How Well Do I Know My Books with Kat @ Kbookreviews

Hello dear readers, I hope you are doing well.

This week I had the opportunity to collaborate with Kat @ Kbookreviews. She agreed to collab with me this week, and I cam up with a bit of a fun challenge for her.

I looked through all of Kat’s book reviews that she posted on her site, and came up with 10 questions for her to solve.

Each question had a one sentence (very broad) description of one of her books, and Kat had to guess what they were.

Before we get to the answers down below, make sure to check out Kat’s guesses.

Let’s see how she did, shall we?

Clue #1: A criminal lies their way into killing an old man.

Kat’s Guess: Mistborn: The Final Empire
Answer: Mistborn: The final Empire!

I thought I might stump Kat with this one, but she caught on to the “old man” trick that I tried to trick her with. She’s too smart for me. 1 / 1

Clue #2: Doomed for death, a man uses love to change his destiny.

Kat’s Guess: The Rage of Dragons/ Starless Sea
Answer: The Rage of Dragons

Though she gave two guesses for this one, her first guess was correct, so I’ll give it to her. I really didn’t think my clues were this easy. Good job Kat. 2 / 2


Clue #3: When danger is your middle name, crime is definitely your game.

Kat’s Guess: The Lies of Locke Lamora
Answer: The Lies of Locke Lamora

This was a hard one for me to make, so I wasn’t surprised Kat knew this one. She probably got it right off the hop. 3 / 3 so far!

Clue #4:Does feeding the hungry make up for marking them for death? 

Kat’s Guess: Couldn’t think of one specific answer.
Answer: The Tattooist of Auschwitz

I’d never heard of this book before, but it sounds really good. I was hoping this one would stump her! 3 / 4

Clue #5: An innocent boy might not be as innocent as he seems. 

Kat’s Guess: The Devil’s Apprentice
Answer: The Devil’s Apprentice

Clearly I underestimated Kat too much. She knows her books way better than I would. 4 / 5


Clue #6: A man visits his family home, and quickly wants to restore his hometown back to its glory. 

Kat’s Guess: Salem’s Lot
Answer: Salem’s Lot

I definitely thought Kat would get this one wrong! I thought I would trick her with the returning to his childhood home. Would have thought it would make Kat think of more of a happy book or even a romance.
5 / 6

Clue #7: A gun for hire has one eye on the next job, and the other on the attractive partner in crime. 

Kat’s Guess: The Unspoken Name
Answer: House of Ash and Brimstone

OOOH Sorry Kat! Gotcha. I thought this might be a tricky one, because it looked like this might apply to a couple books. I stumped you again! 5 / 7

Clue #8: Finally back from traveling, a new home and a pregnant sister might bring a woman to her limits. 

Kat’s Guess: The Lost Ones
Answer: The Lost Ones

I knew the pregnant sister would give it away. I was hoping there would be another pregnant sister book to stump her. Oh well. Good job Kat! 6 / 8


Clue #9: A family’s name means they inherit the danger that comes with it. 

Kat’s Guess: A Throne of Swans
Answer: The Sisters Grimm

I think you had this one in mind Kat, but I got you! This was a bit of a tricky one though, so that’s okay. You’re still winning.
7 / 9

Clue #10: Traveling overseas, a woman needs to embrace her true self to survive and make it home.

Kat’s Guess: The Wolf of Oren-Yaro
Answer: The Wolf of Oren-Yaro

I knew you’d get this one, and I will admit this is one of the few books in this collaboration that I have added to my TBR pile! 7 / 10

That’s it, that’s all! Congratulations Kat, you knew seven out of the 10 books, which is really good! I didn’t make this easy for you, but you did great.

Thank you again for the collaboration, this was a LOT of fun, and I hope next time I can trick you enough to make you get less than five!

If you’ve made it this far and haven’t checked out Kat’s page yet, please do! She has been a great inspiration for me and my blog, and if you don’t check her out I will be disappointed with you!

200 WordPress Followers!: My thanks to all of you!

So apparently I just hit 200 blog followers!!!

It seems like it happened a few days ago already, but I just noticed.

This is a minor achievement compared to a lot of blogs I see out there, but I am thrilled to be here.

I can’t thank everyone enough for getting me here. It’s been a lot of fun so far, and I can’t wait to keep it going in the future!

