The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Feeling VERY contrary this evening. Hence my answers.

 

 

 

A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT YOU DIDN’T LIKE:

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Oh yeah? Watch me!

 

 

A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO HATE BUT YOU LOVE:

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This is TOTALLY popular. Putin tried to have it banned but I read it anyway. I’m a real American Hero!

 

AN OTP THAT YOU DON’T LIKE:

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My feelings in general about such crap like “OTP”. I live in the real world…

 

 

A POPULAR BOOK GENRE THAT YOU HARDLY REACH FOR.:

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Besides “MHI”, Urban Fantasy doesn’t do it for me.

 

 

A POPULAR/BELOVED CHARACTER THAT YOU DO NOT LIKE:

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And I would too, in a heart beat!

 

A POPULAR AUTHOR THAT YOU CAN’T SEEM TO GET INTO:

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No, the Darkness that Comes Before is the shadow of the steamroller I’m driving right before I run this miserable sod over!

 

A POPULAR BOOK TROPE THAT YOU’RE TIRED OF SEEING:

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Do NOT google “Bronies”. Trust me on this one!

 

 

A POPULAR SERIES THAT YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN READING:

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Because the Hunger Games was nothing but a bloody ripoff of the vastly superior Battle Royale.

 

THE SAYING GOES “THE BOOK IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN THE MOVIE”, BUT WHAT MOVIE OR TV SHOW ADAPTATION DO YOU PREFER MORE THAN THE BOOK:

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Jurassic Toilet!

 

 

THE END

 

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SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD – Grumpy Cat Edition

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Orangutan Librarian tagged me.  So to show my happiness, I promised her I’d subvert the tag.  THAT’LL TEACH HER!!!!!!

 

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Let the subversion BEGIN!!!

 

 

WHO IS THE ONE PERSON THAT IS THE SUNSHINE CLOUD IN YOUR LIFE?

My brother. He plays Magic: The Gathering with me when nobody else will. What a jerk!

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DO YOU PREFER ALL HAPPY  SAD MOVIES, OR OCCASIONAL SAD ANNOYING MOVIES?

Movies are all evil. They take away from my reading time.

 

WHAT IS THE ONE FOOD THAT ALWAYS MAKES YOU HAPPY CRY?

Scrambled eggs with wheatgerm. My dad made this one weekend for us kids when Mom was away. I think we all cried. And I still remember the incident.

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WHAT IS THE SUNSHINE  RAINCLOUD ON YOUR BLOG?

All those commentors who leave words on my posts like deer poop! Ewwwwww.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE  WACKY “FUN SAD” DAY?

Being forced to have my picture taken with some group of people. People, grrrrrr….

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WHAT IS ONE THING YOU LOVE HATE ABOUT YOURSELF?

My hugely muscular body. Breaking through doorways because I don’t fit? Doesn’t endear me to many businesses.

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WHAT IS ONE THING YOU LOVE ABHOR ABOUT THE BLOGGING COMMUNITY?

All those followers who don’t like or comment. How am I supposed to tell them how wrong they are if they never comment?

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WHAT IS THE ONE BOOK THAT MADE YOU SMILE FROWN THE MOST?

The Grumpy Cat Book

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WHERE IS YOUR CORNER RECTANGLE OF SUNSHINE MISERY IN YOUR HOME?

On my Kindle Oasis.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOST LOATHED COLOR?

Puce. Nothing like blood and squashed fleas on your linens!

 

WHAT IS THE ONE MOVIE (OR DRAMA) THAT ALWAYS MAKES YOU HAPPY LAUGH MANIACALLY?

Diehard! Ol’ Hans falling off the building? Priceless!

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Consider yourself not tagged. You’re probably not Hard Core Enough to do this anyway.

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Brotherhood of the World Tag

Saw this tag over at ReactionaryTales. (Neither endorsement nor condemnation is implied by the link)

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I have NO idea why this tag is called this. It is rather pretentious and completely off point.  I think it would be better named the “Getting to Know You” tag or something.  I like ReactionaryTales’ questions though, so figured I’d stick in my 4 cents worth.

 

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You get a tin foil hat and you get a tin foil hat. EVERYBODY gets a tin foil hat!

