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Saw this a while ago on Becky @ Velvet Spade Reads and it looked interesting. I have been a bit behind on reading so I’m going to be doing some more tags and writing type posts until I can catch up.
Answer the questions below
Credit the creator: Jamie @ ALittleSliceofJamie
Tag at least 5 people
1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?
It depends on how I am feeling when I get home from work. If it has been an easy day then I’ll write at my desk. If I am more tired I will write on my couch while watching TV.
2. How long does it take you to write a book review?
It usually take about an hour or so. I write it in one sitting. It may take another half an hour or so to proofread it and add the pictures.
3. When did you start your book blog?
I started my blog back in 2012. I originally started it as a place to put my stories and showcase my writing. I added a few reviews for something to post in-between when the stories were being written and edited. I switched gears a few years ago because I realized I enjoyed talking about the books I was reading. I am now primarily a book review blog with occasional posts about writing.
4. What’s the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?
I have an issue with keeping a regular schedule of posts. I don’t have a ton of time to read so I don’t have a stockpile of books to review. I try to find more time to read so that I can have more regular posts. I am getting better a balancing my time between my job and my own writing and my blog.
5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?
I love talking about the books I read and then seeing what others opinions are about those books. By reading other reviews it is fun to see the many sides of reading. Everyone reads a book differently and it is fascinating to see how others interpret particular characters or events in books.
6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?
I have enjoyed writing posts that are Harry Potter themed. I adore the books and any chance I get to analyze them makes me happy.
7. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?
I love writing reviews. I love to rethink a book. I love to talk about my favorite parts and think about how things can be changed or edited. I like to take the time to really understand the book I read. I feel like it helps me connect to the books a reader and learn as a writer.
8. When do you typically write?
I try to write when I come home from work. I will sometimes write before dinner or right after. I also write a lot on the weekend when I am not busy.
9. How do you write your books reviews? Right after finishing a book? Two weeks after finishing the book?
It all depends on what is going on and when I finish a book. I do like to write one right I finish it when the book is fresh but that isn’t always possible. I think the longest I have gone between finishing the book and writing a review is about a month.
10. How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled up with your fur baby?
My favorite way to write my reviews are at my desk with my cat curdled up in my lap. I also enjoy writing on my couch when I don’t feel like going into my room. Though my cat is always nearby so he is always part of my writing routine.
11. How often do you post?
I try to post at least twice a week sometimes three times. I would like to post more but I haven’t found a way to make that consistent of a schedule yet. It has gotten much better than the handful of times a month.
I tag anyone who wants to give this a go. It was fun to look at the way I run my blog.
I was unfortunately super busy that week. I had a huge fundraising event for work and I was beyond exhausted but I loved the idea of some of the posts. So I am going to do some of them through out the next few weeks.
Honestly any excuse to write about Harry Potter is what I am all about. So without further ado here is the Hogwarts Tag!
- Link back to one of Weird Zeal‘s post so that she can see all participation!
- Tag your friends and tell them to join as well!
- Have fun
What House are you in?
I am forever a Hufflepuff. I am the pure definition of a Hufflepuff. I am one of the most patient people you will meet. I am very loyal to people I admire and I am willing to work hard when necessary.
What is your Patronus?
I had zero idea before I took the Pottermore quiz. I ended up getting a Vulture. I always thought it may be some kind of bird. To be honest I am not sure I completely understand the connection. I kind of understand in some sense. I do fly through life and I can get a bit aggressive when people go after people I care about.
What is your wand?
Hawthorn wood, unicorn hair core, 10 3/4″ in length and slightly spring flexibility.
Hawthorn is for those who have gone through turmoil and have proven talent. I will say I have come out on the other side of some tough situations so I do think I would fit well with this one.
The unicorn hair means that it is one that is difficult to change to the dark arts. That is me for sure. I would be someone that would be really really tough to turn my loyalties. I know what is right and you have to give me some serious reason to change my opinions.
For the description my wand is unique and different. Which is me for sure. I am someone who loves things that are out of the ordinary and something no one else has or likes.
What would your Boggart be?
That is a tough one. I do have a number of fears, such as spiders. I think though if it dug deep it would some form of being alone forever. I am someone who is seriously afraid of ending up without anyone to lean on. Thankfully I have many people in my life to support me but I know that is the fear it would pray on.
