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How I See Myself as Fictional Character Tag!

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.

Name:

Callie

(I have been obsessed with this name lately. I have no idea why but I do love it for some reason)

Appearance:

Purple streaks in dark brown hair, multiple tattoos in random places, earring up whole ear

 

Style:

Jean jacket, simple, darker colors, casual

Personality:

Broadway Singer, Writer, Outgoing, Adventurous

Likes:

Book (No version of me would not like books), Animals (same with animals), time with friends, family, new experiences, spontaneity

Lives:

London, England

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?

How Well Does Goodreads Know Me?

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.

61i58xDQ3YL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_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

 

51S-OSUUyzL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_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

 


61XfS2XCw3L._SX345_BO1,204,203,200_The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) – N.K. Jemisin – Based of my adding A Gathering of ShadowsVictoria 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.

51ReKfqa1fL._SX304_BO1,204,203,200_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

 


42899Dark 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

 

 


2355575Cry 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.

244572Charmed 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


18667112The 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)

18670336Fallen – 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?

Book tag: How deep is your book addiction?

 

 

1280px-Stipula_fountain_penI 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?

  1. Get through most of my TBR
  2. Try to go over my Goodreads goal by at least 5 books
  3. 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.
1. Power
2. Freedom
3. Happiness
4. Knowledge
5. Life

 

The 20 Questions Book Tag

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.

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  1. 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.

 

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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

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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.

 

 

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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.

173473898. 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

35297386 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

51aqyzJkv1L._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_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

179192I 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!

The Book Feels Tag

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:
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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:9781616956776

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:
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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.

 

 

51plnK1YpdL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_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.

 

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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.

 

world-war-zA 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:
220px-TheMagiciansFor 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.

 

 

35297386A 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.

 

 

 

51aqyzJkv1L._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_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.

 

712+DVvSuyLA 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.

Down the TBR Hole

I saw this tag on on Howling Libraries and it looked like fun. It was originally created by Lost in a Story and seems like a good way to go through some of my TBR on Goodreads and see what is there and what I can get rid of or push me to start reading. 
Links will be  on the titles for the books Goodreads page. (I am going to do ten for this round of this tag).

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 or 15 or 20, if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
  • Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!

Current TBR – 246

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Beautiful Creatures – Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – Date added: August 22, 2013
I think I added this one after hearing about the movie? Through looking back at it now, I just don’t feel any real connection to it.

Decision: Remove

I am America – Stephen Colbert – August 22nd, 2013
I think I added this after I read John Stewart’s book on the history of America. I liked that and still own it. I think I will keep this because one day it would be fun to read. It will probably just be awhile before I get to it.

Decision: Keep

Suicide Notes – Thomas Ford – Date added: August 22nd 2013
This sounds interesting and like it would have a good look at life. I am still intrigued by the plot.

Decision: Keep

The Golem and the Jinni – Helene Wecker – August 22nd, 2013
I have heard mixed reviews about this one. I still like the idea of the plot through. I am all for different mystical creatures outside your usuals like vampires and werewolves.

Decision: Keep

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The Children of Men – P.D. James – August 22nd, 2013
I love dystopian stories. This one is a classic and I will get to it one day.

Decision: Keep

The Never List – Koethi Zan – August 22nd, 2013
I have no idea how this one ended up on my list. Reading the summary again, sadism and torture seem to the main plot points. I have zero interest in either of those.

Decision: Remove

A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess – August 22nd, 2013                                                    I own this one and I do want to read it one day. I remember starting it once and the slang throwing me off. I have to find a time when I am ready to try to decipher the meanings.

Decision: Keep

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night – Mark Haddon – August 22nd, 2013
I will get to this one, one day. I have every intention of reading it. I have heard great things. I just have to find the mood and time.

Decision; Keep

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The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold – August 22nd, 2013
I was interested in the plot at first with this one but as time as moved on I feel like my interest has all but gone. Plus I have heard very mixed reviews about it.

Decision: Remove

The Lincoln Myth – Steve Barry – May 19th, 2014
I think this was added when I into reading history thrillers. I do like these stories where a some ancient artifact connected to history is sought because it can change the world. But I think I will stick with James Rollins at the moment.

Decision- Remove

Have you read any of the books on my current list? What are your thoughts on what I decided to keep and remove?

