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Stay At Home Book Tag

I saw this floating around the blog-o-sphere and decided to give it a try. If anyone knows where it originated, let me know so I can credit them.

LAYING IN BED — a book you read in one day.

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang. Prince Sebastian in in Paris so his parents can find him a bride. Sebastian, however, is looking for something else: someone who can sew him fabulous dresses. He finds that and more in the form of Frances, a talented designer who soon becomes his best friend.

I love this book. I read it on Wednesday night and it was delightful. I had only intended to read a chapter or two, but it was so good, I read through the whole thing all at once. Loved it.

SNACKING — a book that is a ‘guilty pleasure’ read.

I wouldn’t exactly call it as guilty pleasure read, but I frequently reread Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan by Vonda N. McIntyre and feel like I shouldn’t be. I love the movie novelizations so much and I read them probably more than I should.

NETFLIX — a series that you want to start.

I want to start reading the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare next. It’s on my TBR, but kind of far down.

 DEEP CLEAN — a book that has been on your TBR for ages.

I’ve been meaning to read American Princess by Stephanie Marie Thornton for quite some time.

ANIMAL CROSSING — a book you recently bought because of the hype.

I don’t know if it was hype, exactly, because the author is the only one who’s really been talking about it, but I pre-ordered Pandemica by Jonathan Maberry as soon as I heard the trade was coming out.

PRODUCTIVITY — a book you learned from or had an impact on you.

Atomic Habits by James Clear had a big impact. It changed the way I though of habits and habit-building, and it made me more aware of the things I say about myself.

 FACETIME — a book you were gifted.

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca was a gift from my mother. It’s the true life tale of a female lawyer and detective living in New York and one of her most famous cases. I’ve set it aside for now, but it really is very interesting.

SELF-CARE — what is one thing you have done recently to look after yourself.

I’ve been trying to get back into running and working out more regularly.

BONUS  an upcoming release you are looking forward to.

I cannot wait for Two Rogues Make a Right by Cat Sebastian. I love her romances, and I’m excited to see these two characters, who’ve been on the periphery of the other two book sin the series, finally get together.

I tag everyone and anyone who wants to do this tag.

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The Bookish Bucket List Tag

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I saw this tag don by Evelynreads and thought it looked like fun.

The rules:

  • Link to the creator in your post (Madison’s Inkwell)
  • Link to the person who tagged you
  • Tag as many people as you want
  • Have fun!

What books or series that intimidates you (because of length, density, subject) would feel like an accomplishment to finish?

Up until last week, I would have said Middlemarch by George Eliot, but I’ve finished that, so…. I’m also listening to Anna Karenina, which is another book that intimidates me. So, I guess I’ll go with Cassandra Clare’s entire body of work. She’s written so much in her Shadowhunters universe that I don’t think I could ever get through it, but if I did, it’d be an accomplishment.

What author would you like to co-author a book with?

Hmm. I don’t work well with others, but… I guess Jonathan Maberry would be fun to work with.

f you could interview any author for your blog, who would it be? What’s one question you would ask?

I guess… KJ Charles. And I’d ask what her query letters looked like.

As a writer, what genre is out of your comfort zone that you’d like to conquer someday and write within?

I think I’d like to write a thriller. I’m more of a romance writer, but I like thrillers and think it might be fun to write one.

What specific edition of a book would you like to own someday? It could be rare, a first edition, an anniversary edition, signed, or one with a cover special to you etc.

I’d love the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkahban or Half-Blood Prince. Those two are my favorites.

Are there any books or bookish items that you’d like to collect?

None that I can think of.

 Name one bookish place you’d like to visit. (Not somewhere you’d like to visit because of a book and not a fictional place within a book. A library, bookstore, etc.)

Either The Last Bookstore in LA or Powells in Oregon.

 Name one bookish event you’d like to attend. (A festival, a signing, a book fair, etc)

So many. But, most recently, Y’All West.

Your WIP is getting published and designing the cover is solely up to you. What does it look like?

A giant orb, a man doing magic, a vampire.

What’s one thing you’d like to accomplish within the bookish world? As a writer, reader, blogger, whatever you want?

Publish at least 5 books in the next ten years.

I’m tagging anyone and everyone, but especially you!

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Anonymous Bookaholics Tag

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I saw this tag done on Kerri McBookNerd’s blog and thought it looked like fun. Not sure who originated it; if you know, let me know so I can update.

1. What do you like about buying new books?

I like the possibilities I’m bringing into my life. New worlds to explore, new characters to meet, new villains to hate (or love). If it’s a book I’ve already read, then it’s old, familiar characters I’m ready to go on adventures with again.

