Tag Tuesday: The Book Addiction Tag

Woooooooo! Another Tuesday almost in the books! I’m trying so hard to keep up with my reading (Goodreads says I’m 43 books behind) and get back on track with blogging/social media a bit more regularly. Try, try, try! So here we go! This is the Book Addiction Tag, which was created by Always Trust in Books (or so we think)

The Book Addiction Tag

What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?

24 hours maybe? I honestly start to feel empty and a sense of laziness or even loneliness and neglect if I don’t “check in” with what I’m reading.

bookbagHow many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?

I typically read 2-3 books at a time and I definitely have at least one of them, if not two or more on my person at all times. I never know what format (audio, ebook, hard copy) will be most ideal to read at any given time! Usually, though, I can just pull out my phone and just read a bit on that, but if I know there is a long car ride or a waiting room or anything like that I can plan for that.

Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?

For the most part, I am a hoarder. If I really know I’m not going to read something and I didn’t buy it myself, that’s when I am most likely to pass it on.

How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?

Lately, my standard visits are about an hour of browsing and leaving. I used to be able to spend an entire day just walking in and sitting around reading. I would just pick out a stack of books and read the first couple chapters to get a feel for new authors

How much time per day do you actually spend reading?

I probably spend anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours reading per day. Sometimes maybe a bit more but that’s probably where my average is.

clay-banks-258326-unsplashWhere does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?

As much as possible! I try to listen to audiobooks at work but I get interrupted frequently so that stinky. However, once I get home, I usually have some flexibility to I get some reading time after work and before sleep to read!

How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?

I reckon I have +3 bookcases full! No idea how many that is. I don’t even have the time (or patience) to count. Maybe when I move in a couple months I can give a rough count.

Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?

Relatively often. Especially The Hunger Games and Harry Potter and Outlander. Or books that I am currently reading or have recently read. If I see people reading in my comfort zones (like home or work etc.) I might ask them what they are reading and go about it that way but if I know people aren’t readers, I don’t reference it too much.

What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?

I think one of the Outlander books or Cassandra Clare books is the longest books I have read.

Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds i.e searching bookshops, online digging etc?

Umm….I did get my hands on a 1st edition Jay Kristoff Nevernight for a steal. Let’s see….a book that I would love to have though, is just to get my first edition Harry Potter(s) signed by J.K. Rowling. If that happened, my life would be complete.

thought-catalog-551737-unsplashA book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?

Yes, and whatever it was I blocked it out of my mind and learned my lesson.

What are 3 of your main book goals for 2018?

Read plenty more classic novels. Read more psychology books. Read more graphic novels too. Easy goals to achieve I hope!

Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?

There have been people in the past few years who have taken to reading around me more often. A few colleagues, my wife and children. They were either inspired by myself or have got sick of me picking up a book and wanted to see what all the fuss was about 😀

Describe what books mean to you in five words.

Knowledge. Experience. Challenging. Enthralling. Fulfilling.

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And that’s the tag! This one is a little long, but the questions aren’t too difficult. So if you’re looking for a good tag to do, I hereby tag YOU!!!

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Tag Tuesday ~ I Love Spring! Book Tag

Spring is finally here and hopefully here to stay. Seriously, we just had snow, what, 2 weekends ago? It was absolutely nuts. I can’t handle any more snow! But everything is growing so green now and we’re hitting consistent 50-60 degree days so I’m staying as positive as possible, and here’s a book tag to keep me focused!

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  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post…Thanks Regina!
  • Link to the creator’s blog (Helene Jeppesen) in your post
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag 10 others to take part
  • ENJOY THE TAG!

1) How is Spring where you live?
Spring is unpredictable! Saturday we had a winter storm warning (hail and snow all day), Monday it was sunny and 45 degrees, today its thunderstorming and 60, we might have more snow by the weekend. Last year it was 80 degrees by this time of year! We just never know!

2) Most anticipated book release this Spring?
Wicked Saints, The Princess and the Fangirl, and Sky Without Stars (sorry, I can’t pick just one!)