 

 

1) Briefly explain your blogging style (where your favorite blogging spot/tools – as in, on the couch using your smartphone or something)

I like to call my blogging style the Way of Bookstooge’s Path of Total Enlightenment. Basically, I plop my butt on the couch, throw my lap couch onto my lap,

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and either select the latest book I have finished and start typing up the review, or I have had an idea from earlier in the day that I want to blab about and start typing that up. Either way, there is almost no forethought. It is setting free the artist within, the hidden zenmaster, the subconscious creator.  There are NO BOUNDARIES on my creative genius. “Look on my works, ye plebs and DESPAIR!”

My idea of planning ahead is typing up a post and scheduling it 24hrs in advance. No more than that.

 

2) How do you manage your blogging time including blog reading time?

When I get up at 6am on a work day, I grab a cold Bang

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300mg of caffeine. Now THAT gets your motor running!

and sit on the couch and take an hour to sip it, hence allowing for a continual intake of caffeine until I am motivated enough to get ready for work.

This allows me 60minutes to peruse ya’lls blogs. At least, those of ya’ll that aren’t too lazy to post overnight. Mondays and Wednesdays I have mens meeting and prayer meeting at Church, so I don’t get home til 7 or 8pm. Then I’ll spend another 60minutes catching up on the rest of you. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays I get home around 5pm, so it might stretch to 2-3hrs. I also use those times to write posts and read.  Saturdays I’ll catch up on posts in the afternoon, write if I feel like it or read. Sunday is pretty much open all day unless I’m playing Magic: The Gathering at the library in the afternoon. That still gives me all Morning and all Evening on Sundays. But I tend to catch up on any posts for that day before I write any of my own.

I follow about 60 people, as I found that more than that I can’t keep people straight. I also don’t follow people who don’t post regularly or SJW’s, as those people tend to raise my blood pressure and this is supposed to be fun.

 

3) Who is your most read author?

Be a good follower and please see my post, Bookstooge’s Most Read AuthorsEnlightenment is only a click away!

 

4) How did you come up with your blog name?

I had just come out of the Great Censorship Debacle at Goodreads in 2013. I had been physically threatened by indie authors and their fans, had my reviews hidden by GR because it didn’t conform to their vaguely worded and totally author and sales oriented terms of service and had gotten on the List of the StoptheGoodReadsBullies assholes. So I was not in the mood to use my real name or make my picture widely public.

I used Bookstooge because I had an old email address that used that term. I was just moving to Booklikes and their blogging platform allowed for more than just books but I wanted to concentrate on books, so Bookstooge it was. Once I created that identity, including my nifty Avatar,

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my alter-ego was born! I’ve spent the last 4 years solidifying Bookstooge as my online personna and now consider him me, or me him,  or us we (argggggh!!!)  when online. But don’t worry, my Psyche Isn’t Fractured, honest!

 

5) What keeps you blogging?

Several things actually.

Foremost is the knowledge that I read enough that I simply can’t remember all the plots and all the feelings and all the thoughts I’ve had for the over 3000 books I’ve read since 2000. So my blogging is a place where I can store my memories for retrieval at a later date.

Second, I like words. In fact, I have an amount of words that I have to write out on a daily or weekly basis. Its like having a fountain inside. Back before I got into blogging in ’04 or ’05, I used to write in a journal every night. So blogging is just an outlet for me.

Third, it is a great way for an introvert who literally can’t stand more than 6 people at once for more than an hour to interact with a large group on a regular basis. In fact, I feel like a Super Popstar every time a post gets more than 10 Likes or Comments.

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Bookstooge ON TOUR,  RAHHHHH!!!! 

 

I would like to thank Lashaan for perfecting the art of subliminal messaging within a post to create your own personal army.  Go forth and subjugate, my minions!

Feel free to answer these in the comments or do your own post if you like the questions.

 

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The “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire” Mystery Blogger Award

Yesterday Kelly tagged me in a post of hers for one of those Award posts. I politely thanked her and told her I had NO intention of doing it, because I’m me, and that means I’m contrary, at times, just because.

So here I am, 24hrs later, showing what a Liar I am. *insert very loud fire engine noises*

With that spirited intro, here we go!

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The Rules:

There are NO Rules! That’s why this is a Mystery. Who knows what the rules are?

 

Three Things About Me:

I am 7ft tall.

I’m totally a vegan.

I would rather poke out my eyes than sit on a couch all day, reading a book and listening to Enya. Ugh!