What position would you play in Quidditch?
I am not the most athletic of people. I think if I had to choose I would be a Chaser. I think a Keeper and Seeker would involve way to much pressure for me.
Would you be a pure-blood, half-blood or muggle born?
That is a tough one. I think I would probably be pure-blood though. I am basing that off the fact that both of my parents are/were people who enjoyed magic and the unknown and I think that would translate to us all possessing magic. I don’t really know another way to figure that out.
What job would you want after graduating Hogwarts?
While I love animals I think that I would end up doing some type of activist work. I am found a love for working in nonprofit in this world so I think I would translate that to helping house-elves or other minorities in the wizarding world.
Which of the Deathly Hallows would you choose?
I read the book I know what happens when you choose the wand or stone. I am going to go with the invisibility cloak. I think that is something I could actually use to my advantage and not end up with dire consequences.
Hands down Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! I have literally read it at least 15 times. I just adore the way the series shifts and the introduction to Sirius!
Least favorite book?
Probably would say, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Not because it is bad, there is no such thing as a bad Harry Potter book, but because it is the one that involves the most introduction. For someone who has read the books so many times that stuff is so known that is can be a bit tedious to reread.
Deathly Hallows part 2. I thought it was the most fun and exciting. I had my issue with it, such as the whole breaking the Elder Wand thing, but I thought it wrapped up everything well.
Least favorite film?
I had the most issues with the third one. I adored the book and they just upended everything. I also felt like they made changes that didn’t make sense or weren’t needed. I enjoyed it but it wasn’t what I wanted it to be.
Sirius Black. I loved him from the third book on. I loved that he was this father figure to help Harry. I liked that he was a bit more rebellious than the others. I just adored his character and his death destroyed me.
Least favorite character?
Hands down that is Umbridge. That woman is the definition of pure evil. She was the worst because she acted like she was right, liked she was doing nothing wrong. I also hated her because she was a villain that had no reason to be as evil as she was. She had no tragic backstory. She was just a pure psycho. I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t despise that woman.
Favorite teacher at Hogwarts?
Lupin for sure. He was the teacher that I always wanted. He is someone who went beyond the usual way of teaching and made a true impact on the students. I loved him.
Least favorite teacher at Hogwarts?
I mean that will have to be Umbridge again. She is the epitome of the worst kind of teacher. She doesn’t care about teaching to her students. She doesn’t care about them truly learning and growing. She only cares about herself.
Do you have an unpopular opinions about the series?
I don’t know if I have any truly unpopular ones. I will say that I do love Snape’s story. I know his character can have a bit of contention around him but I thought his story was well done. You saw how he let his love for Lily hurt him so much. We saw what not following your heart can do to someone. His character was a lesson on what not to do with your life. I didn’t like what he did but I understood him and that was is the definition of a well-written character.
If you could save one character from the final battle who would it be?
I going to take this one literally and only choose one from the last battle. I would save Fred, without a doubt. His death seriously hurt so much and I want the Wesley family whole and happy because that is all they deserve!
What are your opinions on Harry Potter? Favorite movie? Favorite book? Favorite character?
I have seen this tag on about half, if not more, of the blogs I follow recently. I find them all interesting and thought it would be a fun way to go through the books I have read so far this year.
This year has probably been one of my best reading years yet. I am 9 books ahead of my Goodreads goal. I think that is because I have now started reading before work and always before bed. Plus I have been in a reading groove with books I really enjoy!
Best Book You’ve Read so far in 2018
This one is tough because as I said I have been loving just about everything I have read. I think though this would have to go to Scythe by Neal Shusterman. It was a refreshing story, one that made me think. I cannot wait to see where the story goes in the next book!
Best Sequel You’ve Read so far in 2018
We are going to continue a theme here and say Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman. That book defied all my expectation and left me desperate for the next book!
Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year
I have a handful of books I am super excited for but I think there are 4 mains ones I am waiting for.
Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine which comes out on July 3rd. I fell in love with the Great Library series earlier this year and can’t wait to continue the story.
Next would be What If It’s Us by Becky Albertelli and Adam Silvera which comes out October 9th. I have high expectations for this one. I think it will be adorable.
