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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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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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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.”

Okoto enigma

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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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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A to Z Book Tag

Destiny tagged me in this a few months ago and I’m fiiiinally following through. It was started over at The Perpetual Page-Turner.

a. Author you’ve read the most books from.
Lemony Snicket, I read the entire A Series of Unfortunate Event series, plus one or two others.

b. Best sequel ever.
Right now I have to say Squire by Tamora Pierce, I read it recently and looved it.

c. Currently reading.
Lost Children Archive and Dust.

d. Drink of choice while reading.
I usually don’t drink anything while reading at home, but a drip coffee or a vanilla latte if I’m at a coffee shop! Occasionally I’ll sip a cider or cocktail while reading if I’m out waiting for someone at dinner or a bar.

e. E-reader or physical book?
I really have to say both! I read so much more on the go because of ebooks, but I do tend to prefer physical books.

f. Fictional character you would’ve dated in high school.
Alex, the brother’s best friend, from Girl Made of Stars. He was so sweet and absolutely the kind of guy I would’ve dated in high school.

g. Glad you gave this book a chance.
Recency bias here, but Ordinary People! Like I said in my review, it’s not something I would have read on my own but I did end up enjoying it.

h. Hidden gem book.
I recently did an entire post on this!

i. Important moment in your reading life.
Honestly, starting The Pisces felt really important because I just knew right away that the book would be so, so meaningful to me.

j. Just finished.
I just finished Praise Song for the Butterflies, one of my Women’s Prize reads.

k. Kind of books you won’t read.
There’s not much I absolutely won’t read, but I typically avoid books about food, just because they don’t interest me much.

l. Longest book you’ve read.
According to Goodreads, it’s A Storm of Swords!

m. Major book hangover because of…
Umm, I don’t get book hangovers very often, so I don’t remember!

n. Number of bookcases you own.
Technically 1, but I have a couple more DIY ones set up, ha!

o. One book you’ve read multiple times.
Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce!

p. Preferred place to read.
Either propped up in my bed or on the couch! I wish I had a nice armchair to sit in, though.

q. Quote that inspires you/gave you all the feels from a book.
UGH, the Editor’s Note in I’ll Be Gone in the Dark that announces Michelle McNamara’s death tore through me.

r. Reading regret:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, always.

s. Series you’ve started and need to finish (all books are out).
Most pressing right now are the Themis Files and the Protector of the Small series.

t. Three of your all-time favorite books.
House of Leaves, Annihilation, and The Pisces.

u. Unapologetic fangirl for…
Tamora Pierce! ❤ u ❤

v. Very excited for this release.
The Exile’s Gift by Tamora Pierce. Ha, see above.

w. Worst bookish habits.
Returning library books late, having a TBR waaay too long, and stressing myself out about numbers and what I “should” be reading.

x. X marks the spot! Start at the top of your bookshelf and pick the 27th book.
The Artist’s Way! I still have never been all the way through this, oops.

y. Your latest book purchase.
A Field Guide for Science Writers, which I got when I thought I might want to be a science writer.

z. Zzz-snatcher, the last book that kept you up way too late.
Umm, I don’t remember! I don’t read much before bed anymore, specifically for this reason.


I tag anyone who wants to do this! I’m too sleepy to make a list. 🙂

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Spring Cleaning [book tag]

Charlotte was kind enough to tag me in the Spring Cleaning Book Tag! I love spring cleaning, and I love books, so hopefully I also love this tag. 🙂

THE STRUGGLE OF GETTING STARTED: A BOOK OR SERIES YOU STRUGGLE TO BEGIN BECAUSE OF ITS SIZE

I’m stealing Charlotte’s answer here, because it was the first thing to come to mind: The Wheel of TIme series! I’ve been meaning to read it for literal years but am too intimidated by its length to start.

CLEANING OUT THE CLOSET: A BOOK OR SERIES YOU WANT TO UNHAUL

This one is more difficult, as I’ve been a lot better about immediately unhauling books I no longer want on my shelves. I did unhaul Future Sex recentlyish because it was sent to me unsolicited and after skimming the book and the reviews, I wasn’t interested.

OPENING THE WINDOW AND LETTING FRESH AIR IN: A BOOK THAT WAS REFRESHING

This is corny as hell, but I found Merry Inkmas refreshing because I was super depressed when I read it and needed something light-hearted and cute!

WASHING OUT THE SHEETS: A SCENE THAT YOU WISH YOU COULD REWRITE

This is a little difficult, as I’m struggling to remember any specifically bad scenes. I guess I’d rewrite one of the scenes in I Kill Giants, just to remove the homophobic slur.