 

Questions From Kelly:

 

1) What is a book that you can read over and over again?

Space VampiresIt’s just SO smexylicious!!

2) What is your least favorite book you’ve read?

Probably Way-Farer by Dennis Schmidt. I hate that book so much I’ve read it at least 5 times, just to torture myself.

3) Where is your favorite place to relax and de-stress?

Work. Nothing relaxes me like a couple of feet of snow and sub-freezing temperatures!

4) What is your favorite thing to buy other than books?

Rockstar. I drink it by the gallon until my heart explodes from all the caffeine!

5) Coffee or tea?

I prefer the Blood of My Enemies. Zesty tangy drink with that great iron after-taste!

 

My Questions for Nominees: 

How many banks have you robbed?

Would you rather die by eating Mcdonalds fast food or drowning in someone else’s sweat?

Do you know our lord and destroyer, Saint Cthulhu?

Which torturous death would you give your dear old mum from the movie The Abominable Dr. Phibes?

 

My Best Posts: (I’m being Fo’Real, schizzle mcdizzle, on dis one!)

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Night of Knives  (what?!  I have NO idea why to be honest)

I Will Make Them Cry

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I Nominate:

Nobody.

And if I see this post going around, I’ll hunt the perpetrators down like rabid kittens!

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Teeny little postscript:

Thanks Kelly. This was a lot of fun to twist around and I never would have done it if you hadn’t given me the initial push!

 

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Book Tag: The TBR Tag

Saw this at Dragon & Zombies a little bit ago and decided I’d save it and do it later. Later is now Now.

Picture heavy and complicated. I had a lot of fun putting this together though, as organizing things brings joy to my heart.

 

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How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

This is a complicated procedure, at least the setup. Once it’s setup, then it rolls along like a well oiled machine.

  1. Choose a book to put on my TBR
  2. Put said book into Calibre with the TBR tag and sort by “date added”
  3. Load 100’ish books onto my Kindle, sorted by Series
  4. Remove TBR tag from those books in Calibre.
  5. Repeat Steps 1 & 2
  6. When I finish a series on my Kindle, I remove said series from my Kindle
  7. Replace finished series with the next series that has the TBR tag from Calibre
  8. Keep my Kindle filled with 100-150 book so I’m not reading the same thing within weeks
  9. Keep my Calibre TBR library at 100-150. Ruthlessly not adding books does this just fine.

 

All picture should be clickable for more detail.

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Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

Ebook

 

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

By whatever is next. My reading is like a grindstone. It goes slowly, but I crush that TBR into fine meal.

 

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest:

In Calibre, the Starfisher trilogy by Glen Cook has been on my TBR since August of 2016

 

A book that you recently added to your TBR:

Stinger by McCammon and Mr Mercedes by King. Both are Halloween’ish reads and the King book is in preparation for doing a buddy-read with BookCupidity.

 

A book that’s on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover:

Stranger of Tempest

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With my avatar coming from the game Heretic/Hexxen, something like this is going to instantly appeal to me.

 

A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading:

I’m not one of “those” kind of people. I used to be though. But now, I only add book that I know I’ll read.

 

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for:

The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter by Michael Sullivan.

The kickstarter for the hardcover should be starting up soon and I’ll be doing a post for that.

 

A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except you:

Once again, I’m not one of “those” people. I only add a book if a reviewer I trust has reviewed it or if there are enough other reviews for me to figure out if it will push my button or not. The whole “popularity” reading thing is for a different generation than me.

 

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you:

Thankfully, almost all of you never recommend books to me. I’m thankful for that. I read your review and make up my own mind.

 

A book on your TBR that you’re just dying to read:

For these kind of book, I have a High Priority collection on my Kindle. I keep that Collection on the front page of my kindle and cycle through it whenever it gets to the bottom of the page. I also try to follow this same procedure for my manga reading.

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The books in it right now are:

Sixth Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko [Currently Reading]

Dancer’s Lament by Ian Esslemont

The Punch Escrow by Tal Klein

 

The number of books on your TBR shelf:

130’ish on my Kindle

130 in Calibre

260’ish in Total

Bookstooge’s Most Read Authors

The Little Book Owl recently did a post where she listed her top 5 most read authors. I like lists, so that post really hit the spot and considering how dry this week has been, in terms of posting [it’s been a busy week with much smaller amounts of time for reading or posting], I decided I’d take a turn at doing this.