350203803) Show us a book cover that makes you think of Spring.
Definitely Wild Beauty. I got this book in Owl Crate…last year? Maybe even two years ago now?? I have no idea what its even about but it has pretty flowers on the cover!

4) Where are you going to read this Spring?
I am an absolute mood reader so I am not for sure but I know I want to read Aurora Rising and Once and Future above most other books out there. I also want to jump back into Six of Crows.

339497755) Find a book cover with the sun on it!
I’m picking Beware the Night for this one because I love the cover for it. It just released in mid-March and I have been hearing good things about it.

6) What are your favorite Spring reads?
Hmm. Well, I tend to read lighter reads in the springtime. For example, I just finished Five Feet Apart and that was a really good read in my opinion. I know I read Geekerella last spring and I loved that. Spring of 2017 was when I read what is one of my favorite books, The Light We Lost….oh my gosh, so good. Also I read The Wrath and the Dawn books for some fantasy and they were really good. I loved those–a loose YA fantasy retelling of 1,001 Nights.

7) Find a book with many different colors on it.
26721568This is one of my favorite book covers. I own this book and I am so terrible for not reading it. I picked it up in B&N one day and read the first 20 pages and was hooked so I bought it right away but never got back to it after I got home. I really must get back to it. I’m going to make that a new goal. You all are my witnesses!

8) Whom do you tag?
Anyone and everyone who is in the mood for a fun little springtime tag! This is a good one!

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Tag Tuesday: The Goodreads Tag

Hi everyone! We’re back to another Tuesday! So my new goal is to alternate Tag Tuesdays and WWW Wednesdays every other week so as to not burn out myself or you as readers with tags (even though I love them) or repetitive memes. However, I have a blog tour to post tomorrow so I’ll kick off my rotation with a tag today! So here we go!

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1. What is the last book you marked as read?
The last book that I finished and marked as ‘read’ was Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine. I added this to my lists overall on March 28, 2018, started reading on January 20, 2019 and finished reading on January 27th. I rated it four stars.

2. What is the last book you marked as “TBR”?
The other day I realized it had been a little while since I “synced” my Goodreads shelf with my TBR shelf so I took the time to make sure that I had all the books that I own are logged. I hate being at the bookstore (and this is truly a bookworm problem) and I can’t remember if I own a certain book or not. This is why I need to keep my lists up-to-date! So to answer this question, the last book I added was Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows.

3. What book do you plan to read next?
Its not so much ‘reading next’ as shifting my focus. I’m going to move on to/back to Six of Crows for my hard copy book and The Dreamers for my audiobook. Not sure what my ebook will be.

4. Do you use the star rating system?
Its a requirement these days! I do wish we could use half stars. I sort of figure that if they let us use stars they might as well let us use half stars as well!

5. Are you using the 2019 reading challenge?
Duh–who on Goodreads doesn’t?! My goal is 75 for this year.

6. Do you have a wishlist?
I do but I keep track on Amazon more than on Goodreads. You better believe I keep track of the books I want/need!

7. Which book do you plan on buying next?
Well, I get a little spontaneous. To be honest, it will probably be a pre-order. Jay Kristoff has been hinting good things about his pre-order goodies today I saw…..

8. Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few!
I don’t have any memorized that aren’t cliche. I could take hours looking them up based on books that I like and go from there…but maybe next time.

9. Who are your favorite authors? Share a few!
Honestly, I base “favorite authors” on authors on those who have written more than one (or two, three, etc) books that I really like. Or maybe I have met them or follow them on social media or all of the above, etc. So to answer the question, favorite authors include Jay Kristoff, VE Schwab, Angie Thomas.

10. Have you joined any groups?
Oh yes. I belong to several groups, especially ones for reading challenges. Its really how I started reading so many different types of books. I actually was active and spending hours on Goodreads before I discovered Bookstagram!

