Real Neat Blogger Award


I was nominated for this award by Jessica over at Reading with Jessica. Thanks for the tag girlie! I have no idea who created the award, so I can’t give credit where it’s due.



Thank the folks who nominated you and provide links to their blogs
Answer the 7 questions asked by your nominator(s)
Nominate any number of other bloggers to share the award and give them some linky love
Notify the nominated folk
Ask the nominees 7 questions of your own


Their Questions:

What do you find most challenging about blogging?

Finding the time to do it? I try to schedule my posts ahead as much as possible, but between a full-time job, reading, watching TV, and life in general, blogging can be super hard. And finding the motivation to blog can be rough some days.


How do you get word out about your blog?

I don’t really advertise my blog that much to be honest. I have my Twitter and blog linked together, so each blog post automatically goes to Twitter. And then I join some blog tours, street teams, etc. and hope that my blog gets out there more. I also have a great group of people that I’m in a comment pod with who always show love for my blog.


What is your most anticipated book for 2018?

Hmm, probably The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I’m sad I haven’t had time to read it yet. Ugh. Another book I’m super excited about is What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera.


What’s your most recent favorite book series?

For an actual series that I’ve read more than one book of so far, probably the Checkmate Duet series by Kennedy Fox. I haven’t read the last two books, but it’s been pretty great so far.


What’s a book you haven’t read yet but it seems like everyone else has?

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead? The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas?


How many bookshelves do you own?

6…but they’re not technically bookshelves. They’re those cube organizers where you can put fabric cubes in the shelves. And I could use about 5-6 more haha.


What’s your favorite holiday?

Probably Christmas. I get a week off of work, and it’s nice to spend some time with the family. Although I really don’t like that it’s cold, and there’s usually snow, during that holiday.



Anyone who wants to be nominated!


My Questions:

  1. What’s your favorite fandom?
  2. How many books do you plan on reading this year?
  3. What’s your favorite genre to read?
  4. Have you DNF’ed (did not finish) a book?
  5. What’s your favorite kind of blog post to do? Reviews, tags, weekly memes, discussions, etc.?
  6. If you could only recommend one book to everyone, which would you choose?
  7. What’s your favorite color?

The 90s Kid Book Tag


I was so excited for this tag that I couldn’t stop myself from doing it within 24 hours of being tagged by Danielle over at The Introverted Book Nerd. Thanks girl! The creator of the tag is linked below in the rules. Let’s get started.



  1. Please, please, please steal this tag and spread it around! I only ask that you link it back to The Literary Phoenix so that I can see everyone’s answers!
  2. Freeze tag was all the rage in the 90s. Tag someone (or many) you think would have fun with this!
  3. Have fun!



A GBA game and trading card game where you battled pocket monsters and strived to catch them all. Back in the day, there were only 150 Pokemon.

The author you need every book from.

I’m going to go with Emery Lord and Morgan Matson. There’s a ton more I could probably list, but those two are the first ones that popped into my head.



AOL Instant Messaging – how 90s kids communicated with their friends after school before everyone had a cell phone.

Book that connected you with your best friend.

I wouldn’t really say I have a “best” friend anymore. But back in the day, my old best friend and I obsessed over Harry Potter. We even wrote fanfiction, and fought over Draco.



Creepy needy robots you could teach to talk and were probably demon possessed. Somehow these made a comeback?

Book that seemed like a good idea but was actually a monster.

I wouldn’t really say any book is a monster. There’s some I didn’t finish, and then there are a couple I just didn’t like at all that I forced myself to read. One is The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti; I just couldn’t with that book. But a lot of other people really liked it!



90s quintessential boy band. You may have heard of Justin Timberlake?

A book you hated to say Bye, Bye, Bye to.

THE HATING GAME! I freaking loved that book so much. It’s probably one of my all-time favorites. I could list a ton more, but that’s the first one that popped into my head. Check it out ASAP; it’s by Sally Thorne.



Getting green slime thrown on you, courtesy of the show Figure it Out. Also apparently still a thing at the Kid’s Choice Awards?

A book everyone loved but you hated.

I didn’t hate it, but I’m going to go with Roar by Cora Carmack. I had such high expectations after all the love it had received, and I just did not like it. I was bored for most of the book.



90s computer game you could usually play at school, which was great. It taught us people used to die a lot of gruesome, messy deaths.

A book that made you wish you died of dysentery.

Not sure. I never got past reading the first couple pages of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, so I’ll go with that one. Thankfully it wasn’t assigned reading for my school.



Back before everyone had music on their phones (remember, we didn’t have cell phones!) folks would rip their CDs and make mixes for each other.

3 books you recommend to anyone, anywhere, no matter what.

