50 Bookish Questions

I saw this over on Sahi’s blog, My World of Books, and I thought it looked super fun!

1. What was the last book you read?
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I misread this and thought it said, “what was the BEST book you read” and I almost immediately gave up on answering, because that’s impossible to answer. However, the actual question is much easier.

I reread A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer since it is FINALLY released on audio and I just finished A Heart So Fierce and Broken.

2. Was it a good one?

I loved it just as much the second time as the first.

3. What made it good?

You can read my full review here, but honestly? The characters. The subtleties, the humor, the perfect depiction of The Beast and his sorrows/guilt/regrets.

4. Would you recommend it to other people?

As always, I would recommend this to people who I think would enjoy it. For example, I forced my niece to read it because I knew she’d love it. And she did.

5. How often do you read?

Every day 🙂

6. Do you like to read?

I mean… obvi.

7. What was the last bad book you read?
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Hot Doctor by Hope Ford. I read it for the KU Weekend Readathon and it was kind of the worst.

8. What made you dislike it?

All things that made romance short stories bad. No character development, no plot, no point.

9. Do you wish to be a writer?

I’d love to be a full time writer.

10. Has any book ever influenced you greatly?
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As far as writing style, I love Jandy Nelson’s writing in The Sky is Everywhere. Mariana Zapata has some sports romances in which some of the characters are so badass and dedicated to their sport, it inspires me to be more active.

11. Do you read fan-fiction?

I’m not a big fan of it.

12. Do you write fan-fiction?

Nope.

13. What is your favourite book?
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I think I have to go with A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. Sorry. Gotta be that b*tch.

14. What is your least favourite book?
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That I’ve actually finished? Recently? The Kiss Thief by LJ Shen. It just solidified that this author is absolutely not for me. It has the one and only one-star rating I’ve ever given. Usually I will DNF books that I dislike this much, however, I kept waiting for it to redeem itself since so many people like it. And it never did.

15. Do you prefer physical books or reading on a device (like Kindle)?

I love the look and feel of real books, but man, the convenience of a Kindle is so glorious.

16. When did you learn to read?

I have no idea. Probably around 4 or 5 I would assume.

17. What is your favourite book you had to read in school?


As a little kid, I remember I was absolutely taken with The BFG – my teacher read it to us in class. When I was older (in high school), I was so surprised by how much I loved The Great Gatsby.

18. What is your favourite book series?
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Right now it is The Caraval series by Stephanie Garber, but it’s likely the Cursebreakers series by Brigid Kemmerer could become my favorite. However, it’s unfinished. But from book one to the last book in the series, Caraval was perfect.

19. Who is your favourite author?

I think I have to look at this as, who consistently writes books that I love, and that would be Mariana Zapata. I’ve read every single one of her books and have loved them all and reread them all multiple times.

20. What is your favourite genre?
Adult contemporary romance.

21. Who is your favourite character from a series?
Rhen. He is, by far, the best beast in any Beauty and the Beast retelling. Also, I just adore his character so much. I want to give him a big hug and tell him that everything is going to be ok.

22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?
I’m absolutely got swept away in Caraval. (Just as the book warns you not to do!)

23. Which book do you wish had a sequel?
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Mother effer I’m still made about My Name is Memory not having a sequel!

24. Which book do you wish DIDN’T have a sequel?
Honestly? I think the Black Dagger Brotherhood series can stop now, thanks.

25. How long does it take you to read a book?
That depends on so many thing. I’ve finished books in a matter of hours, in a matter of days, or in a matter of weeks.

26. Do you like when books become movies?
I’d much rather books become TV shows because they tend to have more time to develop and include everything.

27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?
(Twilight)

28. Which movie has done the book justice?
The Hunger Games was done pretty well!

29. Do you read newspapers?
Nope.

30. Do you read magazines?
Nope.

31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?
None.

32. Do you read while in bed?
Every night!

33. Do you read while on the toilet?
Occasionally.

34. Do you read while in the car?
Only audiobooks. Reading in a car makes me nauseated.

35. Do you read while in the bath?
Yes!

36. Are you a fast reader?
I’m fairly fast.

37. Are you a slow reader?
No.

38. Where is your favourite place to read?
My reading chair.

39. Is it hard for you to concentrate when you read?
Nope, I can pretty much zone everything out when I read.

40. Do you need a room to be silent when you read?
I actually prefer some noise.

41. Who gave you your love for reading?
My mom is just as obsessed with books as I am. I grew up seeing her with a book anytime she had a moment to sit and relax. She’d never deny me books. She always encouraged my love of reading.

42. What book is next on your list to read?
Eek! I’m not sure. I just started my latest book. It’ll depend on what I’m up for reading when I’m finished.

43. When did you start to read chapter books?
I was pretty young. I think around 6 or 7 I started reading The Babysitter’s Little Sister series and the Goosebump series. Then I graduated to The Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High and Fear Street.