So there you have it, folks! That’s the tag. I apologize that I do not know the origins of this one. If you haven’t done this tag and would like to, consider yourself tagged! Feel free to link me in your page if you do it because I would love to read your answers, or leave me a comment with your link!

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Tag Tuesday: The Television Tag

What day is it? TAG TUESDAY!!! So this week I’m taking a break from the bookish and substituting for the tube for a week! I don’t always watch very much but I was tagged by Fictionally Sam so I have to answer the call!

tumblr_n04dqqnz261tp2pppo1_5001. Favorite show – Off the top of my head, gut reaction, first thing that comes to mind when you ask me this question, I would say that my favorite show of all time is House M.D.

2. Favorite genre – I like medical dramas, crime thrillers, comedy, historical stuffs, DIY….a pretty good variety just so long as I deem it good entertainment.

3. Least favorite show – The Curse of Oak Island (my husband watches this religiously). Also South Park and Archer.

4. Most re-watched show/favorite show to binge – House, Grey’s Anatomy, Family Guy, Friends, Criminal Minds, Mind Hunter.

f58bb36bf30f7b0dad030400d7dae36c5. Do you prefer to watch things week-to-week or binge watch? Binge, duh! I don’t mind comedy sitcoms on a week-to-week basis but dramas and thrillers are pretty much meant to be binged, amiright?

6. Favorite television characters? House, Jon Snow, Dennarys, Derek Morgan, Derek Shepard (the name Derek…I think I’m seeing a trend, eh?), Sherlock, Dr. Brennan/Bones

7. Favorite TV ships? Derek + Garcia (Criminal Minds), McDreamy + Meredith (Grey’s Anatomy), Killian + Emma Swan (Once Upon a Time), Elaina + Damon (The Vampire Diaries)

09eee546e6ce8128fbf829e6933dcc428. Shows you could never get into – CSI, The Office, Firefly, True Blood

9. Shows you fell out of love with – Once Upon a Time, Supernatural (I still love Sam and Dean SO MUCH but the show/storyline just is not what it used to be)

10. Cancelled too soon – Galavant, Smash, Forever

11. Guilty pleasure show – The Vampire Diaries. Riverdale? Maybe Pawn Stars or American Pickers. Ghost Hunters? More of the reality dramas.

12. What are you currently watching? Playing catchup on Outlander, Supernatural and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

13. (I’m adding this Q in because I can’t believe it isn’t here!) Other shows you love or have swooned, laughed, or cried over in the past? The Haunting of Hill House, Hemlock Grove, Gilmore Girls, Are You Afraid of the Dark?,  Boy Meets World, Bones, The X-Files, Game of Thrones, Supernatural

And that’s it my friends. These are my faves and my least faves….at least as they come to me off the top of my head. I’m sure I’m missing some, but its the best I can do. If you’re interested, give it a go yourself. Be sure to tag me so I can see your answers too!

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Tag Tuesday: New Years Book Tag

new year tagIts my favorite day! I found this tag on Kaitlyn’s blog and thought it the perfect festive entry for the week. If you’d like to do it for yourself, just link the original post from Bookmark Chronicles, answer the questions below, and tag some friends! And now, without further ado, let’s begin!

1. Best book and/or series that you read in 2018.
I’m so glad I finally finished up the Grisha trilogy last year! Looking at the books as individuals, they weren’t 5-star reads, but the series as a whole was really great. I loved the world building and Nikolai and the Darkling as characters were just stupendous!

2. Authors that you’ve read recently that you’d like to read more of this year.
I read my first Schwab book last year when I read City of Ghosts and I absolutely LOVED it!! Plus, from what I hear, that’s not even her best book! So I am really excited to read more VE/Victoria Schwab this year and I think that the second in that series is coming out this year as well, so I’m really excited for that!

3. Most anticipated book turned movie.
Honestly I don’t even know what all is coming out this year yet! I always am excited about more Outlander. Five Feet Apart looks like all the feels. They’re making The Sun is Also a Star? I need to get reading, y’all!

