Thanksgiving Book Tag!

Happy Thanksgiving everybody! I figured for the holiday I’d have a little fun and do this tag that I found (by googling it. Is that cheating?? Oh well). I hope you all have a great day filled with love and good food!

This tag was created by Erin & Becca and I found the tag over on The Sassy Book Geek

Bread- What book is purely fluff, and has no real plot line?

Any Christmas/hallmark themed book ever? Haha I’m not sure what to pick for this one, I’ll be honest.

Turkey- What book made you want to fall asleep?

I’m going to get hate for this but… the Lord of the Rings series. There was just so much DESCRIPTION. I couldn’t do it.

Gravy- What book makes the whole series worth reading?

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I’m going to be cliche and say Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. I loved how this wrapped up so many loose ends and brought everything together.

Stuffing- What book is stuffed full of action scenes?

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When I read Descendant of the Crane earlier this year, the first 40% of the book was a little slow…but after that SO MANY THINGS HAPPENED. The last 2/3 of the book was incredibly action packed, I almost couldn’t keep up.

Mashed Potatoes- What book looked good, and then wasn’t?

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I’m sad I have to say this….but I’m going to go with Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay. This was my most anticipated pick for FridayFrightAThon, and it let me down big time.

Cranberries- What book has the sweetest romance?

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This has got to be Well Met by Jen DeLuca. If you haven’t read it yet, do it now. No, I mean right this second.

Corn- What’s the corniest book you’ve ever read?

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I don’t know that I can pinpoint a particular one…but honestly so many of the Shadowhunter scenes/books (from the first 6-book series) had me eye-rolling.

Green beans- What book is too long and needs to be shortened?

I’m going to go with Kingdom of Ash on this one. I love Sarah J Maas, but this one…geez oh peetes.

Pumpkin Pie- What book do you read to get out of a reading slump?

Honestly, I just change genres, or use audiobooks. If I can switch it up I usually can knock the slump out.

Dog/Cat- What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food that you would steal from the table?

ALL OF IT.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Now I tag ALL OF YOU!

Lilly @ Lair of Dreams | Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills |  Kaleena @ Reader Voracious | Tammy @ Books, Bones, & Buffy | Kayla @ Books and Blends |Mel @ Meltotheany

Halloween Book Tag

Hey everybody, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Do you guys have any halloween traditions? We always get chinese food, pumpkin beer, and watch Hocus Pocus! I went and searched for a Halloween tag and found this one, which seemed kind of fun! Here we go!

This tag was created by Naomi The Book Lover over on YouTube.

Carving pumpkins- what book would you carve up and light on fire?

Oh boy. I’m not sure there’s a book I’ve hated THIS MUCH, although I did extremely dislike No Country for Old Men.

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Trick or treat- what character is a treat, what character is a trick?

I love characters that are BOTH! Exhibit A: Victor Vale. Exhibit B: Kaz Brekker. Exhibit C: Prince Cardan. Do I need to continue?

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Candy corn- what book is always sweet?

Harry Potter. Always and forever.

Ghosts- what character would you love to visit you as a ghost?

Ooo yikes none of them. I don’t do ghosts.

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Dressing up in costume- what character would you want to be for a day?

I think I’d like to be Feyre for a day. But in ACOMAF, not in ACOTAR.

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Wizards and witches- what is your favorite Harry Potter moment?

ALL OF THEM. But My favorite book was Prisoner of Azkaban, because I loved the time turner portion!

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Blood and gore- what book was so creepy that you had to take a break from it for awhile?

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco. OR anything true crime – I’ll be Gone in the Dark or American Predator.

Now I tag anyone who wants to do this tag! And:

Lilly @ Lair of Dreams | Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills |  Kaleena @ Reader Voracious | Tammy @ Books, Bones, & Buffy | Kayla @ Books and Blends |Mel @ Meltotheany

Mid Year Freak Out Tag – 2019 Edition

Ok guys, I know I’m a little late on this. I was supposed to do it in June, but honestly the month just got away from me. I read a TON and blogged…nothing. BUT I’m making a supreme effort to get back into it this month, so here it is: my mid year freak out.

