Book Tags, Bookworm Blogging, TBRs

5 Star Predictions: Update and Round 2

Rachel tagged me in this, which is actually quite funny because I got it from her the first time around too. It was quite a long time ago because I wanted to wait until I had read ALL five before doing another one. I still haven’t gotten around to the fifth, but I figure it’s time to do a new round anyway. Anyway, you choose 5 books you think you’ll rate 5 stars and then come back later to see if you were right.

  • Her Body and Other Parties, 5 stars, review.
  • Tempests and Slaughter, 5 stars, review.
  • The Dream Thieves, 5 stars, review.
  • Kitchen Table Tarot, unread.
  • Crooked Kingdom, 5 stars.

Okay, I’m gonna call that a perfect score since I gave all of the books I actually read 5 stars. How exciting! Here is the next set of books I expect to love:

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The Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag 2019

I’m getting this done a bit later than anticipated, but that’s ok. I’ve made it through 41 books so far this year, a decent amount of which have been backlist reads. I’m only going to let myself use ONE book for each answer to keep things spicy, and I’m not allowed to reuse answers.

Best book you’ve read so far

Normal People, thanks to the Women’s Prize & Sally Rooney!

Best sequel so far

Squire by Tamora Pierce!

New release you haven’t read but want to

There are loads, but the most anticipated I have yet to read (that has already been published) is The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos!

Most anticipated release in the second half of 2019

This was tough, but I probably have to go with the upcoming Joe Hill short story collection!

Biggest disappointment

Thankfully I’ve been pretty blessed as far as reading goes this year, but I’ll have to go with An American Marriage for this.

Biggest surprise

Probably If, Then which I did expect to enjoy, just not as much as I did!

Favorite new author

Becky Chambers! After The Long Way, I’m excited to read more of her work.

Newest fictional crush

To quote Rachel, pass pls.

Newest favorite character

Probably Henry or Alex from RW&RB!

A book that made you cry

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. Oof.

A book that made you happy

I don’t read many happy books oops. We’ll go with Merry Inkmas.

Favorite book to movie adaptation

I haven’t actually watched any this year??

Favorite review

Probably in part due to recency bias, I’ll pick Evicted.

Most beautiful book bought/received

Probably the copy of Waking Gods I bought last weekend.

Books you need to read by the end of the year

The list pretty much never ends!

Book Tags

Organizing my TBR Part 1

I was inspired by Charlotte’s recent posts to try this. If you don’t follow Charlotte, I highly recommend you do! She shares a lot of queer lit and is half of the team over at Reads Rainbow (which you should ALSO follow).

I’ve tried several TBR memes before, but I like the idea of ranking books with a numerical system! This first post is just going to be playing around a bit. Charlotte rates books based on how motivated she is to read it (1-5) multiplied by how interested she is in the premise (1-5).

I plan to start by using a similar system: priority (1-5) + interest in blurb (1-5) + average friend rating on GR (1-5) / 3. I’ll check out the final result and make my decision from there. I’m not going to make any hard rules, but my guess is a score of 3+ is good enough to stay. Very high ratings will get put on my tbr asap shelf. If none of my friends have rated the book, then I’ll exclude the friends’ ratings and only divide by 2.

