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The Goodreads Book Tag

I saw Portia do this tag recently and thought it looked fun, so I decided to do it as well! Since I wasn’t tagged, I won’t be tagging anyone either, but def would like to see your responses should you decide to do it. 🙂

What’s the last book you marked as ‘read’?

Little House on the Prairie, which I actually read during my youth! I realized when I re-read Little House in the Big Woods recently that I didn’t have the next installation marked as read.

What are you currently reading?

I’m in a mini-slump at the moment (I’ve been ill and have been mostly sleeping or watching mindless TV), so I just have my eARC of the rerelease of Half Way Home by Hugh Howey instead of my usual 2-3 current reads.

What was the last book you marked as TBR?

Dead Meat: Day 1, after seeing Destiny’s review!

What book do you plan to read next?

The Scorpio Races! I’ve had Rachel’s copy for over a year now and am finally getting around to it.

Do you use the star rating system?

Big time! It’s the same one I use here, I just round up for half stars.

Are you doing the 2019 Reading Challenge?

Sort of! I have it set to 52 (1 book a week), because I’ll just obsess and stress myself out if I focus too much on numbers. I’m at 76 right now, so it would be cool to break 100 by the end of the year, but that’s really just a casual stretch goal.

Do you have a wishlist?

I have a “I Need to Buy a Copy of This” shelf.

What book do you plan to buy next?

The Cabin at the End of the World, for #FridayFrightAThon 2019!

Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few.

“What a strange girl you are.”
“Why?”
“Flung out of space,” Carol said.

The price of salt by patricia highsmith

Get in the shower, she tells herself.
Too sad to shower.

red clocks by leni zumas

How do people who love each other do it? How can they stand it? What is it that makes them forget they were born alone and will die separate?

the meursault investigation by kamel daoud

Who are your favorite authors?

Joe Hill, Melissa Broder, Maggie Stiefvater.

Have you joined any groups?

I’m in a few, but not currently active in any! I find the groups function difficult to use unfortunately.


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Organizing my TBR II

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.

  • Annabel
    • Priority, 2. Interest, 4. Friends’ Ratings, 2.5.
    • Score: 2.83, remove (I think).
  • P.O.W.ER
    • Priority, 1. Interest, 2. Friends’ Ratings, 4.
    • Score: 2.33, remove.
  • An Unquiet Mind
    • Priority, 2. Interest, 3. Friends’ Ratings, 4.
    • Score: 3, keep.
  • Night Falls Fast
    • Priority, 3. Interest, 4. Friends’ Ratings, 3.
    • Score: 3.33, keep.
  • Exuberance
    • Priority, 3. Interest, 4. Friends’ Ratings, n/a.
    • Score: 3.5, keep.

TBR at Start of Series: 1282 (lolll help me)
TBR Now: 1401 (LOLL HELP ME MORE)


I managed to remove four books today! As you can see, though, I’ve added uhhhhh over a hundred since the last time I did this. Which means I need to do this more often. 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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Choose the Year Book Tag

I saw that Emily did this and thought it looked fun, so I figured I’d do it as well! Emily went with the year she was born (as several other people have done), so I thought I would too (1992, btw). For fun, I also looked at the years I graduated from both college and high school (although those will not be a part of this post). It was interesting to see which books were published then!

If you’d like to participate as well, just use this link and swap out the xxxx for the appropriate year: http://www.goodreads.com/book/popular_by_date/xxxx

The tag prompts:

  1. Choose a year and say why.
  2. Which books published in that year have you read, or if none, heard of.
  3. Are there any books published in that year that sound interesting and would you read them now?
  4. Most obscure sounding book?
  5. Strangest book cover

Turns out I’ve read a whopping 13 of the top books published in 1992 — never mind that apparently half of those were Goosebumps books, ha.

And these four are all books on the list that are on my TBR!

This random Polish fantasy is definitely the most obscure-sounding.

I’m going to bypass strangest book cover, as they’re difficult to see in the list and I don’t want to go through them ALL.

Overall though, this was a fun tag! I liked looking through the lists a lot. I’m not going to tag anyone, as I just did another tag, but please let me know if you do this! I’d like to see your results as well. 🙂

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The Sunshine Blogger Award #3

I was nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by Destiny aaaall the way back in June, and I’m finally getting around to it! Definitely check out Destiny’s blog if you haven’t already, she is consistently posting great content!

RULES:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them.
  • Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  • Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post.