I have a feeling I’m going to be saying this a lot during this tag, but The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. This book gave me ALL THE FEELS and was truly a masterpiece. I’ll be lucky to read anything like it again.

THE BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019:

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I have a feeling I’m going to be saying this a lot during this tag, but The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. This book gave me ALL THE FEELS and was truly a masterpiece. I’ll be lucky to read anything like it again.

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YOUR FAVOURITE SEQUEL THIS YEAR:

Is this even a question? I feel like this probably made everyone’s list, but The Wicked King was hands down the best sequel I’ve read this year. Although I haven’t actually read that many, surprisingly. That cliff hanger though…

A NEW RELEASE THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT REALLY WANT TO:

I’m going to go with With the Fire On High for this one. A lot of people read it for Summerathon and absolutely adored it. I actually already own it but haven’t gotten to it yet… story of my life.

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MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR:

If anybody expected me to say anything other than The Queen of Nothing, you don’t know me very well. Although Girls of Storm and Shadow is probably right on par with that. Girls of Paper and Fire made my top 2019 publications, along with The Cruel Prince.

YOUR BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT:

I don’t like to speak poorly about ARCs – it always just makes me feel terrible. But I had to DNF Never-Contented Things earlier this year. I was expecting something more along the lines of The Cruel Prince the way it was marketed, but that is NOT what I got. Close second? Normal People by Sally Rooney.

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BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE YEAR:

I’m going to go with The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren on this one, mainly because the only other book I had read was My Favorite Half-Night Stand and I wasn’t a huge fan. But I absolutely ADORED The Unhoneymooners, and highly recommend it for any beachy or poolside day!

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FAVOURITE NEW TO YOU OR DEBUT AUTHOR:

This one is actually easy – Erin Hahn. I read You’d Be Mine earlier this year and fell in LOVE with it. I cannot wait to see what else she writes. Make sure you pick this book up – it’s a perfect summer read if you love those country music vibes.

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YOUR NEW FICTIONAL CRUSH:

EASY – Travis Ford from Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey. Who is my newest auto-buy author, btw. If you love steamy (and I mean STEAMY) romances, PICK THIS BOOK UP.

 NEW FAVOURITE CHARACTER:

I’m going to go with Alex from Red White and Royal Blue – I mean, how could I not? Can I also mention that if you haven’t read this book… do it.

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A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY:

Ok I’m going with two different books on this one, both of which I’ve already mentioned once: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Red White and Royal Blue. If you have not read either of these books, I bet you, please please please go pick them up. You won’t regret it.

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A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY:

All of them? Haha ok that’s not true. And I guess I can’t pick Red White and Royal Blue again. I’m going to go with The Weight of the Stars, mainly because it was so EPIC and I will forever and always buy anything K. Ancrum puts out. This book made me feel ALL THE FEELS, y’all.

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 YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION THAT YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR:

Ok I haven’t seen the movie yet but I’m going to go with The Hate U Give. And I promise, I will watch the movie SOON. I loved this book, and cannot believe I wanted so long to read it.

FAVORITE BLOG POST YOU’VE PUBLISHED THIS YEAR:

I’m not sure I have a favorite, but I’ll go with my Summerathon post because it was SO MUCH FUN. I loved cohosting this with some gorgeous ladies, and I loved how many people wanted to join in.

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK THAT YOU’VE BOUGHT/RECEIVED THIS YEAR:

Oh wow this is a tough one. I actually don’t know if I have an answer? I think I’m going to go with With The Fire on High because not only is the cover gorgeous but the naked hardback is a stunner as well! I haven’t read this one yet, but I’ve heard great things.

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WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BOOKS THAT YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

I’m about halfway through my Backlist Reads of 2019 list, so I’ve listed the ones below that I still have left to check off my list!

  • The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
  • Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • A Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  • City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
  • Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Yikes I need to get going on those… whoops

Ok. I’m sure literally EVERYONE has done this midyear freakout tag already, but if you haven’t, consider yourself tagged! Happy mid year, and hopefully the second half goes just as well!

Lilly @ Lair of Dreams | Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills |  Kaleena @ Reader Voracious | Tammy @ Books, Bones, & Buffy | Kayla @ Books and Blends |Mel @ Meltotheany

Easter Book Tag

This tag was originally created by Rosie at Rosie the Reader over on YouTube, but I’ll be honest: I googled it and found it on Book Hooked Nook’s page. Thanks for letting me borrow it! 