 

 

 

Down the TBR Hole

I saw this tag on on Howling Libraries and it looked like fun. It was originally created by Lost in a Story and seems like a good way to go through some of my TBR on Goodreads and see what is there and what I can get rid of or push me to start reading. 
Links will be  on the titles for the books Goodreads page. (I am going to do ten for this round of this tag).

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 or 15 or 20, if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
  • Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!

Current “to-read” shelf: 251

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What Color is Your Parachute? 2014: A Practical Manual for Job Hunters and Career Changes
– Richard N. Bolles – Date Added September 12, 2013

I added this when I was job hunting. It was suggested to be me by someone who was helping me network. I now have a job that I love and do not plan on changing anytime soon.

Decision: Remove

Gone (Gone #1) – Michael Grant – Date Added: August 22nd, 2013

I don’t remember adding this one but it sounds interesting. Adults are gone and so is every modern convince. Almost sounds like a modern day version of Lord of the Flies. Synopsis still intrigues me so I’ll let it hang out for a bit.

Decision: Keep 

Beauty Awakened (Angels of the Dark, #2) – Gena Showalter – Date added: August 22nd, 2013

I love Gena Showalter’s Lord of the Underworld series. This one is sort of connected by the angels they work with. I think I will go back to this series once the Lords series finishes this year.

Decision: Keep

The Time Machine – H.G. Wells – Date added: August 22nd, 2013

I have every intention of reading this one. It is one of the few “classic” books that I am eager to read, I just keep getting distracted by more recent published books.

Decision: Keep

 

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Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga #1) – Orson Scott Card – Date added: August 22nd, 2013

Another one I do have every intention of reading. I have good things about it and I do own it, so one day I will start this series. Just not sure when that will be exactly.

Decision: Keep

The Boy Who Could See Demons – Carolyn Jess-Cooke – Date added: August 22nd, 2013

I have zero memory of this book. It sounds kind of interesting but ultimately doesn’t sound like one I have too much desire in reading.

Decision: Remove

How We Decide – Jonah Lehrer  – Date added:August 22nd 2013

I love psychology and books about how the brain works but this was also added at a time when I was trying to figure out who I was and what I wanted in life. I have a much better hold on my life at the moment so I don’t feel the need to read this one anymore.

Decision: Remove

Girl Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen – Date added: August 22nd, 2013

I have heard great things about this one and the movie based off of it. I am still intrigued by it and hope to get it to sooner rather than later.

Decision: Keep

An Unquiet Mind:: A memoir of Moods and Madness – Kay Redfield Jaminson – Date added: August 22nd, 2013

I think this one was another one added when I was in my mood of psychology and understanding the brain more. I am still interested in many of these subject but this one doesn’t hold any interest for me anymore.

Decision: Remove

The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry – Jon Ronson – Date added: August 22nd, 2013

Now this one still hold serious interest for me. I have always been interested in the idea of what makes someone a psychopath and why. Now that I have been reminded of this one I will have to put it higher on my list of books to read.

Decision: Keep

 

 

Removal Percentage – 40%

Have you read any of these? What are you opinion on my decisions? Do you have any books you have recently taken off your TBR?

Reader Confession Tag

I saw this tag on Interrobang and thought it would be fun to do. I am working on a number of reviews but not sure if I will have time to complete them before the New Year. I know its been a minute since I posted anything so I thought this would be a good one to post for the moment.

1280px-Stipula_fountain_penHave you ever damaged a book?

Unfortunately the answer to that is yes. There was one incident that I won’t talk about because it is definitely something I am ashamed of now. Though I know as a child I am sure that I accidentally hurt a book. Though I can say now, I treat book with the greatest amount of respect.

Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

Not that I can remember. To be honest it is rare that I borrow books, I usually buy my own so that I can not worry about anything happening to them.

How long does it take you to read a book?

It all depends on the book and what is going on in my life. If I get wrapped up in it, I can finish it in a day or so. If it is good but doesn’t keep me wondering about it, it will take a few days. If it is slow and I am busy then it make take a few weeks. I almost always read before bed so that sometimes can dictate how long a book takes me to read. I wish I could read faster but I always make sure that I am able to appreciate what I am reading.

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick. It is four separate stories that are related. So far it is an interesting look at the process of life and death and I am interested to see how all these stories come together.

