The 80’s Movie Book Tag

Found this on Flora’s Musing. Seemed like a good tag to do mid-summer when blockbusters used to be the dominant force in America for the plebe masses.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

A book that kept you up all night

Monster Hunter Bloodlines was, as I described in my review, balls to the walls action. That’ll keep you up reading all night!

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride (1987)

A WONDERFULLY quotable book

For me, that would be The Lord of the Rings. I’m not a big “remember quotes” kind of guy, but “you shall not pass” has always stuck in my head.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

A character who loves breaking the rules

Saul from Neal Asher’s Owner trilogy. He’s not all adorable and funny like Bueller, but Saul will break the rules with the best of them, forging his own as necessary.

When Harry Met Sally

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

A couple that took eternity to get together

Montrose and Raina from the Count to the Eschaton Sequence by Wright. 18-19 billion years seems like eternity to me!

Back to the Future

Back to the Future (1985)

A book involving time travel

The Aunt Paradox by Chris Dolley. Reeves and Worcester have to combat a Legion of Time Traveling Aunts to help the multiverse!

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink (1986)

A character with a unique style

Luffy from the One Piece manga. That kid’s got Style, what with his straw hat and all.

The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid (1984)

Favourite book involving the training/mentoring trope

Way-farer by Dennis Schmidt. Jerome and the Old Man on the Mountain are absolutely perfect examples of this.

Die Hard

Die Hard (1988)

A book with a trip that doesn’t go as planned

The Color of Magic. Nothing on Discworld ever goes planned! 😀

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

A book with the central character’s name in the title

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians. Great stuff!

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing (1987)

A female character who comes out of her shell

Anne Elliot from Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Best Austen story ever.

Top Gun

Top Gun (1986)

A death that took you by surprise

The drug addicted woman who is rescued by the main character and ends up being killed, thus propelling the entire story of Without Remorse by Tom Clancy.

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

ET - The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

An ending that left you both happy and sad

The Crippled God, the final book in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series. I was happy it was over and was sad I had been forced to read t he whole thing to get an ending.

The Who Am I? Book Tag

If your life was a book genre, what would it be?

Good question! I suspect I’d be a small magazine article on the joys of brown shoes. Very boring but of intense interest to a small percentage of the world’s population.

What villain from a book do you most identify with?

There was one book, Edge of Danger, by Jack Higgins where I found the badguys more appealing because they had a code of honor and justice and family that the supposed good guys didn’t. It was not a pleasant read for me.

What protagonist are you most similar to?

Luke Skywalker, naive farmboy extraordinaire who saved us all with Star Wars.

What book did you connect with in the past that you no longer do?

Sadly, a whole series springs to mind. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY back in 2007 I was reading a manga series called “Oh My Goddess!” When I restarted the series in 2017 with Wrong Number, I simply couldn’t stomach it anymore. OMG! and I had parted ways.

What recent book read would you love to be a character in?

Blandings Castle books. I’d love to be a rich millionaire loafing around!

How do your reading habits show off your personality?

I read what I want, stop reading what I don’t want to, and don’t listen to “hype” or “buzz”.

What book taught you something about yourself?

The Five Love Languages. One of the most helpful books in understanding myself and understanding others that I have ever read.

The TBR Tag

I originally did this tag back in 2017. I figured it was time to update some of the specifics. Also DZ is no longer blogging and that made me sad. Made me think of all the other bloggers I’ve seen stop blogging since then.

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.

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.


Is your TBR mostly print or 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 first Warlock Holmes book, A Study in Brimstone. That’s been there since at least 2020 and I suspect since ’18 actually.

A book that you recently added to your TBR:

Cop Hater by Ed McBain. The first in the long running 87th Precinct series. Considering I probably won’t start this series this year, it’s a good thing I am a patient man!

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

The Stars Like Dust. I was looking for some Asimov to read (I actually haven’t read nearly as many of his books as I had thought) and this caught my eye.

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

I’m not one of “those” kind of people. I only add book that I know I’ll read. So suck it, you pretentious jackasses. There’s a special place in Hell just for you!

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

The third Checquy Files book, Blitz by Daniel O’Malley. I hope it is good!