4. Name a character that you wouldn’t mind sharing a kiss with at midnight.
Levi from Fangirl was a character that I really loved, and of course the Darkling is a bad boy I swoon over.

5. What’s on your TBR for 2019? (top 5 will suffice)
Ok, I will choose a couple 2019 releases and a couple backlisters.
– King of Scars
– Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom
– Wicked Saints (this list sounds so dark so far!)
– Glass Sword
– Enchantee

6. How many books do you hope to read in 2019?
My goal is 75 and I hope to exceed that. *crossing fingers.

7. Will you participate in the Goodreads, or other Challenges?
Definitely Goodreads, plus several readathon challenges. I sort of have an addiction.

8. Any New Years Resolutions?
Ummm, not necessarily strong and steadfast, but I do want to comment on other blogs more and I do want to use my reading planner more.

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And that’s it! So if you like the sound of this tag and would like to do this one, consider yourself tagged! Please link back to me and the original maker of the tag (linked above) because I would love to see your answers. With that, happy new year!

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Blogmas 25: Tag Tuesday – The Joy of Christmas

Hello to all and Merry Christmas! If you aren’t a celebrator of Christmas then I hope you’re enjoying your day, but if you are, I hope Santa was good to you and that you are having a safe and happy holiday. Today I am coming at you with a holiday book tag because it is, afterall, a Tuesday. This tag was originally created by Sam, and you can watch the video here.

1) Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?
I’m looking forward to King of ScarsChildren of Virtue and VengeanceA Curse So Dark and Lonely….oh, so many!!

2) Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing it’s praises?
Right now I’m on a Colleen Hoover kick!

3) Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world building?
There are a couple details I would change in the story line, but I love the detail and the make up of the Grishaverse!

4) A Christmas Carol: Favorite classic or one that you want to read
I think my favorite is Frankenstein, and I really want to read (finish) the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy.

5) Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas
The new 10th anniversary editions of The Hunger Games books. Oh, and I really wanted a copy of The Disasters (I’m a sucker for that purple cover and the tagline “Space is tough- get a helmet).

6) Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling
Vain by Fisher Amelie was a spectacular book that game me all the feels. I really enjoyed it and definitely recommend it.

7) Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favorite book covers?
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8) Christmas Joy: What are some of your favorite things about Christmas And/Or some of your favorite Christmas memories?
One Christmas (technically about three days after Christmas) my college choir was invited to and travelled to sing at the White House. It was an amazing experience! That’s probably my favorite Christmas memory.

And that’s it! I wish you all a merry Christmas, and a very safe and joyous holiday season!

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Blogmas 18: Tag Tuesday – The Christmas Carol Book Tag

Its the last Tuesday before Christmas!!! Well, not including Christmas itself, of course. Time is flying (which, I feel like I say in every single post…but its so true!!). I am looking forward to working through this tag, and I hope you will too!

YOU’RE A MEAN ONE, MR. GRINCH
Name a villainous character you can’t help but love to hate.

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The Darkling from Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse. He is vile and ruthless, but he is so in love with Alina and would do anything for her. How can you not love that?

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU
What book do you most want to find under your Christmas tree this year?

Colleen Hoover’s latest (which I only learned about recently): Verity. Unlike all of CoHo’s other books, this one is a thriller/suspense novel and everyone who I have seen read it have come away saying something along the lines of “WTF?!” So basically, I MUST READ THIS!

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Name a favourite character that had to overcome a major obstacle.

Katniss Everdeen is forever one of my favorite characters and I think, by now, pretty much everyone knows her story. The obstacles that girl had to face and the pressure on her shoulders was just enormous. From being sent into the games not once but TWICE, to everything that happened to Peeta, to losing her sister, to then being manipulated into being the Mockingjay and leading an assault into the Capital…yeah, she’s pretty much my hero.

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN
Which characters do you think are at the top of Santa’s “Naughty” and “Nice” list?