44. Who is your favourite children’s author?
RL Stine

45. Which author would you most want to interview?
Brigid Kemmerer just because her book is so fresh in my mind. I want to pick her brain.

46. Which author do you think you would be friends with?
Mariana Zapata seems like so much fun!

47. What book have you reread the most?
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OMG. Probably The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.

48. Which books do you consider ‘classics’?
Probably the same as everyone else?

49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?
I think there are a ton of more modern books that would be worth reading in school.

50. Which books should be banned from all schools?
I mean… it depends on the age of the kids in the school. I wouldn’t put a Sierra Simone book in an elementary school. LOL!

Mystery Blogger Award

Hello fellow book lovers!

I haven’t done a tag in a while, so I was excited when I saw that Meghan over at Meghan’s Whimsical Exporations & Reviews tagged me in one! (If you aren’t already following her, make sure you do!)

THE 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 (This tag was created by Okoto @OkotoEnigmasBlog.)
  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)

Anyway, let’s get to Meghan’s questions!

Mystery Blogger Award

  1. On the spot: favourite book from your favourite genre?
    Omgggg – picking favorite books is always the hardest thing for a bookworm. However, it’s a little easier to narrow down by having it be in your favorite genre. Obviously, my favorite genre is Romance, I’m going to narrow that down to Contemporary Adult Romance. In that category, I think I have to go with The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (followed closely by Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover.)
  2. Favourite book of 2019?
    I’m planning on doing a whole post about my favorite reads of 2019, but holy crap, I haven’t even began to go through all the books I read, yet! I’m not looking forward to having to narrow down that list, I can’t even imagine picking just one! Off the cuff, off the top of my head, I think I’m going to go with Finale by Stephanie Garber. It was by far the best ending to a series I’ve ever read.
  3. Can an author’s reputation affect your thinking about their books? (I like this question so I’m going use it)
    Absolutely. Cancel culture can be very touchy, but some things are unforgivable.
  4. Any end of the year goals you’re striving for?
    Well, book-wise, I definitely am on a mission to reach my 200-book Goodreads goal by reading as many books I already own as possible.
  5. Have you started thinking about your 2020 goals (if you make them)?
    I’ve briefly started thinking about it, but not in-depth enough to make a list just yet! It’s, honestly, a little overwhelming to think about!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Extraordinary Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Much like book covers, I’m a sucker for a great book title. I’ve been known to pick up a book because of its cover and even because of its title.

I think it takes a special kind of talent to come up with the perfect book title. Too often, I feel like this is overlooked.

The books I’ve listed below are ones that I’ve read, and whether I loved them or not is kind of irrelevant because the books listed below had the perfect titles, not just standalone, but they also were relevant to the story inside in a special way.

 

Extraordinary Book Titles

  1. A Lesson in Thorns
  2. The Enchanted Sonata
  3. Etiquette & Espionage
  4. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
  5. Where the Silence Gathers
  6. Atheists Who Kneel and Pray
  7. The Sky is Everywhere
  8. With Visions of Red
  9. The Sun is Also a Star
  10. To Kill a Kingdom

3 Day Lyrical Challenge: Day 3

Welcome back to Day 3 of my 3 Day Lyrical Challenge!

I was tagged in this challenge by three of my all-time favorite bloggers: Thrice Read, Discerning Couch Potato, and Whit Reads Lit. Thank you my lovely friends!


The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Share one of your favorite songs/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  • Nominate three other bloggers each day.

 

I decided to break this challenge up into three different types of songs: 

  1. Day One: Love song lyrics
  2. Day Two: Inspirational song lyrics
  3. Day Three: Breakup song lyrics

 

Whether you like Fall Out Boy or not, it’s hard to deny that they have some of the best lyrics of all time – particularly their break up songs.

This one happens to be one of the most brutal breakup songs I’ve ever heard, absolutely filled with some of the most satisfying insults LOL!

I present to you…

My Heart is the Worst Kind of Weapon by Fall Out Boy

Spent most of last night
Dragging this lake
For the corpses of all my past mistakes
Sell me out, the jokes on you
We are salt and you are the wound
Empty another bottle
And let me tear you to pieces
This is me wishing you into the worst situations
I’m the kind of kid that can’t let anything go
But you wouldn’t know a good thing
If it came up and slit your throat
Whoa, whoa
Ooh
Whoa, whoa
Your remorse hasn’t fallen on deaf ears
Rather ones that just don’t care
‘Cause I know that you’re in between arms somewhere
Next to heartbeats
Where you shouldn’t dare sleep
Now, I’ll teach you a lesson
For keeping secrets from me
Take your taste, back
Peel back your skin
And try to forget how it feels inside
You should try saying “No once in a while”
“Oh once in a while”
Take your taste, back
Peel back your skin
And try to forget how it feels inside
You should try saying “No once in a while”
“Oh once in a while”
And did you hear the news?
I could dissect you
And gut you on this stage
Not as eloquent as I may have imagined
But it will get the job done
And you’re done
Every line is plotted and designed to leave you
Standing on your bedroom window’s ledge
And everyone else
That it hits, that it gets to
Is nothing more than collateral damage
Take your taste, back
Peel back your skin
And try to forget how it feels inside
You should try saying “No once in a while”
“Oh once in a while”
Take your taste, back
Peel back your skin
And try to forget how it feels inside
You should try saying “No once in a while”
“Oh once in a while”

Tag, You’re It!

