Tag Tuesday: Reader Problems Tag

Hi everyone! I am sorry I’ve gone pretty quiet on here! There has been so much activity in my real life. We have sent out all of our wedding invitations and have gone into heavy duty decoration-making mode so things have started getting really busy! But I’m still reading as much as possible and now things will hopefully die down a little bit. In regards to this tag, it was originally created by About to Read.

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next? I’m a mood reader and an impulse reader. Also, based on the release date of ARCs that I need to read for NetGalley or blog tours.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed? I’ve gotten better about embracing the concept of “Life is too short to read books that you don’t enjoy.”

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how? The end of the year is always crunch time it seems! I read shorter cozy mysteries and romances. And its really not a burden because I love holiday books!

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope? Cry and whine and buy them anyway and pray that someday they will match!! I hate non-matching covers!

5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings? There have to be people out there who also don’t like the book. I will find them!

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal? I will cry. If its cry-worthy, the dam will break and the tears will flow. Probably not as ugly as if I am at home, but it will happen.

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!? If I truly loved the first book, I will re-read. If a book was just ok and I am about to jump into a sequel then I will probably browse Goodreads and/or my past blog posts and reviews for thoughts.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask? Give recommendations on places to buy the book at a good price or find ebook bargains.

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump? Keep trying until I find one that hooks my attention. I have this so frequently, I WILL find one eventually.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy? As much as I want to BUY ALL THE BOOKS, I try to limit it to only buying 1-2 at a time, 3 at the most. Plus sometimes I pre-order books that I really want so there are those also.

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them? I am ashamed to say that usually I get really excited about a book release, go out and buy the book, and then they sit for a long time. I have to finish whatever I’m currently reading, and then I have to wait to be “in the mood” for it.

If you’ve followed my blog, you know how I roll with my tags. If you’re reading this and you’re interested in doing this tag, consider yourself TAGGED!! Just answer these questions on your own blog and link back to my blog and you’re good to go! Hope you’re having a great week!

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BLOG TOUR: These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

52b-2bcover2bwith2btaglineHappy release day to Sara Raasch and her epic new book, These Rebel Waves!! We also know Sara from the Snow Like Ashes trilogy, so here is the start of a new fantasy series about a soldier, a prince, and a raider.

Now, I want to start off right now and address this pirate debate going on. Devereux (or “Vex” as he is known) is the character in question. The synopsis refers to him as a pirate. Thus far in book one, we really don’t see him pirating. We see him ashore, in more of a “raiding” state. In the very beginning, it says he needs to take time to think and form his plan. A guy is allowed to do that right? Ms. Raash can have a master plan up her sleeve and have some pirating saved for later, right?? (I don’t know this for sure, granted, but I can guess!) The very title has nothing to do with pirates…it does say rebel and the book does have a rebellious/outlaw feel going on. So really, while there aren’t really high seas adventures and swashbuckling battles in this book, there is much plot to be read. No gay pirates and rounds of rum or whatever, but I was fine. I didn’t have all of those expectations, I just read many, many, MANY reviews of bookworms who apparently did. Sorry, friends. You set yourself up.

So what did this book have, if not pirates? Well, a trio of very different characters living in a corrupt society in a Jamaican-esque setting of Game of Thrones with a Herbology class from Harry Potter. Our main characters are Vex (previously mentioned off-duty pirate/raider), Adeluna (this daughter of two former revolutionaries turned politicians, we call her Lu), and Benat (Ben for short, the crown prince). Together these three set out to find magic, a missing diplomat, and peace for their country. Along the way, they discover new love, their sexuality, and much about their past.

I admit that it took me a while to get into this book. I was super confused in the beginning because the nicknames were all unfitting to me and I couldn’t keep track of the POV switches. It really took me a while to figure things character-wise and it got a bit frustrating. That being said, though, once I figured things out, everything really fit like a glove. Also, for a fantasy series, I felt that I did expect a bit more adventure and action. There was just so much political and religious drama it took a lot of patience and thought and determination to get through. But overall I thought it was worth it. There was a plot twist and WHOA. Talk about keeping readers on our toes! Loved it!

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Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. Her debut YA fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, the first in a trilogy, came out October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray. It does not feature her hand-drawn pictures.

Book Soundtrack: “I’ll Fly Away” by Flatfoot 56

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