The Knitting Tag (Book Tag)

I was tagged by Sifa Elizabeth and this tag was created by Cara (Wilde Book Garden) on YouTube.

I can only bare knit, but this looks like a pretty fun tag (even though I don’t know what I’m going to do with some of the prompts). FYI, I don’t know most of the more complicated elements of knitting, but pearling is really backwards knitting, and combining it with knitting is what produces that stretchy, curly texture on a lot of knit sweaters, that has a different feel and appearance on the outside versus the inside. And double-pointed needles are for knitting continuous or circular pieces without producing a seam.


The first section you scope out in a bookshop

I’ve never actually been to a bookshop, not really, but there’s really no question about this one. It would be Fantasy. I might check out other sections (like Young Adult or Children’s) looking for Fantasy that happens to be in those age ranges and might be filed with them instead of in general, as well.


A super hyped book that completely delivered for you

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, Women's Fantasy, Epic Standalone, Court Fantasy with Dragons, Queer Fiction, The Roots of Chaos; an enticing book with beautiful dragons and some of the best female leads!I don’t know if it’s super hyped, or if it completely delivered for me, but I don’t read a lot that’s really hyped, and when I do, as often as not I find it quite a bit of a disappointment. The Priory of the Orange Tree is one that was making the rounds of quite a few book blogs a few years ago, and that even now I see recognition for in a lot of places, and people who’ve read and love it. It’s got dragons, and it’s got female characters who don’t feel at all flat or forced – just like they’re who they’re meant to be, as naturally as if their sex were never even noted. I liked it enough that I’m definitely looking forward to getting A Day of Fallen Night when it’s out in the standard paperback edition.


A character you believe deserves more love

I’m just going to say Shadow from Cursed Song by Samantha Kroese. Because I definitely loved that character, and wanted more of him, his perspective, and his journey!

Cursed Song by Samantha Kroese, a queer standalone novel and love story. The ocean calls them. Cursed by the Queen of Sirens, they have a song that sets them apart. Love - of friends, and of mates - will be their test. Can they be true to their loves - and prevail? Or will the cursed one destroy them all?


A book or author you've been meaning to read but haven't got around to

This might be The Living Waters by Dan Fitzgerald. I won it in a giveaway sometime last year (was it almost a year ago now?). I just haven’t been in the mood for it yet. There are others, too: but I’ve come across most of them a lot more recently!

The Living Waters by Dan Fitzgerald, a soothing sword-free fantasy with a magical and watery non-violent adventure.

Double-Pointed Needles (DPNs)

A book you can read out of order AND a series people might think you can but you actually can't

So, by stars, I read a lot out of order. A series you can definitely read out of order (and my experience with it might not be due primarily to the peculiarity of being someone who will actually read books backwards – not word for word, but chapter for chapter) is The Coming of Aed by EG Radcliff. The publishing order is The Hidden King, The Last Prince, The Wild Court. I read it The Last Prince, The Hidden King, The Wild Court (which is the chronological order). Personally, I think you should at the very minimum have The Last Prince on hand before you read The Hidden King. If I hadn’t, I think I may have thrown The Hidden King at the wall and not looked back for a long time.

The Last Prince by E.G Radcliff, the haunting story of a young man raised to think of himself as royalty, who sells himself into slavery for a gang, and finds redeeming true love.

As for one people might think you can, but you actually can’t – or at least, shouldn’t? Hmm. Maybe The Empire’s Legacy series by Marian L Thorpe, and specifically Empire’s Heir. Though I’m not sure what would happen if you read some of the others (like Empire’s Bard) out of order. And the only reason I came up with this was because 1) I’m not sure how reading them out of order would have affected my understanding of the characters, which is not something I’m used to feel, and 2) and FAR MORE IMPORTANTLY, though maybe not, but this is why I thought of this: I read a review for Empire’s Heir by someone who had done that and completely misunderstood the book in ways I have no idea how they are even possible, and not just one way, but many!

Empire's Heir by Marian L Thorpe, an engaging and enchanting historical fiction with a focus on freedom and idealism in the challenges of life. I really enjoyed it! A favourite read.


