To Be Read Tag

 

I was not tagged for this, but I wanted to do it anyways. I have no idea who started this tag, so I can’t give credit where it’s due. So without further ado, here we go:

 

Q1: How do you keep track of your To Be Read pile?

Goodreads. I honestly don’t know what I did before I found that amazing website.

 

Q2: Is your To Be Read mostly print or E-books?

There’s a lot of books I don’t even own, but of the TBR books I own, mostly print. I gravitate towards printed books because I get migraines, and the less screen time a day, the better.

 

Q3: How do you determine which book from your To Be Read to read next?

Whatever I’m in the mood for, or whatever I’m going to buddy read with someone.

 

Q4: A book that has been on your To Be Read the longest?

On my Goodreads TBR shelf, it’s Family Pictures by Jane Green. I added it on January 4, 2013.

Q5: A book that you recently added to your To Be Read?

One book that I recently added that I’m super excited about is Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken. I got an eARC from Netgalley, so I’m hoping to read this one soon.

Q6: A book on your To Be Read strictly because it has a beautiful cover?

I never add books just because it’s got a pretty cover. It’s got to have an interesting sounding summary too. But one book that has a beautiful cover that drew my attention is Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. This one I was debating on adding for a while, but the cover—and other people’s reviews—finally made me add it.

Q7: A book on your To Be Read that you never plan on actually reading?

I got rid of most of these when I deleted books from my TBR, but I guess maybe The Privilege of Youth: A Teenager’s Story by Dave Pelzer. I read his other books before this one was published. I’m just not in the mood for depressing stories when the world is a garbage fire. I need happy things right now.

Q8: An unpublished book on your To Be Read that you’re excited for?

There’s a long list, but I’ll go with The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. What I’ve read by her, I’ve really enjoyed.

Q9: A book on your To Be Read that everyone else has read but you?

Um maybe Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead?

Q10: A book on your To Be Read that everyone recommends to you?

Off the top of my head, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I’m newer to fantasy (besides Harry Potter), and that one has been recommended many times.

Q11: A book on your To Be Read that you are DYING to read?

Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey. My friend Jessica just finished it, and LOVED it. Therefore I want to read it ASAP.

Q12: The number of books on your To Be Read?

2,416. Don’t judge. Last year I had 7,000+ books on my TBR before I went through and got rid of a lot of them.

 

I’m tagging the below people, and whoever else wants to do this:
Jessica @ Reading with Jessica
Paige @ Books And Belle

Throne of Glass Book Tag

 

This book tag was created by Hannah from So Obsessed With and Alexa from Alexa Loves Books. I was tagged by Jessica from Reading with Jessica.

 

      

 

Lysandra | A book with a cover change you loved
I’m going with Anna and the French Kiss (the entire series) by Stephanie Perkins. I love these books, and these matching paperback covers are super cute.
Abraxos | A book that’s better on the inside than it looks on the outside
I get the purpose of the cover for None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio, but it doesn’t really draw my eye. However, the story is an amazing diverse read. I highly recommend this one.
Erilea | A series with great world-building
I haven’t read a ton of fantasy yet, and my go-to would be Harry Potter, but I’m using that for another prompt below, so I’ll go with The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I love The Darkling! I also love the new covers for this series as well.
Rifthold | A book that combines genres
According to Goodreads, this is dystopian and fantasy, so I’m picking Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. It wasn’t my favorite book by any means (sorry, not sorry), but it wasn’t terrible either. I’m listening to Glass Sword now. I’ll probably get around to King’s Cage eventually.
Damaris | A book based on/inspired by a myth/legend
I absolutely loved The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. I was trying to find a book for this one, and I realized I haven’t read many books inspired by myths/legends. I need to work on that. I started book two, but I put it down because it wasn’t holding my attention.

 

        

 

Kaltain Rompier | A book with an unexpected twist
One book would definitely be Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I didn’t expect the twist that came along at all, and I’m usually pretty good at guessing what will happen in books.
Assassin’s Keep | A book with an unreliable narrator
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart definitely has an unreliable narrator. I won’t tell you all about it; just read it. It’s another book with a plot twist that I didn’t see coming.
Asterin Blackbeak | A book that’s got SQUAD GOALS
The boys in The Deal (and the other Off-Campus books) by Elle Kennedy are so tightly knit. They are roommates, and teammates. I finished books 1 & 2, and need to read the other two ASAP.
Terrasen | A book that feels like home
How could I not pick Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (well really the entire series) by J.K. Rowling? These books have been my companion since I was young. The only fanfiction I wrote was HP related, and I just love the world, the characters, etc. Hogwarts will always feel like home to me.
Aelin Ashryver Galathynius | A book with the power to destroy you
I’m going to go with My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. Her writing is amazing, and this book (along with a lot of her others) blew me away. She focuses on controversial topics, but without being preachy.