Manga Review: Pygmalion

Title: Pygmalion
Story & Art: Chihiro Watanabe
Rating: 4.5 / 5

At the National Local Mascot Festival, children all across Japan can meet their favorite local mascots. But as the festival gets underway, it becomes clear that what’s inside these costumes aren’t people – they’re something much darker, with a taste for human flesh. Amid the chaos spreading through the entire country, Keigo Ayahara, his little brother Makoto, and his friend Ako must now fight for their survival and their humanity.

I found out about Pygmalion from a fellow book blogger; Brunette Reads, and I am so happy that I found it.

It’s a gory, horrific, fast-paced thrill ride that keeps readers hooked enough to fly through its 19 chapters in one sitting.

It’s very short, like I said its only 19 chapters, and each chapter can probably be read in about 5-10 minutes, depending on how long you want to look at the artwork.

The story is pretty simple, and with only 19 chapters, there are no moments that feel out of place or part of a side story.

We follow Keigo Ayahara as he fights for survival in this now mass murdering mascot world.

That’s the brilliant part of the story too. We get very few moments that don’t follow Keigo or his group, because this story isn’t supposed to be about the entire world, or all of Japan where it is taking place. The story is meant to focus on one guy, and what he discovers and goes through during the killings.

I’m glad this story was so short, because I didn’t want a word-wide story. I didn’t want a huge world-ending survival story that takes hundreds of chapters to be resolved. I wanted a quick, down in the dirt story.

If you can handle kids being exploded into bits, heads being ripped off, and men being impaled by a giant mascot …thing… then this is the manga for you.

It hasn’t been turned into an anime yet, and I’m not sure it ever will, but I think living its life as a manga is worth it.

The artwork fits well with the story too. It’s scary, without being nightmare inducing. It’s graphic, without being sickening. It’s detailed, without being complicated or busy.

Overall, Pygmalion is a great read if you don’t mind the gore. I definitely recommend checking it out if you’re a manga fan.

What manga have you enjoyed recently, I’m always looking for more to read. Any suggestions? Let me know in the comments or on social media.
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WWW Wednesday: Jan. 29 2020

Hello my dear readers, welcome back to another WWW Wednesday.

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

It consists of answering these three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I Currently Reading:

I currently have 2 books on the go, and 4 manga series, so I am quite busy with my reading. I have IT by Stephen King that I am slowwwwwwwly working through and Winter’s Heart by Robert Jordan that I am focusing most of my attention on.

In terms of manga I have Seven Deadly Sins, Made in Abyss, One Piece, and one I started this morning; Pygmalion.

What Have I Recently Finished?

I just finished an audio book version of Bullets, Teeth, & Fists 3, which I reviewed.

What Will I Reading Next?

After I finish Winter’s Heart, I’ll move over to something short and easy to read; The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek. It’ll be a nice quick read so I can get back to The Wheel of Time.

What are you currently reading, and what do you plan on reading next? Let’s talk about that.
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Movie Review: Ready Player One

Hello dear movie lovers, welcome to a Movie Review of Ready Player One. The book was written by Ernest Cline in 2011, and released in 2018 as a movie.

After the death of James Halliday, the creator of the virtual reality world, his pre-recorded message reveals the hidden fortune, which makes Wade Watts, a teenager, embark on a quest.

An action, adventure Sci-fi movie is something I will usually want to watch, and Ready Player One was on my list for a while.

I heard good things about it after it came out, but I kept pushing it back because I was never in the mood for it.

Well past me, I am blaming you for missing out on this movie, because it was truly something amazing.

At first, it was a movie I threw on in the background, but it didn’t take long at all before I was hooked.

The story: above average.
The nostalgia: awesome.
The Special Effects: jaw dropping.

Ready Player One’s story isn’t something new or overly interesting. We see the hero and his allies going on a journey to find the ultimate treasure.

We’ve seen the story before, and we will see it again and again. It’s not a bad story at all, but its not ground breaking.

Wade Watts dives into the Oasis to find the treasure left behind by a tech mogul. The treasure in question: shares equalling half a trillion dollars and complete control over the virtual reality world the Oasis.

It was an interesting enough story to keep me hooked, and I think that was all the movie needed; a simple story that is easy enough to follow.

Now let’s get to the nostalgia, because that was on a whole new level.

Some of it went over my head, because I was only a small kid when the movies would have come out, or I don’t get the same feeling of nostalgia as others when The Shining is referenced.

There was still plenty of references that I did understand, and many that were made about modern geek interests like Overwatch and Halo.

It was cool seeing childhood interests in a modern sci-fi movie being used in different ways. Whether it was the Delorean from Back to the Future, the Iron Giant, or even something simple like a Rubik’s cube.