On September 25 Vengeful by Victoria Schwab is coming out. I really enjoyed Vicious and I just love Victoria Schwab in general. I can’t wait for this one.
And last is Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare which comes out December 4th. This is the end to a series and I have to know how everything turns out.
I read Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein and I just did not fall in love with it as I was expecting too. I have heard such great things about it but I just did not enjoy it that much. I know I am in the serious minority with this one but I felt more anger than anything while reading it.
It may be one of those books I have to read again in a different mindset and maybe it will be better.
This one will have to go to Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. I thought I would like it but I found myself really attached to the characters. I think the biggest surprise part of it though was the way it is a series that dedicates books to each character. I thought it was going to be one story through but it isn’t and I really like that!
Favorite New Author (or new to you)
I just finished Julian Winter’s Running with Lions and really enjoyed it. It was his first book and I am eager to see what else he writes. I think it was fun and sweet and I want more from him.
Newest Fictional Crush
This one is hard because I generally don’t fall for the characters in books. But if had to choose one I think I would choose Kade from The Wayward Children series. He seems complex and sweet and I would love to be friends and get to know him better.
Newest Favorite Character
I will have to go with Ronan from The Raven Cycle series. He is my favorite type of character, hard outside, soft inside. I am so excited he is getting his own series!
Book That Made You Cry
I don’t cry at books. I am someone who has doesn’t cry over movies either. None of the books I have read yet this year has really made me that emotional. Thought I will say What Do You Do With a Chance? really hit me hard. As someone who has seen a chance finally work out and thinks others have potential to work out as well it was a nice emotional tug.
Book that Made You Happy
Easy this one has to be Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Beck Albertelli. In my review I talk about how I literally was giddy happy by the end of this book. It was just so sweet and ended so well. I adored it.
Favorite Book to Film Adaptation
I have only seen two movies that fit this and the winner is hands down Love, Simon. I thought the movie version of Simon vs. was done really well. It stayed true to the story. It was sweet and fun. I think it also was so great to see it do well in the mainstream and hopefully give a push to producing movies with more LGBTQIA+ representation.
Favorite Post You’ve Done so Far this Year?
I had a few posts I enjoyed writing. I think my top 3 would be New Writing Space because it was my push into really finding my writing groove again.
I also really enjoyed writing “Reading Helped Shaped Who I am” because it was fun to see how reading has had such an impact on me.
And I really had fun writing “How I see myself as a Fictional Character.” That one was just fun!
Most Beautiful book You’ve Bought This Year
I recently bought Circe and I really like the cover. I just like the simplicity of it.
New Release You Haven’t Read Yet but Want To
I have Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyem that I am really eager to read it. Also in a few days the next book in Gena Showalter’s Lord of the Underworld series comes out, Darkest Warrior, and I am really eager to read that one. Though I am scared it is going to make me very angry.
Book You Need to Read by the End of the Year
I just bought Shaun David Hutchinson’s The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley. I have been meaning to read this one forever and I finally remembered to buy it. I will have it done by the end of the summer.
This was a fun way to go through the year so far in book so if you haven’t done this one go for it!
I was recently nominated Mystery Blogger Award by Not-so-modern-girl. Thank you for the nomination. I do enjoy doing these kinds of posts. So without further ado, here we go!
- Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog
- Tell you readers three things about yourself
- Nominate 10-20 bloggers you feel deserve the award.
- Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
- Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice with one weird or funny one.
Three Facts About Me:
1. I was never the athletic or sport kid growing up. I played sports but wasn’t really into them. Though it is interesting how fate works because I recently got a full-time job working for a non-profit that combines poetry and soccer for after-school programming. I have gotten a whole new appreciation for the power of sports. I also love that by having creative and athletic elements in our programming we show kids you don’t have to be one or there other, sporty or creative, you can be both!
2. I am the biggest animal lover. I could spend my whole life with animals. I have a cat that is my best friend and have to use serious self-control not to pet every dog I see. I’m hoping to be able to get a house in the next few years and when I do I want some big dogs, like a Mastiff, Newfoundland or Bernese Mountain dog.