2. How often do you buy new books?

Every few weeks. I was trying to confine myself to just one book a month, but that’s just not happening.

3. Bookstore or online book shopping: which do you prefer?

I vastly prefer going to the bookstore. I like seeing the books and their covers, being able to pick them up and start reading them, and read as much as I need to in order to decide if it’s the book for me.

4. Do you have a favorite bookshop?

No. There aren’t many bookstores by me. I’ve been to the used bookstore in town, and it’s okay, but I don’t love it. I guess there are a few more indie bookstores by me, but I don’t know where they are.

5. Do you pre-order books?

I’m trying to get in the habit of it, since pre-orders are important to authors.

6. Do you have a monthly buying limit?

Not really. I mean, like I said, I was trying for one book a month, and then I modified that to say if they’re really cheap (like $.25), it’s okay to buy more, and now I’m just trying to keep myself entertained.

7. How big is your wish list?

I don’t really keep a wish list.

8. Which three books from your wish list do you wish to own right now?

All three books I wish I had right now aren’t out, and one isn’t even listed on Goodreads yet. I want A Stroke of Malice by Anna Lee Huber (and I did preorder it), Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody, and Relentless by Jonathan Maberry. I cannot wait to have all three.

Boom! You’re tagged!

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Festive Christmas Book Tag

I saw this tag done over on Kerri McBookNerd’s blog and thought it looked like fun. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a tag, so I thought I’d do this one.

A fictional family you would like to spend Christmas dinner with?

I think it’d be fun to hang out with Percy Jackson and his mom on Christmas. I’m fine with eating blue food instead of Christmas colors, and they seem like they’d be fun to be with.

A bookish item you would like to receive as a gift?

I really want a Kindle, but today I found this:

I already keep track of my books in a spreadsheet and on GoodReads, but I’d love a book journal to keep a hard copy of what I read. I love that this has two pages per book with lots of information and room for notes.

Bah Humbug. A book or fictional character you’ve been disappointed in and should be put on the naughty list?

I’m going to go with Severus Snape. I love him to death, and understand that he can be a good man without being a particularly nice one, but sometimes, I’m so disappointed in him, especially as a fellow teacher.

A book or a fictional character you think deserves more love and appreciation and deserve to be put on the nice list?

Two things have been making me thing of this Robin Hood book a lot lately: I caught part of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves on Wednesday, and this book is far superior, but it put me in the Robin Hood mood and, b) one of the characters in my current WIP has white-blond hair like Robin in this book. Anyway, I haven’t met many people who have read this and I’d love to gush about it with more people.

Red, Gold and Green. A book cover that has a wonderfully Christmasy feel to it.

I think this is the only book that I’ve ever read that’s explicitly Christmas themed. But, yeah, Christmasy cover!

A book or series you love so much, you want everyone to find under their Christmas tree this year so they can read it and love it too?

This was my favorite book of the year. I want EVERYONE to read it.

Tag, you’re it!

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Autumn Tag

I saw this tag on Victorious Pages and thought it looked like fun. Since I’m currently juggling fifteen million books and finishing none, I thought I’d do this instead of my usual Monday review.

Hot Chocolate – what is your comfort book?

I’m sure it will come as no surprise if you’ve been around awhile that my comfort read is Beauty by Robin McKinley. It’s my favorite book and whenever I need a pick-me-up, I always return to it.

Pumpkin Carving – what is your favorite creative outlet?

I love writing, but I also love singing and making costumes. If I had to choose one, I’d say singing, because it’s the easiest to do at the spur of the moment.

Falling Leaves – changes that appear bad but you secretly love?

I actually kind of like it when the time changes. Not in the long run, because I get depressed when it’s dark, but the first few days of waking up to light and getting home when the sun is setting gives me a cozy feeling.

Pumpkin Spiced Latte – something you love that others tend to judge

Hmmm, I’m not sure. I love getting up early, but the trade-off is I have to go to bed early, and I think people judge that. Adults go to bed after a certain time, and I go to bed before that accepted time. Even my mom is like, “You go to bed that early? Why?” Well, I wake up around five. Sometimes four thirty. I need my sleep.

Bonfire Night – what makes you explode with joy?

Going to Disneyland or the beach. I love both those places. In an ideal world, Disneyland would be on the beach.

Fright Night – favorite scary book or film

Is Interview with the Vampire scary? Because that book and probably 28 Days Later for film.

Halloween candy – favorite thing to eat

Anything chocolate.