THROWING OUT UNNECESSARY KNICK-KNACKS: A BOOK IN A SERIES YOU DIDN’T THINK WAS NECESSARY

Honestly, both of the sequels to The Butterfly Garden were pretty unnecessary. With a fourth on the way.

POLISHING DOORKNOBS: A BOOK THAT HAD A CLEAN FINISH

I thought It Devours! ended on a clean, realistic note so I guess I’d choose that.

REACHING TO DUST THE FAN: A BOOK THAT TRIED TOO HARD TO RELAY A CERTAIN MESSAGE

One of the faults of Sex at Dawn was that it was so aimed at giving you one message, that it had no issues with tearing others down. I felt a little more balance would’ve been nice.

THE TIRING YET SATISFYING FINISH: A SERIES THAT WAS TIRING BUT SATISFYING TO GET THROUGH

It took me years to get through The Raven Cycle, but I just adore it!


I tag Hannah @ I have thoughts on books, Destiny @ howling libraries, Rachel @ pace, amore, libri, Callum @ Callum McLaughlin, and Ally @ Ally Writes Things. (But only if y’all want to do it!)

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Blog All Day, Meme All Night [tag]

Ally @ Ally Writes Things was kind enough to tag me in this, which I am FINALLY getting around to after, oh, 4 months? Sorry Ally! Regardless, I love memes so this is a great tag.

1. YEET – which book would you yeet out of existence?

Okay, I know I’m in the minority on this but I REALLY did not like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Sorry (not sorry)!

2. CRYING KIM K – which book gives you lots of feelings?

Girl Made of Stars made me cry for probably an hour straight. Big mega feels.

3. AMERICA, EXPLAIN – favourite book set outside the US?

The Vegetarian is one of my all-time favs and it’s set in South Korea. I need to pick up more of Han Kang’s work asap.

4. RIP VINE – your saddest character death?

In recent memory, the deaths at the end of The Song of Achilles are very very sad.

5. WHAT ARE THOSE? – a book that left you confused?

I’m so sorry, but I just don’t Get Paper Girls, and it was sooo confusing to me. I tried reading Vol. 2 but that didn’t help. 😦

6. BIG DICK ENERGY – favourite character with BDE?

Could the answer be anyone else except Sadie? Although, I did like Ally’s choice of Evelyn Hugo.

7. I WON’T HESITATE BITCH – favourite book with a morally grey protagonist?

Definitely Kaz from Six of Crows. He is the MOST morally grey.

8. MOVE, I’M GAY – favourite book featuring a lgbtq+ romance

I had to pick The Raven King just because I read it so recently and Adam and Noah’s kiss was UGH PERFECT.

9. STREET SMARTS – favourite book featuring a protagonist whose strength is their intelligence?

It Devours! features a main character who is a woman of color and a scientist and her strength is most definitely her intelligence!

10. ALEXA PLAY DESPACITO – character death you were happy about?

Magic Brian in The Adventure Zone, but mostly because it was so funny!

11. THEN PERISH – a book you DNFed?

I’m not afraid to DNF whenever necessary, but I just could not push myself through The Snowman.

12. KERMIT SIPPING TEA – a book that makes a statement?

The Body is Not an Apology! It’s all about self-love.

13. SAME HAT – the character you relate to the most?

Okay, this is non-fiction but I’ve been having a LOT of health issues soo I’ve been meaning to reread Ask Me About My Uterus.

14. OH WORM – a book you didn’t expect to love?

I thought i would like We Have Always Lived in the Castle, but I had no idea how much I’d LOOOVE it!

15. SHREK – favourite book featuring mythical creatures?

Basically everything by Tamora Pierce!!


I’m a bit tired, so I’m not going to tag anyone but let me know if you decide to do this! 🙂

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The Liebster Award #2

Thank you to Becky @ Strikeouts + Sprinkles for tagging me! 🙂

The Liebster Award Rules

  1. Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
  2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
  5. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer

Becky’s Questions:

  1. What are the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made?
    • Best: My digital camera! I haven’t used it in a while, but I adore it so much.
    • Worst: Hmm, I don’t know why this is such a difficult question! I literally can’t think of one single purchase, mostly because there are so many small ones I regret that just add up so much!
  2. Who is the messiest person you know?
    • This is another difficult one. Maybe my dad, but it’s mostly because he has so many things that it makes a mess!
  3. What are your thoughts on mascots?
    • When I think about mascots, all I can think of are the Washington Nats mascots and how scary they are.
  4. What’s the most useless talent you have?
    • I am extremely good at just barely starting hobbies and then completely dropping them.
  5. What was the last photo you took?
    • One of my sister’s cat, I think! Or a selfie to send my girlfriend, haha.
  6. What song always get stuck in your head?
    • Pretty much any song can get stuck in my head as soon as I hear it. Currently it’s I Know Somebody by LOCASH
  7. What’s your cure for hiccups?
    • Hold my breath and sip water.
  8. What movie quotes do you use on a regular basis?
    • Oh gosh, I don’t know but I’m sure there are a few I don’t even realize I’m using.
  9. What’s something you’ve done that you’re proud of?
    • Graduating college!
  10. Is there a show you used to watch and stopped watching and want to start again?
    • Grey’s Anatomy!
  11. What’s your worst example of procrastination?
    • Buying present for people AFTER Christmas.