  • Bad Feminist
    • Priority, 3. Interest, 5. Friends’ Ratings, 4.
    • Score: 4, keep.
  • Are You My Mother?
    • Priority, 1. Interest, 2. Friends’ Ratings, 3.5.
    • Score: 2.17, remove for now.
  • Kissing the Witch
    • Priority, 2. Interest, 4. Friends’ Ratings, 4.
    • Score: 3.33, keep.
  • Kraken
    • Priority, 1. Interest, 3. Friends’ Ratings, 4.
    • Score: 2.67, remove.
  • Octopus
    • Priority, 2. Interest, 4. Friends’ Ratings, n/a.
    • Score: 3, keep.
  • A Guide to Being Born
    • Priority, 4. Interest, 5. Friends’ Ratings, 4.33.
    • Score: 4.44, keep & tbr asap.
  • Dorothy Must Die
    • Priority, 2. Interest, 3.5. Friends’ Ratings, 3.84.
    • Score: 3.11, keep.
  • The Girl With All the Gifts
    • Priority, 4. Interest, 3.5. Friends’ Ratings, 4.14.
    • Score: 3.88, keep.
  • Raptor Red
    • Priority, 2.5. Interest, 4. Friends’ Ratings, n/a.
    • Score: 3.25, keep.
  • The Lovely Bones
    • Priority, 2. Interest, 4. Friends’ Ratings, 3.26.
    • Score: 3.09, keep.

TBR at Start: 1282 (lolll help me)
TBR Now: 1280


Ooookay so I only removed two books BUT I moved a third to my tbr asap list. All in all, that’s 3 out of 10 books reprioritized. I found this fun, so I’ll probably keep with it. Let me know if any of you decide to try Charlotte’s reorganizing as well, I’d like to see how it works for others. 🙂

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Bloggers Recognition Award

Anna @ Reads Rainbow very kindly tagged me in this! Reads Rainbow is a really lovely collaborative blog that focuses on lgtbqiap+ books, particularly ownvoices ones and I definitely recommend it! They’ve started doing plenty of author interviews as well. 🙂

The rules:

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

This blog started really just as a way for me to share my thoughts on books. As I expanded my social circle and really became part of the community, I began doing tags and other things as well. I wish there was a more fun story to it! I’ve really loved reading forever and love that blogging makes me more engaged with books.

The first piece of advice I’d give is to not get too bogged down in your scheduling. Of course, I love blogging consistently when I can, but I try not to get too down on myself when I don’t. And the content I make when I don’t is just better!

My second piece of advice is to get to know other bloggers. Not only will you grow your followers, but you will also become inspired by their blogs and build some really lovely friendships with some really lovely people!

Today is another day where I don’t feel like tagging loads of people, so I’ll say I tag you if you’d like to do it! Link back in the comments if you do. 🙂

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T10T: Books Published in the Last 10 Years

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally put together by The Broke and the Bookish and has been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is favorite books released in the last 10 years — with 1 book per year!

2010 – Sex at Dawn

There are a lot of criticisms out there for this one, but I found it to be an interesting history of human sexuality. And quite validating as a polyamorous queer woman! Review.

2011 – Wool

I’m not sure what the actual publication date is for Wool, but we’ll go with 2011. I just LOVE this sci-fi novel; I read it for the first time around 2012 or 2013 and then re-read it again this past winter. It holds up on a re-read and I cannot recommend it enough.

2012 – The Raven Boys

Aaa, I can’t believe it’s been so long since The Raven Cycle began! Review.

2013 – Vampires in the Lemon Grove

Ah, I adored this when I first read it! I’ve actually been meaning to re-read it sometime soon.

2014 – Annihilation

Wow, 2014 was a tough one, but I AM gonna have to go with Annihilation. Review.

2015 – A Head Full of Ghosts

I really loved the A Head Full of Ghosts audiobook and can’t wait to get a physical version to re-read and compare it to! Review.

2016 – The Fireman

Something else I’ve been intending to re-read! A nice mix of sci-fi and horror in this one.

2017 – Strange Weather

Uh oh, Joe Hill two years in a row! This is why he’s become an auto-buy author for me. Review.

2018 – The Pisces

This one was easy peasy. 😉 I love The Pisces so, so, so much. Review.

2019 – Red, White & Royal Blue

I wasn’t sure whether or not to include 2019 since we’re not even halfway through, but figured it would be fun to see what my top book was so far! Is anyone surprised by this one? Review.


What have been your favs of the last 10 years? Link to your T10T in the comments so I can see!