  1. Harry Potter (ALWAYS!)
  2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  3. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli




A book that took FOR FREAKING EVER to read.

I have no idea. Can I say Winter by Marissa Meyer, because it took me 3 months to finish it? Although technically it took me like a week to actually “read” it. I set it down for months before picking it back up again. Oops. Big books intimidate me sometimes.



He’s that guy who’s been on SNL forever. Also Mighty Ducks. Good Burger. Keenan and Kel. All That. Everything.

That book that you see referenced everywhere and is in everything, but that’s okay because it’s awesome.

Harry Potter! I see sooooo many references, and I just love it every single time. Yay for Potterheads!



A game where most the class closed their eyes and seven people tapped someone’s thumb and you had to guess who did it without peeking.

Book where you peeked just REAL quick at the ending because you don’t like guessing games.

I’ve never peeked at an ending before. I have been spoiled, but that’s an entirely different thing. The farthest I peek ahead is the next page, and then I force myself to go back to where I was before to read everything.



These were basically just Teddy Grahams dipped in frosting, which is still a wonderful snack idea.

Your ideal bookish snack.

I try not to eat while I’m reading, but chips are my favorite snack of all time. Too bad I’m trying to eat healthy, and those aren’t on the menu. I’ll drink water, wine, tea, and coffee though!



Collections of short stories that would scare any sensible kid! Plus, there were illustrations…

A book that kept you up all night.

As in being scared? Nothing, because I don’t really read scary books. I’m not about that life lol. But just because I wanted to keep reading? Probably several of the later Harry Potter books (especially Deathly Hallows), maybe Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer, and I stayed up quite late finishing Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda on a work night because I couldn’t put it down.



Basically the coolest thing you got to do in science class was watch Bill Nye.  He has a Netflix show again!

A book that taught you something new.

Twilight taught me that I love vampires! Does that count? No? Okay then. I don’t really read education books, but The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee was a great historical book that I learned some things from too.


I tag:
Kris @ Boston Book Reader
Shawn @ The Bookish Librarian
…and anyone else that wants to be tagged!!!

This or That Book Tag


I wasn’t tagged to do this one, but I wanted to do it on my blog. The creator of the tag is Ayunda. Let’s get started!


Reading on the couch or on the bed?
Definitely bed. Although sometimes I’ll read on the couch to switch things up.


Male main character or female main character?
Female! Males are nice too, but I’ll admit I prefer females like 95% of the time.


Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?
I try not to eat while reading, and I’m also trying to eat healthier. But I normally gravitate towards salty snacks like chips.


Trilogies or quartets?
I guess I’ll say quartets. If I love a series, I want as many books as possible for me to devour.


First person point of view or third person point of view?
Both! But if I had to choose, I guess I’d pick first.


Reading at night or in the morning?
I am NOT a morning person, so night.


Libraries or bookstores?
Once again, both. But I’ll pick libraries, because I need to save money and stop buying books.


Books that make you laugh or make you cry?
Books that make me laugh, especially lately. The world sucks right now, and I don’t want to read something sad/emotional.


Black book covers or white book covers?
I’ll say white. They look so crisp and pretty…as long as they don’t get dirty.


Character driven or plot driven stories?
Character driven! If I don’t love the characters, the plot isn’t going to make me want to keep reading the story.


I tag:
Danielle @ The Introverted Book Nerd
Sarah @ Book Hooked Nook

Would You Rather Book Tag


I wasn’t tagged for this one, but I’m doing it anyways. I have no idea who the original tag creator is, so I can’t give credit where it’s due.


Have unlimited money for ebooks, or a 5,000 dollar B&N gift card?
I am so bad at reading ebooks usually (because of migraines and my job consists of me being on the computer ALL DAY), but I’ll say unlimited money for ebooks. I know $5K could give me a lot of books at B&N, but there’s some books not at that store, and I’d be sad when my money ran out.


Meet any deceased poet, or J.K. Rowling?
J.K. Rowling. I loooooove the Harry Potter series, so I have to pick that. Sorry deceased poets.


Write the world’s most famous book, or visit the world of your favorite book for one day?
Write the world’s most famous book. I am a writer, but I doubt that’ll ever happen. Visiting the world of my favorite book sounds exciting, but one day is too short.


Choose _____, or _____? (insert characters from your favorite fictional love triangle.) – I was blanking on a love triangle, but decided on Edward and Jacob.
This is a hard choice for me, because I know both are great in their own way. I’m picking Edward though. #vampirelover


Experience Hogwarts in a very realistic and accurate virtual reality, or travel around the world for a year, at no cost?
As much as I want to experience Hogwarts, I’ll have to say travel around the world for a year at no cost. I have barely traveled anywhere (only some states in the U.S.), and I have so many foreign places I want to visit!


