Would You Rather Book Tag

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Happy Book Tag Thursday! I was tagged in the “Would You Rather” book tag by Ashlee from Books are 42 (thank you!). I figured that work is snail slow so…why not! It’s my first book tag and I enjoyed and had fun answering these questions!

THE RULES

Answer the questions given to you by your nominator

Make up your own questions and tag other

THE QUESTIONS

1. Would you rather spill coffee/tea on your current read or be forced to read it with greasy fingers?

On a daily/general basis, I hate greasy fingers. So whenever I eat chips, it’s never while surfing the web or reading. I eat my chips, run to the sink and wash my hands and then return. If I had to choose, I’d definitely say I rather spill tea. I don’t drink coffee outside of breakfast (where I don’t read) and tea is just boiled leaf water *_* so…tea it is!

2. Would you rather only be able to read new releases or only read backlist books?

I am currently obsessed with the author, John Sandford, only I’m quite late to the game. By the time I entered, he already had 9-10 books, already released, in his Virgil Flowers series and over 20 books in his main Lucas Davenport series. I’m perfectly fine reading backlisted books because, well, I already am doing so. I am getting nervous as I’m almost halfway through the Virgil series 😦

3. Would you rather crack the spine of a paperback or dog-ear the pages?

Oh man! This one is hard! I have watched my textbook go from a perfectly healthy tome to everything falling out and I guess, in the long run…you can’t really see a dog-earred page if you make it small enough…but a cracked spine can be very noticeable and can even make pages fall out. So I pick dog-ear!

4. Would you rather only be allowed to read the first and last book in a trilogy or have to wait three years for the final book to come out?

There are plenty of books to keep me busy! I rather have read books 1 & 2, and eventually get to book 3 than only read book 1 & 3 and forever be missing the middle content. I can wait!

5. Would you rather only read series or only read standalones?

I prefer series. I love to watch my characters grow. While standalones are wonderful, sometimes I finish the book and just want more! Even if it’s a single sequel. Series are amazing because you just get the same awesome content with your favorite characters and trilogies are just as amazing. 3 books feels like just the right amount!

6. Would you rather your favourite book be turned into a movie or a tv show?

Funny enough, neither! I view the character in my head a certain way or portrayed by a certain person, so seeing a different person casted as my favorite characters feels weird. However, if I had to pick, I’d say I rather have my favorite book turned into a movie. The longer the movie, the better.

7. Would you rather the adaption of your favourite book be badly cast or leave out your favourite scenes?

I much rather have a bad cast than miss my favorite scenes! Sometimes those favorite scenes just make the book golden; the cherry on top, the star of a Christmas tree. My favorite mystery book scenes are often times that final chase/gunfight. Imagine a detective movie with zero action? I don’t mind a badly casted show so long as the important and good scenes are not skipped out.

8. Would you rather have dinner with your favourite author or your favourite character?

Ohh this one is hard! Do I want the mastermind behind the character or my favorite character? I think I would love to have dinner with my favorite author because I can ask about my favorite books and characters and then maybe even ask him about what it’s like to write a book or publish. It’ll be sort of like an author interview over dinner!

9 Would you rather kill your favourite character or spend the rest of your life with your least favourite villain?

I would not survive with any of the villains from my favorite books. Most of my books are adult mystery thrillers. We’re talking about serial killers and rapists with no feelings and no remorse. We’re talking about corporate leaders with no concerns for life, so long as they get what they want. We’re talking about serial bombers. This is so hard, but the answer is…I’d probably have to kill off my favorite character…because I wouldn’t survive the other option :’) (and death by those villains will not be quick and/or painless).

10. Would you rather only read your favourite genre for two years straight or be allowed to read anything but your favourite genre for two years straight?