Destiny’s Questions:

  1. What was the last book you strongly disliked?
    • Rebel Girls, which is a bummer because it had such potential!
  2. How does your star rating system work for your reviews (if you use one)?
    • 5: Loved it
    • 4: Really liked it
    • 3: Liked it
    • 2: Didn’t like it
    • 1: Hated it
    • Pretty simple!
  3. What are your favorite pizza toppings?
    • Hmm, I’d say probably just pepperoni! Classic, and delicious. 🙂 I’ll fw most pizza toppings though, haha.
  4. Would you rather read a great plot with mediocre characters, or a boring plot with amazing characters?
    • This is a great Q! I’d have to say a boring plot with amazing characters, for sure.
  5. How many books are you currently reading, and which one is your favorite so far?
  6. What was the last book review you posted?
  7. Do you prefer MG, YA, NA, or adult books?
    • I would say right now I prefer adult, but I enjoy everything except MG (with exceptions!).
  8. Is there a popular author you’re NOT interested in reading anything by? (Elaborate if you’re comfortable doing so!)
    • Yes! I’m having trouble remembering off the top of my head, but I know there’s at least one.
  9. What marginalized rep would you most strongly like to see more of in books?
    • Selfishly, bi polyamory! For a group I’m not a part of, I’d have to say qpoc.
  10. Do you listen to music while reading?
    • Never!! I absolutely cannot focus, and it would have to be instrumental and match the tone perfectly for me to be able to.
  11. Do you prefer book twitter or bookstagram?
    • Book twitter! I feel like it’s easier to interact with and I honestly just always forget about bookstagram, eep.

My questions:

  1. Do you listen to any podcasts? If so, what are your favorites?
  2. Do you genre hop when you read or do you tend to stick to the same genres?
  3. What’s the best movie you’ve watched so far this year?
  4. 2019 release you’re most excited about reading?
  5. What’s your favorite way to treat yourself?
  6. Describe your ideal home in as much or as little detail as you’d like!
  7. Favorite snack?
  8. What’s your favorite kind of weather?
  9. Favorite book you read as a child?
  10. What’s your favorite thing about yourself?
  11. Are you a pumpkin person?

Tagging:

  1. Kal
  2. Emily
  3. Callum
  4. Jenna
  5. Hannah
  6. Wendy
  7. Leelynn
  8. Rachel
  9. Naty
  10. Bec
  11. Kelly

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I Dare You [book tag]

Hi all, it’s been a while since I’ve done a tag! I didn’t realize how on top of my review game I was until just now. So let’s mix it up a bit with this meme Charlotte tagged me in… THREE months ago. Go follow Charlotte btw, she has a great blog!

What book has been on your shelf the longest?

This is a tough one because so many of my books are at my mom’s, but I’m going to guess A Moose for Jessica! It’s literally about a moose who falls in love with a cow named Jessica and it’s a TRUE STORY and I adore it.

What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

My current reads are Rebel Girls and A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, the first of which is an ARC and the second of which I’m reading with my Women’s Prize group (except I’m extremely late because they’ve all finished already!). My last read was All the Birds, Singing, which I still haven’t managed to review. Next I’ll probably read Everything I Never Told You (which I was also supposed to read with a friend a little while ago — oops!).

What book did everyone like, but you hated?

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. My nemesis. We meet again.

What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read but probably won’t?

Honestly, I’m trying really hard not to do this anymore! I’ve unhauled lots of books in the hopes that I’ll only keep what I’ll read. That being said, possibly Women Who Run with the Wolves, which I’ve had a physical copy of for 5 years and keep forgetting about.

What book are you saving for retirement?

This is a terrifying question and I don’t understand why I’m being asked it.

Last page: read it first, or wait ’till the end?

I absolutely will NOT read it first. People who do this are so chaotic. I respect them, but I don’t understand them.

Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

Depends on the acknowledgement. Waste of paper if it’s just a list of names, interesting aside if it actually gives a bit more insight into the writing.

Which book character would you switch places with?

Honestly, not sure I’ve found the perfect one yet!

Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)

I read the entirety of Mother Night while on a bus to Boston with someone very important to me, so it reminds me of those few hours.

Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

I don’t think I’ve acquired any books in “interesting” ways, ha.

Have you ever given a book away for a special reason/to a special person?

Nah, I really only give away books that I don’t want anymore.

Which book has been with you most places?

Probably House of Leaves, because it took sooo long to read!

Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

Hmmm nah, I haven’t reread any required reading unless I enjoyed it.

Used or brand new?

I don’t have much of a preference, but since I don’t buy many books anymore I do prefer to buy new if it’s an author I’d like to support!

Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Several. They were enjoyable when I was in high school!

Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

The Jurassic Park movies are arguably better than the books. The first book comes close to the first movie, but the second movie is better than the second book for sure.

Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

Pretty much any book that describes good food!

Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

Everyone in the Women’s Prize Squad: Rachel, Naty, Hannah, Emily, Callum, and Steph!

Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

I actually DNFed Freshwater the first time I read it because I found it so difficult to read, but I ended up loving it the second time around!


I’m not going to tag anyone, but please let me know if you end up doing this! 🙂

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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!

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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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