Tag Tuesday | End of the Year Book Tag

This one is floating around on youtube this time of year and I believe it was originally created by Ariel Bissett. Anyways, I thought it would be fun to do on the blog so I decided to tackle it!

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

Yeah, there are a few books that I currently have bookmarks in right now. I did do a great job of clearing out my currently reading shelf on Goodreads earlier in the year, but I haven’t been adding to it either. I’d say the book I’ve started that I definitely want to finish is The Silence of Bones by June Hur. I started this one and immediately got sucked in, it just got set down because I had to take care of some review books that had deadlines, but I’m hoping to finish it this month, fingers crossed!

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

Hmm, not so sure on this one. I still have a number of spooky books that I wanted to get to in October which I’m still hoping to get to and most of those are set in fall or winter – so I’d say there’s quite a few.

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

I need to pick up a few books that have come out recently, but I’ve been resisting because my owned TBR is a very good size, but I would say the next new release I will probably pick up would be Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao (which came out today)!

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

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

I’m still planning on picking up Home Before Dark by Riley Sager, and I’m fairly sure from what I’ve been hearing that I’m going to love it!

Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?

Yes, I always have my physical TBR to pull from, and I do already have some blog tours set up for next year. Here’s hoping it ends up being a better year than 2020 has been!

Happy reading!

Behind the Blogger Tag

I was looking for something to post today and found this Tag over at Love for Words and thought it looked fun, so here we go!

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag

Why did you start blogging and why have you kept blogging?

I really wanted to carve out a place for myself in the book community and not only talk about books but my writing. Booktube was a little too anxiety inducing to me, so I decided a blog would be the way to go.

What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

Probably reviews or blog tours. I do really enjoy interacting with publishers or the authors themselves. Having said that I really do enjoy writing about my writing journey, even if it’s to admit temporary failure.

What are your top 3 favorite posts?

My Review of Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith

The start of my Flashback Friday challenge (update coming soon, I swear).

All my wrap ups where I get to talk about my stats.

What are some of your favorite things to do to relax?

Well, definitely reading haha. If I had to pick things other than reading I would say writing, gaming and watching something mindless.

What are three of your favorite things?

My floofy baby – Calypso, have you met Calypso? You probably have, she likes to show up in my book hauls and wrap ups. My Nancy Drew collection and my boyfriend. 😛

What are your proudest blogging moments?

Getting contacted by authors and publishers and just getting to interact with people in general. It’s a very validating feeling and also makes this introvert feel accepted and seen. ❤

What are your hobbies outside of blogging?

We’ve already covered writing – I also like to make jewelry in my spare time, though I haven’t in a while. Also there’s music which is my other love.

Describe your personality in three words.

Loyal, Shy, Honest

What are your top 3 pet peeves?

People interrupting – I’m not talking about the accidental merging of voices, I’m talking about intentional talking over.

People answering a question with a question, such as me asking where someone wants to go and they respond asking me where I want to go. I know they are being courteous, or think they are, but it’s just a trigger.

Negativity/Poor attitudes – I know we can all get down, I suffer from anxiety and depression myself, but when someone is negative about something every single day for the sake of being nasty? Yeah, not ok. I’m extremely empathic and that stuff affects me horribly.

What’s something your followers don’t know about you?

Hmm. There’s a ton as I haven’t talked about a lot of personal stuff on here, so there’s so many things I could go with.

Ok, here goes, come closer, closer *whispers* I have an insane amount of penguins in my house. I love penguins. I have penguin plushies, art, figurines, socks, slippers, etc. My boyfriend feeds this addiction as he often contributes to said collection.

So that’s it! I’m not tagging anyone specific, so if anyone decides to do it from my post please just link back so I can take a look!

Happy reading!

Rapid Fire Book Tag

I was tagged by Jenny at JenJenReviews to do this tag. Let’s see how this one goes.

E-Book or Physical Book?

I read both and don’t really dislike either, but physical typically wins.

Paperback or Hardback?

Again, both are in my library but hardbacks are definitely going to last longer.

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

Why do you keep asking me these questions? It’s hard to choose! Online is great because it’s a larger selection, but I love the instant gratification of going to the bookstore.

Trilogies or Series?

Trilogies. I like the end to be in sight, and sometimes series go a bit too long.

Heroes or Villains?

Villians, I have a bad boy complex.

A book you want everyone to read?

Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith. 100%

Recommend an underrated book?

Persuasion by Jane Austen, I feel like it gets overshadowed by Pride and Prejudice (which I also love) but it’s a wonderful story.

The last book you finished?

Heart of the Matter by Ruth A. Casie

The Last Book You Bought?

The Flying Saucer Mystery by Carloyn Keene, I’m trying to fill the holes in my collection.

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

Probably a receipt.

Used Books: Yes or No?

Absolutely!

Top Three Favorite Genres?

Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Fantasy

Borrow or Buy?

Buy, but I do utilize my library too.

Characters or Plot?

Plot, while I love complex and deep characters I need the plot to move.

Long or Short Books?

Short, but I’ll read both.

Long or Short Chapters?

Short to medium, too long will make me lose interest.

Name The First Three Books You Think Of:

The Ten Thousand Doors of January
Snug
The Forever House

Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

Laugh for sure.

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Fictional Worlds

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

Yes!

Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

I try not to, but I can’t say it doesn’t happen.

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Depends on the length of the book, but typically TV since it can cover more.

A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

Stardust. I didn’t really like the book, but loved the movie.