I tag:
Danielle @ The Introverted Book Nerd
Sarah @ Book Hooked Nook

2017 Christmas Tag


I was tagged by Diana at The Bookish Sisters. Thanks for the tag! No idea who created the tag, so can’t give credit where it’s due. Here we go!


Favorite Christmas movie and why?
I’m going to have to go with Elf. It’s hilarious, and I just love it so much.


Top three songs on your Christmas playlist?
I don’t really listen to Christmas music much, but I’ll pick The Christmas Shoes, Silent Night, and probably White Christmas.


Favorite Christmas tradition?
I guess opening presents on Christmas Eve while eating snacks? I live away from my family now, so most of the traditions (decorating the tree, baking cookies, etc.) are done before I visit for the holidays.


What is on your Christmas bucket list?
Watching more Christmas movies? I’ve only seen a couple so far this year.


Buddy the Elf or Ebeneezer Scrooge?
Definitely Buddy the Elf. See my first answer above haha.


Favorite thing about Christmas for you? (Alternative if a parent; Best thing about being a parent at Christmas?)
Being around my family/getting time off work.


What is one present you asked for as a child but never received?
I honestly don’t remember. I think I usually got what I wanted back when I was a kid.


Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Yes, see an above answer. We usually celebrate on Christmas Eve.


Which festive beverage tickles your tinsel?
Well seeing as how I can’t have most of the drinks now due to healthier eating habits, I’ll say wine. Otherwise it would probably be hot chocolate.


Best present you ever received?
I got a white Barbie Jeep back when I was like 6-7 years old, and I freaking loved it so much. I’d drive around the yard, and my sister, who was 13-14 years old, usually invited herself along as a passenger.


Sprouts on Christmas dinner? Yay or nay?
Never had them, so we’ll say nay. I’ve never even heard of that tradition, if it is one.


What is your ideal Christmas?
A holiday where no one fights.


I’m tagging anyone who wants to do this. Happy holidays everyone!

Currently Reading Tag


I was tagged by Danielle from The Introverted Book Nerd. Thanks for the tag! Not sure who started the tag, so can’t give credit where it’s due. Let’s get started.


How many books do you usually read at once?
At least 2-3. A physical book at home, an audiobook at work, and sometimes another physical book/an ebook.


If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch books?
It’s usually either whenever I get kind of bored with one, or it’s the fact that I’m at work and therefore can’t read a physical copy, needing an audiobook on top of my other book(s).


Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re partway through a book?
No. Half the time I don’t even use a bookmark, and just use a scrap of paper.


Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?
Either on my nightstand, in my phone, or on the computer (for Overdrive audiobooks).


What time of day do you spend the most time reading?
Depends. I’ll listen to audiobooks at work most days, so that’s happening from morning until early evening. Then I’ll read a physical book/ebook at home in the evening.


How long do you typically read in one sitting?
Once again, it depends. I can listen to an audiobook at work sometimes for the whole day (8 or so hours), and then even read some at home afterwards. Other days I’ll just read at home for 1-4 hours. I can sit and read for most of a day as evidenced by my participation in 24 hour readathons.


Do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket on or off?
I didn’t use to take the dust jacket off, but I have been lately.


What position do you mainly use to read?
Either sitting in my chair at work, or if I’m home, I’m usually laying down.


Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?
I don’t really go places hahaha. I’m usually at work, or home. But if I go somewhere else, I’ll usually bring at least one book along.


How often do you update your Goodreads progress on the book you’re currently reading?
Pretty often, especially if there are lines I really like/want to keep track of.


I tag:
Sarah @ Book Hooked Nook
Linda @ Linda’s Little Library

End of the Year Book Tag


I was tagged by Linda from Linda’s Little Library. Thanks for the tag! This tag was created by Ariel Bisset. Let’s get started.


Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
Ones I started recently for various readathons: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas, and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.


Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
Not really autumnal, but I’m reading a Christmas one (see above answer) to get in the holiday spirit.


Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
A lot haha. I sound like a broken record, but I’ll say The Cruel Prince by Holly Black is one of my most anticipated new releases that I want now.


What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
Umm…I’m not sure since I’m such a mood reader. I’ll go with Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor, Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward, and Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken.


Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?
Maybe Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco? Not really my usual type of book, but so many people love it.


Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?
Barely. There’s a reading challenge for next year called Bookopoly2018 that I’m considering joining, so might plan a small TBR for that soon.


I’m tagging anyone that wants to do this one!

Ice Cream Sundae Book Tag


This is a tag Jessica from Reading with Jessica, and I came up with together. It was super fun collaborating with her, and bouncing around ideas! Thanks for the awesome graphic Jess! Check out our prompts, and my answers below. And then feel free to do the tag yourself (while giving credit to the two of us, of course). 🙂


Ice Cream Sundae
A book with squad goals.