I only have 2 main favorite genres! Mystery thrillers and fantasy and I only use fantasy books as “palate cleansers.” I think I could do a 2 year mystery thriller challenge 😉

MY QUESTIONS

  1. Would you rather sit in a cafe and read or in your own little reading nook?
  2. Would you rather spoil the book by reading the climax of a book first or the last 2 chapters?
  3. Would you rather travel with and read a 700+ page hardcover book or on a slow to function phone app (not ebook or tablet)?
  4. Would you rather live in your last book for 2 years or stay a night in the hotel of The Shining for 2 nights?
  5. Would you rather have a bookish box with only goodies but no book or a book box with only books and nothing else?
  6. Would you rather read only in first, second, or third POV for the next 2 years?
  7. Would you rather live in a horror book taking place on a haunted lake or in the haunted woods?
  8. Would you rather have your favorite book turned into a movie/show/game or have your favorite movie/show/game turned into a book?
  9. Would you rather read a book with very small font size or read a book with normal text but in the dark?
  10. Would you rather bring your last book to the real world or get dragged into the book’s world/setting?

I TAG

Sophia over at Aelin’s Kingdom

Mani over at Mani’s Book Corner

Celine over at Cel Writes Stuff

Madeline over at Mad’s Books

Rhiannon over at Previously Unread

L Fife over at To Be Read Shelf

Hanna over at Booking in Heels

Valeria over at Behind That Story

Favorite Series (Including Trilogies)

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First and foremost…I still have yet to finish a whole series of anything. This includes books, tv shows & movies, and video games. I have not even finished the bare minimum of a series; trilogies or even books with a single sequel! But for those I’ve read multiple books to a series of, here are a few that are amongst my favorites! Especially useful after extinguishing the last of books I have on hand. Whenever I’m stuck on my next read, I simply pick up the next book in a series and roll with it. Sometimes, these books are the rewards to myself for finishing a book I almost DNF’ed.

Dark of the Moon (A Virgil Flowers Novel, Book 1) by [John Sandford]

The Virgil Flowers Series
By: John Sandford
Latest Book in Series: Book # 12 [Bloody Genius]

My favorite series is the Virgil Flowers Series.

This series follows the protagonist, Virgil Flowers, otherwise known as “That Fucking Flowers.” He is an agent for the BCA (Bureau of Criminal Apprehension) of Minnesota. Thrice divorced and not willing to make himself a fool a fourth time, Virgil has a penchant for sleeping around with the ladies while on cases; sometimes with the local female deputies, sometimes even with key witnesses or potential suspects! Described as a medium-tall man with gray eyes and blond hair too long for a cop’s, he could pass as a surfer and is often seen with his t-shirts featuring indie rock bands, rather than a suit. He never carries his arms with him unless he finds it absolutely necessary. He’s an outdoors man who likes to tow his boat with him, even when on duty. Virgil has a side gig writing and photographing for outdoor magazines. He works under Lucas Davenport, who is the protagonist of John Sandford’s main series.

Theft of Swords, Vol. 1(Riyria Revelations) (Riyria Revelations (1 ...

The Riyria Chronicles and The Riyria Revelations Series
By: Michael J. Sullivan
(The Riyria Chronicles consists of 5 books, 5th not yet published and Revelations consisting of 6 books published in 3 volumes).

My first high fantasy series! I can’t even recall exactly where I got my first book, only that I fell in love with the book’s two protagonists: the warrior turned mercenary, Hadrian, and his partner in action, Royce. It didn’t occur to me that there were two related series (I always just referred to them as the Riyria series) and ended up all over the place reading a book from Chronicles, then moving to a random book in Revelations, and then back to a Chronicles book, etc. My first book was Volume 1, “Theft of Swords”, which contained both “The Crown Conspiracy” and “Avempartha” where we have Hadrian and Royce pair up to steal a sword owned by Count Pickering, only to find the dead body of the King and subsequently framed for his murder. The dynamic between Hadrian and Royce fit so well together, despite their opposing personalities; Hadrian, who has a strong moral sense and Royce, a professional thief and the orphan who grew up in poverty. Truthfully, I need to return to this series that I keep throwing out to people (I’ve successfully reeled in 1 new reader so far), because I, myself, have forgotten a lot of the content.

The Whitefire Crossing: The Shattered Sigil, Book One: Courtney ...

The Shattered Sigil Series
By: Courtney Schafer
Triology

Ah, my first triology and the closest I have ever gotten to finishing a series. Having read books 1 and 2, I just need that one last spark of motivation so I can finish this one off and officially say that I have finished something, yeah?