What book haven’t you finished?

I rarely leave a book unfinished but it has happened. I have tried to read Little Women about four times and can never get past the first four chapters. I also couldn’t finish Winter’s Tale either, I read about 200 pages and it just did not make any sense to me. I will try, sometimes too hard, to finish a book but sometimes that is just not possible.

Hyped/Popular books that you just did not like?

The book that comes to mind is The Fault in Our Stars. I read it because of how much everyone was talking about it but I just did not feel the depth of emotion attached to it that I was expecting. I wanted to cry and feel the pain of the book but I felt like the true emotions weren’t explored as much as they could have been.

Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

I can’t think of a book that I would be ashamed of telling people about. I think any and all books are worth reading. No one should be ashamed of what they are reading, as long as you are reading. I have read everything from nonfiction to paranormal romances and I wouldn’t be ashamed of telling anyone about any of them.

How many books do you own?

That would take a while to count. I have four full bookshelves and need another one because I am out of room. I love being surrounded by books and I do not plan on downsizing my collection anytime soon.

Are you a fast or slow reader?

Again this depends on the book. If I am hooked and enraptured by the book then I will soar through it. If it is only alright then I am slower. It also depends on what is going on in my life. Lately because of the holiday and personal things on top of getting a new job my reading time has been very limited.

Do you like to buddy read?

I can honestly say I have never done it.

Do you read better in your head or out loud?

I definitely read better in my head. I tend to stumble over my words when I read outloud. I can read faster in my head which is how I like to read.

If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be?

This is a tough question because I think that if I had only one book sooner or later that book would get old and tiring to read. But I HAD to chose I would definitely chose Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I adore that book and I think though I might tire of it eventually it would take quite awhile before I got to that point.

This was a fun tag to do, so if you are looking for a tag consider yourself tagged!

The A-Z Book Tag

I saw this tag over on Mud and Stars Book Blog and thought it looked fun. It is going to be a minute before I finish my next book for a review so I thought this would be fun to do in-between.

Author You’ve Read the Most Books From:

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I have a few authors I follow but I would have to say that J.K. Rowling is the one I have read the most books from. I have literally read all that she has written including all the original things put out on Pottermore. There is a slight obsession there.

Best Sequel Ever:

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I would have to say Conjuring of Light, which is the last book in the Darker Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab. I loved how well it wrapped up the story. It left me wanting a bit more and I am super excited for her new story in that universe!

Currently Reading:

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As of this typing I am actually between books but I plan on starting The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It is the last book in “The Cemetery of Forgotten Books” series. Though I plan on starting that and then putting it aside to move to the illustrated version of the the third Harry Potter book this weekend.

Drink of Choice while Reading:

I don’t have anything that I specifically drink. I am usually reading at home and I almost always drink milk while at home. So milk would probably be the most common thing I drink while reading.

E-reader or Physical Book?

I am a physical book person all the way. I have nothing against e-readers, if it allows someone to read better I am all for it. I just can’t focus on a screen for a long period of time. I also need the feeling of a book in my hands and the ability to pull it off my shelf.

Fictional character you probably would have Dated while in High School?

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This one is tough because I don’t usually think about myself dating anyone in the books that I read. I usually pair them up with other characters and not myself. In high school I probably would have dated someone like Simon from Mortal Instruments, sweet yet dorky.

Glad You Gave this Book a Chance:

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The one that comes to mind is one I recently finished, The Angle’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I was intrigued by the initial concept and ended up becoming engrossed in it. It has a mysterious air that was interesting. Thought I read the first book in the series and I am not sure what I think about it compared to The Angel’s Game.

Hidden Gem Book:

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We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson. I picked up this book because of the alien plot but it turned out to be so much more. It is one my favorite books of all time. It is deep and emotional and sweet and a fantastic story. It does not get the attention it deserves

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

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This is easy, the moment I picked up the first Harry Potter book. I always enjoyed reading but I don’t know if my love would have become as deep without those books. I also don’t know if I would have become as passionate about writing without those books.

Just Finished:

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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It an intriguing mystery but I wasn’t as thrilled about it as I wanted to be. I was expecting more from it and it confused the timeline for the series.