At the top of Santa’s “Naughty” list is the Ministor/Pastor in Christina Dalcher’s Vox. This dude was awful. He truly believed what he preached about women’s true place being at the head of the household, and that they should be seen and not heard. Vox is a dystopian sci-fi book but honestly, I would almost categorize it as horror because the concepts and just how realistically it was written is just terrifying. On a lighter note, at the top of Santa’s “Nice” list is Jamie Fraser. This man is a saint. I mean, he gives all of himself not just for his wife but for his entire family, for his country, and for the bum on the street, no matter his or her nationality. Definitely at the top of the “Nice” list. We all need to be more like Jamie.

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What book just melts your heart?

I’m going to say A Christmas Carol for this one. I think the book is absolutely great. Not only that, but it is tied in my head to the movie versions which are so sentimental and hold such good memories.

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Uhh, Harry Potter….duh!! 😛

IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR
What book do you read to get in the Christmas spirit?

I read different books every year, and I sort of have a rotation going. So other than A Christmas Carol, which I already mentioned, I also have Skipping Christmas in my rotation which I really enjoy. That’s the John Grisham book that the movie “Christmas with the Cranks” is based off of. Its really good, if you haven’t read it before!

SLEIGH RIDE
What character would you most want to spend the holidays with?

Christian Gray, baby! *wink*wink*

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BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE
What book do you hate so much you would sacrifice it to the fire to stay warm?

Twilight. When I first read the series several years ago, I didn’t think they were too bad. Of course, I was several years younger and I read them post-surgery. Both of those factors must have had much to do with my thinking because when I *tried* to re-read them last year….yeah, I’m ready to throw them into the fire.

DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?
What book would you recommend to everyone?

The Light We Lost. This book warmed my heart and then broke my heart. So good.

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If you’re in the mood for a Christmas tag, I hereby tag you to do ^this^ one! Its not too long, not too short! Just right! And now I have these stuck in my head. 😉

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Blogmas Day 11: Tag Tuesday! Bookish ‘Naughty or Nice’ Tag

naughty-or-nice-temporary-tattoo-tt0138We survived another Monday, y’all! And how do we celebrate? With a tag for Tag Tuesday! I was “tagged” by Destiny @ Howling Libraries, and I have to give credit to Jenn for creating the tag. Here we go:

  • Received an ARC and not reviewed it – Naughty! I did this once and it hit my Netgalley score so hard I’m never doing it again. Next year, my answer will be “nice”! 
  • Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley – Nice! I am currently sitting at 81%. Its one of my New Years resolutions to get that number up. I WILL hit at least 90%, gosh darn it!!
  • Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) – Naughty. I rarely ‘promise’ a full review to come. I think maybe once or twice I have. I really only rate or rate and review. Its all or nothing. I am trying to get better at this too.
  • dog-eared-book-e1358973316431Folded down the page of a book – Nice. I really don’t mind this too much, but I have so many nice bookmarks now I have no reason to fold. I used to though. Not anymore!
  • Accidentially spilled on a book – Nice. I am SO careful of my books. I do NOT spill.
  • DNF a book this year – Naughty. I also don’t think that this is a bad thing necessarily. I just have come to realize that it takes a lot of time to read a book, so why waste it on a book you aren’t enjoying?
  • Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it – Nice. I will admit that I cover buy relatively frequently. However, I always intend to read it. And I am ok at walking away from a beautiful cover if I’m not going to read it.
  • Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) – Naughty. I do this all the time. But also, I have learned the skill of multi-tasking….working and listening to an audiobook!
  • Skim read a book – Naughty. Once you get past the point of DNF and then a book takes a turn for the worst and you just know you’re in for a LONG RIDE…yeah. Been there.
  • fol-book-sale-general-pic_img_0267Completely missed your Goodreads goal – Nice. I will PROBABLY miss my goal of 75. I’m not giving up yet though. I am currently at 62 books.
  • Borrowed a book and not returned it – Nice. I am not really a borrower unless its the library, and I bring those back!
  • Broke a book buying ban – Nice. A book ban is a book ban. I have SO. MANY. BOOKS. just sitting on my shelves that I need to read! (and so little money in my wallet)
  • Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about – Naughty. This I so fairly often. I very rarely write a review right after finishing a book. I Just need to let it sink in. But then sometimes I sort of forget to go back and finish a review….whoops.
  • Wrote in a book you were reading – Nice. I really don’t write in books unless its for school, and I’m not in school any more. At this point, if a note needs to be made, I make it on a Post-it or in my phone and come back to it later.
  • c1z93cykfzklFinished a book and not added it to your Goodreads – Nice. No way! If I read a book, I want “credit” for it! Those are going straight to GR!!
  • Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend – Nice. I have already mostly answered this one. I really don’t borrow books, but I will add that at the same time, I don’t really lend books either….for good reason!
  • Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book – Naughty. Sorry but….I just don’t trust people!
  • Broke the spine of someone else’s book – Nice. I definitely don’t do this. Maybe I would ask first, but I never initiated it.
  • Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged – Naughty – I literally just did this today! It really wasn’t too bad but I am so good at squishing and wrinkling them!
  • Sat on a book accidentially – Naughty. Uhhh, yes. Do you know how many books you have to pull out at a time to have booksta pics? A lot. They litter your furniture and floor. I’ve definitely sat on them.