Those were some of the more obvious call backs, but there were plenty of frames in the movie where you could pause it and see a half-dozen different “geek culture” references.

I’m sure someone has gone through the movie frame by frame to see all the nostalgic references, and I’m sure there are too many to count.

The visual effects were also something to be amazed by. When we are in the regular world, the effects were minimal but they were present as they are in any movie.

It’s when we got to step inside the Oasis that the effects took over.

Every inch of the screen was covered in special effects, and every inch looked spectacular.

The sheer number of different character designs, the environment, and the overall effects and feel to the movie were inspiring and beautiful.

I don’t know what beat it in the awards shows in that year, but this movie was more than worth it.

I mean it must have taken a lot of man hours to do each scene, and the movie is over two hours long.

As much as I enjoyed the effects, the ones that really stood out to me were the moments where it was entirely computer generated; like the cars being built around the players, the mecha-godzilla vs. Gundam fight scene, and even the player’s displays that would pop up.

Overall, I recommend this movie to anyone who likes an action movie and is older than 5 years-old. It is fun, exciting, and full of a lot of “ohh look its the ninja turtles” moments.

Did you enjoy Ready Player One? Let’s talk about it in the comments, or message me on social media.
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100 Books You Should Read

Hello again respected readers. Today I want to show you something that I am very excited for, but also a bit worried about.

It was an awesome gift I received from my girlfriend for Christmas. Knowing I’m a big book fan, she found this awesome little gift for me online, and knew it was perfect…and she was right.

Simply, it is a poster of 100 Books that you should read in your life (mostly because they are “classics”).

It’s a nice looking poster, and each of the 100 books on the poster has a box you can scratch off, to reveal a simple image that relates to the book.

I have only scratched out a few of the boxes on the poster, but I own some of the other books, and plan on reading them all one day!

Take a look at the poster

What books have you read that are on the poster? Let me know on social media.
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Book Review: Dungeons and Dragons Player’s Handbook

Hello again dear readers. I hope life is treating you kindly. This is a bit of an odd review today, because this book isn’t one a lot of people would probably read cover to cover, but that’s exactly why I thought I should review it for you today.

If you don’t play, or have any interest in Dungeons and Dragons, then this review might not be for you, but it might surprise you!

I am a huge fan of Dungeons and Dragons, and though I am no expert, and have only played a few small campaign, I love the roleplaying aspect to it all. I plan on coming out with a lot of Dungeons and Dragons content this year…so stay tuned!

Title: Dungeons and Dragons Player’s Handbook
Author: Wizards RPG Team
Illustrator: Various (but all brilliant)
Rating: 4.5 / 5

Obviously, the Player’s Handbook doesn’t offer much in terms of story, because it is a guide to creating a character for your Dungeons and Dragons campaign.

It’s got races, classes, magic, backstories, inventory, character traits, and so much more if you are willing to dive into its pages.

If you’ve ever seen the book, you know its not a book that would be easy to read cover to cover, but I have basically done that a few times.

Every time I create a new character, and I do that more often than I actually play the game, I flip through the book cover to cover finding new information and interesting bits of information.

The reason I love flipping through this book all the time is because of what my imagination does to the information.

Being a creative person, I love absorbing new ideas and turning them into my own.

The Player’s Handbook is filled with potential stories, characters, creatures, and worlds…all just waiting to be explored.

It doesn’t take long, while flipping through the book, to create a new character, write his story in your head, and see him leave for a quest to slay some evil monster.

I bought the Player’s Handbook the day after creating my first character, and I quickly create new characters the moment after I hear about a potential campaign.

It’s definitely a bad habit, but I don’t complain.

Sometimes I like to create characters out of the blue, giving them some cool backstory and motivations.

I don’t just use this book as inspiration to create characters for a Dungeons and Dragons campaign, but I use it as inspiration for story characters.

The Handbook has given me dozens of ideas for characters, magical items, and other ideas for the story I am slowly working on.

Its been a slow process, but Dungeons and Dragons has done a lot to inspire me to create some amazing characters for the book I will one day write.

The artwork in the Handbook is also something to be amazed by. Flipping through the book, you can find a piece of artwork on almost every page, and each of them are beautiful to look at.

Whether it’s a dwarf ready to smash someone with a hammer, a druid readying for battle while wearing her tiger cloak, or a wizard casting a powerful spell.

The artwork is detailed, and adds to the imagination drawn forth from the book. I love looking over the pictures and seeing a new detail every time.

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