Facts About Me:

  1. I’ve broken bones 4 times and have gotten ~40 stitches. I’m accident-prone.
  2. I think 5 cats is the ideal number of cats.
  3. My favorite flowers are lilacs.
  4. I like baseball.
  5. I grew up a few hours away from Canada, but my first time leaving the country was a day trip to Mexico (from San Diego) when I was ~12.
  6. I have always lived near a large body of water.
  7. I do not refrigerate cake, and recently learned that a lot of people do.
  8. I have an undergrad degree, and have been considering graduate school.
  9. When this posts, I’ll be on a plane to Texas.
  10. I love libraries.
  11. One time I saw Stevie Wonder in an airport on my birthday, and he sang happy birthday to someone else.

My Questions:

  1. If you could control the weather, how would the seasons change for you?
  2. What are you reading right now?
  3. If you could magically acquire a new talent, what would you choose?
  4. What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently?
  5. What is something you’re hoping to accomplish in the next year?
  6. What is your most used emoji?
  7. What was the name of your first pet?
  8. If you didn’t have to work for money, what would you do with your time?
  9. What is your favorite mythical creature?
  10. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  11. What’s your phone background?

I Tag:

  1. Jenna @ Falling Letters
  2. Madame Writer
  3. Destiny @ Howling Libraries
  4. Callum McLaughlin
  5. Ally @ Ally Writes Things
  6. Rachel @ pace, amore, libri
  7. Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books
  8. Fran L
  9. Lilly @ Lair of Books
  10. Melanie @ Mel to the any
  11. Sam @ Sleepy Sam Reads

 

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The Sunshine Blogger Award #2

I was nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by Rachel (who also nominated me last time!).

Rachel’s questions:

What’s the worst book you had to read for school?
This is going to sound like a cop out answer, but I don’t know! I can’t remember books that I’ve disliked reading for school, although I’m sure they exist.

Within your own country, where would you most like to visit that you haven’t already been?
San Francisco! It seems like such a nice place and I actually wanted to move there for a while.

What’s the best first line of a book you’ve ever read?
I have a really bad memory for stuff like this. Again, I cannot remember.

Do you have any tattoos and do you want any?
I have four (I keep forgetting and saying I have three, though)! There are definitely more I want, but I’m still deciding. Here are my current ones:

If you watch booktube, who’s your favorite booktuber?  If you don’t watch booktube, what’s your favorite thing to watch on youtube?
I’m an ASMR fiend. I find the videos so relaxing and try to watch them most nights before bed. My favorites are Sophie Michelle and Karuna Satori.

Which classic do you think more people should read?
The Stranger! I’m not big on classics but I enjoyed it, and it’s pretty quick.

What would you consider the most overhyped and the most underhyped book you’ve read in the last year?
Overhyped: Gone GirlUnderhyped: The Pisces, 10000%.

Would you like to work in the publishing industry, or do you prefer to keep books and reading strictly a hobby?
Part of me would like to, but I do think it would have a negative impact on my love of reading.

If you’re a writer, which author’s style do you think is most similar to your own?  If you’re not a writer, which author’s style do you connect with the most as a reader?
I think I really connect with Joe Hill’s style, which is why he’s one of my favorite writers. I just find myself so immersed in his stories.

What’s your least favorite book cover?
I don’t even know how to begin to answer this. Since I recently read The Woman in Black and had to deal with the very bad movie cover, I’ll have to say most movie tie-in covers.

Who’s your favorite actor/celebrity?
My fav celebrity is Griffin McElroy, he’s an angel and he and his wife are honestly relationship goals.

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. Earbuds or over-ear headphones?
  5. What’s your favorite way to treat yourself?
  6. Do you have a hobby that not a lot of people know about?
  7. Tea, coffee, or hot chocolate?
  8. What’s your favorite kind of weather?
  9. What’s your favorite mythical creature?
  10. What’s your favorite thing about yourself?
  11. Are you a pumpkin person?

I’m tagging: Destiny, Anna, Jenna, Fran, and whoever else would like to participate!

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