Kind of Books you Won’t Read:

I won’t say there is anything that I absolutely will not read but there a few genres I am not thrilled with. I don’t generally read nonfiction biographies unless I am super interested in the person. I also tend to have an issue with romance novels unless it has a supernatural twist to it. I like the more fantastic genres because they tend to give me something I can’t find in the real world.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

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I think that would probably be Gone with the Wind when I was in junior high. I remember it being about 1000 pages. It was super long and I was not thrilled with it but was determined to finish it. I also remember that the liberian got on my case because it took me so long to read. It wasn’t like it was on a waiting list so I don’t know what her issue was.

Major Book Hangover Because of:

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Most recently my book hangover came from They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera. I knew where the book was going and how it would play out but I was so hoping it would be different. I was just emotionally drained at the end.

Number of Bookcases you Own:

In my apartment I currently have 4 that are completely full. I need another one but I am running out of room for more shelves.

One Book You have Read Multiple Times

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Harry Potter is my obvious choice but the other would be the Everworld Series by Katherine Applegate. I read these all the time as a teenager. I loved the characters and the story was original and fun. I am a bit worried about reading them now though, hoping they don’t lose their magic as I age.

Preferred Place to Read:

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There is nothing better than reading in bed with my cat curled up on my lap fast asleep.

Quotes that Inspires You/Gives You all the Feels from a Book You’ve Read:

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I have a number from Harry Potter but my favorite has to be from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. “It is our choices Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

Reading Regret:

I am not sure I have that many reading regrets. I would have to say I regret ever feeling ashamed of loving to read. In school I did get teased about it often and sometimes it got to me but in the end it never dampened my love for books. In reality it probably made me love reading more.

Series You Started and Need to Finish:

I rarely don’t finish a series. I am very intent on making sure that I read a series right through. I am technically in the middle of the Cemetery of Forgotten books series by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I paused it in order to read the illustrated version of the third Harry Potter book, but will go back to it soon.

Three of Your All Time Favorite Books:

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson. I could read all of those books multiple times.

Unapologetic Fangirl for:

Harry Potter is obvious but I also adore Malec from the Shadowhunter series. Magnus and Alec are just adorable to me. I have also become a serious fangirl for anything V.E. Schwab and Adam Silvera write.

Very Excited for This Release More than All Others:

Hmmm, I am trying to think of what is coming out soon. I think either Shaun David Hutchinson’s new book The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza or the Malec series that Cassandra Clare is supposed to be writing.

Worst Bookish Habit:

I tend to lose bookmarks and thus always dog-ear a book. I know that some readers detest people who dog-ear but it doesn’t actually bug me. I just wish I didn’t lose a bookmark between books. I always use it for one book then lose it before starting the next one.

X Marks the Spot: Start at the Top Left of Your Shelf and Pick the 27th Book:

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I am too lazy to get up and go through any of my four bookshelves so I put my Goodreads shelf on random and counted the 27th on that list, Depths of Time by Roger MacBride Allen. I haven’t read it in a while but I do remember it being a good time-travel book.

Your Latest Book Purchase:

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Just recently I went book shopping with my mom for an earlier birthday. I bought a number of books but the one I was most excited for, beside the illustrated version of the third Harry Potter book, was Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I have heard great things about this one so I am eager to start it soon.

ZZZ-Snater Book (The Last Book that Kept You Up WAY Late):

I think that was finishing The Angle’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I had to figure out how it ended, though I wasn’t sure how to understand the ending. I am still not sure how it works in the whole series yet either.

I am not going to tag anyone, just if you are bored this was fun to do. What are your opinions on some of the books I mentioned?

 

 

Scavenger Hunt Book Tag

I came across this tag over on Zezee with Books blog. It looked fun and different. Took me a minute to find time to do it but I had fun with it. It is always fun to look through my books and see what I have and don’t have.


180px-World_War_Z_book_coverFind a book with the letter “Z” in the title or the author’s name: 
This one was quite easy. As soon as I read it I knew the exact book to chose, World War Z by Max Brooks. This was a unique book that spun the idea of zombies on its head. I appreciated the fresh take on an overdone topic.

Find a classic: I am not a huge classic’s fan but I did notice that I do A10S8AKStVLhave a few classics on my shelves. I chose Grimm’s Complete Set of Fairytales though for this one. I adore fairytales and to have a full collection of all these original ones is great. (Though some are quite strange and disturbing).