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The “I Should Have Read That Book” Tag

Shouts to Ally for tagging me in this! Please check out her blog, she has a lot of good posts. 🙂 I am one of the biggest perpetrators of “I should have” or “I’ve been meaning to” when it comes to books, so I love this.


Rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
  • Link to the creator’s blog (booksnest.co.uk) in your post
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag 10 others to take part
  • ENJOY THE TAG!

A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read.
My sister keeps telling me to read Where You’ll Find Me and she has a copy annnnd we live together so I have no excuse as to why it’s taken me so long.

A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t picked it up.
Bad Feminist is literally the book that’s been on my TBR the longest, and I haven’t read it because I want to buy a copy but at this point I should just use the library, ha.

A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten around to finishing yet.
I loooved Sleeping Giants, so I really needed to get to Waking Gods.

A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but never actually read.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier!

A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read.
Throne of Glass, I feel like it’s such a popular series and I haven’t read any of them!

A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but you just haven’t read it yet.
I really enjoyed The Shining film but I haven’t read the book yet!

A book you see all over Instagram [Twitter] but haven’t picked up yet.
These Witches Don’t Burn has been everywhere lately and I wanna read it so bad but haven’t yet!


I just tagged a ton of people the other day, so I tag anyone who would like to do this!

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Mystery Blogger Award

Meeghan was kind enough to nominate me for the Mystery Blogger Award. Go check out her blog, she has some great posts!

What’s the Mystery Blogger Award?

“It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.”

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Rules

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Answer the 5 questions you were asked
  6. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  7. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  8. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  9. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  10. Share a link to your best post(s)

Questions

  1. If you had to describe yourself in three characters, which ones would they be?
    Ooooh, that’s a tough one… Probably Lucy from The Pisces, Daine from The Immortals series, and umm I’m blanking on a third!
  2. What’s one of your fave songs? (and share the clip if it’s got one!)
    Right now one of my favs is Rich Life by Eric Nally!
  3. What’s your go-to book recommendation?
    House of Leaves!
    But with the caveat that it’s somewhat intense and definitely a commitment. I’ve also been recommending Ask Me About My Uterus incessantly since I read it.
  4. List three things you are either grateful for, or that you like about yourself.
    I like my eyes, my makeup skills, and my sense of humor! 🙂
  5. [Bonus/funny question] If you could take any animal and make it the size of another animal, what would you choose, and why?
    Omg I want a snow leopard the size of a housecat so I can have it as a pet but also not get mauled!

About Me

  1. I’d eventually like to move to the southern US (I hate winter!).
  2. At one point I had four (4) cats living together under one roof.
  3. I used to be an avid horseback rider.

Nominating

  1. Ally
  2. Hannah
  3. Destiny
  4. Wendy
  5. Rachel
  6. Callum
  7. Emily
  8. Naty
  9. Becky
  10. Hannah

My Questions

  1. What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently?
  2. How often do you make music playlists?
  3. What’s the last book you were gifted?
  4. What are you looking forward to right now?
  5. [weird question] If you could switch places with one actor in any scene in any movie/TV show, which would it be?

Best Blog Posts

Here are just some of my recent favs! 🙂


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My Blog’s Searches

A couple months ago, Ally made this really fun post (inspired by Kaleena) about looking at her blog’s search terms. I love to look through my search terms from time to time, so I decided to make a post about it as well! I’ll group related searches together just for simplicity’s sake, and I won’t include searches that are just “[book] review” unless there are more than expected for a single book.


“sarah suoerfan stuff you should know”
I have no idea what this means??

“merry spinster thankless child”
“the merry spinster review the wedding party”
“a merry spinster the thankless child”
“the merry spinster the wedding party”
“ortberg thankless child”
I don’t know how so many people ended up at my blog searching for this, but I hope they enjoyed my review.

“stefan merrill block”
“oliver loving review”
“”oliver loving” “stefan merrill block””
This is also another book/author that has given me some traffic for ??? unclear reasons.