The Deal by Elle Kennedy – I love these hockey boys, and I can’t wait to finish the series soon. Be prepared for some serious swoons…


Ice Cream
A favorite book that’s first in a series.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – This entire trilogy is super cute, and if you haven’t read it yet, get on it ASAP!


Caramel Sauce
A character who gets into a sticky situation.

Harry Potter (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling) – Without giving anything away to people who haven’t read yet, let’s just say there’s always something happening…usually to Harry.


Chocolate Sauce
A book with rich world building.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – Ravka is a magical land, and I could picture myself in it as I read. Plus I’d love to go anywhere that has The Darkling. *swoons*


Whipped Cream
A book that whipped up the feels.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – I loved this book so much! It had witty banter, great characters, and some swoony romance.


A character who has a tough exterior.

Zsadist (Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward) – This is book three in a large series about a group of vampires (Black Dagger Brotherhood) who defend their race. All the brothers have to be tough, but I think Zsadist is the toughest.


A book with multiple POVs.

This is War by Kennedy Fox – Multiple POVs are usually a hit or miss for me. This one was a recent read via audiobook, and I enjoyed the dual POVs.


Cherry on Top
A book with a red hot romance or a fiery character.

Hooking Up by Helen Hunting – This is another recent read of mine. I think it has both a red hot romance, and a fiery character. So yay on both accounts! I thought it was a standalone when I read it, but it’s book two.


I’m tagging anyone that wants to do this!

The NetGalley Tag


I was tagged by Danielle from The Introverted Book Nerd. Thanks for the tag! Here we go.


Link back to the tag’s creator: Kourtni at Kourtni Reads.
Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!
Tag a few people to do this too!


AUTO-APPROVED: Who’s one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what they are about?

Kind of cheating, but I’m listing two (hey this is great self-control because I could list MANY more): Emery Lord and Morgan Matson.


REQUEST: What makes you want to request a book on NetGalley?

Mostly it’s based on if I’m excited to read the book.


FEEDBACK RATIO: Do you review every book you read? If not, how do you decide what books to review?

I was kind of bad for a while there about reviewing since I was on a blogging hiatus. But I’ve been trying to get back into the habit of reviewing every book again. Although there’s a couple here and there that I still don’t review because I can’t think of enough to say, or it was a short read.


BADGES: If you could create one badge to display on your blog, what would it be for?

Most improved? I went from a blogging hiatus (and not even blogging regularly before that) to blogging like every day. And even scheduling posts a couple weeks ahead for a bit there.


WISH FOR IT: What’s one book that you are absolutely dying to read?

The Cruel Prince is one of them.


2017 NETGALLEY CHALLENGE: What was the last book that you received as an ARC that you reviewed? If you’ve never received an ARC, what’s the last book you reviewed?

The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey. You can read my review here.


I’m tagging whoever wants to do this!

Reading Habits Tag


I was tagged by Jessica over at Reading with Jessica. Thank you for the tag! I have no idea who created the tag, so I can’t give credit where it’s due.


1) Bookmarks or random piece of paper?
It really depends. When I put things on hold at the library, they put a slip of paper in each item with my initials. Sometimes I’ll just use that while I’m reading to hold my place. Other times I’ll bring out a bookmark.


2) Stop reading randomly or after a chapter/certain amount of pages?
I prefer to stop at the end of a chapter, but if I have to, I can pretty much stop wherever.


3) Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Usually my bed, but sometimes the couch.


4) Do you eat or drink while reading?
I drink water, and then sometimes I’ll snack with one hand while holding the book with the other. I have to be careful not to get food on the book!


5) Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
I can watch TV, or listen to music, while reading. But with that said, I usually prefer silence so the book has my full attention.


6) One book at a time or several?
Several at a time. As hard as I try to focus on just one book, my mood reading makes me pick up a few books at a time. I’m usually reading at least one physical at home, and listening to one audiobook at work.


7) Reading at home or everywhere?
Mostly at home, but I’ll listen to audiobooks at work and on road trips.


8) Reading out loud or silently?
Silently unless my brain isn’t grasping what’s on the page, and then I might try reading it out loud.


9) Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
I have issues with this one haha. As hard as I try not to skip ahead, my eyes seem to gravitate further down on the page, or even to the next page. I need to stop myself and go back to where I left off.


10) Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
KEEP IT LIKE NEW! I don’t like when my books have a physical defect like a broken spine, although sometimes it’s unavoidable unfortunately.


11) Do you write in your books?
NO WAY! I know some people do, but I just can’t do that to my books.


12) Who do you tag?
Shawn @ the Bookish Librarian
Sarah @ Book Hooked Nook
…and anyone else who wants to do this tag!