3. I have always been a big reader but it wasn’t until this last year or so that I started paying more attention to what I read. I have enjoyed picking up more diverse books lately. I love noticing that the books I have been reading have more diverse races, religions, sexualities and ways of life. I think it is a great thing to see the progress in the books since back when I was young. There is still serious ways to go but I do think we are heading in the right direction.
What Makes Blogging Exceptional?
I enjoy blogging because I get to explore reading in a different way then I have done before. I have loved reading my whole life and I think blogging gives me a new perspective on some of the books that I read.
What is one thing you wish you knew before staring a blog/site?
I wish I had a better idea of the time involved. When I first started it was to just put my work out there but I then added book reviews. I didn’t have a real routine though. I just posted whenever I felt like it. I think I would have liked to know that having a steady posting routine really helps drive traffic and maintain the blog.
What is your number one favorite movie so far?
My favorite movie of all time is The Lion King. I love the music and the story. I also loved when I learned it was a retelling Hamlet. I also really love that it has no people in it. I think that is an interesting element to it.
Who is your ultimate celebrity crush?
Hmmm that is a tough one. I do love Luke Bryan. I also really like Norman Reedus. I had a serious crush on Tom Felton when the Harry Potter movies were coming out.
What helpful advice would you give to a new blogger?
I think I would say have a general idea of a posting schedule in mind. Also to post what you enjoy writing. If it feels too much like a forced job you aren’t going to want to do it. So write posts that you have fun writing.
I am going to go with a few people who have been interacting with me more lately or are new followers.
The Book World
Velvet Spade Reads
The Caffeinated Chapter
I like some of these but I am going to change up a few.
- What is one thing you wish you knew before starting a blog/site?
- What helpful advice would you give to a new blogger?
- What is a book you read that surprised you with how much you enjoyed it?
- What is your favorite animal?
- What is a book you read that fell out of your usual reading genre that you fell in love with?
I saw this over on Dani’s Bookshelf and though it looked like a quick and fun tag to do!
Also shoutout to The Tattooed Book Geek as the creator of this tag!
What is your favorite genre?
I have a number of favorite genres. There area actually very few genres that I don’t enjoy. But for the purpose of this tag I am going to go with Fantasy. (Maybe in the future I will do this again about some of my other favorite genres).
Who’s your favorite author from this genre?
If you have read anything on my blog you should know this answer to this question. My favorite author is J.K. Rowling. I am obsessed with Harry Potter. I love the the way she is able to completely capture you in that world. She is a genius with her words and her storytelling talent!
I also love V. E. Schwab, Neil Gaiman, Shaun David Hutchinson (some of his book straddle the line between Fantasy and Science-Fiction).
What is it about this genre that keeps pulling you back?
I love the range of possibilities you get with Fantasy stories. There is literally nothing that is impossible. You can fly, alternate realities exist, magic is an everyday thing, people can be raised from the dead and so much more. I love the way I can be sitting in my room but also be in a new world. A world that I could never ever encounter in my everyday life.
Fantasy has the power to provide you with the feeling that you can conquer whole mountains, defeat dragons and end up where you are meant to be. I feel like the genre allows us to learn how to fight for what we want, see that trials and tribulations aren’t the end and realize that the impossible is possible.
What is the book that started your love for your favorite genre?
Harry Potter is the series that I remember reading and falling into a world that I had never encountered before. It was the first time I remember being completely swept away, though I had read a lot before I found the book series.
I also remember certain books having an impact on me like The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. The weird, strange world that left you wondering, questioning and excited is what made me want to keep reading the genre.
I also adored the Everworld series by Katherine Applegate. That one played with my love of fantasy and mythology. It was just so interesting and intriguing that I wanted to keep finding books like them.
If you had to recommend one book from your favorite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre what would you chose and why?
This is a really difficult question because fantasy is such a diverse genre. You have high fantasy that is entirely in another world while you then have more subtle fantasy that is closer to our world. I think it would entirely depend on the person.
I would always recommend Harry Potter but I also think I would suggest some books like The Phantom Tollbooth or The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare, The Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke, or The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
I think each of those is unique and easy reading while also being so enthralling and would capture a reader’s imagination without leaving them feeling lost or confused.
Why do you read?
