Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2020

In all honesty there are SO many Book Freak Out tags out there and this has been done for years now so I am not sure where the original one came from! And of course I have read and watched several! So…jumpin’ on the bandwagon here!
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1. Best book you’ve read so far
Out of 24 books read so far in 2020, I have rated 24 with 5 ⭐️’s. Of these, my favorite was Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. I absolutely loved this book and cannot wait for the next book in this series to come out!

423690642. Best sequel you’ve read so far
I have read two sequels and one third-in-series. Of these, my favorite has been The Tea Dragon Festival! Unfortunately I haven’t read the first book but I just know that these books are so good, and obviously I loved this second book so the first book had to be great, right?

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
These are starting to gang up on me. It was my goal to read primarily backlist books this year but as the year goes on, I want to read 2020 releases! At this moment, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes and Girl, Serpent, Thorn are most calling to me!

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
I am looking forward to seeing what Naomi Novik has in store for us in her upcoming school-set book A Deadly Education, which releases September 29th. And then almost exactly a month later on October 27th Kerri Maniscalo’s new series releases and it looks so good–its called Kingdom of the Wicked.

5. Biggest disappointment.
For sure – Catherine House. I wanted to love it but it just wasn’t for me.

51qnk75gkhl6. Biggest surprise.
I have read two really great indie books so far this year, but of the two I will shout out Curse of Blood and Shadow by J.M. Kearl here. If you’re ever looking for a YA fantasy book off the beaten path and away from all of the hype, here is one to try. This book is set in a boarding school that unites four kingdoms and teaches the students magic and battle skills. In their midst is an assassin who is searching for the princess (the main character). There is enemies to very slow-burn to-be-continued love. There is wit and humor. The world building was great. This book really has everything, which is why I really enjoyed it and was very surprised by how great it was. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Ehh, I don’t know if I’ve really found a new favorite yet this year. I’m still working on that.

52198857._sx318_sy475_8. Newest fictional crush.
Darlington in Ninth House. I miss him so!

9. Newest favourite character.
Galaxy Stern in Ninth House! Plus her name is Galaxy. That’s pretty epic.

10. Book that made you cry.
A Constellation of Roses did get me thinking a bit but no actual tears were shed. Because of all the things going on in the world at this time, I have stayed away from the tear jerkers and the really rough content intentionally.

11. Book that made you happy.
This is an easy one. Despite the title, Only Mostly Devastated made me so happy (overall). The cast of characters was really great and even when Ollie (the main character) was a bit of a downer, he had his family or someone around him to help pick him up.

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
Just got it in the mail yesterday: Mexican Gothic. I don’t know what it is, but man, the colors just POP! The magenta and the green are lovely! Its a relatively simple cover and I just love it! Can’t wait to dive in!

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Ha! All of them? Seriously though, I do want to continue on in a couple of the series that I resolved that I would. For example, read on to Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi and Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab. The first books to those were two of my favorites last year.

14. Favourite Book Community Member
First, Destiny @howlinglibraries. This woman reads SO much and I love consulting her platforms for recommendations across any genre and any diversity. Then there’s  Kim @booksontheknightbus. This girl works hard, reads hard, reps hard, and takes beautiful photos. She was my rep when I first started out with my book sleeves and now she is juggling a couple different bookish merch companies with active duty and she is just fabulous. My final pick is one I more recently started following and that is Kayla @booksandlala. I can’t help but choose her overall because she uses her huge platform for so much good. Also because I enjoy her content, but also, she posts activism and educational links and info every.single.day. on her social media. I posted her YouTube link, but she is so worth the IG follow as well.

And that’s the end! Please feel free to do this tag and tag me back if you do. I would love to see your responses!

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Tag Tuesday: New Year Book Tag

Happy 2020 everyone! Dorka over at Berries & Books is keeping this tag alive–she’s done it for three years straight now so hats off girl! I think this is my second year doing this one so here goes!

Question #1: How many books do you plan to read in 2020?
I set my goal at 50 this year, after falling just short of my goal of 75 for the past two years straight. This year I want to go a little bit more low-key and exceed it and just feel good about things. I feel good about that.

Question #2: Name five books you didn’t get to read last year but wanna make a priority in 2020.
The biggest two that I didn’t get to were the Six of Crows duology. I really want to prioritize them this year because–hello–Grishaverse coming to Netflix. Also on my list are Serpent and Dove, A Sorcery of Thorns, and

Question #3: Name a genre you want to read more of.
I always try to keep a good balance of genres but I want to get back into urban and paranormal fantasy. That’s sort of what got me back into reading a while back, ironically.

Question #4: Three non book related goals for 2020?
Start a bullet journal, pick up my ukelele, and manage my finances better (eek!)

Question #5: What’s a book you’ve had forever that you still need to read?
My brother and (now) sister-in-law bought me the Darker Shades of Magic trilogy four, maybe even five Christmases ago now? And I need to read those! Not just for that reason, but I want to read them too, of course!