 

       

 

Manon Blackbeak | A book that intimidated you 
I’ll pick The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I watched the movie (loved it!) before reading the book. The book is pretty gigantic, and it kind of dragged on too much. But overall, it was pretty entertaining. I think this is one instance where I prefer the movie though.
Rowan Whitethorn | A book that makes you swoon
Um I’m going with A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. My baby Rhys is in it, so obviously I’m picking it. He’s sexy as heck, so amazing, etc. I absolutely loved this book, and I plan on re-reading it soon before reading A Court of Wings and Ruin.
Chaol Westfall | A book that challenged you to see things differently
I picked Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow. This book could also be used for the power to destroy you prompt. I had to take breaks while reading because my heart hurt. I think that everyone should read this book. It reminds us how lucky most of us are…and how hardships are hopefully possible to overcome with a little help from friends.
Fleetfoot | A book that you received as a gift
One of my absolute favorites, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, I won in a giveaway. I hadn’t read anything by her before this, and I ended up finding a favorite author. I’ve only read this and Eleanor & Park, but both are amazing. I can relate soooo much to Cath in this book. She’s basically me in a book. No joke.
Eye of Elena | A book you found right when you needed it
I’m picking The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I’m pretty sure I was in a huge reading slump (yet again grrr), and someone suggested I read this one. It’s one of my absolute favorites.

 

Who do you tag?

No one told me they wanted to be tagged, so I’m tagging whoever wants to do this. Join the fun! 🙂

Dragon’s Loyalty Award

 

I was nominated by Lucy from Books With Lucy! Thanks so much Lucy for nominating me!

 

Here are the rules for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award:
  • Announce your win with a post, and link to whomever presented your award.
  • Post 7 interesting things about yourself.
  • Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers.
  • Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post.
  • Display the award certificate on your website.

 

7 Interesting Things About Myself:
  1. Not sure it’s really interesting, but I’ve gotten migraines since I was about 8-9 years old. So not fun.
  2. I am addicted to caffeine. If I don’t drink any for a day or two, I get caffeine withdrawal headaches.
  3. Even though I shouldn’t, I usually read 2-3 books at once, on average. Usually an ebook and/or a physical copy of a book, and then an audiobook at work. I love “reading” while I’m working.
  4. I’m obsessed with contemporary romance books. YA, NA, adult…they’re all fantastic. Some of my favorite authors are Emery Lord, Sarah Dessen, Becky Albertalli, Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, Morgan Matson, Jenny Han, Jill Mansell, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Susan Mallery, Carly Phillips, etc. If I’m ever in a reading slump, I always gravitate towards contemporary books to pull me out of my funk.
  5. I’m a writer, currently on my third manuscript. It’s fun to write, but it’s also really hard at times when writer’s block sets in. I need to set myself a daily word count goal and force myself to meet it.
  6. I have one sister who’s nearly seven years older than me. We fought a lot as kids, but we’re a lot closer now. And she’s given me a niece and nephew to love/spoil.
  7. I’m allergic to cats and dogs, but cats bother me more. So when I get a pet (can’t have them in my apartment building now–suckfest), I’m going to get a dog. I’m not sure I could handle a cat anymore.

 

I tag:
Angel @ Avid Reader

 

I don’t want to tag a ton of people if they’ve been tagged already, so I left it at 5. If you haven’t been tagged and you’re reading this, I tag you! You’re it!

The Versatile Blogger Award

I was nominated by Lucy from Books With Lucy! Thank you Lucy for nominating me! You’re the best! I’m kind of late on making my award official, but here we go 😉

 

 

Rules for this award:

  • Show the award on your blog
  • Thank the person that has nominated you
  • Share 7 different facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 blogs of your choice
  • Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination

 