I could write pages and pages on why I read but I will try to keep this simple. I read because it makes me happy, it relaxes me and it allows me to see the world from so many points of view.
Reading opens the world up to me, sometimes allowing me into minds of people I could never have entered into before. I will never be able to meet every type of person in this world but through reading I can meet so many different types of people. I can learn how to walk in someone else’s shoes.
Reading also allows me a way to step outside my problems and relax. I feel more confident and strong after I have read. I see that problems can be solved, people can change and you can succeed if you are willing to find a way.
Reading is my way of making sense of the world and allowing myself to step outside of the world when I need a moment to detach and relax.
What is your favorite genre? And what is one book you would highly recommend from that genre?
I am not going to tag anyone but if you are interested in this one, considered yourself tagged!
I saw this over on Bookish Wanderer. This just seemed like a lot of fun to do. I tend to put partial traits of myself into my characters but I have never fully sat down and thought about myself as a fictional character.
I am going to take this form the angle of making some changes to myself that would be fun to do. I’m not going to use this as a way to complain or make changes about things I dislike or have an issue about with myself. I just thought it would be fun to think of an alternate version of myself.
(I have been obsessed with this name lately. I have no idea why but I do love it for some reason)
Purple streaks in dark brown hair, multiple tattoos in random places, earring up whole ear
Jean jacket, simple, darker colors, casual
Broadway Singer, Writer, Outgoing, Adventurous
Book (No version of me would not like books), Animals (same with animals), time with friends, family, new experiences, spontaneity
Quotes to Live By:
So there is my fictional self. I had fun kind of reinventing myself. I like to think of myself being able to sing and be on Broadway when in reality I could never get anywhere close to being that. I had fun taking parts of myself and adding others in. It was a fun exercise.
What do you think of my fictional self? Who would your fictional persona be?
I saw this over on Never Not Reading. I have never actually used the Goodreads recommendation feature. I usually just add books from blog posts, Booktube recommendations or what I see my friends reading on Facebook. I am curious how close this will be to what I would really enjoy reading.
The idea is to go to the Goodreads recommendation page and see if you agree with what they recommend. Mine is broken up based off the different shelves I have on my Goodreads profile so I will go through the first three for each shelf and see if I agree or not. I will either decide on “What to read” or “Not Interested.”
First three are based off my “To Read Shelf” which is pretty vague Goodreads. I mean my shelf has a number of different types of books on it but we will see what you think should be added.
Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) – Amie Kaufman – Based off my adding A Gathering of Shadows by Victoria Schwab
I have actually heard great things about this one. I know it has a unique story telling formant, using “found” files from this invasion. I am curious about it. I haven’t had the desire to exactly pick it up yet but I do think I will want to read it sooner or later.
Decision: Want to Read
Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)- Tahereh Mafi – Based off my adding Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I have not heard of this series yet. It sounds alright, though nothing too exciting or out of the ordinary. I think this would have appealed to me more when I was in my dystopian phase. I still enjoy those kinds of stories but I haven’t been in the mood for one in a while.
Decision: Not Interested
The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) – N.K. Jemisin – Based of my adding A Gathering of Shadows – Victoria Schwab (Glancing through the recommendations on this shelf it seems to use either A Gathering of Shadows or Cinder, which is interesting since neither are on my “To Read” shelf anymore. I have hundreds on that shelf and yet these are the two books repeatedly used to make recommendations).
The book itself sounds alright but again it is dystopian. It seems to take place in a completely fictional world and nothing popped out as making me want to read it now. It seems pretty simple, mother wanting revenge for her murdered husband and to get her kids back. Doesn’t jump out to me as something to read anytime soon.
Decision: Not Interested
Next up books on my Paranormal Romance Shelf. I mainly have this shelf for the Gena Showalter books I read but I do have a few outside of her series that I enjoy. I am curious if Goodreads can get me interested in a new series.
First Grave on the Right – Charley Davidson #1 – Darynda Jones – Because I added Darkest Promise By Gena Showalter
The summary of it is extremely intriguing. I like the twist of grim reapers and other “entities.” I don’t think I would have picked this up in the store because the cover doesn’t look all that interesting but I do think I will have to add this to my “To-Read” shelf. I am all for some romance between grim reapers!