Question #6: One word you’re hoping 2020 will be?
Stress-free! (that’s one, hyphenated word, right??)

As for tagging, I think you should all do this one if you haven’t for 2020 yet. I know January is scooting along quickly but there is always time to collect your thoughts and gain some shelf control. Happy reading!

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Tag Tuesday ~ I should have read that!

Its been a little while since I’ve done a tag, so here is one to see us through the day!

-Rules-

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

A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read –
Everyone in general always wants me to read the ACOTAR series. Its Sarah J Maas and wingspan that, you know what I mean??

A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t picked it up –
Oh, so many!! I’ll just go ahead and mention the Darker Shade of Magic trilogy here because I really, really do want to read this one and I own it and I just haven’t gotten to it!

A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten round to finishing yet – 
I’m going to call out Red Queen for this one. I started this one a year or maybe even close to two years ago now and I do want to continue on in the series but I just haven’t gotten back to it. I want to though!

A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but never actually read –
Frankenstein! How have I not read Frankenstein?! I read Dracula in full last year finally, and I have started Frankenstein, but how have I not made it all the way through?!

A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read – 
Well, I have already cited Maas…and ADSOM…let’s embarrass myself further and admit that I haven’t read The Illuminae Files either. I swear I really want to! But y’all, there are just so many books and so little time!

A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but you just haven’t read it yet –
My most recently watched adaptation that I “meant to read before watching” but of course, didn’t get around to…A Discovery of Witches. The show was pretty good! A little Twilight-ey, and a little corny in its own way, but it was decent. I hope the book is better.

A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet –
The first one that came to mind was The Priory of the Orange Tree. This book is an absolute tome that I probably would have to drop all other hobbies in order to read and finish before I die. Maybe someday while I’m on maternity leave or something but…someday I would like to attempt reading it. As of right now though, I don’t know if I could fight my way through it. Just being realistic….

And there you have it, folks! The ‘I should have read that tag’! Honestly one of the simplest tags I have done! Its much easier to think of what you should have read rather than remember what you have read. Funny how that works, eh? Anyway, if you like the sound of this tag, please feel free to do it! Please tag me if you to because I would love to read your answers, and tag the original maker of the tag, listed above. Have a great Tuesday!

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

All right, here it is. My rendition of the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag! I know we’re past “mid-year” by now, but I have put a lot of (probably too much) thought into this. Better late than never, eh?

THE QUESTIONS:

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1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019.
Hands down, no questions asked, best book I have read so far was Red, White, and Royal Blue. I haven’t been quiet about this one since I read it and I probably won’t shut up about it for a while!
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019.
Outside of graphic novels which I have been reading more or less in sequence together, I have only read two books in series and one was a re-read! Yikes! Maybe that is something I will look into more for the rest of the year. That being said, I really did enjoy the ‘sequel’ I did read…it was the final book in a 4-book series, and that would be The Dire King from Jackaby by William Ritter. I loved this series, and if you haven’t read any of these books, I certainly recommend.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
Definitely A Sorcery of Thorns! I am pretty sure I have this one coming in a sub box so I am trying to wait patiently but it is really difficult because everyone is raving about this one!
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
After all the good things that have come out so far this year, its amazing to believe we’re still getting epic releases throughout the rest of the year! What I am most looking forward to is between Children of Virtue and Vengeance and Ninth House.
5. Biggest disappointment.
Unpopular opinion but…The Bear and the Nightingale. That’s what really makes a  disappointment, isn’t it? I had high hopes for this book and it let me down because so many people love this story! I can see why but it wasn’t for me. Maybe it was because I listened to the audiobook? Someday I’ll try the hard copy, or maybe I’ll try book 2 that way…we’ll see.
6. Biggest surprise.
I already mentioned Red, White, & Royal Blue, so for my final answer here I am going to say Slayer for this one. I am not really a Buffy fan, and I thought this book was going to be about Buffy herself but pretty much everything I had expected about this book was wrong and I gave this book 5 stars!
7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
For this question I am going to choose Emily A Duncan, who wrote Wicked Saints.loved this book and thought it was so well written! The fantasy structure was so well thought out, I absolutely cannot wait to read book 2!
8. Newest fictional crush.
The boys in Wicked Saints were my latest heart thieves. I didn’t know who to like, who to sympathize with, who to distrust…as I mentioned, Emily wrote them so well, I just fell for them both. I can’t wait for the whole series to come out so I can have more of them!
9. Newest favourite character.
Klaus, aka Number 4, from The Umbrella Academy! I watched the show and read the comic books and of course, I ended up being a sucker for Klaus’ morbid temperament. Leave it to me to want the guy with contacts on the other side.
10. Book that made you cry.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Not much contest there. If you haven’t read this book yet, what are you waiting for? Get to it. It was so good. 5 stars. Pick it up.
11. Book that made you happy.
Again, Red, White & Royal Blue made me laugh out loud countless times! I loved so many things about that book and now I am seeing merch rolling out–t-shirts, buttons, “royal” garb…I want it! It all just makes me so happy!
12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
I joined a buy/sell/trade group this year so I really have been adding a LOT of books to my shelves over the past several months! Plus I am a sucker for covers so its so hard to choose. I think one of the most beautiful books I’ve gotten so far this year is Onyx & Ivory (I have always been a sucker for this cover). Also, how can you beat the cover of King of Scars? I mean, come on.
13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Speaking of King of Scars, I really need to read the Six of Crows of duology (which I always say but I really, really mean it!!!) in order to earn my way to KoS! I really need to do it before the show starts on Netflix and before more books come out.
14. Favourite Book Community Member
This is probably the real reason it took me a while to finish this…looking up my buds. So the people I always look to for blog formatting, new releases, bookish opinions, really just anything and everything–whether they know it or not–are Destiny @howling libraries, Klo @Reader Voracious, and Austine @Novel Knight.