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:

Hostile Takeover by Dan Willis. The newest Arcane Casebook book. I’m actually getting to this now and you should see the review next week. It has another absolutely gorgeous cover!

The number of books on your TBR shelf:

85’ish on my Kindle

140 in Calibre (not including ALL the manga and comics. I don’t count them, so you shouldn’t either)

225’ish in Total

The NOPE Book Tag

NOPE!  Ending: a book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crappy.

Satan’s Gambit by Brian Moses. Trilogy had been going swell and then the author decided to go all tv show Supernatural and totally got the story off track with bad theology, even for a fantasy book.

NOPE!  Protagonist: a main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

Ott from The Night of the Swarm by Robert Redick. I abandoned the book and will never read another by this author because of this character.

NOPE!  Pairing: a “ship” you don’t support.

Ross Poldark and Demelza. He’s still in love with his old flame and she’s like 15.

NOPE!  Plot twist: a twist you didn’t see coming and didn’t like.

The 47th Samurai. When the main character Bob Lee Swagger becomes an Insta-Samurai and defeats a guy who has been practicing his whole life. It was bogus.

NOPE!  Genre: a genre you will never read.

I would normally choose “Romance”, but I have read a couple, including Venetia, so it is kind of hard to say “Never”.

NOPE! Book format: book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.

Mass market paperback. With my diabetic eyes, Reading on my Kindle Oasis is about the only way I roll now.

NOPE! Death: a character death that still haunts you.

Alyss, the wife of Will Treaty from the Ranger’s Apprentice series. It did not need to be.

NOPE!  Book: a book that shouldn’t have existed.

Flashman. The vilest book I have read in a very long time!

And that is enough for me. There are a bunch more questions below that you can choose to use if you feel like doing this tag, but I’m all Nope’d out. Cheers!

NOPE! Trope: a trope that makes you go NOPE.

NOPE! Recommendation: a book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read.

NOPE! Cliche: a cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

NOPE! Love interest: the love interest that’s not worthy of being one.

NOPE! Villain: a villain you would hate to cross.

NOPE! Author: an author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.

The FRIENDS Book Tag

The Friends Book Tag

Ross: Seems harmless, but problematic – Name a book you had problems with
(I don’t think Ross was problematic, I just think he was a complete wuss and manboy who needed to be beaten up a couple of times to toughen him up.)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I can’t even write how much Harry annoyed me by the end of the series. If he had died, I would have been happy.

Monica: neat and tidy – Name a book/series that ends satisfyingly

The Gods Return by David Drake. I started my review with “A VERY satisfying ending”. Can’t ask much more than that, right?

Chandler: funny and relatable – Name a firm fave

Han Solo’s Revenge by Brian Daley. Before the Star Wars Expanded Universe, there were standalone stories about some of the characters. Solo had his own trilogy. I read it in middle school or highschool and liked it so much that later in life I tracked down the hardcovers for the trilogy and paid a premium for them. The almost completely orange cover is what I actually remember most about the library paperback I read all those years ago.

Phoebe: reliable and friendly – An author you always rely on

Neal Asher. Period. Even when a character is barfing and pooping in WAY MORE DETAIL than I ever wanted, I can rely on him for an action packed story that grabs me and won’t let go.

Rachel: she grows on you over time – Name a book/series that’s grown on you over time

The Monster Hunter International series by Larry Correia. I enjoyed the first book but ripped into it pretty good in the review. And now, I am actively looking forward to the next book, book 9.

Joey: looks good on the outside – A book whose cover is better than its contents

Department 19. The cover looked awesome with all the guns, knives, helmets and weapons. Inside was a morass of teen stupidity and the purest drivel that I’ve read in a long time. The author should stick a turkey on their head in penance!

Bonus Friend

Gunther: always there, always ignored – A book you’ve had on your TBR forever
(I had to go look up who Gunther even was! I guess he was the coffee shop owner? Definitely forgettable.)

A Study in Brimstone, the first in the Warlock Holmes series. I’ve been waiting for the series to finish up, but the author seems to be acting like a jackass so I’m not sure when I’ll ever get to this. I WANT to get to it though.

The Weather Tag


The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. The humor was delicious and just tickled my funny bone the whole time I was reading.


Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Jones. I’m pretty sure I read this in one sitting because it was just so fantastic at the time.


The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen. While I’m not usually one for artwork appreciation, this artwork “blew me away”. I used those exact words too, which is why I immediately thought of it for this category 🙂


Count Brass by Michael Moorcock. The book ends with Hawkmoon (the main character) waking up from a madness and finding out his wife and children only ever existed in his mind. I don’t know what is sadder than that!


The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks. This middle book of the Lightbringer series lived up to my extremely high expectations. That doesn’t happen very often.


Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan. It was bloody, grim and gritty but once I got into the story itself, It was fantastic.

The Five Points of Calvinism: The TULIP Tag

Mrs Mugrage (also known as “That Neanderthal Nut” to her close friends) recently took up a gauntlet I had thrown down several years ago. I was bemoaning the lack of serious tags and considered trying to create one myself. That obviously didn’t happen. BUT Mrs M was more than equal to the challenge and this tag is the result. I was pretty impressed.

Back in 2017 (or, you might say, in “eternity past”), Bookstooge put up a request for a “serious” book tag. At that time, I did not even know that Bookstooge existed (hard as that is to imagine). But in the providence of God, I stumbled upon that forlorn request recently, and this is the result.

The Five Points of Calvinism

These five points are not all of Christian theology, or even all of Reformed theology. There is a lot more to it, and it’s all good stuff. These five topics are simply things that Jacob Arminius and his followers disputed in the early 1600s, after the Reformation was well under way and John Calvin had been writing for some time. All of this caused a huge kerfuffle in the Dutch Reformed churches, and eventually, in 1619, the Synod of Dort adopted the Canons of Dort which answered the Arminians’ objections point by point. So, though these five points are not the whole of Reformed theology, they do represent some of the doctrines that people are most likely to have issues with, as demonstrated by Arminius, his followers, and in fact most people down to this day.

Due to their Dutch character, the five points, if put in terms that are somewhat misleading, can be shoehorned into the acrostic TULIP:

T – Total Depravity

U – Unconditional Election

L – Limited Atonement

I – Irresistible Grace

P – Perseverance of the Saints

Because this is a tag, I’m not going to parse or defend these points deeply. I’ll just explain each one in a short paragraph, then apply it to a book tag purpose. Since these things deal with the nature of man and God, they turn out to be fruitful for reminding us of our literary experiences.

T – Total Depravity

Arminius taught that people are free in their will to choose God or reject him. The doctrine of total depravity (or “sin nature”) holds instead that people, if left to themselves, are spiritually dead and will never voluntarily seek God. (Dead people cannot choose things.)

Name a book or a series that you appreciate for its jaundiced or realistic portrayal of human nature.

The Plague by Albert Camus. While I hated the story, Camus did an excellent job of portraying humanity in a horrible situation. It’s a classic for a reason.

U – Unconditional Election

Election means that God chooses to draw some people to Himself, making alive their hearts so that they are then able to seek, hear, and trust in Him. Arminians taught that God elects people for salvation in this way on the basis of some quality in them, such as humility, faith, “responding to the light they have,” etc. The doctrine of unconditional election holds that God does not choose people because they are better than other people. He chooses them just because He wants to.

Name a book where someone chooses someone else unconditionally.

Wrong Number, the first volume in the Oh My Goddess! manga series. Even though Belldandy “had” to fulfill Keiichi’s wish, as the series progresses it is evident that Belldandy chooses Keiichi even when she doesn’t have to. Good lovey dovey stuff 😀

L – Limited Atonement

The most confusing of the five points as far as I am concerned, Limited Atonement means that Christ’s death was actually just for “his people” – those God chose to elect – not for everyone generally. If it were for everyone generally, and some people rejected salvation, that would mean that God’s work in salvation was ineffective in some cases, which would throw the determining factor back onto the individual.

This point is confusing for two reasons: 1) Since we don’t know who is going to be saved, we are commanded to proclaim the good news to everyone as if they were all elect. 2) We know that the number of those who believe will be a very great number, enough that Christ can be said to have saved “the whole world.” So, “limited” does not mean a small number of people.

This is one of those fine distinctions that is kind of hard to squeeze down into a two-word phrase, which then fits into a flower acrostic.