Happy Easter, everybody! I decided to do a little book tag for the holiday, and it was definitely a fun one! I hope you guys enjoy it as well. Here we go!

Rabbits: A Book You Wish Would Multiply

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ANYTHING by K. Ancrum. I loved both The Wicker King and The Weight of the Stars, and will forever and always immediately buy everything this author puts out. EVERYTHING.

Egg: A Book that Surprised You

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If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio. We read this as one of our FridayFrightAThon books last October, and I hadn’t heard anything about it. I ended up absolutely loving it – it’s so unique, and if you love Shakespeare I highly recommend picking this one up.

Hunt: A Book That Was Hard For You To Get Your Hands On

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I was looking for this UK edition of Strange the Dreamer forever – and got lucky when Illumicrate did a special edition release when Muse of Nightmares came out. I immediately snatched them up, paying way too much for shipping and loving every second of it.

Lambs: A Children’s Book You Still Enjoy

I’m definitely going to go with Misty of Chincoteague on this one. If you’re a horse lover, give this book a shot. I loved it when I was little and still love it today. Someday, I’ll make it to Chincoteague!

Spring: A Book’s Cover That Makes You Think Spring

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Descendant of the Crane by Joan He. I’m not quite sure why, as the storyline isn’t really spring-y, but the artwork on the cover for some reason makes me think spring. Maybe it’s the flowers?

Baskets: A Book That’s In Your Amazon Cart/Wishlist

There are a LOT of books on my Amazon wishlist, but probably the one I’m most anxious to get my hands on is the Books of Babel series. I keep hearing great things about these books, even though it isn’t as well-known, and I am a sucker for under-hyped books.

Candy: A Book That’s Sweet

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You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn was hands down one of the sweetest YA contemporary romances I’ve ever read. If you like Johnny and June stories, the show Nashville, or the movie A Star is Born, pick this book up. It was adorable and I absolutely loved it. Does anybody know where I can get myself a country star?

 

And that’s it! Whether you celebrate Easter or not, I hope everyone has a great weekend and gets to eat some chocolate! Now I tag YOU! Enjoy!

Lilly @ Lair of Dreams | Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills |  Kaleena @ Reader Voracious | Tammy @ Books, Bones, & Buffy | Kayla @ Books and Blends |Mel @ Meltotheany

St. Patrick’s Day Book Tag

This tag was created by Taylor @ Bookaflix Taylor’s Youtube channel, but I’ll be honest: I googled it and found it on Reads & Reels page, so you should check them out!

I decided it would be fun to do a little book tag for St Patty’s Day, so here goes!

St. Patrick’s Day: Your Favorite Green Book

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Ok, hands down: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. If you haven’t read this, do it immediately. It may be the best (and most heartbreaking) love story I’ve ever read in my entire life.

Corned Beef & Cabbage: A Book That Made You Hungry

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Ok, honestly, all of the feasts that JK Rowling describes in Harry Potter are TO DIE for. Why can’t we have more of those in the real world?

Four Leaf Clover: A Book or Item that was a Rare, Good Luck Find

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I’m not really sure what to go with on this one, but I guess I’ll do my special UK editions of Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares, mainly because they’re the most gorgeous books I own and I’m obsessed with them.

Irish Whiskey: A Book So Bad, You Need a Drink to Get Over It

Ohhhh yikes. I feel bad saying this, since it hasn’t technically come out yet, but Never-Contented Things. I DNF’d this ARC at 27%. It was marketed as something along the lines of The Cruel Prince, but this was definitely not that.

Irish Dancing: A book So Good, it Made You Want to Dance in Excitement

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Hmmm so many choices. I’ll go with my most recent 5 star read: The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum. Do yourself a favor and buy this book. It is phenomenal and life changing and I promise you will not regret it.

Ireland: A Book that Made You Want to Travel to Another Country

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The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare desperately made me want to visit London, even though they’re set years and years ago. Someday, maybe!