I’m going to list a few more than 5. Also, I’m not going to be listing a lot of manga-ka, as they dominate the numbers with some huge series [Bleach, One Piece, Case Closed, etc].  This list also includes re-reads, so some of my top read authors might not have so many books.

I could add about 10 more authors if I went down to 10 reads, but 12 seemed like the cusp of “Ok, I’ve read a bunch by this author”.  Not much to say about each, not with so many but if you have questions, ask away and I’ll answer as best I can.

 

 

Timothy Zahn – 63

Patricia Wrede – 17

Tad Williams – 20

Adrian Tchaikovsky – 16

Rumiko Takahashi – 67 (probably my most read manga-ka and yet I don’t care for her stories. Funny that)

Kazuki Takahashi – 38 (wrote the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga. Love that series)

Michael Sullivan – 12

Michael Stackpole – 33

Lemony Snicket – 13

Darren Shan – 12

Brandon Sanderson – 25 [including the final WoT books]

Mike Resnick – 12

Terry Pratchett – 44

Ellis Peters – 14 (Brother Cadfael Mysteries)

Don Pendleton – 37 (Mack Bolan/The Executioner series)

Andre Norton (and loser collaborators) – 18

Michael Moorcock – 16

L.E. Modesitt, Jr – 28

Jack McKinney – 12 (Robotech)

Patricia McKillip – 27

Anne McCaffrey – 21

C.S. Lewis – 16

Sharon Lee & Steve Miller – 15

Stephen Lawhead – 22

Paul Kemp – 12 (mainly Forgotten Realms with a dash of Star Wars)

Robert Jordan – 26 (multiple reads of the first several WoT books)

Riichiro Inagaki – 48 and counting (Eyeshield 21 manga w/ rereads of the first 16)

Frank Herbert – 13

Robert Heinlein – 18

Terry Goodkind – 13

Alan Dean Foster – 48

John Flanagan – 15

Steven Erikson – 19 (multiple Malazan re-reads]

David Eddings – 18

Dave Duncan – 15

Charles Dickens – 33

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Troy Denning – 16 (forgotten realms and star wars and he sucks whatever I read]

Roald Dahl – 14

Evan Currie – 13

Larry Correia &/or Collaborators – 16

Glen Cook – 13

CLAMP – 65 (a varying group of 5 female manga-ka)

Agatha Christie – 19

Orson Scott Card – 13

Jack Campbell – 22

Jim Butcher – 22

Terry Brooks – 20

Robert Asprin – 17

Isaac Asimov – 12

Neal Asher – 26 (re-reads)

“Alex Archer” – 14 (ghost written series of Rogue Angel)

Aaron Allston – 16 all Star Wars all good

 

 

 

 

The Serious Book Tag? Input Please…

Most book tags I see convey the idea that they were initially written by giggly, squealing school girls who are in a group all admiring Captain Hawtness as he walks by. What I don’t see are book tags that convey the strength of character it takes to get up every day and go to work. I don’t see book tags that relate to your car breaking down and not having enough money to fix it and to have to bum rides to work for a week from a neighbor or friend.  I don’t see the tags that convey the choice of buying something you want or letting it go and buying something for your spouse. How would you convey doing taxes in a question? I hate doing taxes by the way.  What about cleaning up puke from a sick kid who didn’t “quite” make it to the bathroom in time? Or dusting? Dusting is tedious but a month without and my goodness, things are pretty fuzzy.

In other words, I do not see mature minded book tags, only frothy milkshake ones. Now maybe that is a good thing. I suspect a lot of people, and I am one of them, read to escape for a few hours. When you are trying to escape, who wants to be clawed back down by a Serious Book Tag? The other thing is that I am good at poking holes in things and showing problems but I am NOT so good at suggesting solutions or fixing issues. I wish I could sit down for a week and come up with a series of questions about books that convey my middle aged’ness.  Something that conveys that I actually do LIKE shredded wheat instead of honey-sugar sweetened blasto bombs. Maybe I’m not reading the right book tags either.

What do you consider a serious question and how would you turn it into a book tag question? I really am at a loss here and I’d like to rectify that. If I’m going to take issue with the frothy nature of most tags, then I should come up with an alternate and as of right now, I can’t.

 

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