Name a book that has a complex, confusing, or seemingly unworkable philosophy behind its worldbuilding.

The Culture novels by Iain Banks, typified in The Player of Games. Banks posits a completely materialistic society and has it operating at near-Utopian levels. The philosophy was so outside of what we know about humanity that I gave up on the series after the 3rd book.

I – Irresistible Grace

When God chooses someone, He works on their heart, giving them a new heart with a will that is now able to choose Him. This also frees their mind to be able to hear and understand His word (since, as we know, our intellect is embarrassingly tied up with our will). When this happens, they freely choose Him, now that their will has been freed from the sin that bound it. It is never the case that God gives someone a new heart, and they then reject Him. His grace is irresistible.

What book did you find irresistible?

The Stranger of Tempest by Tom Lloyd. First that cover just dragged me in and then the story itself was everything I wanted from a flintlock fantasy. It was so engaging and pushed all the right buttons for me. It has only been 4 years since I read it, so a re-read isn’t in the works quite yet, but….. I am looking forward to see how it holds up. A great book must be re-readable.

P – Perseverance of the Saints

This doctrine means that once someone has been regenerated, heard God’s word, and begun to believe, they will not ultimately, or permanently, fall away. You cannot “lose your salvation.” This is a very comforting doctrine, for without it, we tend to panic every time we fall into sin (or have some previously unnoticed sin revealed to us that, unfortunately, has been with us all along).

Name one of your favorite redemption arcs in a book or movie.

The redemption of Darth Vader in The Jedi Doth Return. If someone who is as evil as Darth Vader was, can be redeemed, then there is hope for any of us. It is also made clear that he was redeemed by Luke’s love and faith in him, not because of what he did at the end. The action was the result of Luke’s conviction.

And there we go. A Serious Tag. It took me a week to answer these questions, as I wanted to give them serious thought. Thank you Mrs M, this was great!

The JigSAW Book Tag

Here we go. Not going to link to the creator, per usual. Thankfully, there don’t appear to be any silly rules that I need to ignore either. That’s a good way to start a book tag

1.) You wake up in The Room, who wakes up with you?

Someone You Choose –
The Brains –
Tyrus Rechs from Galaxy’s Edge. Took a nuke to kill that guy. If he could escape the Savages, Jigsaw should present no problem
The Brawn –
Spawn. He might be stupid as a brick, but his superdevil powers make him a force to be reckoned with.

Someone Jigsaw Would Choose –
Little Dorrit. Because no one would ever suspect a little girl in a room full of big strong men, never!

Someone On The Outside Looking For You –
Thraxas. Promise him a beer and he’s a detective you can count on!

2.) You’re starting the game and the first puzzle takes someone out; who dies first?

Thraxas. The beer was poisoned, just in case the hidden Mastermind got thirsty and wanted to chug it. It was worth a shot, right?

3.) You’ve made it to the steam room. You need a partner to go through the maze while you switch a lever to shoot hot steam for them to make it through. Who is your partner?

Tyrus Rechs. His armor will allow him to navigate even if he can’t see. Plus, we’ve come up with a clever plan to hunt the hunter.

4.) Oops, your partner died! Now you are strapped to the Shotgun Carousel. Who do you shoot in the face?

It’s all going according to plan. Little Dorrit gets a face full of lead. Because if movies have taught me anything, it’s that innocent looking little girls are usually what kill you in the end.

5.) You and the last character are about to escape. Then Billy the Puppet strolls in and tells you it’s up to a coin toss to see who survives. Heads you survive, tails the other character survives.

Surprise! Tyrus pops out of a hatch and shoots Billy with a lazer gun. Spawn teleports away to where the Mastermind is hiding and brings him back to the torture chamber. We tie him in front of a tv and put on My Little Ponies: The Power of Friendship, ON LOOP, and slow-motion walk away. Yeah, we’re that bad ass.

You don’t mess with The Bookstooge, MoFo’s!

The Nightmare Before Christmas Tag

I couldn’t find an actual Christmas Tag on my list of 100 Tags so this had to do. I probably could have searched for one, but who wants to do work for a tag post? Not me! If you don’t know anything about the animated movie, here’s the wiki link: Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas.