The Pub: A Meeting Place in a Book You Would Love to Go to

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I feel like this is kind of the same as the previous one? BUT I guess it doesn’t specify that it has to be a real place..so…I’d definitely want to visit Faerie for one of the revels! Just one. And only for one night.

I hope you guys all have a fun (and safe!) St. Patrick’s Day! We don’t really do much to celebrate, but my husband does love a good corned beef and cabbage. And now I tag: YOU! and:

Lilly @ Lair of Dreams | Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills |  Kaleena @ Reader Voracious | Tammy @ Books, Bones, & Buffy | Kayla @ Books and Blends |Mel @ Meltotheany

Valentine’s Day Book Tag

Hard to believe it’s already the middle of February, but happy Valentine’s day, bookworms! I decided to do a tag, and I’ll fess up: I googled it. When I googled “Valentine’s Day Book Tag,” it led me to this post at The Awkward Book Blogger, so thanks for letting me borrow it off your page! I definitely did some browsing, and you guys should totally check this blog out. Side note: the creator of this tag is CC’s Books on BookTube.

Stand-alone Book You Love

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Oh god, I have to pick just one? I’m not entirely sure I can do that. HOWEVER, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I’ll narrow it down to a few, with some of my favorite love stories: Strange Grace, (come on, you guys knew I was going to throw that one in) Blanca y Roja, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

Dystopian Book You Love

This is such a popular answer, but I don’t even care. I’m always going to be such a sucker for The Hunger Games trilogy. I think it’s one of the best dystopian series out there, and no one will be able to convince me differently.

A Book That You Love But No One Else Talks About

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I feel like I’ve said this a few times, but the Tamora Pierce books – the Alanna quartet, and all the others that follow. While I do feel like these lean a little bit more towards middle grade than young adult, this is the first set of books I had that had a really strong, independent female lead. This is the set of books that made me want to be strong and independent, just like Alanna.

Favorite Book Couple

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This one is easy breezy, since I just read this last month. Honestly, my favorite book romance, hands-down, takes place in The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I’ll carry this love with me for the rest of my life.

Book That Other People Love But You Haven’t Read Yet

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There is so many of these, and I’ve made most of them my “Must Read in 2019” books. But one of them that isn’t on this list is Caraval. At this point, I may just have to wait until the third installment comes out, because I don’t know if I can handle a cliffhanger after waiting this long.

A Book with Red on the Cover

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All right, this time for REAL I’m saying Blanca y Roja. This was my 2nd favorite publication of 2018, and if you haven’t read it yet, DO IT NOW!

A Book with Pink on the Cover

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Surprisingly, I don’t own a whole lot of books with pink on the cover. However, the one that gets recommended to me over and over and over again is An Astonishing Color of After. This is sitting on my bookshelf, and is one of my “Must Reads of 2019”. I can’t wait to dive in – the cover is gorgeous!

You were given a box of chocolates. What fictional boyfriend/girlfriend would given them to you?

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Can I change this to who I would GIVE them to? Cuz that would definitely be Nina from the Six of Crows duology…. As to who I would WANT to give them to me, um hello. CARDAN WHERE YOU AT??

You are single on Valentine’s Day. What book would you read? What TV show would you watch? What movie would you watch?

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Ok I’d definitely watch the movie “John Tucker Must Die.” As for what book I would read… probably The Wicked Deep. After all, if those three sisters had never been with so many men in the town, none if it ever would have happened! (I’m kidding. I adored this book, and I highly highly recommend it!)

You are in the book store. All of a sudden you get shot with an arrow by Cupid. What new release will you love?

ALL OF THEM. But in all seriousness, probably my most anticipated upcoming release is The Bride Test by Helen Hoang. I absolutely loved The Kiss Quotient, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel!

 

And that’s it guys! Now I tag ALL OF YOU, and I hope you have a great Valentine’s Day!