YOU! If you’d like to do this challenge, either the way I’ve done it or your own way, please do!

The End of the Year Book Tag: 2018 Edition

2019 is coming up fast and last year I saw this tag going around and never ended up doing it. This year when I saw it over on Kelly’s blog, I decided I’d go ahead and do it now.

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?


I’m pretty picky about finishing books. If I’m not feeling it by the first few chapters, I tend to set them aside. I have way too many books I want to read, I just don’t have it in me to struggle through books that aren’t for me. This doesn’t mean I won’t give them another try or that I think they’re horrible, most of the time I’m just not in the mood. The books I didn’t read this year were:
xo, Zach by Kendall Ryan – This was just feeling kind of bland to me at the time. To be fair, I was in a pretty epic book slump.
Midnight Blue by L.J. Shen – I just did not love any of the characters in this one.
Company Ink by Kat Colburn – I did actually enjoy the first couple of chapters of this, but for some reason I kept putting this one down in favor of other books.
Groupie (Texas Mutiny #2) by M.E. Carter – This book was so cringey and gratuitous for me. I just couldn’t do it.
Royally Raised (Royally #3.5) by Emma Chase – I LOVE this couple in Royally Matched, but I found I was getting a bit disenchanted with them as I read this, so I just put it down.
Rival (Fall Away #2) by Penelope Douglas – I 100% could not get into this. I struggled through the first book because trusted friends really liked it, I kept hoping for it to get better and it never did. I couldn’t do it again.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
I’m a mood reader and right now I’m reading Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. I swear I’ve been reading this series for years and it’s about time I finish it.

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
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Finale by Stephanie Garber!

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?


With the exceptionally slow pace that I’ve been reading lately, the chances are slim I will finish three by the end of the year, but these are the three I’m reading at the moment.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?
Nah.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2019?
Yes! Here are my Reading Resolutions for 2019.

The TBR Book Tag

I wasn’t actually tagged for this one, but I saw it awhile ago on A Booknerd Travels, and finally decided to take a stab at it.

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The TBR Book Tag

How do you keep track on your TBR list?

I don’t know what I’d do without Goodreads. I have every book I own that I haven’t read and every book I don’t own, but want to read on there. I also keep track of a bunch of other things with Goodreads. You can learn more about how I use Goodreads here.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

Hmm… I think it is about even, when it comes to books I own. I do have a TBR shelf on Goodreads full of books I want to read, but don’t own and a handful of audiobooks in my Audible library.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

I’m 100% a mood reader, however, every month I put together a reading list for the month so that I have a short list to choose from. I don’t force myself to read just the books on these lists, though. I’ll stray if I’m in the mood.

A book that has been on your TBR the longest.

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OMG where do I begin? I have 5 entire bookshelves full of books I haven’t read yet that have been with me for over a decade. I’m going to go with Jane Eyre, though, because I’ve been a big fan of the original movie (and now the remake) for the longest time, but never got around to reading the actual book.

A book that you recently added to your TBR list?

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Something New by Skylar Hill was recently free on Kindle, so I grabbed it!

A book on you TBR list strictly because of its beautiful cover.

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I saw The Promise of Stardust at a used bookstore and fell in love with the cover. I bought it even though I doubt I’ll ever actually read it since it sounds so heartbreaking.

A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading.

See above LOL

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for.

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Almost all of the books I was looking forward to were published last month LOL! I’m actually dying to read the latest Pucked novel, Pucked Love by Helena Hunting. I’ve already preordered the audiobook!

A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you.

The entire Knitting in the City series. I only just finished Book 3, but it feels like everyone has already read them all! I need to catch up!

A book on your TBR everyone recommends you.

I feel like I recommend books more than they are recommended to me.

A book on your TBR you’re very excited to read.

Is it cheating to say Pucked Love again?? I’m seriously obsessed with that series. Instead, I’ll go with 99% Mine by Sally Thorne. I love The Hating Game, I can’t wait to read her second novel!

The number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf.

This is so embarrassing. I have 1739 on my TBR!


 

This is definitely an older tag, so I won’t be surprised if a lot of you have done it already, but I’m going to tag a few people anyway, just in case!

Perfectly Tolerable
The Book Cover Girl
The Thrifty Bibliophile
Books and Co.
A Happy Little Bookworm


How many books do you have on your TBR?