The Book Monsters tag

Calliope the book goddess tagged me in the Book Monsters tag created by Beth from betwixtthesepages and I thought it would be fun to actually do it!

The Rules:

–Have fun with this!  I used mythological creatures in my post, but you are free to use any monsters or beasties you’d like!
–Be sure to put a link to each artwork in your post somewhere, so the artists get recognition.
–You don’t HAVE to state why you picked each pair, but I’d love to know your reasons (if you have any)!
–Tag people at the end or don’t, it’s up to you!  Though I’d love if you did, to keep this tag going.
–Make sure you link back to Betwixt these Pages, so I can see your posts!

PHOENIX | The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce

  –>  Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, #1)

The immortal bird that is cyclically reborn. The books that I reread every two years, and are just as magical as the first time. This is  a series that’ll stay close to my heart for many more years down the road.


MINOTAUR | A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

   –>   A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

Because just like the labyrinth it’s associated with, it can be confusing and takes patience to get through.

PEGASUS | Time of the Eagle by Sherryl Jordan

   –>  Time of the Eagle (Secret Sacrament, #2)

Magical and breathtaking in so many ways… This book still haunts me seven years later. It’s a good thing that this book tag reminded me of it because now I really want to read it again and buy it and maybe have a good cry. 😛


ANGEL | The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

  –> The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1)

I’m obviously still on a high from this book (let’s be real, it’s hard not to be). The Way of Kings and it’s characters makes me want to be a better person. Like I should be out there saving the world and helping people.


CHIMERA | Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti

  –>  Zeroes (Zeroes, #1)

Perhaps one is better than three. As much as I love superheroes, this much-anticipated collaboration fell a little flat for me and I never ended up finishing it. Maybe I should give it another chance…

There you have it! Book Monster tag done and dusted. I tag anyone who wants to have a go at it. 🙂


How do you like your books?

My books are my precious children. I cover them with clear adhesive wrap like an overprotective mother. When I read them, I make sure my hands are clean, refrain from eating, and try not to crease the spine too much. You could say I’m a tad obsessive. But who isn’t? I know plenty of book lovers, myself included, who’d never let someone borrow their books for fear that it’ll come back damaged. Or even just the simple fear of seeing a dog eared page. *shudders*

But I also love the look of used and battered book. You can tell it’s well-loved and well-read (unless this look was achieved by being dropped from a twenty storey building). If you see this book in the library, you know that many must have opened the cover, flipped through it’s pages, and left the world for hours as they stepped into the story. On my own shelf, the Goblet of Fire and the Order of the Phoenix fit this description, as they captured my imagination when I was young. I used to read those books at least twice a year and never got sick of them. When I pick them up now and look at their creased spines, covers bent at the corners, and yellowing pages, I get vivid memories of those younger times.

But now, for some reason, while I love the look and feel of a well-read book, I can’t bring myself to do that to my own anymore. Of course, they’ll get to that stage over time, but not yet! Not right now. I don’t know what it is. Sometimes I feel like maybe I love them less because how many times they’ve been read doesn’t show, like the books on my shelves are just trophies on display. Sometimes, it seems a little impersonal. I remember Scott Westerfeld saying how he loved it when he signs books that look well-read and are filled with little notes and post-its. Do it mean I love my books less? Of course not!

How do you like your books?

Library Book Haul!

On Saturday, I went to the library and picked up some books. As you may have noticed by the selection, I’m taking a sort-of-break from YA. The books are:

  • Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Touch by Claire North
  • Written in Red by Anne Bishop
  • The Routledge Handbook of Scripts and Alphabets by George L. Campbel and Christopher Moseley

Afterworlds is still YA, but I’m planning on reading that after getting through the others on this list. I’m currently reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and I just feel like if I read another YA book, I might explode.

Last Thursday, I also had unplanned purchases at Dymocks which I tweeted about.

Yeah… still kind of in shock with the purchase but also happy because I’ve wanted to read these books for such a long time:

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, and the first two books of the Watch pentatology by Sergei Lukyanenko.

Looking forward to dig into all these goodies!