This trilogy follows the adventures of main characters Kiran and Dev, as well Cara, who becomes more and more important later into the triology. Dev is a charms smuggler with the perfect cover job as an outrider, a guide who helps scout out better and safer routes through the treacherous Whitefire Mountains for merchants and their caravans. An expert climber, Dev’s new smuggling assignment, this time around, is quite different than his previous simple smuggling of charms. This time, he needs to smuggle a person, Kiran. Kiran is on the run from his master, one of the most powerful mages out there, a bloodmage. He will do whatever it takes to get away and take refuge in Alathia, where his master’s magic can’t reach him. However, the way there…is long, hard, and full of dangers.

Curiously enough, Dev’s chapters are always written in first person, while Kiran’s are written in third person. The first two books were fantastic and fast paced. I got through book 1 in a few days, though book two dragged a little bit more (for me). There isn’t much traditional “fantasy” in this other than the lore and laws of the world. There is Ninavel, the country where magic is quite common and then Alathia, the country where magic is mostly prohibited and outlawed. No orcs and elves here…but expect a lot of climbing techniques, terminology, and imagery. The author knows her stuff when it comes to climbing!

Prince of Fools (The Red Queen's War): Lawrence, Mark ...

The Red Queen’s War Series
By : Mark Lawrence
Trilogy

Another exciting trilogy, this one follows the adventures of Prince Jalan and the Norse Warrior, Snorri. I’ve only read the first book and the first few chapters almost had me DNF this book only for it to pick up pace towards the middle. I ended up absolutely loving this book and the characters, especially Jalan. A drinker, gambler, and seducer of women with extraordinary…luck? (I wouldn’t quite call it luck honestly).

Prince Jalan is one of the sparse few people who can see the Silent Sister. When he manages to just barely make it out alive from a death trap created by the Silent Sister, his life is, very literally, intertwined with the warrior, Snorri. Snorri fights for revenge, for vengeance, and he travels so that he can rescue his wife, taken from their home after their village is pillaged and Snorri (and the other warriors) left for dead. Jalan is the biggest coward on the face of [that] earth with such surprising luck in which each time he runs away from a situation, it always somehow makes it look like he’s a hero. I don’t understand it. It’s just hilarious. He’s known to go berserk and blank out when he desperately needs it. For others, these bursts of power indeed makes him look like he’s the almighty warrior and not Snorri. But Jalen doesn’t know that, he just remembers blanking out and thinking Snorri did all the work :’)

One last remark, Mark’s writing is fantastic. The pace is smooth and written in an easily digestible way. Jalen is a smart-ass and the words are crafted perfectly. It’s humorous, fun to read, and flows very nicely.

And that’s four! There were a few other series that I loved based off a few books, but I just don’t know enough about them or their characters to fully judge. I mentioned how Sandford is my favorite author and his other series, the Prey series (Otherwise known as the Davenport series) is also one I like, but I’ve only read the first book and currently reading a second book and haven’t made a proper judgement yet. So here below are my honorable mentions:

Amazon.com: Rules of Prey (The Prey Series Book 1) eBook: Sandford ...

The Prey Series
By: John Sandford
Lucas Davenport is an agent of the BCA. He’s pretty up there in ranks and is Virgil Flower’s boss.

Promise of Blood (The Powder Mage Trilogy (1)): McClellan, Brian ...

The Powder Mage Triology
By: Brian Mcclellan
When steampunk meets fantasy!

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The Gentleman Bastard Series
By: Scott Lynch
Elite con artists of a tight-knit group. I cried during the first book.

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The Legends of the First Empire Series
By: Michael J. Sullivan
A separate series by Michael Sullivan following the adventures of Raith.

Postmortem (1) (Kay Scarpetta): Patricia Cornwell: 9781439148129 ...

The Kay Scarpetta Series
By: Patricia Cornwell
The series starts off with Dr. Kay Scarpetta being the Chief Medical Examiner in Virginia.

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The Montague & Strong Case Files Series
By: Orlando A. Sanchez
When the detective world meets the paranormal.

Amazon.com: Killing Floor (Jack Reacher) (9780515153651): Child ...

The Jack Reacher Series
By: Lee Child
A crime thriller series following Jack Reacher who roams the US taking on odd jobs and investigating suspicious incidents. Carries nothing on his person besides what can fit in his pockets. He hates suitcases.