And that is that. Woo! So if you have not yet done this tag, I recommend taking a few minutes and reflecting on what you have read this year so far. Consider yourself…TAGGED!!

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#BESummer19: Lemonade Stand Tag!

Today’s post is brought to you by Jeimy over at A Novel Idea. She is our current host for Bookending Summer and this tag is so adorable, I just love it! It is short and sweet, yet fun in the sun. 😉

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Name a character that left a sour taste in your mouth.

Jack. Jack Attack. Jackie. Jack King. King of Hearts. Jack this and Jack and Jack-I-just-didn’t-care from Opposite of Always. I probably would have liked this book a lot more if the main character was not Jack King.

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Name a scene that was bittersweet.

Five Feet Apart was so bittersweet! You never know if books in this genre are going to be sad or really sad. I actually fell more in love with Stella and Will than the MCs in The Fault in Our Stars (I don’t even remember their names at this point–sorry).

Sweet
Name a book ending that was too sweet for words.

To be honest, the ending of Hot Dog Girl was the redeeming quality of the book! The MC grinded on my nerves a little bit throughout the story but then the last segment just unfurled with morsel after morsel of sweet story line endings and I gobbled it all up! It was a serious feel-good book.

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Name a book that was completely refreshing.

I know I keep talking about it, but Red, White, and Royal Blue was everything and in the most refreshing way. The book talked about gay relationships in the most casual way. It was set in the future and placed a female in the White House for re-election as if it was so commonplace. There was humor and charm and everything about the characters and story was dazzling!

And that’s the tag! See? Short and sweet! This is a new tag so I am tagging the following ‘New Bloggers’ colleagues (and anyone else) to join in the fun:
Laurie
Dany
Emma
Sarah
Alys
Be sure to tag me so I can see your answers if you participate! Enjoy!

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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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!
Tag 1-12 People!
Linda
Abbey
Jenna

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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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Tag Tuesday: Harry Potter Book Tag

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY!! Did you know that today, July 31st, is Harry Potter’s birthday? Yep! Its almost sad that I know that, but I do. Our little hero was born on this day in 1980. So in honor of that, of course I must do a tag in his honor!

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Favourite book – Growing up my favorite book was Prisoner of Azkaban. I still really like that book but now that I’m older I think Deathly Hallows is my favorite. I think it has more depth to it, which I appreciate more.

Favourite movie – Half Blood Prince for sure! Although I enjoy watching Goblet of Fire much more than I used to.

Least favourite book – Chamber of Secrets I think. Probably my least favorite movie as well. Which is a shame because I love Kenneth Branagh!!

37da4a94ad2dfe0a275634a5ed212b8eParts of the books/movies that made you cry – Oh come on! Dobby. The raising of the wands for Dumbledore. Those are the biggest moments.

If you could hook up with any Harry Potter character who would it be? Either of the Weasely twins. 😉

Favourite character – Prof. McGonagall, Molly Weasley, Sirius, Dumbledore

What would your Patronus be? A dog.

Which of the Deathly Hallows would you choose? Wand.

What House would you be in? Ravenclaw.

If you could meet any member of the cast who would it be? Alan Rickman.

lhp1_featuredHave you played any of the video games? Lego Harry Potter for the WIN!!

If you were on the Quiddich team which position would you play? Spectator.

Were you happy with the ending? Yes, minus the “Fifteen years later” part. I hate when authors do that. I just don’t need that in a book….

How much does Harry Potter mean to you? I have many memories associated with the books, the movies, merchandise, and hopefully someday the theme parks. I plan on making more with future children and other family members. I don’t see HP fading from my life anytime soon. ❤

So if you’re reading this and you’re a fan of HP and want to wish him a happy birthday too, or just want to have a bit of fun with this tag, then consider yourself tagged! 😉

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