Lilly @ Lair of Dreams | Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills |  Kaleena @ Reader Voracious | Tammy @ Books, Bones, & Buffy | Kayla @ Books and Blends |Mel @ Meltotheany

Mystery Blogger Award

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A gajillion years ago, Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills nominated me for the Mystery Blogger award, and as I’m actually trying to participate in tags these days, I decided to finally do it. Sorry I took so long Amy! xoxo

This award was created by Okoto Enigma. The explanation included on her blog is:

The “Mystery Blogger Award” is 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. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

 

The 3 Things About Myself:

  1. I’m a physical therapist, and couldn’t see myself doing anything else.
  2. I swam competitively for a Division 1 college, but am now happily retired – and have switched to running.
  3. I’m a die-hard Michigan State fan, and love football season with my whole heart and soul – Go Green!

 

The 5 Questions from Amy for Me to Answer:

Where is your favorite place to visit? 

One of my favorite places on earth is Mackinac Island, but I’ll settle for anywhere on Lake Michigan. I love being surrounded by water, and it’s one of the biggest reasons I’d have a hard time living somewhere else.

Which book do you relate to the most?

Yikes this is a hard one, and I actually don’t have an answer. Oops. I’m terrible. I’d say Hermione from Harry Potter, honestly, even though that’s such a cliche answer!

What’s your favorite thing to blog about?

Books! Haha but I love doing reviews, honestly. AND making “Best of” or “Worst of” lists, like these:

Best Pubs of 2018 Most Disappointing Reads of 2018 Top Non-2018 Pubs of 2018

Do you prefer paperbacks, hardcovers, eBooks, or audio books? Why?

Honestly hardcovers, because they’re so dang pretty! But I’ll read ALL of them – I don’t discriminate.

What’s a word or song lyric you misheard your entire life?

You know that scene in 21 dresses, where they sing Bennie and the Jets and get the lyrics wrong? I agree. It’s totally ‘electric boobs’.

 

My 5 Questions for YOU:

  1. What’s your favorite animal?
  2. If you could live in any bookish world, what would it be?
  3. If you unexpectedly won one million dollars, how would you spend it?
  4. What’s your biggest bookish pet peeve?
  5. What’s your favorite book?

 

I Nominate:

Lilly @ Lair of Dreams | Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills |  Kaleena @ Reader Voracious | Tammy @ Books, Bones, & Buffy | Kayla @ Books and Blends |Mel @ Meltotheany

AND anyone else who wants to do this tag!

xoxo

Jen

Ringing In The New Year Book Tag

Hello book dragons! Happy 2019!! I hope you’re all kicking off the year right with some incredible reads. I’ve decided to do this tag (disclaimer: I totally googled it) to get in the spirit of the new year.

Here are the rules:

  1. Link the original post (Bookmark Chronicles)
  2. Answer the questions below
  3. Tag 3-5 friends

Questions:

Best book/series that you’ve read in 2018

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I’ve posted several lists on this topic! The best book I read this year, by far, was Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton. I’m not sure I could name a favorite series, but some of the highlights were the Grishaverse (especially Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom) as well as Vicious and Vengeful by V.E. Schwab.

If you’re interested, here are my top 10 publications of 2018, as well as my favorite backlist reads of 2018!

Authors that you’ve recently found and would like to read more of in the new year

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Topping this list is definitely V.E. Schwab! I absolutely loved the two books I read by her last year, Vicious and Vengeful , and I’ve already purchased A Darker Shade of Magic series. I also have to mention Tessa Gratton and Anna-Marie McLemore, who wrote two of my favorite books of 2018. I did DNF another of Gratton’s books, Queens of Innis Lear, but I think I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind for it.

Most anticipated book turned movie?

Yikes I actually don’t really have an answer for this. I will say, I DID finally read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before because of the movie coming out on Netflix. And while I didn’t get to it this year, I’m making it a point to read THUG before watching the movie. In fact, it’s making my “Must Read in 2019” list.

Name a character that you wouldn’t mind sharing a kiss with at midnight (if there is one)

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Does it make me terrible if I say Prince Cardan? Eeek. I’m also going to toss out Jem Carstairs and Nikolai from the Grishaverse.

What’s on your TBR for 2018?

My Must Reads of 2019 will be going up later this month, but definitely sitting at the top of it are The Wicker King (the very first read of the Dragons and Tea Book Club, hosted by two of my very dear friends, Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills, and Melanie @ Meltotheany), The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and The Wicked King!

How many books do you hope to read in 2019?

