Three Bookish Things Booktag

I saw this tag over at KBBookReviews (check out her answers through the link) and filed it away for a quiet day, as I thought the questions were pretty interesting. Well, today’s pretty quiet, so here goes nothing.

Three Read Once and Loved Authors

  1. She Who Became The Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

    But of course my most recent borderline obsession was making the list. It’s just a borderline perfect example of historical fantasy and a scarily good debut. I will be fixing having only read her books once the moment she lets me.

  2. Lud in the Mist by Hope Mirrlees

    This one has grown and grown on me since reading it. It’s a witty, shrewd, warm-hearted story that’s part adventure, part mystery, and part musings on accepting the neighbours we’ve been told to fear. If there’s one book from fantasy’s dawn I would recommend to everyone, it’s this one.

  3. The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers

    This discovery is so new I don’t have the review up! But it’s a very fun and well put together book about time travel, occult conspiracies, romantic poets, and a bunch of other things. It takes a while to get going but once it does, it’s an enthralling story.

Three Titles I’ve Watched but haven’t Read

  1. Father Brown by GK Chesterton

    I have zero idea whether I’d like the books, although I imagine I would, but Father Brown is a fine example of the sort of cozy murder mystery set in England’s green and pleasant land that I like to binge every now and again.

  2. Inspector Morse by Colin Dexter

    Gods, I haven’t watched Morse in forever, or Endeavour for that matter. Morse is the sort of crabby, awkward misanthrope that makes for the best type of fictional detective. I should really start watching him again.

  3. Poirot by Agatha Christie

    Ya seeing the theme yet? Apparently I like my detective stories televised, not written.

Three Characters You Love

I’m following KB’s example of keeping it to recent – read first time this year for me – to try and make this a bit easier on myself.

  1. Ista dy Chalion (Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold)

    Ista is wonderfully human and wonderfully heroic. She gets exasperated regularly, lets herself get pushed around a little at times, self-doubts, wants things she shouldn’t want. But at core her dedication to protecting those she loves is nigh-endless, and her resilience and quick wit makes her a force to be reckoned with. A true hero.

  2. Nikolai Lantsov (King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo)

    From a character who’s wonderful for being very human to one who seems a bit idealised but all the better for it. Nikolai is a force of nature; witty, magnetic, courageous, quick-thinking, super competent. A beau ideal. But in a very good way, and he’s so much fun to read about and root for.

  3. ReGi (The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday by Saad Z Hossain)

    From heroes to sidekicks. To a foul mouthed, wise cracking, weed dealing, gleefully unimpressed Djinn who gets all the best lines in a book that is best lines from beginning to end. I want a Gurkha and Lord of Tuesday movie, and seeing someone play ReGi is 20% of why.

Three Series Binged

  1. Codex Alera by Jim Butcher

    I found this series after binging the Dresden Files and just tore through it. I think it’s such an underappreciated example of clever fun blockbuster Epic Fantasy. Now I mention it, maybe I should binge it again.

  2. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

    My OG binge. I can’t remember how old I was at the time but after my parents finished reading me The Hobbit, I found out we had these as well and went to town. Now I mention it, maybe I should binge this again too.

  3. The Collegium Chronicles by Mercedes Lackey

    Look, I don’t binge much. In fact, I’ve more or less given up on series for the time being. But I binged this recently out of morbid curiosity, and it was better to binge than stretch it out. Now I mention it, maybe I should bi- oh no I won’t.

Three Favourite Book Covers

Thud by Sir Terry Pratchett just has such an eye-catching, symbolically powerful cover. Some of Paul Kidby’s best work.

Earth Logic by Laurie J Marks – I’ve never even read this book! But I started the series simply because I just love the old school fantasy vibes of it. I’ve forgotten the artist’s name, does anyone know it?

The Father Christmas Letters by JRR Tolkien – Just look at it. It’s got a real sense of homely wonder and awe to it. And it’s Tolkien’s own illustration.

Three Goals for the Year

  1. Read 200 books. I’ve pretty much got to read a book a day for this to happen, but I’m so close and have no shame about including novellas and short comics, so it’s doable.

  2. Do another three agent queries. I’ve kinda forgotten about this due to everything going on in my life, and some doubts about trad pub, but I owe it to myself to keep pushing.

  3. Spend more time playing with my cat. Poor little thing, nobody loves him.

That’s it for this time, hope you enjoyed, and consider yourself tagged if you wish.

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