the mid-year book freak-out tag // speculative, historical, and much Goldstone Wood

Hello hello, readers, and welcome to (as the title suggests) a post in which I talk about the books I have read so far this year, the books I want to read later, and the fact that despite my grand plans to read 40 works of nonfiction this year, I have yet to read a single one.

(Yes, seriously, I haven’t read any nonfiction.)

I’ve seen this tag on several blogs already; I’m going to be taking my questions from Heather @ The Frozen Library and May @ Forever and Everly.

Before we start: I wrote this post on June 21; I will have (hopefully) read more books before its publication. (Including some nonfiction?) And, I’m going to relegate rereads to the “honorable mention” category (unless there’s a very good reason not to).

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reading stats

books read

  • total: 77 (+ two in-progress works by friends and about 10 Melanie Dickerson books — more on that later)
  • library books/borrowed: 47 (that was hard to count!)
  • ebooks/read on computer: 18
  • audiobooks/read alouds: 3
  • DNF: plenty that I will finish (including some I’m currently in the middle of); I don’t think I’m abandoning any
  • rereads: 46
  • sequels: 46 (I think?)

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fantastical realms blog tag

Today I’m doing an amazing tag that Jenelle Schmidt created! This tag goes along with the theme “February is Fantasy Month,” and Jenelle’s also created a linkup and a giant giveaway. All the information for that is in her original post, so go check that out!

As you probably know, fantasy is my very favorite genre, so I’m super excited to do this tag!

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the rules

  • Thank the blogger who tagged you. (Well, I wasn’t technically tagged for this, but Jenelle left it open to anyone who wanted to do it, and I first saw it on Christine’s blog. So thanks to both of you!)
  • Include the graphic somewhere in your post.
  • Link back to Jenelle’s blog somewhere in your post.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag a few blogger friends, and let them know they’ve been tagged.
  • Have fun!

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the questions + my answers

1 // In a strange twist of fate, you are transported into a fantasy realm of your choice. The catch? You have also been transformed into your least favorite fantasy creature. Where are you, and what are you?

I’m in Goldstone Wood! I just recently read Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s series (you may know this, since I think I’ve mentioned it in every post for the past while), and I wish I’d discovered it sooner! It’s fantastic.

But… I’m a burrow grub, or íllgrathr, from the Inheritance Cycle.

. . . it was heavier than it looked, and its underside gripped her with what felt like hundreds of little hooks . . . Out of the corner of her eye, she saw the burrow grub lift up its eyeless head and point it toward her face, as if testing the air. Its tiny mouth opened, and she saw that it had sharp cutting mandibles behind its upper and lower lips . . . there seemed to be something profoundly wrong about the burrow grub. . . . Then its fat, limbless body contracted, and it hopped four, five inches straight up into the air and then dove headfirst toward the inner part of her elbow. As it landed, the burrow grub divided into a dozen small, bright green centipedes, which swarmed over her arm before each chose a spot to sink its mandibles into her flesh and bore its way through her skin . . .

from Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

They are very distasteful creatures, and I have no idea how I’m going to make my way through Goldstone Wood as one. Someone send help.

2 // What fantasy creature do you wish featured in more stories? What is your favorite story that has that creature in it?

I’m going to reference the exact same two series as I did above: I love the character of Solembum, a werecat, in the Inheritance Cycle. And the Tales of Goldstone Wood also feature several characters who have two forms (one animal, one human). One might even be able to be called a werecat…? So I’m going to say that I’d love to see more stories featuring humans that also have an animal forms (or basically shapeshifters of any kind). The Fablehaven/Dragonwatch books also feature this kind of creature, but their “animal” form is a dragon or unicorn, and when they’re human, it’s called an “avatar,” which added a very interesting twist to the story.Read More »