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The Last Ten Books Tag


Stack of old distressed bound books - The Last Ten Books Tag
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I found this tag over at A Fangirl's Opinion as a fun activity to do here on the blog. Honestly, I'm grateful for Amy's website because it's such an excellent resource for bookish things, and it gives me a lot to write about. Without further ado, let's dive in!


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Last Book I Bought:


The cover to Arden Powell's Faerie Hounds of York - medieval white dog on cover with green smoky background

As of writing this, I just bought The Faerie Hounds of York by Arden Powell. It's set in England in 1810 and is full of fae and what looks to be a deliciously angsty sort of m/m romance. I look forward to reading it!


Last Book I Re-Read:


Cover to Kathleen E. Woodiwiss's A Rose in Winter - man embracing woman in the style of an old painting

A Rose in Winter by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. It was the first romance novel I ever read in my life (I think I was 14 when I read it), and I was rereading it for nostalgia and also as a bit of writing research since I was lacking confidence in my ability to write romantic scenes.

Last Book I Gave Up On:



Blank white book on blank white background
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I'm not going to name and shame my DNFs, but I will say this one was by a hugely famous author who wrote one of my all-time favorite books that's considered a fantasy classic. The magic system of the book I dropped had to do with icons and angels and it sounded really cool but the story was taking forever to get through and it overdosed on worldbuilding. It was just a slog. I was devastated to give up on it.

Last Book I Said I Read But Didn’t:


Cover to Margaret Rogerson's Vespertine featuring a girl on the cover with white and black crows in the background

Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson. I said I finished it just to have a conclusion to the YA Fantasy Reading Project but technically I haven't finished it yet. I'm still at 48% in my Kindle. I don't know why I'm stuck. It's a good book with a great writer, but for some reason my brain can't get through it.

Last Book I Wrote in the Margins Of:


I don't really write in books, but I did write in my paperback copy of The Name and the Key (my graduate thesis) to make notes for corrections and future rewriting.

Last Book That I Had Signed:


Cover of Maria V. Snyder's Poison Study - woman in red standing in front of chemistry items and food

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. I had a first-run paperback of the book and Maria was one of the instructors and mentors at my alma mater, Seton Hill University, so when they had a book signing event I thought I'd grab my old copy and ask Maria to sign it. This was many, many years ago...like 2013...but I have since gotten signed bookplates from Lori M. Lee and Rin Chupeco (just not signed books).


Last Book I Lost:


I honestly don't remember. Usually books get lost when I loan them to people, and I have stopped loaning them for this reason.

Last Book I Had to Replace:


The cover to Jeff Vandermeer's Wonderbook - a whale with a city on its back swimming in the sea

I replaced my copy of Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer so that way I could have a physical copy of it in Japan, plus it is the newly revised and expanded edition, which I don't have back in the States.

Last Book I Argued Over:


Cover to Richard Matheson's Hell House - a derelict mansion with a figure of a skeleton in robes

The last time I ever debated (if I can even call it that) over a book was back when I was in graduate school. There were several of them but one that stands out is Richard Matheson's Hell House. People were really split on whether or not they liked it. I wrote an epically snarky post about it on my old website (since deleted) that got some comments countering what I said or at least asking me to consider the time in which the book was published. It was a pretty healthy exchange, and in hindsight I was probably too hard on the book.

Last Book You Couldn’t Find:

Cover of Junji Ito's Gyo - figure of a woman with creatures crawling over her and ghostly faces in the sky

I was rereading all my Junji Ito books and I couldn't find my copy of Gyo. Then I realized I donated it to KumAJET for their charity book sale along with several others. So I don't make that mistake again where I can't remember what I've done with my books, I started using Libib to keep track of what I own.


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As always, dearest readers, I have to admit it's lonesome on the blogosphere and I don't really have anyone to tag except YOU! You can do this tag on your own website (be sure to link back so I can check it out!) or answers questions of choice in the comments below. Thanks for reading!


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