Book Tag: Totally Should’ve

I haven’t done a book tag in a while so here you go. Courtesy of BooksandLala.

Totally should’ve gotten a sequel
Shades of Gray by Jasper Fforde. It sat on my shelves for years before I read it and there’s still nothing else in the series.

Totally should’ve gotten a spin-off series
John Connolly wrote a novella called The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository. I absolutely adored it and while there’s a second short story, this deserves an entire series.

An author who totally should write more books
Since Jane Austen isn’t physically possible, I’ll say J. Courtney Sullivan. I love Commencement and The Engagements and want more from her.

A character who totally should’ve ended up with someone else
Neville and Luna should have ended up together.

Totally should’ve ended differently
I read In the Woods by Tana French and I hated literally everything about the ending. I want both of the mysteries solved and that character’s life to not be completely in the septic system. To this day, I won’t touch another book by her.

Totally should’ve had a movie franchise
The Parasol Protectorate. It’s a steampunk Victorian story with ghosts, vampires, and werewolves so I’m not holding my breath.

Totally should’ve had a TV show
American Gods. People say it’s coming but they’ve been saying that for years. I’ll believe it when I see trailers with actual show footage.

Totally should’ve had only one point of view
Allegiant needed two points of view but the writing did nothing to tell the two voices apart. If Roth can’t write for two minds, she shouldn’t try it.

Totally should have a cover change
Less of a change and more of a ‘the hardback should have had this cover as well.’ Ready Player One has a great paperback cover that actually shows you the stacked trailers from the beginning.

Totally should’ve kept the original covers
Thursday Next. I hate it when the covers and spines change midway through the series. Now they don’t match. *grumble*

Totally should’ve stopped at book one
Twilight. Just because it got better doesn’t mean it became good.



Music Monday: Unofficial Christmas Songs

There have been several of songs that have started to become holiday cannon despite not being Christmas songs.

My Favorite Things by Kelly Clarkson
Hallelujah by Pentatonix
Love Me Like You by Little Mix
Real Love by Tom Odell
Amazing Grace by Celtic Woman
River by Joni Mitchell
The Greatest Love of All by Whitney Houston
Let It Go by Idina Menzel
Walking in the Air by Marina Brouwer

Richer Reading Life Update

Despite moving the goalposts, I’m not sure I’ll be completing my challenge this year.

I’m on a library waitlist for Hag-seed (author over 65) but I can’t make other folks read any faster. I’d originally planned to read Jane Austen but I ran out of year so I’m toying with the idea of enjoying a copy of Macbeth I kickstarted.

As for seeing the movie, I’m rubbish about seeing things in theaters. I was waiting for my library to get in the DVD of Me Before You and I’m still waiting. I meant to see Inferno (it has to suck less than the book, right?). I’m hoping to see Fantastic Beasts since Boyfriend is getting more into Harry Potter. We’ll see how that goes.

I’ve got a library recommendation chilling on my shelf waiting for me to finish a nonfiction book about dogs. As for poetry, I have some library holds that just have to come in. I hope and plan to get everything done but we’ll see how that works out.

Richer Reading Life Activity 13

I’ve tried and failed to finish The Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft multiple times. This year I enjoyed it on audio courtesy of YouTube. My feelings about Cthulhu are similar to my feelings about Star Wars. While I love the cultural phenomenon and what it’s done for pop culture as a whole, the source material underwhelms me. Maybe I need to read more into the mythos before I’m truly wowed. Maybe I’ll pay a visit to Innsmouth in 2017.

Final Four Capsule Wardrobe

Running from between Thanksgiving and Christmas, those four weeks will be my final capsule of the year.


I kept tops pretty simple. Mostly simple camis for layering and one fun tank. My tees are a nice mix of simple and funky graphics.

My suede jacket is the only rule bender. Since I had more than a few categories that were less than their maximum, I added this one to the mix. The Veil hoodie (in gray) was one I kickstarted hoping it would help keep my ears warm. The fleece leopard print top isn’t a perfect match but it was the closest Google could find me. Not pictured is a gray/white open cardigan from Eddie Bauer



I don’t wear many skirts this time of year so I only included two. One for the office Christmas party and other holiday events and a simple black skirt.

Like my skirt needs, my dress needs aren’t too demanding. I might wear one on a warmer day or if I’m feeling fun.

The reason I’ve got a couple pairs of lightweight leggings is because we’ve had a some warm snaps these past few winters. If it was consistently cold, it would be a nonissue but thanks to global warming, it might be 70 degrees on December 20th. Not pictured are my corduroy leggings and fleece-lined leggings, both black and my mid-wash and dark wash jeans.

Richer Reading Life Book 13

For a book about mental illness, I read Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. I started it back in September but took a break because it was just something to get through rather than something I was fully appreciating. I’m glad I took that time because this book deserves to be fully experienced.

All of the art was created by his son who struggled with something in the schizophrenia family. Schizoaffective disorder is discussed in the story and it shows how much Shusterman knew going into this tale. In addition to being beautifully written, Shusterman shows how the line between reality and what is perceived as real blurs.

I began to see where reality blended into the schizophrenia narrative in Caden’s mind. I loved seeing what inspired the different events on the ship. I wanted that story resolved but wasn’t sure Shusterman could do it while naturally showing Caden’s recovery but Shusterman handled it masterfully. I cannot heap enough praise onto this book. Go read it.

State It #2

Thanksgiving will be happening in the states this week so here’s another list of songs about states for everyone who has to travel.

Walkin’ in Memphis by Marc Cohn
California Stars by Billy Bragg & Wilco
The Train from Kansas City by Neko Case
Detroit Rock City by KISS
Wild West Virginia by Daniel Johnston
Louisiana 1927 by Randy Newman
Wash. by Bon Iver
California Uber Alles by The Dead Kennedys
New York, New York by Ryan Adams
(Ready or Not) Omaha, Nebraska by Bowling for Soup
Alaska & Me by John Denver
The Painted Desert by 10,000 Maniacs
The District Sleeps Alone Tonight by The Postal Service