Decision: Want to Read
Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1) – J.R. Ward – Because I added Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter
The main focus of this one is vampires and I am honestly not interested in vampires anymore. I have watched enough tv shows and read enough about vampires for a while.
Decision: Not Interested
Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) – Patricia Briggs – Because I added Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter
This one is all about werewolves and again that is at topic I am tired of. I have read enough about vampires and werewolves. Nothing about it appeals to me at the moment.
Decision: Not Interested
The next ones come from my additions to my “Fantasy” Shelf.
Charmed Life (Chrestomanci, #1) – Diana Wynne Jones – Because I added Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus, #1)
Honestly the summary could not get more generic. Girls are orphaned, end up in a castle of witches, get upset and change things. Nothing about this sounds interesting or different to me. Just sounds like a very generic tale and doesn’t hold any appeal to me.
Decision: Not Interested
The Copper Promise (The Copper Cat, #1) – Jen Williams – Because I added A Gathering of Shadows by Victoria Schwab. (Is this the only book that Goodreads knows how to use to make recommendations?)
I am torn on this one. It sounds like a fun adventure but it also doesn’t sound like it has anything different to offer. Part of it sounds like these are some type of anti-heroes which intrigues me. I may add it for now and see what I feel like down the road.
Decision: Want to Read (For Now)
Fallen – Traci L. Siatton – Because I added The Refelections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith
I like the idea of an apocalyptic Earth where people have psychic abilities. I also am intrigued by the whole “when their love it at its sweetest moment” something horrible happens idea. I am not sure I will rush out to read this one but I wouldn’t say no in the future.
Decision: Want to Read
I am going to stop this post here. I have about 5 more shelves so I think I will make this into a few parts so it doesn’t get too long. As I wrote this I thought it was funny how this post is basically undoing the work I am doing with my “Down the TBR Hole” posts. I am taking books of my TBR there and adding them with this one.
Anyway I think the recommendations were decent. I do think more books could have been used to create the recommendations. I felt like only four or so books were used when I have a good amount on each shelf. I didn’t see anything that was blatantly wrong which was nice.
What are your thoughts on the books I chose to read versus the one I choose to mark as
Not Interested in?
I saw this tag over on queenpea77. I liked the questions and thought it would be fun to do.
What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?
Probably about 12 hours or so. I read before work and before bed just about every day. I can hold off longer right after I finish a book because sometimes I need time to digest the story. It is extremely rare that I will go a day or more without picking up a book and that is usually because of life events that get in the way.
How many books do you carry on your person (kindle) at any one time?
I don’t usually take my book with me to work because I just don’t have time to read while I’m at work. I will take one with me though whenever I go to an appointment or when I think I will have some extra time on my hands. Usually it is just the book I am currently reading but sometimes I will bring two if I think I may finish the first one and still have some time left.
Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?
It all depends on the book. If I enjoy the book then yes, I keep them. I love having bookshelves full of books I enjoyed. I love knowing I always have something around to read. If it is a book that I was just alright with then I will put it in a pile to donate or give to someone.
How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?
I could spend hours in a bookstore. I can spend the whole day browsing and finding something new and fun to read. My family and friends know that they need to keep an eye on me or else I will spend every dollar I have on new books.
How much time per day do you actually spend reading?
I would say at least 2 but sometimes more depending on where I am in my book. Sometimes it is less if I am too tired to read before bed, but on average it is at least 2 hours.
Where does the task “picking up a book” appear on your daily to-do list?
It is just implied. I don’t write it on the list because it is just part of my every day life. Reading is part of who I am and it is not a task to complete but a way that I live my life.
How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?
That is a tough questions. I have 5 bookshelves full. I think though it has to be at least 200 if not more. One day I will actually try to count them and see.
Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?
Depends on the conversation. If it fits in, I will add to the conversation. I do work somewhere where reading and writing is a main topic of conversation so books do come up much more frequently in conversations then they used to.
What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?
I think that would probably be “Gone With the Wind.” I remember it being at least 1000 pages and I read it in 7th or 8th grade. I remember it taking me a while and my school librarian getting mad because I wasn’t returning it. My parents got annoyed because there was few people who were taking that one out and she should have just been happy I was reading something that much higher than my reading level.
Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds i.e. searching bookshops, online digging etc?
I was always eager to get the newest Harry Potter book when it came out. I also remember the newest book in the Lord of the Underworld series coming out when I was in London and having to email and search bookstores for it. Whenever I finish a book in a series though I always have to find the next one to continue it.
A book you struggled to to finish but refused to DNF?
Most recently that would be Origin by Dan Brown. I only finished it because I wanted to see if the ending got better but it never did. It was a tough one to get through.
What are your 3 main book goals for 2018?
- Get through most of my TBR
- Try to go over my Goodreads goal by at least 5 books
- Read books with more diverse topics and authors
Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?
I don’t know. I think most people I know do read though I may have helped them find a new book. I hope to get the kids I work with more interested in reading.
Describe what books mean to you in five words.
I saw this on Destiny @ Howling Libraries and thought it was a fun tag to try. I also thought it was time for another tag.
- How many books are too many books in a series?
I don’t know if there is a magic number of too many books. I think it all depends on the series. Some series need more books while others could wrap things up in two to three books. I am currently reading a series that is at 12 books right now and will end up being at least 15.
Though I will say that what does annoy me is if the series doesn’t get finished. I don’t care the number of books, I just want the series to be finished. Leaving me hanging, (cough GRRM cough), drives me crazy
2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
I love a good cliffhanger. I love to wonder and anticipate the next book or story. It does drive me crazy when it is a long wait but I usually can manage. Though if things are left on a cliffhanger and I never get a hint at a resolution, that doesn’t make me too happy.
3. Hardcopy or Paperback
Paperbacks are easier to travel with and easier to find a place on my shelf for. They are also easier to read in bed, when I can bend back the spine. Though I do own a lot of hardbacks because I usually can’t wait for the paperback to come for most of the series I am reading.
4 . Favorite Book
This is a difficult yet easy one at the same time. My all time favorite book is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The way it just drives the whole Harry Potter series will always enthrall me. But I also love a number of other books as well. The list could go on and one but some of my all time favorites are, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, We are the ants by Shaun David Hutchinson, Night Circus by Erin Morgernstern, The Giver by Louis Lowry, and Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertelli to name a few.
5. Least Favorite Book
This one is difficult because books I don’t like I tend to not think about. I would have to say I didn’t particularly like Mockingjay because I felt like it didn’t wrap up the Hunger Games story very well. I also really didn’t like the Maze Runner series. I felt like that series never went anywhere and we never got any answers to any questions in the series
I also am not a huge fan of classic books and one of my least favorite is Pride and Prejudice. Which I know will hurt many but it didn’t hit any cord with me and just left me bored.
6. Love Triangles Yes or No
Yes, if they are done right. Love triangles can be interesting, they can be full of fun drama. Or they can be cliche and annoying. I haven’t read a ton of books with love triangles but The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare did a love triangle really well.
7. The most recent book you couldn’t finish
I honestly can’t remember. I have been in a pretty good reading run right now. Though I will say I read a book of short stories called Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang and that was slow going.
8. A book you are currently reading
I am reading Dream Thieves (Book 2 in The Raven Cycle) by Maggie Stiefvater and I am loving it.
9. Last book you recommended to someone
I can’t remember, really. I am sure I have recommended something but nothing is coming to mind.
10. Oldest book you’ve read
I mean if we are going to go far back I have read portions of the Bible. Though if we don’t count that then probably Beowulf.
11. Newest book you’ve read
I just finished, The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson which was published in February.
12. Favorite Author
I have a number of these. There is of course, J.K. Rowling but I also love Victoria Schwab, Adam Silver, Shaun David Hutchinson, Gena Showalter, Joe Hill, and David Levithan.
13. Buying book or borrowing books
I buy all my books, but that is only because I don’t like to read on a deadline. Having a return date looming over me is daunting. I also love to be surrounded by by bookshelves. Though I will say I adore libraries. They are some of the most important things we have as a society and they need to be preserved at all costs!
14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to like
I recently finished The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I have heard so many great things about it but I didn’t end up loving it like I thought I would. It was decent but most of the story itself pissed me off. I liked the dog POV but that wasn’t prominent enough for me to fall in love with the book like so many others seemed to have.