Sally – A book with a character who loves someone so much and actually gets them in the end

Captain Wentworth in Jane Austen’s Persuasion. He never stopped loving Anne and his second foray onto the field of romantic battle was successful. Go get’em tiger!

Jack Skelliington – A book with a character who longs for more

Sebastian Nightingale Cain in Mike Resnick’s Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future. He starts out as a bounty hunter going after the infamous Santiago, only to realize just what Santiago stands for and ends up taking on Santiago’s legacy to continue The Good Work.

Zero – a book with a loyal sidekick

Wayne in Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson. He’s right there by Wax’s side, ready to cover his back if a fight, allomantic or otherwise, starts to get intense.

Oogie Boogie – A book with a wicked villain

Light Yagami from the manga Death Note by Ohba & Obata. Light starts out as wanting Justice on a world wide level but quickly descends into megalomania with the power of the Death Note at his command. Throughout the series his coldblooded manipulation and murder of anyone around him is truly horrifying.

Halloween Town – A book with a weird or creepy theme

The entire Necroscope series by Brian Lumley. Vampires at their evilest and ruling another world and trying to take over ours. And we’re not talking sparkly or even good looking vampires. These things are sluglike and bond with your nervous system, ughhhhhhh…..

Christmas Town – a book that left you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside

The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett. Read it almost a decade ago and I still remember how wonderfully delightful this story was.

Thanksgiving Book Tag

Here in American we celebrate Thanksgiving in November. Here’s a tag that’s been around since about 2014 as far as I can tell. Staying power, that’s important in a tag.

1. Bread- What book is purely fluff, and has no real plot line?

The Elric Saga by Michael Moorcock. Running around fighting battles just to die at the end of the series isn’t much of a plot. Fun and interesting yes, but plotfilled, no.

2. Turkey- What book made you want to fall asleep?

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton. I read it 20 years ago and still remember it as the most boring book I have ever read. It takes real talent to be that boring.

3. Gravy- What book makes the whole series worth reading?

Cobra by Timothy Zahn. While the rest of the series pretty much plateaued, on the strength of this one book I read 8 more.

4. Stuffing- What book is stuffed full of action scenes?

A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. This is in essence a 500-600 page battle scene with 150 pages of other stuff before and after.

5. Mashed Potatoes- What book looked good, and then wasn’t?

Ok, I gotta stop here a minute. What kind of person created this tag and then goes and casts such aspersions on mashed potatoes? Mashed potatoes are my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner. If I could only pick one part of Thanksgiving Dinner to eat, it would be mashed potatoes. So this question is just wrong. So I’m changing it to the Correct Question.

The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers. That cover just looks cool and the story inside is even cooler.

6. Cranberries- What book has the sweetest romance?

Seriously? You hate on the Potatoes and then give the Cranberries an embarrassment of riches. Creator of this Tag, I’m beginning to doubt your sanity! But I will play your twisted little game and best you, for I am Bookstooge the Inscrutable, HEAR ME ROAR!

I am going to choose Wrong Number, the first volume of the Oh My Goddess! manga by Kosuke Fujishima.

7. Corn- What’s the corniest book you’ve ever read?

The entire Asterix series really. It is 50’ish pages at a time of puns and wordplays that are clever, childish and funny, all at the same time.

8. Green beans- What book is too long and needs to be shortened?

The Crippled God by Steven Erikson. I went and looked through my Calibre library sorted by page count. This was the longest and lowest rated that I could come up with. If Erikson had written to fill one page

“And then the collective universe had diarrhea and covered the entire world in shit. The End”

it wouldn’t have been any worse than what he did write in close to 1000 pages.

9. Pumpkin Pie- What book do you read to get out of a reading slump?

I actually have several and decide which to read by last one read. Considering that I haven’t had a real reading slump for years though (due to the awesome nature of my reading rotation) I don’t really give this a thought anymore.

10. Dog/Cat- What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food that you would steal from the table?

I don’t understand this question. How does it relate to books at all? It would appear to be just a food question, how ….. peculiar. Well, being peculiar never stopped me before. I’m going to go with Mandarin Orange Jello Salad with Marshmallows.

And that’s a wrap!