Photo Disclaimer: None of these pictures are mine! I got them all off Google which usually shows me a cover of the book either based off of Goodreads or Amazon. I am not associated or affiliated with either of them.

Awakened [Book Review]

2020, Book Reviews, By Year

I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway set up by Harper Voyager. The opinions of this review are of my own and are my fair and honest opinion.

Book Name: Awakened (A Novel)
Series: Awakened Book: #1 (has a sequel)
Author: James S. Murray with Darren Wearmouth
Book Type: Physical > Hardcover
Pages: 283
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fiction, Thriller, Horror

I actually read this book sometime last year (around June) where I wrote a smaller and much more condensed review on Goodreads for this book. But I felt like I just didn’t do the book enough justice, so here we are! A revamp of my review so I can relive this awesome book.

My Rating

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Phenomenal, fast paced and kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time. Cliffhanger after cliffhanger with rotating characters and settings.

Book Summary

Grady McGowan is working overtime. In the middle of winter, he is sitting in the 90 degrees cabin of a tunnel-boring machine. The eleven hours of his shift has drained him, but it’s all worth it. It’s not just the money that drives him. Grady looks forward to a future where he could tell his grandchildren that he helped build the most advanced subway system in the world, the line for the upcoming Z Train of New York City! Everything is going well and besides, there’s only one more hour left of his shift before he can finally clock out and head back to his wife and daughter. That is until his cabin lurches, a giant hole opens up underneath him, nothing but a huge void of empty darkness.

The setting skips a few years later, remaining in the same tunnel of NYC, as Mayor Tom Cafferty stands at the grand opening ceremony and inaugural run of the completed Z Train. Press cameras, sixty handpicked guests, made up of New York’s elites, and even US President Reynolds, surround him, all eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new Z train. They have all been waiting for this moment for a long long time. Besides the guests in the Pavilion, there are other guests, the lucky ones chosen to be the train’s first passengers. Amongst them, is Cafferty’s wife, Ellen.

The train was due to arrive at 12:04. It is late. When it finally does arrives, 4 minutes overdue, everyone knows there’s something wrong as the train comes to a halt at the station. When Cafferty takes it upon himself to approach the late train, he looks inside only to see all of the car’s interior covered in blood and devoid of passengers. Panicked chaos erupts around Cafferty as the guests attempt to rush away and the President’s security immediately gather around him, dragging him into the safety of a blast shelter where the train’s operations management team are. Methane levels are rising in the Jersey City tunnel with an unknown source or cause and dangerously nearing the LEL or lower explosive levels. The Manhattan tunnel is the closest exit…but with the attack being a possible terrorist attack of an unknown enemy, Reynolds refuses to evacuate the people through it. They are trapped and they don’t even know what the enemy looks like!

Thoughts and Review

This book starts off exciting right away. Merely a few chapters in, you are already hit with your first scene of blood and gore, followed by another one, and then followed by several more throughout the book. Not a book for the faint of heart. Though they talk about a potential terrorist attack, it only takes a few seconds with the summary on the book to know that whatever we are looking at here is definitely not a terrorist, not even human.

This book has a good fair share of disgusting gore. Off the bat, one of the agents protecting President Reynolds tries to dive towards the doors of the blast shelter that is protecting Reynolds only for him to get caught, mercy killed by Samuel, Reynold’s head of Secret Services, and lifeless corpse bisected in front of everyone’s eyes, his upper body falling to the ground with a wet thud.

When the NYC police goes to investigate the tunnels, we quickly learn that whatever attacked the first passengers are not terrorists. These are intelligent creatures of an unknown origin, though their full and actual appearances comes a bit further into the book.

They were near human in size, but were definitely not human. Each had an extra set of arms, scaly skin, sharp claws, and thrashing tails. As she moved her focus to the outer circle, past twisted pieces of wreckage, their shapes gradually grew larger to nearly double the size of your average man.

– James S. Murray with Darren Wearmouth, Awakened, Page 114

This book is very fast paced (you’d be too if you were trying to survive with creatures that treated guns like little tickles from a toothpick). This book is a sci-fi book with elements of horror embedded into it. The blurb lets us know that “There’s something living beneath New York City, and it’s not happy we’ve woken it up.”