15. Bookmarks or dog ears
I know this answers is going to annoy a lot of people but I dog ear all my books. I have tried to use bookmarks but I ALWAYS lose them between books. For some unknown reason I cannot keep them for more than two books.
I dog ear pages I like and where I left off. I think it gives my book a well read look and feel. I know it hurts the pages but I only do the corner. I never do it for a borrowed book but for my books I do every time.
16. A book you can always re-read
Harry Potter series as a whole. As well as all the books I listed as my favorites above.
17. Can you read while listening to music
Yes, I actually do most of my work while listening to music. Music helps me not to get distracted. If it is too quiet my brain starts going into overdrive and I can’t concentrate. Music helps keep me focused.
18.One POv or Multiple POVs
Either. I have read books with one POV which were great and I have read books with multiple POVS which were awesome as well. The trick with multiple POVS is to make sure to keep them all unique and separate. As long as they don’t start to sound like each other, I am all for it.
19.Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
I think the last three Harry Potter books are a few of the books that I have read all in one sitting. I don’t usually have the time or concentration to read all one one sitting. Plus I feel like if I read it that fast I am rushing the story. I want to savor a story so I try to read it over a period of time.
20. A book you read because of the cover
I can’t think of a recent book that I read for the cover only. I think the last one I can remember was The Watch by Dennis Danvers. The bright green caught my eye right away. I do remember loving it so I think it may be time for a re-read of that one!
I am not going to tag anyone. If yo u enjoy tags this one is easy and fun!
I saw this tag over on Torn Pages and Roses and thought it looked like fun. I have linked any reviews I have done for books that are mentioned.
A book series that made you smile or laugh:
This one is easy. I just finished Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda by Beck Albertalli and it made me giddy with happiness. I was so excited to read a book about coming out and a homosexual relationship that ended happy.
A book/series that made you sad or want to cry:
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silver. Adam Silvera’s books all make me want to cry but this one hurt the most. It was just a journey of confusion and pain and trying to find oneself that doesn’t end well. I actually read it on a African safari and I was glad to be alone in the tent when I finished it.
A book/series that you love:
I have a bunch of books/series that I adore. Harry Potter is of course the one at the top of the list. That is a book series that has defined my life.
Outside of the Harry Potter series I also adored We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson. One of the best books I have ever read. It has some of the greatest characters. The story is compelling and emotional. It needs to be known by more people.
A book/series you didn’t particularly like:
I have shelves of book and only a handful that I can think of that I really disliked. I think the last one that I really didn’t enjoy was The Shack by W.M. Paul Young. It was too preachy, felt like I was sitting in a sermon and not reading a story.
A book/series that was made into a movie that you liked:
I enjoyed the Hunger Games movies. I think they were actually better than the books. I feel like they flowed better, especially the last one. I didn’t like the way the book series ended but I did enjoy the movies.
A book/series that was made into a movie that you didn’t like:
Most books that become movies have a hard time impressing me. I am just one of those people who want things be exactly the same. I think World War Z was a huge disappointment. The book was like a documentary while the movie was just a typical action movie. The movie completely missed the point of the book.
A book/series you have mixed feelings about:
For this one I would have to say The Magicians Series by Lev Grossman. I heard great things about it. I heard it was exciting and compelling. I didn’t get any of that from the series. It was okay but it was not what I expected. None of the books seemed to flow into each other and at times it got very boring. I do want to watch the SyFy series to see if I like that better.
A book/series you haven’t read but are totally excited about:
Shaun David Hutchinson just published a new book, The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza and I am desperate to read it. Next time I have extra money I am definitely getting it.
A book/series that made you angry:
I just finished The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein and I was not happy for most of that book. I detested what happened to the main character. The whole book was him dealing with these horrible events and none were his fault. Even the dog P.O.V. couldn’t make me not want to throw the book against a wall.
A book/series you can feel like you can relate to:
I am going to go bit different with this one and not choose a novel. I recently bought What Do You Do With a Chance by Kobi Yamad. It is a picture book but it has a very poignant message. The whole book hit close to home for me. I just recently saw some huge chances pay off and I love reflecting back on my journey through that story.
I am not going to tag anyone. If you are bored try this one out.