“we have always lived in the castle characters”
Ah, one of my fav books! Unfortunately I do not provide a list of characters.

“sarah foley black lives matter”
I have gotten curious and also searched this, but I don’t know who or what they’re looking for!

“ghost wall spoiler”
Pretty sure there are no spoilers in my review. Sorry, stranger!

“bad man by dathan auerbach explained”
I wish I knew what they wanted explained, because I’d be happy to help.

“sarah foley short story”
Whomst is she?

“the winter people sara”
Kind of, I guess?

“tbr gems”
Vague yet specific. Sorry I don’t have this for you!

“the wild girls by pat murphy real life comparison”
I do Not know what this means.

“seven deaths of evelyn hardcastle spolier”
“seven deaths of hardcastle review”
No spoliers here.


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The Liebster Award #3

I was tagged by Naty a few weeks ago to do the Liebster award again!

Rules:

  • Say thank you to the person who has nominated you for the Award.
  • Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you
  • Nominate 11 people
  • Ask the people who you have nominated 11 questions

Naty’s Questions

What book you wish you could un-read to experience it for the first time again?
Hmm, maybe The Pisces?

What’s your Hogwarts house?
I’m kind of an equal split between Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. Sometimes I lean a bit more to one side or the other. I probably would have been sorted into Ravenclaw.

What popular book have you not read yet?
The Lovely Bones is still on my TBR, I know it was pretty popular back in the day.

What are some of your favorite authors?
Joe Hill, Tamora Pierce, Maggie Stiefvater

What book do you LOVE but you don’t normally recommend to people? 
The Pisces, again!

What book are you always recommending to people?
Hmm, probably Annihilation!

What middle grade book do you wish you had read as a kid?
I can’t think of anything off the top of my head!

How many books do you have on your TBR?
Umm… 1189. Oops.

What bookish universe could you live in?
Haha, probably something contemporary and normal. 😛

What genre do you read most?
Fantasy!

What is a bookish goal you have for 2019?
Less pressure on myself! I don’t want to get stressed out about reading, I want to love it.

My Questions:

If you could control the weather, how would the seasons change for you?
What are you reading right now?
If you could magically acquire a new talent, what would you choose?
How would you describe your “aesthetic?”
What is something you’re hoping to accomplish in the next year?
What is your most used emoji?
What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve ever had?
If you didn’t have to work for money, what would you do with your time?
What’s the last text you sent?
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
What’s your phone background?

I tag:

Rachel
Callum
bookwormmuse
Becky
Hannah
Destiny
Avery
Kristin
Ally
Kaleena
Meeghan

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Versatile Blogger Award

Last month I was tagged by Becky @ Strikeouts + Sprinkles to do the Versatile Blogger Award! Definitely check out Becky’s blog, she’s fun to follow. 🙂

Award Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Link to the blog of the person who nominated you.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 more bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Seven Facts About Me:

  1. I’m surprisingly restrained when it comes to buying books, I try to keep myself from buying them unless I’m almost certain I’ll love the book or have already read it and want my own copy.
  2. My favorite movie is Jurassic Park.
  3. I’m allergic to cats but intend to own at least 5 when I have my own place (I’m not so allergic that I can’t live with them).
  4. My hair is rarely not dyed; I’ve been dyeing it on and off since I was ~12.
  5. I love cephalopods so much that I have an aquarium membership so I can go see my babies whenever I want to.
  6. I own a longboard even though I’m not great at longboarding and am terrible at getting myself out to practice.
  7. I’d like to move to Austin, TX at some point!

My Nominations:

  1. Hannah
  2. Destiny
  3. Emily
  4. Avery
  5. Rachel
  6. Lindsay
  7. Callum
  8. Kristin
  9. Ally
  10. Kaleena
  11. Sara
  12. Meeghan
  13. Cerys
  14. Christopher
  15. Shalini

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