Two Tags for Bookwyrms


This time I’ll be doing two tags in one post, both of them from Lucy Agnes @ Tangle Webs and Fairy Rings.  Thanks, Lucy Agnes!



Bookshelf Tour Tag

A short but powerful book: Goddess Tithe, by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, is only about 120 pages, but it’s still quite the story.

A good long book: Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo and Golden Daughter, by Anne Elisabeth Stengl.

Favourite classic (on your shelf): Do you count Hannah Hurnard’s Hind’s Feet on High Places?

A relatively obscure book: Hm.  I suppose I have a lot of non-fiction books that aren’t very well known.  I have a dear children’s book called The Lamp, The Ice, and a Boat Called Fish.  It’s based off a true story, but I don’t think it’s a  well known one.


An under-rated book: People may look at me funny when I rave about my high school textbook, The Mystery of History.  But I really do love that book!

An over-rated book:  Alexander Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo started off promising, but ended up disappointing me.

Most re-read book: C.S.Lewis’ Narnia series, and Dragonwitch by Anne Elisabeth Stengl.

A book you haven’t read: Eh heh heh, too many.  Among them, Sailing Alone around the World by Captain Joshua Slocum.


A short story collection: Time Now for the Vinyl Café Story Exchange, collected by Stuart McLean (a little bit of Canadiana)!

A non-fiction book:  A Man Called Intrepid by William Stevenson (not to be mistaken for the book’s subject: William Stephenson)

A book (physical copy, not the story itself) that has an interesting story behind it: Rob Roy, by Sir Walter Scott, had been on my TBR list for ages.  I had searched the library and several bookshops before finally finding it at a local book and coffee shop.  I bought it and started enjoying it…and then it disappeared.  I looked high and low, all to no avail.  It wasn’t until much later that it dawned on me to search the hidden pockets of my enormous book bag.



Totally Should’ve Tag

Totally should’ve gotten a sequel: 20000 leagues under the sea.  Not because I loved it, but because I need to have someone just pin Nemo down and get him to talk…if he even survived the maelstrom.  Did he?  I would like to know about that, too.

Totally should’ve had a spin-off series: I love James Herriot’s stories, and I get a real kick out of the brothers Siegfried and Tristan.  I’m sure they had so many more antics than what was recorded, enough to make a spin-off series.

An Author who should totally write more books:  Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Andrew Peterson, and John W. Otte!  Don’t stop writing, you brilliant minds!

A character who totally should’ve ended up with someone else:  Well, the end of The Count of Monte Cristo kind of threw me in for a loop there.  I still feel a little ripped off.


Totally should’ve ended differently:  The Count of Monte Cristo.  And I’m talking about more than just the ‘romance’, here.

Totally should have a movie franchise: IF the full magnitude of the prose and power of the Tales of Goldstone Wood could be captured and put on film…IF!…than that would be something else.

Totally should have a T.V show: Rich Hobson’s Grass Beyond the Mountains would make a great series!  I’d like to help make it, filming on site!  (I just want to see the Chilcotin, actually).

Totally should’ve had only one point of view:  This is tricky!  If you kick out that one annoying narrator, you might lose some important pieces of the story.  I can’t think of any narrator I’d risk eliminating.


Totally should’ve had a cover change: It’s not terrible, but I think that Failstate by John W Otte could do with something slightly better.

Totally should’ve kept the original covers:  Can’t think of anything at the moment.

Totally should’ve stopped at book one: Nothing comes to mind at the moment.  I’m sure I’ll think of something as soon as I’ve posted this.

Totally should’ve stopped reading: The Maze Runner and the Divergent Series.  YA dystopian isn’t my cup of tea, I suppose.


Totally should not have prejudiced:  I remember looking at the cover for the first book in the Mistmantle Chronicles, years ago.  I thought ‘ah, talking animals.  It’s a children’s book.’  But this was no mere children’s book.  Sure, the characters were fluffy, but they had all the grit and gumption (and a little bit of gore) of any other ‘more serious’ fantasy novel.  I never finished the series, unfortunately.  I don’t think my library had the last books at that time.  I hope they do now, and I could re-read the series!


And there we have it.  Thanks again, Lucy Agnes!

I think I’ll tag Tracey @ Adventure Awaits, and Emily @ Ink,Inc.


6 thoughts on “Two Tags for Bookwyrms

  1. 🙂 Oooh, this post looks fun!
    I agree, 20000 leagues under the sea should definitely have had a sequel.
    Did you read the Count of Monte Christo recently?
    And, yes Tales of Goldstone Wood would make a great movie, IF it could be done. I have thought about it, but people being simultaneously big and small, cat and man seem rather challenging.. 😦


  2. It was, I love talking about books! You’re always welcome to steal these tags, for when you have the time.
    I think it was about two years since I read the Count of Monte Cristo. Wait, no, three.
    Yes, the Faerie people would be hart to accurately portray. We’ve come so far in film-making, but we can’t do everything.


  3. Thanks for tagging me, Blue! I have not read many of the books you mentioned, but I had similar experiences with the Count — it started really well and then kinda got tangled in itself. I can’t remember all of the fine details, though.

    My dad’s favourite writer is Walter Scott, but I’m yet to pick up one of his books!


    1. you’re welcome, I hope you enjoy it!
      Yes, the beginning was good. But I think you describe it perfectly with ‘tangled in itself’. There was so much going on that I couldn’t find the main thread.
      I think this is the only Walter Scott I have. So far as I remember, the only other one I’ve read was a kiddie version of Ivanhoe, waaay back int the day.


  4. Ah! You did it! Yay! My, my, but I’ve neglected all things blog-related for the past month or so!

    I totally agree about The Count of Monte Cristo. It was an enjoyable read, but the ending left me absolutely flat. And bad endings have a way of cancelling out anything good within the book itself sometimes. Frustrating.

    I keep hearing excellent things about this Anne Elisabeth Stengl. Must needs get my hands on one of her books….:)

    And YA dystopian isn’t my cup of tea, either! (Not that I’ve read any YA dystopian, really. I just don’t think I’d like it.) I think you and I would get along well. 🙂


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