A book you heard negative reviews for but you ended up loving

I am not sure? The only way I would certainly remember if this happened would be if I saw negative reviews lambasting the book for something that’s precisely what I like in a book, and those reviews are what prompted me to look into it. And I don’t think this has happened yet, though it is totally something that could happen. I’ve definitely seen reviews that were negative about the things I loved in a book from time to time, or sometimes about things that did not even make sense (like, MAYBE someone didn’t that that person’s character development, but HOW did you think THAT was what was going on???). But mostly after reading and loving the book.


A trope you can't stand

There are many of these. Probably, there are many of these for everyone. But some things I really can’t stand are the trope that you have to give into torture eventually (or even that there’s any reason to), and mind control that’s fought by Jesuit-like reinterpretation of commands and words, and not by emotions and a deep, true sense of who you are.

Also, “orphan is proud of his dad for being a hero and abandoning him and his mom when he was a baby” is one that really gets me mad. I’m open to subversion for most of these, though.

Gauge Switch

An author who is always a good fit for you

George MacDonald.

There and Back by George MacDonald, a 19nth-century novel of people's personal and interpersonal lives and spiritual adventures and what it means - and does not mean - to seek and find God.

I actually have not read all of his books, but I totally binged on them one – winter? Probably it was winter. I may have tastes his books do not satisfy, and moods in which I’d like a different style of writing, but for the most part I always appreciate his stories, and he is the only author I would consider insta-buying. Also, the only person’s whose contemporary fiction I will read (I think a lot of it was contemporary when he was writing it, though it would be historical now; frankly, I don’t read historical fiction either). And that I like. Which is saying a lot.

Stitch Marker

A specific scene that stands out to you (no spoilers)

This would probably be when Vanyel meets the Shadow-Lover, aka Lady Death, in Magic’s Promise. I think that’s not a spoiler? I hope so at least. Honestly, I pretty much loved the entire Last Herald-Mage Trilogy, every bit of it more or less, as close as I can say for almost any book, but I think that’s the individual scene that stood out most. I take that back. It is the individual scene that stood out most. By a long-shot.Magic's Promise by Mercedes Lackey, a book with some of my favourite character-building and my all-time-favourite scene ever.

But there are a lot of other scenes in those books that really stood out, too. Enough that if I had to pick a scene that stood out to me most, but not that one, it would probably still come from that trilogy, though I’m not quite sure which one it would be.

Yarn Weight

Bookish taste buddies

I’m not sure I have any. I have a few friends I share some tastes with, maybe even the most important preferences and interests, but I haven’t really found anyone whose taste really matches to mine.

Novelty Yarn

A book that looked perfect on paper but just didn't work out

The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson.

The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson, depicting a girl's face partially covered by crow wings. A YA character novel I found flat and disappointing.

This is one of those books that taught me that I do not do well judging a book by its cover. Because the combination of cover and title just really got my interest. Animal companions? Yes! Dragons are my favourite, but Storm Crow? I love storms, I have nothing against crows, this seemed so perfect! Like another favourite companion creature waiting to be found! And that cover was so sweet and gorgeous! One of the few that just catch my attention that I’ve seen.

But … there was not very much about the crows, it took until pretty far into the book before our heroine’s crow hatched at all, even then there was not too much about him, and I found the characters kind of flat, and the depression/mental illness themes seemed forced. Plus, I found a lot of the nastiness gratuitous and unnecessary. The way the other tropes were done mostly didn’t appeal to me, either, or feel organic.

So now you know why I never judge books by the cover. Or almost never. It has never gone well for me, letting that influence my reading decisions.


A good book for getting into a genre

Huh. This is another hard one, since that so greatly depends on where you’re coming from and what you’re looking for! Also, the only genre I really know is fantasy, usually high- or original-world- fantasy. Usually I try to get as much variety into tags as I can but – Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey. If you don’t think you can enjoy romantic subplots – well, that was the one that showed me some romantic subplots could be relationships and I could like them. And if you’re not used to fantasy, but you love character novels, there are fantasy elements and sometimes they’re pretty important, but also it really starts as just the story of a boy with the problems anyone could have, fantasy world or no, and not so many fantastic elements as to send your head spinning or break believability.