Scarves – your autumn ‘must-have’ accessory

Gloves. My hands get cold so easily. Of course, the gloves don’t really do anything, but I dare to dream.

Fire – a book or film that burns your soul

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. OMG, I love that book so much. All the characters are wonderful, the plot is great, and it just makes me so happy.

Toffee apples – a book or film that seems one thing but really has a different inside.

I can’t really think of anything.

I’ve had quite a few new followers in the last few weeks, so if you just started following my blog, consider yourself tagged. I also tag anyone who wants to do this.

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Inside and Out Book Tag

I’m not sure who originated this book tag, but I found it on nickmags @ The Secret Library Book Blog and thought it looked like fun!

Inside flap/Back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough?

I want some information about the book, enough to tell the general plot, but no spoilers. I just want to know who the characters are and maybe what problem they face. It drives me crazy when there’s no information at all; I need some idea what the book is about if I’m going to read it. Tease me and tantalize me!

New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: Audiobook, E-Book, Paperback, or Hard cover?

Ideally, I want paperback or hardcover, but I’ll take e-book in a pinch.

Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, take notes, make comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean?

I keep my books clean because I never know what to write in my books. I wish I knew how to annotate and scribble, because it seems like fun, but I don’t know how.

Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?

I tend to gravitate first to female authors, but I don’t reject male authors. But my reading list is primarily female.

Ever read ahead? or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?

 I did when I was a kid, but I don’t anymore.

 Organized bookshelves, or outrageous bookshelves?

I like organized bookshelves, but I’ve run out of room on mine, so I’m doing some stacking. But I like being able to look at my shelf and know what’s where.

 Have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?

No.

 Take it outside to read, or stay in?

I usually stay inside, because the majority of my reading is done right before I go to bed. However, during the summer, I like to go to this tiny beach that’s usually devoid of people and read. It’s my favorite reading place outside of my home.

That was a lot of fun! If you’d like to do this tag, please consider yourself tagged!

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Book Snob Tag

I saw this tag over on Emma’s Library and though it looked like fun. I don’t know who did the original, so if you do, let me know! It looks like this tag originated at Tia and All the Books on YouTube. Thanks, Emma, for letting me know!

Adaptation Snob – Do you always read the book before you see the movie or tv series?

I’m actually really weird when it comes to this and prefer to read the book after I see the movie or TV show. If I read it before, I spend the whole time I”m watching comparing it to the book, and it ruins my enjoyment. However, if I read the book after I see it, I can enjoy the book much more.

Format Snob – You can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks?

As much as I love physical books, I’m going with ebooks here. The thing I love about ebooks is when you finish one, you can get another one right away without having to wait for it to come.

Ship Snob: Would you date or marry a non-reader?

I so want to weasel out of this one by saying I don’t date or plan to marry. But… I don’t know, really. I guess I would, as long as they weren’t rude about me being a reader.

Genre Snob: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?

Fantasy, but only if fairy tale retellings aren’t considered fantasy. If they are, then het romance.

Uber Genre Snob: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?

M/M romance.

Community Snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

Fantasy.

Snobbery Recipient: Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?

Yup. When I was in high school, I was told I was boring because all I talked about was books and movies. I guess I should have been gossiping about other people or something.

If you’re reading this, haven’t done it, or just want to do it, consider yourself tagged!

What are you snobbish about in your reading? Drop a comment below and let me know!

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The Summer Sweat-along Book Tag

The Summer Sweatalong Book Tag was created by Jo, the Bookworm Dreamer. I saw it done on Zezee with Books and though it looked like fun. So, I’m going to do it.

My favorite season and why I like it:

My favorite season is summer. I’m a teacher, and I love having the summer off. I love the warm weather and sunshine. Where I live, it generally doesn’t get too warm (in fact, sometimes, it’s too cloudy for me). I love going to the beach and reading for hours, or walking by the shore listening to books. It’s just an amazing season, and I wish it lasted longer.

Don’t stop
A book you couldn’t stop reading

The first time I read The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles, I couldn’t put it down. I loved both the main characters so much, and the chemistry between them just scorched the page (or screen, since I read it on my Kindle). I was intrigued by the plot and hung on every word until the end.

You’re a cheetah.

A book you read in just one day.

So, I had a totally rocking New Year’s Eve this… last year. Not only did I read This Side of Murder by Anna Lee Huber in one day, I read it in a few hours. I looked at it, thought, “I wonder if I can read that before midnight,” and then I did. Totally rocking.

Couldn’t let go

A book you reread straight away

Something Upstairs by Avi is the only book I can remember ever opening up and rereading right after I finished reading it. It was creepy and spooky, and it scared the heck out of me, but I loved it.