Series or Standalones?

Standalones.

Whew, that’s all there is! If anyone would like to do this one feel free to consider yourself tagged!

Happy reading!

End of the Year Book Tag: 2019

I see this tag all over booktube this time of year, but I thought the questions translated well to blogs as well, so here goes!

  1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
    Oh yeah, multiple books. There have been a few books that I’ve partially read and need to finish, such as Robots Vs. Fairies.
  2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
    I’m still somewhat in the mood for spooky books, but I don’t really have any plans for transition books. I’m very much a mood reader in a lot of things, so other than books for review I just go with what I’m feeling.
  3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
    I cannot wait for the final book in Julie Kagawa’s Shadow of the Fox trilogy. I am scared of it, but I also can’t wait to get it in my hands next year.
  4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
    I would really like to finish some of the books on my currently reading list, but more importantly I really want to get through a number of review books. The last two months have been very rough reading slump wise so I’m trying to turn that around.
  5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?
    Teeth in the Mist, Violet Tendencies, Call Down the Hawk.
  6. Have you already started making reading plans for 2020?
    Oh yeah, I have plans that I hope come to fruition. I need to set up a journal I bought specifically for use to better schedule my review books, blog posts and reading, so fingers crossed!

What are some of your answers to these questions? Happy reading!

Tag Tuesday: Cats and Books Tag

When I found this tag I felt it was appropriate since my cat is one of the most important beings in my life. She’s my little emotional support floof, and just as anxious as I am. This tag was originally created by Spinster’s Library over on Youtube, so let’s get into it!

Calypso

1. Tell us about your cat(s)! Name, age, hobbies?
Her name is Calypso and she is six years old. She loves watching TV (looking through the window or sliding glass doors), catnip and holding down her humans so they don’t leave her. She is a bit crazy and has major separation anxiety, but when she’s in the mood for cuddles she’s the sweetest thing in the world.

2. Recommend a book that features, includes or mentions a cat?
Tailchaser’s Song by Tad Williams. I probably read this book way too young but it features a cat named Tailchaser as he goes on an epic quest to find his friend who has disappeared. Pretty much all the characters are cats and it includes an intricately woven world and society.

3. What’s your favorite fictional cat? This can be from literature, tv, movies, games etc
Grim from City of Ghosts and Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab. While Grim isn’t a huge character, the way his mannerisms are described are perfect and he gets even more page time in Tunnel of Bones that provide some of the best moments of the book. Even without actual communication, he has a great personality.

4. If your cat was the main character in a book, what sort of book would it be?
Oh man, probably something with a mystery in it. Calypso is a VERY curious cat which often gets her in trouble. She’s often scared a few years off my life because she wanted to investigate something and then lost her footing or misjudged her jump.

5. Recommend a book that your cat would enjoy if they could read.
She’d love something with a serial killer or murderer. She definitely has limits and will let you know if you’ve reached them. It ties into her anxiety, but when she doesn’t want to be touched the claws can come out, she’d probably like The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager since it includes murder, mystery and a game.

6. Which book or story would benefit from the inclusion of one or more cats?
Illuminae, just because I think Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman would make it even more epic if there were random cat sightings.

So that’s it! Feel free to do this tag yourself or check out other versions of it. Happy reading!

Tag Tuesday: Goodreads Book Tag

I’m not sure exactly where this tag originated but I saw it in a few places and thought I would go ahead and do it as I wanted to start doing Tag Tuesday posts! If you know the original creator please let me know and I will gladly credit them.

What is the last book you marked as “Read”?
Your Soul is a River by Nikita Gill, I’ve been pretty addicted to her poetry as of late, so I’ve been reading some of her earlier releases.

What are you currently reading?
A few different things, but I’m mostly working on e-arcs I’ve received. I’m constantly trying to get caught up!

What was the last book you marked as “to read”?
Your Heart is the Sea by Nikita Gill. Obviously there is a pattern here.

What book do you plan on reading next?
Probably Violet Tendencies by Kate Dyer-Seeley as I picked it as part of a challenge I’m trying to complete. I also have Hunted by Meagan Spooner out from the library so that one is going to happen soon as well.

Do you use the star rating system?
I do, though when I write out reviews on Goodreads I tend to explain in the review if it’s a partial number such as 3.5. Anything that is .5 or above I will round up to the next star.

Are you doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge?

Yep.

Do you have a wishlist?
I do, I would probably forget about all the things I’m anticipating if I didn’t keep a running wishlist going. I also have some sub-lists that I keep secret for my own organizational purposes.

What book do you plan on buying next?
Since I recently had a few orders come in I’m holding off on buying more right now. I will definitely be picking up the last volume of The Wicked and the Divine once it is out in October and have a couple signings I’m going to so there will be book buying at those events.

What is your favorite quote?
‘Hope is the things with feathers that perches in the soul’ – Emily Dickinson

Fun fact, this is going to be part of the next tattoo I get, just not sure of the design yet.

Who are your favorite authors?
Julie Kagawa, Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Bailey, Heather Graham, Helen Hoang – believe me, the list goes on and on.

Are you a part of any Goodreads Groups?
Currently the only one I’m really active in is the Dragons and Tea Book Club.

What could Goodreads do better?
I would absolutely love if the ability to give half stars was introduced. I think a lot of people would love that.

Well, that appears to be all the questions! Not really sure if that all was helpful information, but it was fun. If you’d like to add me on Goodreads or follow me, I can be found here.

Happy reading!