an extent is a bit of a slog but I did end up very much enjoying the last third of the book even if I still don’t really like Chaol.

Ashley Williams: a book/book series that no matter how many times you’ve tried you just can’t get into it

The Witchlands books by Susan Dennard is usually my go-to answer for this, I read Truthwitch and Windwitch and had to love for any of the characters, their choices bothered me immensely and I could not seem to enjoy them despite trying with both books and a sample of Sightwitch from Netgalley. Coincidently I’m finding myself just this past week, considering trying Bloodwitch, the third in the series.

6. Joker: a book that made you laugh

The Unmumsy Mum by Sarah Turner had me in absolute stitches almost the entire time I was reading it. As a parent, it was so utterly relatable and had me nodding along in between fits of giggles as well as really helping me to adjust to dealing with my sweet little baby becoming a toddler as it turns out toddlers are absolute gits sometimes.

7. Tali’Zorah vas Normandy: a character that grew throughout the book and ended up becoming an amazing character

Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas is the first character that comes to mind for this. I found her a little annoying, to begin with, and remember calling her a “whiny Katniss Everdeen” for a good chunk of the first half of the book but by the end of the book I was pretty much in love with her, her character changed so much but in ways that made sense as she was pushed to her limit and she just grows in so many different ways throughout the first book and the others and not always for good but I enjoyed her character arc throughout.

8. Mordin Solus and Thane Krios: a character that had a tragic death that you wish you could bring back to life

See now this is a difficult one, like with Mordin’s death (depending how you play and the choices you make) most of the deaths that have affected me in books have meant something and tend to have at least some kind of purpose to them so even when they’re tragic it’s for a reason.

Spoilers for Once and Future:

 

I would bring back Kay.

9. Reapers: a villain that you love

If I hadn’t already used him I would have said AIDAN from The Illuminae Files but I’m also not entirely sure I would call him a villain either. Instead, I pick Sebastian from The Mortal Instruments. He was clever, vindictive, charismatic, broken and had his weaknesses. He was truly a character I loved to hate but often found myself feeling sorry for when remembering everything he had been through.

10. The Ending
Destroy: a book/book series you wish you could make disappear

I don’t think I’ve ever hated a book or series so much I wanted it to disappear, just because I didn’t like something it doesn’t mean others won’t get joy out of it and then I remembered just how many hugely problematic, racist, homophobic and sexist books out there and I’d like to destroy all of them please.

Control: an author you wish you could control in order to change something about their book/book series

I would love to change the end to the Sookie Stackhouse books, think about how angry and disappointed all those entitled people are about Game of Thrones right now. That’s how I feel about the ending to the Sookie Stackhouse books (except I’m fully aware that how I feel about it matters little and it doesn’t actually give me a right to demand it be changed, I can however still be disappointed in it and no end has disappointed me more).

Synthesize: two authors you wish would co-write a book

I feel like I would love something by Becky Chambers and Lauren James. Becky’s amazing world building and Laurens suspenseful writing along with their mad science skills would be a dream collaboration for me!

That was a fun book tag and one of the more difficult ones I’ve done but also very nostalgic because it’s been a little while since I played the original trilogy all the way through and right now I just want to hop back onto the Normandy and see all my old friends. I hope you enjoyed this tag, I’ll tag a few people on Twitter as usual but if you want to take part that’s great too just leave me a link to your post in the comments or link back to me here in your own post so I can check it out!

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Tag Thursday – To Kill A Kingdom Tag

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo came out in March this year and was one of my very first Net Galley reads (Click here to check out my review). I loved the darker bloodthirsty side to Princess Lira and the fun companionship of the crew as well as it’s nods to The Little Mermaid as well.

The lovely Lydia from Silver Wolf Reads tagged me in her very own original To Kill a Kingdom Book Tag that she worked on with Alexandra Christo herself and remembering how much I loved the book when I originally reviewed it tagged me and I’m so excited to do it so here goes!

You’re going on a vacation on a cruise boat for a week. Which book(s) would you pack to keep you entertained as you explore the seven seas?