I set my goodreads goal at 75 this year. I managed to squeak in just over 100 in 2018, but I’ll admit, the pacing was a little stressful for me. I dropped it down a little bit to keep myself relaxed! And if I surpass it, well that’s just a bonus.

Will you participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge (or any others)?

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I just mentioned above I’ll be participating in the goodreads challenge, as I have in years passed. I don’t generally do any other challenges, BUT I did set myself some goals for 2019: read a BOTM book every month, as well as one of my “Must Reads” books!

Any New Years Resolutions?

I prefer to set goals instead of resolutions! If you’d like to see an entire list of my bookish goals for 2019, check it out here!

Now I tag: YOU! Feel free to do this tag!

Lilly @ Lair of Dreams | Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills |  Kaleena @ Reader Voracious | Tammy @ Books, Bones, & Buffy | Kayla @ Books and Blends |

Happy new year everybody!

xoxo

Jen

Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

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I was tagged by my dear friend Melanie @ Meltotheany (and I AM ACTUALLY DOING THE TAG, somebody take a picture or something) but it appears that the original tag was created by Jenniely’s blog! PS, this picture had nothing to do with the tag, but these editions are gorgeous and I couldn’t resist.


➽ 1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it
I have a few that were sent to me that I did not specifically request that I’m still working on getting to (I WILL SOON, I SWEAR). HOWEVER, there are a few that I DID request that I had to DNF/not review because the formatting of the eARC was so bad.

➽ 2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley
I’m definitely over 60%, but I’m still working hard for that elusive 80%!

➽ 3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)
YEP. Drat.

➽ 4. Folded down the page of a book
I used to but recently this really bothers me.

➽ 5. Accidentally spilled on a book
Probably. Unfortunately.

➽ 6. DNF a book this year
Yes, the most recent being The Queens of Innis Lear – BUT I am full planning on giving this beauty another shot in the new year.

➽ 7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it
YEP. Exhibit A: the Ravenclaw editions of Harry Potter.

➽ 8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework)
Literally all the time.

➽ 9. Skim read a book
Usually on a re-read.

➽ 10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal
Yep, while I was in grad school. What even was reading during those years?

➽ 11. Borrowed a book and not returned it
I have three sitting on my shelf that I need to return…and I AM FULL PLANNING ON IT because this is a pet peeve of mine.

➽ 12. Broke a book buying ban
I am notorious for this. I don’t even know why I set them for myself, because everyone knows I am just going to break it.

➽ 13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about
I really try not to do this, although I did just write a review and basically had to skim through the book to remind myself what happened in the end.

➽ 14. Wrote in a book you were reading
NO.

➽ 15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads
This bothers me, I am too OCD for this.

➽ 16. Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend
Didn’t we already cover this…? I’m gonna say no since I will definitely be returning these.

➽ 17. Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book
Yes because books off my shelf cause me anxiety.

➽ 18. Broke the spine of someone else’s book
No, you heathens!

➽ 19. Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged
Yeeeeeeep this happens to me all the time.

➽ 20. Sat on a book accidentally
Probably. I am clumsy.


Yes: 13

No: 7

I’m not sure if that makes me naughty or nice? Only Santa knows…

This was a super cute tag, and I’m going to make an effort to do more of these in the future. I’m tagging a few lovely bloggers down at the bottom (check them all out!) but if you want to do this, consider yourself tagged!

xoxo

Jen

Lilly @ Lair of Dreams | Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills |  Kaleena @ Reader Voracious | Tammy @ Books, Bones, & Buffy | Kayla @ Books and Blends |

The 20 Questions Book Tag

Thank you so much to Amy at A Court of Crowns and Quills for tagging me to do the 20 Questions Book Tag! Check out this girl’s blog and instagram you guys. Her pictures are gorgeous, she’s super nice, and her reviews are awesome.

I had a lot of fun answering these questions! Feel free to do this tag, but ping me back by linking to this post so I can read your answers!

 

How many books is too many books in a book series?

It honestly depends. If we’re talking Throne of Glass, THE LIMIT DOES NOT EXIST. If we’re talking The Mortal Instruments, WHY ARE THERE 452 BOOKS???? In all seriousness, I’m a big fan of trilogies. I get my fix (I love series and prefer them over most stand-alones) but there’s plenty of time for the author to wrap it up the right way.