Calm it down!
A book that got your heart racing

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff had my heart pounding and me sitting on the edge of my seat. It also made me cry really hard. It’s just a roller coaster of a ride.

Second best
A sequel you read faster than the first

It took me a few days to read Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, but it only took me one to get through Clockwork Prince.

Books on fire!
A series you read straight through

I read all six published books in the the Lady Darby series by Anna Lee Huber in just a few weeks. I think I only had to wait for them to be delivered from ThriftBooks, but I tore through that series. It’s just so good.

Midnight madness
A book that kept you up late

I didn’t want to put A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer down. It kept me up well into the night. I cannot wait for the sequel.

And that’s the Summer Sweatalong tag. If you’re reading this and feel so inclined, consider yourself tagged. Have fun!

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Reader Confession Tag

I saw this somewhere on the blog-o-sphere but forgot to write down whose blog I saw it on. I also don’t know the original creator, so if you know, please tell me. But, I thought it looked like fun and it’s been awhile since I’ve done a tag, so here I go!

Have you ever damaged a book?

Yes. I tend to read books until they fall apart. My copy of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire has been through the wringer, and my grandmother’s copy of To Kill a Mockingbird literally came apart in my hands (although, in my defense, it was already falling apart when I read it). I’m much better now about keeping books nice looking, but when I was younger, I was a lot harder on books.

Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

Yes. When I was a teenager, I had to buy my friend a lot of new copies of books she lent me because I’d accidentally damaged them. Most recently, I dropped all the avocado off my avocado toast onto a library book. I was able to get it all off, but the page was discolored. Luckily, the library didn’t charge me.

How long does it take you to read a book?

Anywhere from 2 to 4 days, usually.

Book that you haven’t finished?

There are quite a few, but my most recent DNFs are:

Lavinia was actually really good, but it just wasn’t working for me right now. Maybe another time. Dark Side of the Moon was just kind of boring. Plus, I don’t like the depiction of Artemis.

Hyped or popular books that you didn’t like?

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor was just too stressful to me. And I didn’t like the intimate scenes between Lazlo and Sarai.

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

I really don’t want to tell my sister I’m reading Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis, but usually, I don’t tend to hide what I’m reading.

How many books do you own?

200?

Are you a fast or slow reader?

I think I’m a pretty fast reader.

Do you like to buddy read?

I’ve never done it before, but am open to the experience.

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

I’d choose Beauty by Robin McKinley because it’s my favorite Beauty and the Beast retelling and makes me happy.

If you haven’t done this tag yet, consider yourself tagged. I’d love to see your answers!

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Coffee Book Tag

I saw this tag done on Bits ‘n’ Books and thought it looked like fun. I love coffee and I love books, so it’s a match made in heaven! So, let’s get started!

Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

I’m going to go with Twilight for this. I tried. I was hugely into vampires when it came out, and I knew the dynamic between Bella and Edward was one that I’d be into. But I couldn’t get past two things: the writing and the fact the vampires kept going to high school. I can’t with that idea, that not only would anyone willingly subject themselves over and over to high school, but that it was any way feasible for them to do so. It was too much of a stumbling block for me.

Peppermint Mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.

I really don’t know. I mean, I guess anything seasonal, especially romances. Like Let it Snow by Heidi Cullinan. I think I may have started rereading it this winter, in fact.

Hot chocolate: What is your favorite children’s book?

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. It’s about a woman who, when she’s a child, vows that when she grows up, she’ll travel to far away places, have a house by the sea, and do something to make the world a more beautiful place. And she does just that. It’s a beautiful little book; I read it twice a year to my students.

Double shot of espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles had me on the edge of my seat. It starts with the main character under a spell that forces him to almost kill himself and doesn’t let up on the tension. It’s also very sexy and romantic.

Starbucks: Name a book that you see everywhere.

Right now, it’s Priory of the Orange Tree. Everyone seems to be talking about it. That, and Girl, Wash Your Face.

That hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shout-out.

Is Jordan L. Hawk an indie author? If they are, then the Hexworld series.

Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from.

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. I really enjoyed Strange the Dreamer, but Muse was just too… irritating to me. I hated the romance an the intimate scenes between Sarai and Lazlo, I hated how the antagonists were so over-powered. I felt helpless during the book. I only liked the beginning and the end; the middle was agony.

The perfect blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.

I’m going back with Charm of Magpies series by K.J. Charles. There were moments that were sad and bitter, it was sweet, and it was so, so satisfying. I like how it ended, but I want more of the characters. Still do. I hope they appear again, but I doubt they will.