Magic's Pawn by Mercedes Lackey, a Valdemar novel, the story of Vanyel and Yffandes, the first book in my all-time favourite series.


An underappreciated author who deserves more hype

How do I pick and choose from this one out of all the authors I read who deserve more hype? Because most of them do! I will pick Amy Campbell, though. I’ve enjoyed the Tales of the Outlaw Mages all along, but when I beta read Persuader last year it blew me away altogether! This book needs to go far!

Persuader by Amy Campbell, the fourth book in the Tales of the Outlaw Mages, an awesome western high fantasy with pegasi and mages and gods and an evil confederation.


A weirdly specific think you love

The problem with these is describing them! Also if it’s so much something ‘weirdly specific’ as just some things – or some combinations of things – that I don’t come across real often. But a theme I really like is “the god is discovered to be better than his worshipers/than his worshipers believed him to be.”

Crafting Party

Tag people!

EG Bella

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Lauryn at Pro Story Builders

And anyone else who’d like to come!

I love to hear your thoughts on my answers – or see you try the prompts yourself!

5 thoughts on “The Knitting Tag (Book Tag)

  1. izaforestspirit

    I’ll have a go.
    Cast-On – Fantasy

    Knit A super hyped book that completely delivered for you
    The Last Wish (First book of the The Witcher series) by Andrzej Sapkowski
    I actually read all The Witcher books prior to the release of the Netflix series. The books are much better,

    Chart A book or author you’ve been meaning to read but haven’t got around to.
    the fantasy romance, Khirion by Maxime Jaz, it’s on my Kindle along with several others. I just prefer to read physical books first and I’m currently on the last book o Anne Rice’s ‘The Mayfair Witches’ trilogy. Another book I was planning to check out is ‘Fire & Blood’ by George R. Martin.

    Double-Pointed Needles (DPNs)
    Tolkien’s ‘The Children of Húrin’ before reading ‘The Silmarillion’. It’s one of the stories in there but this is a separate book which goes into more detail about the story.

    A book you heard negative reviews for but you ended up loving
    I can’t think of any at the moment but one book which isn’t out yet but has received some criticism is the grimdark fantasy ‘Blood, Fire, and Death’ by Maria Blackrane. I loved the snippets I read on Wattpad but as lot of people criticised it due to the use of modern swear words and the feminist themes. It’s definitely not for everyone but I really enjoyed it.

    Skein – A troupe you can’t stand. A villain who is just evil for the sake of being evil,without any backstory or reason behind his/her actions. It just feels very fake to me. The chosen one trope is overdone, especially in fantasy.

    Gauge Switch – A author that’s always a good fit for you. J.R.R. Tolkien.

    Stitch Marker

    A specific scene that stands out to you (no spoilers)
    The first time Hades meets Persephone in the fantasy romance retelling of the Greek myth, ‘Thief of Spring’ by Katherine MacDonald. It’s just such an awkward meeting. Not the best of starts to a romantic relationship. He likes her and tries to flirt with her at a party but she’s afraid of him.

    Yarn Weight – bookish taste buddies, my dad for fantasy books, my husband Pekka for Viking era history books, my friends Lisa and twitter follower Nick Ripley ( for Gothic horror, my friend Nico for anything regarding mythology and folklore.

    Novelty Yarn

    Violin by Anne Rice. It’s a good ghost story but I just didn’t find it as compelling a read as her vampire or witch books.

    Scarf – A good book for getting into a genre
    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a great way to get into the fantasy genre.

    Socks – An underappreciated author who deserves more hype
    There’s lots of great independent authors out there that deserve more attention including you, Nick Ripley, Maria Blackrane and several others.

    Cast-Off A weirdly specific think you love,
    Gothic horror featuring a romance between a vampire and a human.

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    1. Thanks for sharing!

      I guess I could have used one of Maxime Jaz’s for that “book you’ve been meaning to read but haven’t.” I don’t actually have any of them (electronic or physical anywhere), but I do intend to get to one or two of them sometime.


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