How do you feel about cliffhangers?

I love to hate them. Especially if the next book isn’t due out THE VERY NEXT DAY (looking at you, Children of Blood and Bone and Strange the Dreamer).

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Hardback or paperback?

I own them all, as well as an e-reader. It really depends on the cover. I usually buy hardback these days because I like how sturdy they are, but I’m always terrified of messing up the dust jacket.

Favorite book?

Do I honestly have to pick one? I can’t. So I’ll just pick my favorite one from this year: Strange the Dreamer. This book was epic and I’m still not over it.

Least favorite book?

This one is actually easier. I absolutely HATED Lord of the Flies when I had to read it for school. I’m not even all that sure I finished it, and I hate not finishing books – it makes me feel like a quitter (this is just my OCD coming out to play).

Love triangles, yes or no?

This is a loaded question. I can enjoy some love triangles, but I absolutely HATE HATE HATE when the girl bounces back and forth between two guys and just cannot decide which one is better. I hate when she just seems to love the one she’s with at the time. I get being conflicted, but come on girl. Make a choice, or at least know which one you like better. This was one of my main beefs with An Ember in the Ashes and a Torch Against the Night.

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The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

Like I said, I don’t like to not finish books. I honestly don’t remember the last one I DNF. I ALMOST bailed out on All the Ever Afters, which I received as an ARC, but felt I owed it to the publisher and Edelweiss to finish.

A book you’re currently reading?

I’m currently doing a buddy read of To Kill a Kingdom and I am loving it! I’m about halfway through (slightly behind on that buddy read) but it isn’t letting me down! I was a little nervous about all the hype. I’m doing the buddy read with Bookish Boss Book Club, and they have an instagram and Facebook group if you’re interested in joining in on the monthly buddy read!🙂

Last book you recommended to someone?

Strange the Dreamer. I think I’ve recommended it to about 452 people by now. Can’t stop won’t stop. IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK GO BUY IT IMMEDIATELY.

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Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

Oh geez. I don’t know. I know I’ve read some classics but none are sticking out in my brain. Sorry y’all.

Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

Definitely Children of Blood and Bone, I read that the week it came out. I’m not including ARC’s, that doesn’t seem fair.

Favorite author?

I don’t have just one! Here’s a few: Sarah J. Maas, J.K. Rowling, Rainbow Rowell, Tamora Pierce, and more recently Laini Taylor.

Buying books or borrowing books?

I do both! If it’s something I’m not completely sold on (or it doesn’t have a gorgeous cover – I can’t resist), I borrow it from the library.

A book you dislike that everyone else seem to love?

The entire Mortal Instruments series. Remember how I said I don’t like to quit reading books? I also don’t like to give up on series – but I did. I stopped after book three. I have a really hard time enjoying books where I hate the main character… and to me, Clary was one of the most annoying, selfish, foolish main characters I have seen in a long time (don’t hate me!). I just could not stand to read one more page of her.

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Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Bookmarks, you monsters! Don’t you dare dog-ear that page!!!

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A book you can always reread?

Harry Potter or anything my Sarah J. Maas.

Can you read while hearing music?

I can if it’s soothing music. If the TV is too loud or the music is too up-beat, I get distracted. It also depends how good the book is!

One POV or multiple POV’s? (POV’s = Point of views)

I love multiple POV’s! It (usually) makes me more endeared to more characters, and I feel like it really helps develop the story more.

Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Multiple days. I have done one sitting, but honestly I just don’t have the time to do that anymore, and when I get home from work I feel like I should interact with my family for a little while.

A book you’ve read because of the cover?

It is a pretty frequent thing for me to buy and read books just because of the cover. I know, I know, don’t judge a book by it’s cover, to which I say: THAT IS THE POINT OF THE BOOK COVER. TO DRAW YOU IN. Most recently I bought (but have not read yet!) The Wicked Deep solely because of it’s cover. I honestly have no idea what it’s about. But look at this thing of beauty! How could I say no?

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NOW I TAG:

Dani at Literary Lion

Destiny at Howling Libraries

Stephanie at Scribbles and Knots

Kathy at Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

Kathy at Books & Munches