So that’s all folks! My score: 7 Naughty/13 Nice. Woo hoo!! I’m a nice bookworm!! Where do you rate?

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Blogmas Day 4 – Tag Tuesday: Christmas Characters Tag

I have been looking forward to this tag since I first heard of its development! Anthony did a tad of brainstorming with our blog group and it got me in the Christmas mood WAY early. But I’m not mad. I love Christmas characters! You can go see the original tag on Anthony’s blog – Keep Reading Forward!

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santa-claus-sugar-cookies_exps173334_th133086b08_06_4bc_rmsSanta Clause – A Gift You Received or Want This Year
I am hoping to get the new anniversary editions of The Hunger Games and the special edition of Six of Crows. Its so pretty!!

Mrs. Clause – A Favorite Holiday Treat to Have Every Year
Peanut butter blossom cookies! Or really just the huge variety of Christmas cookies in general.

Ghost of Christmas Past – A Holiday Memory from Your Past
My younger brother and I have always loved Home Alone and can pretty much recite it line for line. When we were little (I was maybe 5 and him 3? Something like that?), we wanted to re-create the scene where Kevin sleds down the stairs in his house and out the front door. The thing was, though, that our front door didn’t QUITE line up. He could figure out how to turn, right? I mean, its like a race car going around the corner! Well, I think you can figure out that this didn’t all go out as planned. He went down the dozen-plus stairs on his plastic sled and went SMACK into the wall. Practically UP the wall, actually! 🤣 Its a story we revisit EVERY Christmas.

fotorcreatedBuddy the Elf – “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.” – A Holiday Song You like to Sing Each Holiday Season
Umm, all of them! I usually make myself a new playlist every year too. There are only so many Christmas songs out there, but the versions and arrangements are infinite!

original-28011-1463671484-3Misfit Toys – An Unpopular Toy You Really Wanted to Get One Year
I don’t know about unpopular…but I know I wanted one of those XL Barbie heads, where you were supposed to be able to do their hair. I never had sisters or anything but I wanted to learn about playing with hair. I never got her. I’m kinda glad because looking at her now, she’s rather creepy….

Grinch – A Moment When Your Heart Grew Three Sizes
A few years ago, I was invited to sing at the White House at Christmastime as an alumni of the college I had just graduated from. I had put in a lot of work the year before to be able to go and my class wasn’t able to, but the year after they did. I was touched that I was invited to go, and that trip was so amazing.

Jack Frost – A Tradition You Like to Do Every Winter
Going out to get a live Christmas tree is something my husband and I do every year. We walk out into the forest at the tree farm and walk around until we find “the one.” Before we were together, I hadn’t had a real tree since I was very young. Now though, it has become a yearly tradition. We almost got married at the tree farm but decided against it for other reasons.