I’d bring my kindle for sure so that I have a wide range to choose from and I could maybe start working through my NetGalley back up too! Physical book wise I would bring Illuminae because I always want to reread it and I might end up desperately wanting to do so, I’d maybe bring six of crows and crooked kingdom as I still have to read them and I keep finding excuses not too. Even though I haven’t started it yet though I wouldn’t bring A Kingdom of Ash as I would end up spending too much time reading and a vacation would be pointless. I’d definitely make sure I had some titles ready to go on Audible too!

You’re on the boat, and you start to hear your favourite song being played out from a nearby island. Which song would this be? What book do you associate with this song?

I don’t really have a favourite song because what I’m in the mood for changes quite often and usually, I have a playlist that I become obsessed with instead. If I had to pick one it would probably be Hold me Tight (or don’t) by Fall Out Boy which reminds me of Cardan and Jude from The Cruel Prince.

You go to the side of the boat and notice a mermaid sat on the rocks. She seems pretty bored. And you know of loads of awesome books. Which one book do you always recommend to people without fail?

The Last Namsara. I’m not even sure I can explain why I just wondered what book I would probably enjoy most if I were a mermaid and that’s what came to mind. Maybe I love Asha and how kickass she seems?

The mermaid seems pretty happy with your suggestion, and swims off. You hear the song from a moment ago has stopped. And there doesn’t seem to many people about. Creepy, huh? What book gave you the chills whilst you were reading it?

The Loneliest Girl In The Universe! This book gave me serious chills and that horrible feeling when you feel like someone punched you in the chest when a twist hits you and you realise you’re not actually reading a fluffy space contemporary. I will never get over that damn book.

The song picks up again. But this time, it doesn’t sound like the normal version you’re used to. It sounds eery, and you can feel yourself walking towards the sound. You’re in a trance. Which book hooked you in from the very first page?

I was going to say The Last Namsara again because “Asha lured the Dragon with a story” is a great first line but honestly I think it has to be The Hobbit which totally captivated me as a child. “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

You’re climbing over the rails of the ocean, moving towards the sound of the singing. You jump into the ocean and a rush of cold hits you. What book has the biggest plot twist that you weren’t expecting?

Did I mention The Loneliest Girl In The Universe yet? Of course I did.
As I have I’ll say Undead Girl Gang for this one if you’ve read it I’ll just say mushrooms and I’m pretty sure you’ll get it.

You begin swimming on instinct, nothing has come to get you yet. You feel like you’ve been swimming for hours. What’s the biggest book you’ve ever read? (Or the one that’s taken you the longest time to read).

I’m pretty sure strange The Dreamer is the biggest book I’ve read and honestly, I listened to most of it in the end because it was so hard to carry around in my bag!

Something grabs your leg. You start kicking. Which book deals with heavy/under-discussed that always makes you want to put up a fight for righteousness?

The Exact Opposite of Okay, it really changed the way I understood occurrences in my day to day life, how I felt about myself and the people I spend my time with.

They’re pulling you under the water. Which book had you on the edge of your seat, unable to breathe as you turned to the next page?

Illuminae. I remember turning the pages so damn fast and my face being practically in the book trying to read the words faster, it was crazy and I ended up with a saw jaw from clenching it so hard and for so long.

You notice a glimpse of red. You notice a fish-like tail. It’s a siren. Which book would you recommend for people who love the ocean’s mythical creatures?

Funnily enough probably To Kill A Kingdom, I love the distinction between sirens and mermaids as well as the culture surrounding the sirens themselves and how it came to be.

There is an enormous screeching sound. The siren lets go. You float to the top of the ocean surface, gasping for air. You’re alive. You get onboard the boat, dry off and clutch your books to your chest.

Which bookish-friends would you call to share your experience with? Who would you believe you? Who should do this tag?

Damn, I was hoping a Siren would fall in love with me? There’s still time right?

I’m terrible at picking people to tag so I’ll say that if you see this and want to take part consider yourself tagged by me! Let me know if you take part and link me so I can check your answers!