7 Facts About Myself:
  1. I’m a writer! I’m currently on my third manuscript, which I adore so far. I can’t wait to be published someday
  2. Before I started writing my own books, I was obsessed with writing Harry Potter fanfiction. I really miss writing about the HP characters, so maybe I’ll start back at it again sometime. I have stories unfinished/new stories started, just waiting on my computer to be uploaded. Some of my favorite pairings: Draco & Hermione, Draco & Ginny, Hermione & Ginny, and Draco & Harry. Can you tell I’m a bit obsessed with Draco Malfoy?!? No? Okay…
  3. I’m obsessed with Draco Malfoy. He was my first bad boy crush, and I just love him to pieces. Another new favorite bad boy of mine is the Darkling from the Grisha trilogy *insert heart eyed emoji*
  4. My favorite color is blue. Always has been, and I’m sure it always will be. The shade of preference changes though. It’s gone from baby blue to more of an electric blue over the years.
  5. My book library, and DVD collection, are um…a little out of hand. But I love books and movies so much; I can’t stop buying them. Although I had to put myself on a book buying ban because I was going overboard with my purchases. Sorry, not sorry. I’ll be back for you soon books!
  6. I’m single, and have been for about 2 1/2-3 years? I honestly think I might stay single for the rest of my life haha. Guys are too much hassle/headache as far as I’m concerned. This fact might change if the right one comes along though. But it’s been my experience that fictional boyfriends are so much better than real ones. I like being able to do what I want, when I want. Like spending days reading without anyone bugging me for instance.
  7. I’m a really picky eater. I eat a lot of the same foods over and over again: pizza, tacos, burgers and fries, spaghetti, etc.
 
The Nominees:
Sarah @ Kerosene Lit

 

I’m only going to do 5 nominees, because I don’t want to tag a bunch of people if they’ve already been tagged. But if anyone else wants to do this tag/award, go ahead! You’re tagged!

Secret Life of a Book Blogger

I just got tagged for the Secret Life of a Book Blogger tag by The Book Jar Blog.

 

secretlife

 

If I tag you, answer the questions below and make sure you link back to my blog 🙂

 

Now let the fun begin!

 

How long have you been a blogger?

I just started my blog on Thursday (July 23rd), so I’ve been at it less than a week.

 

At what point do you think you will stop?

I’m hoping that I never stop. Maybe I’ll have some hiatuses when life gets crazy, but I’d like to continue this blog for a long, long time.

 

What is the best thing?

I’d have to say the readers who have taken a chance on my blog already. It means a lot to me when I see new comments on my posts. Also the extremely supportive book blogger community–you guys are the best. Any time I have a question, I can always find someone willing to answer. Finally being able to read books and then discuss them with other readers. I love finding fellow bookaholics 🙂

 

What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?

The worst thing is the pressure I feel to write good reviews/posts, because I want people to read my blog and like it. I’ve spent hours editing a post before I publish it, trying to make sure everything is perfect. That’s the perfectionist side of me. Another thing is the pressure I feel on occasion to get more readers, followers, comments, etc. I know I’m a new blog, so I just keep telling myself that these things take time. At the end of the day, I tell myself that this blog is for fun.

 

How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

Not too long. A quick search will usually give me the images of book covers, etc. that I’m trying to find. For the pictures I created for Stacking the Shelves, Top Ten Tuesday, and Waiting on Wednesday, I created them with a program called Inkscape, since I don’t have Photoshop. I even used Inkscape to create my logo. Those all took less than an hour I’d say.

 

Who is your book crush?

How can I pick just one??? My latest book crush would have to be Chaol Westfall from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Although Prince Dorian isn’t bad either 😉

 

What author would you like to have on your blog?

This list could go on forever. But to name a few: J.K. Rowling, Meg Cabot, Sarah Dessen, Kiera Cass, Sarah J. Maas, Susan Dennard, Jodi Meadows, Sophie Kinsella, Jill Mansell, and Jodi Picoult.

 

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

Depends on the day/time of day. Sometimes I’ll write my blog posts in my pjs 🙂

 

How long does it take you to prepare?

It depends on the type of post. Reading challenge sign up posts don’t take that long. But my first book review took several hours at least since I wanted it to be as close to perfect as possible.

 

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

I love the book blogger community. You guys are amazing. Seriously. The reason I decided to finally become a book blogger is because of all the great people I met via Twitter. Everyone was so helpful and willing to answer questions, and it just made me want to be a part of the community. I can’t wait to meet some of you at future conferences/events!

 

What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

Promote yourself, but don’t overdo it. Keep a healthy balance between promotion and conversation with your followers. And as I keep reminding myself, don’t stress so much over the stats of your blog. The important thing is to have fun. Your enthusiasm for you blog will show through your writing.

 

Who do you tag?

I’d like to tag some of the girls who have been very helpful giving feedback, etc. when I ask on Twitter. Thanks!

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