With at different point of views from at least three different groups, we are constantly spinning between one party or another, each playing their own vital roles, all trying to rescue the others and/or survive. Almost every chapter finishes off with a cliffhanger and with a rotating cast between chapters, you’d have to endure the other parties’ point of views each time until you can reunite with the characters to see how they fair when you last left off with them.

Personal Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and there wasn’t much I actually disliked. I love when books keep my heart pounding, clinging to the edge of my seat, mouth wide open. In some of the mystery books I read, I really only get a “Holy Shit!” moment, late into the book, when they finally catch the perpetrators and some fire fight or car chase happens. It’s a brief moment of adrenaline, but here, you get the rush from start to finish! And then it doesn’t stop even there! There’s a sequel to this book! (I didn’t even realize until I finished and sat there going, “Wait….wait it’s unfinished…What’s going on??”)

I am NOT a sci-fi fan. If you’ve read my Review Policy, I mentioned that I used to have a thing with Sci-Fi books until one book changed my mind (Well here you go. It was this book). Sci-fi was in my small pile of “genres I don’t touch ever.” Futuristic themes, time travel, space, and spaceships were just not my thing and when it came down to “sci-fi” that was all I could think of.

After this book, I gained a new view towards this genre. Though I still don’t actively reach out and search for books in this genre, I don’t mind taking a look to see if they might be a good read, whenever I come across them. So if there is anything I want to say about this book, it’s that it was the turning point book for me to look at a genre that I previously didn’t care for. (Funny enough, I entered the giveaway and didn’t even look at the genre. I just thought the summary sounded pretty neat).

Would I Recommend?

Heck yes! Here is a few quick key points: Horror, human vs the unknown, humans rendered to nothing but rag dolls, guns are useless, these creatures are creepy, these creatures are very intelligent and adapt insanely fast to new situations, swearing, plenty of gore to go around, and fast paced. People are trying to survive and others are depending on other people to survive.

Definitely a fantastic read if the above points sounded great to you. And as someone who doesn’t really reread books, this is such a fun book that I’d love to reread.

FINISHED: Field of Prey

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So, I have a pet peeve where if I find out a book is part of a series, I must, at the very least, read the very first book.

Well, I finished book 1 of the Prey series: Rules of Prey back in December 2019. During a year that felt endlessly busy (and it was right after I moved houses too) I just barely managed to finish…my 10th book of my 9 book Goodreads goal.

December 2019 was special because, I managed to prove to myself that with enough perseverance and determination (and maybe mixed with mild panic) that I was fully capable of finishing multiple books in one month or even in 1 week!

And now, we move on…to another Sandford book after just finishing another Sandford book of a different series: Virgil Flowers Book 4: Bad Blood. (I will admit, the Virgil Flowers Series is my absolute favorite series of all time).

Book Name: Field of Prey
Series: Prey Series/Lucas Davenport Book: # 24
Author: John Sandford
Book Type: Physical > Hardcover
Pages: 392
Genre: Fiction, Mystery > Crime
Start Date: 04.23.2020
End Date: 05.03.2020

FINISHED! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Welcome to Cozy with Books!

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It’s a pleasure to have you here! Grab a mug of whatever is your choice of beverage (my go-to is tea!), your favorite book, and let’s get reading!

I’ve been reading a lot more now. While I used to read tons and eat through every book that came my way, once college came (and went) all my free time dwindled down to nothing. What could have been leisure time was spent on studying and eventually hunting down a job. And once the job was secured? It was all work and no play.

I’ve managed to carve out more time now. Lunch breaks were spent in the library over books (my co-worker ends up there too!). Kindles were especially useful when afternoon commutes were too crowded for a tome (I enjoy hardcovers quite a lot). The Kindle app on my phone was perfect for that way too long grocery store line.

I want to thank all of the authors who gave me a wonderful childhood, for all of the authors, whose books I read now, my thanks for keeping a little television in my head no matter where I go (Kindle sure saved my behind when I was bored out of my mind for a month with no internet during my family Hong Kong trip).

So here I am! Welcome to Cozy with Books! I can’t wait to share my favorite reads with you!