Hero Boy – A Moment You Believed in a Holiday Wish/Miracle
I absolutely believe in holiday wishes and miracles. I know that the holidays can be an emotional, and even lonely time for some. However, I also feel that there is a power and a beauty to them as well.

Cindy Lou Who – A Favorite Holiday Tradition
I love attending church on Christmas Eve. I haven’t been the most devout of Christians over the past few years of my life, but church on Christmas is a beautiful thing to me.

frosty_primaryFrosty the Snowman – A Memory Involving Snow or A Memory You Would Like to Have Involving Snow
This isn’t necessarily a specific memory, but I do remember a few times that I have been able to go out at night while it was snowing and just watch the snow fall. I find it fascinating that snowflakes fall from the sky, but they make no noise. That stillness is almost indescribable. And then fresh show shimmers and glistens. I’m not a fan of slippery surfaces and cold, but fresh snow and just watching it fall….I absolutely love it.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – A Holiday Activity You Like Doing
Christmas crafts! I am addicted to seasonal and holiday crafts!

Ebenezer Scrooge – “Bah, Humbug!” – A Favorite Holiday Saying or Quote
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” Also the quote from the Grinch where–and I’m paraphrasing here–“Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas is

Spread the Holiday Spirit!
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TAG TUESDAY! The Nightmare Before Christmas Tag

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone’s week is going well so far. As can be expected, the weather here is typical fall: one day sunny and 81, the next rainy and 45. One never knows when its fall in the midwest!! I’m hoping I’ll have the chance to go outside and shoot some photos soon. Fingers crossed! Oh, and here is a link to the creator’s original tag. Here we go…

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1. Sally –loves someone a lot and gets them in the end … The first book that came to mind when I read this prompt was the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. This series, of course, is love triangle central and I won’t give away the resolution of who Alina finally ends up with, but I will tell you there is a lot of wanting and of course, someone(s) gets a HEA.

2. Jack – a character that longs for more … For this one, I’m going to go with Stalking Jack the Ripper. Audrey Rose is always wanting more training, more cases, more reasons to voice her opinions about women’s rights. She is a perfect example of a Jack-like character and how she sometimes got carried away with her wanting.

3. Zero – side kick character … My new favorite is Jacob from Victoria Schwab’s City of Ghosts. First off, I loved this book. Second, Jacob not only saved Cassidy’s life, but thereafter he was her best friend and stuck by her at all times. They understood each other so well and help each other through everything.

4. Oogie boogie – a book with a wicked villain … I’m going to go a little off a limb and go with Geekarella on this one. I finally got around to reading this book this summer and it was so cute and so fun that again, I don’t know why I waited so long! So the ‘wicked villain’ here is Elle’s mom and one of her stepsisters. In this modern world, it is just disgusting and cruel to treat someone the way that Elle is treated.

Regular_Final_-_8-21-20175. Halloween town – a book with a creepy theme … Anna Dressed in Blood. I feel like I don’t need to do a lot of explaining on this one. The title is rather creepy in and of itself. I didn’t love this book, but it was set up for the sequel and by the end of the book, things picked up and I was intrigued by that ending! So maybe someday I’ll get to the sequel.

6. Christmas town – a book that left you feeling warm and fuzzy … All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover. In some ways, this book was a tough pill to swallow. At times, I thought I might be walking away from this book, which is weird for me because I LOVE CoHo. However, by the end, I was crying happy love tears.

557682e7-6ea0-42bb-9a54-e662382233e57. What is this – book that took you by surprise …. I have to say Children of Blood and Bone for this one and here’s why: I was skeptical about the hype around this one. So much so that I almost didn’t even pick it up to read, but I’m so glad that I did! COBAB was so amazingly good and it moved so quickly, I was just in love with it from beginning to end.

So that’s that my friends. If you need some seasonal, bookish entertainment, then I tag you for this book tag! Have fun!!

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