Find the oldest book on your shelves: I wasn’t sure if this one meant the one oldest publishing date or if it meant takes place in a long TheStandCover6ago time period or one I have had for a long time. I decided to go with one of the oldest that I own and that is The Stand by Stephen King. It was actually one of my dad’s old books so it is at least 30+ years old.

Find a book with a key on its cover: This one was by the far hardest one harry-potter-and-the-sorcerers-stoneto find. I realized that almost none of my books have keys on them. I did find that the first Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, has one on the back cover.

Find something on your bookshelf that isn’t a book: I have quite a few things on my shelves that are not books but by far one of my favorites are IMG_3740the book ends that I got while I was in Africa last year. (Though my cat did knock one off and I had to fix it).

Find a book with an animal on the cover: I have quite a few for this, most dogs. I ended up choosing To Say Nothing of the Dog By Connie Willis.  I read this a while ago but I remember it being a interesting take51Mz2zlXiQL._SX302_BO1,204,203,200_ on the idea of time travel and the way messing with time consequences work. I started a reread a while ago but got distracted by a new release. I am definitely going to have to go back to this one soon.

Find a book with a girl on the cover: Not many of my books have girls on the cover I discovered. I had a few but I ended up choosing Lady Midnight LM_coverby Cassandra Clare. This is the first book in the Dark Artifices series and I enjoyed the set up and introduction of new characters. Second book wasn’t my favorite but I have hope this series will end well.

Find a non Ya book – This one was super easy. It wasn’t until recently that I began reading Ya so I have a lot that fall outside that category. I 81D5KFHoLeLchose The Lucifer Effect. It is a nonfiction book that explore the idea of what makes people do evil or bad things. I specifically focuses on the Stanford Prison experiment. Interesting read!

Find a book with stars on its cover: I discovered that a lot of my books ofas-covertake place in space so this wasn’t that hard. I ended up choosing Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst. This was a cute love story that I got in a submission box. It could have had more depth to it but it was a cute and fun read.

Find a book with golden letters: Again  I realized just how many of these51ysrNDhV3L types of books that I have. I ended up choosing Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. It has been a while since I read the series but I remember it being a fun ride.

13638125Find a book with a male protagonist: This one was ridiculously easy. I chose Vicious by Victoria Schwab. This was an interesting look into the head of an antihero. She is currently working on the sequel which should be interesting.

Find a book with only words on it: This one was more difficult. Many 9781616956776of my books have characters or story images on them. I ended up choosing More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. It has lots of colors but there are no images on the cover. This was a heartbreaking but beautiful read.

 

Find a book with illustrations in it: I didn’t even have to think about 0545790352this one. I chose the illustrated versions of the first and second Harry Potter books. They are beautiful renditions of the books. The illustrations add new life to the stories and I can’t wait for the third one this fall.

 

Find a diary (true or fictional): This one was almost impossible. I didn’t have anything 13262783that was specifically a diary. I chose Everyday by David Levithan. It is kind of like a diary. It is about the main character’s day to day life as they change bodies and lives over and over again. It was a great story about different lives with different people.

Find a book written by someone with a common name (like Smith): 23434061Many of the authors of my books have different and interesting names. I chose The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins. Rollins is a decently common name. I love his Sigma Force series and this was one of the more recent additions to the series.

Find a book that has a closeup of something on it: This was probably my favorite thing to look for. I chose Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. It sixofcrowshas a close up of a crow’s wing. I loved this series because it was deep and the characters were new and fresh. I loved the look at characters were usually aren’t supposed to cheer for.

Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earlier time period: I went far back with this one. I have a Precious Moment’s Stories from the Bible on my shelf that I have had as long as I can remember. Definitely takes place a long time ago!

Find a hardcover without a jacket: This one was more tough because most of my 9781435106345hardcovers have jackets. I do have the Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe. It was one of Barnes and Noble’s special editions.

find  a teal/turquoise colors book: This was a fun one to end on. I found511DgWxbamL Blind Faith by Ben Eton. It was one I got when I did a study abroad in London, England. I haven’t read it in a while but I do remember it being a bit creepy with its dystopian themes. I’m a bit afraid to reread it now to see how close it could be to our current political situation.

 

 

I’m not going to tag anyone. If you think it looks fun and want to explore your shelves a bit more, feel free to do it!

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