Anonymous Bookaholics Tag

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I saw this tag done on Kerri McBookNerd’s blog and thought it looked like fun. Not sure who originated it; if you know, let me know so I can update.

1. What do you like about buying new books?

I like the possibilities I’m bringing into my life. New worlds to explore, new characters to meet, new villains to hate (or love). If it’s a book I’ve already read, then it’s old, familiar characters I’m ready to go on adventures with again.

2. How often do you buy new books?

Every few weeks. I was trying to confine myself to just one book a month, but that’s just not happening.

3. Bookstore or online book shopping: which do you prefer?

I vastly prefer going to the bookstore. I like seeing the books and their covers, being able to pick them up and start reading them, and read as much as I need to in order to decide if it’s the book for me.

4. Do you have a favorite bookshop?

No. There aren’t many bookstores by me. I’ve been to the used bookstore in town, and it’s okay, but I don’t love it. I guess there are a few more indie bookstores by me, but I don’t know where they are.

5. Do you pre-order books?

I’m trying to get in the habit of it, since pre-orders are important to authors.

6. Do you have a monthly buying limit?

Not really. I mean, like I said, I was trying for one book a month, and then I modified that to say if they’re really cheap (like $.25), it’s okay to buy more, and now I’m just trying to keep myself entertained.

7. How big is your wish list?

I don’t really keep a wish list.

8. Which three books from your wish list do you wish to own right now?

All three books I wish I had right now aren’t out, and one isn’t even listed on Goodreads yet. I want A Stroke of Malice by Anna Lee Huber (and I did preorder it), Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody, and Relentless by Jonathan Maberry. I cannot wait to have all three.

Boom! You’re tagged!

Festive Christmas Book Tag

I saw this tag done over on Kerri McBookNerd’s blog and thought it looked like fun. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a tag, so I thought I’d do this one.

A fictional family you would like to spend Christmas dinner with?

I think it’d be fun to hang out with Percy Jackson and his mom on Christmas. I’m fine with eating blue food instead of Christmas colors, and they seem like they’d be fun to be with.

A bookish item you would like to receive as a gift?

I really want a Kindle, but today I found this:

I already keep track of my books in a spreadsheet and on GoodReads, but I’d love a book journal to keep a hard copy of what I read. I love that this has two pages per book with lots of information and room for notes.

Bah Humbug. A book or fictional character you’ve been disappointed in and should be put on the naughty list?

I’m going to go with Severus Snape. I love him to death, and understand that he can be a good man without being a particularly nice one, but sometimes, I’m so disappointed in him, especially as a fellow teacher.

A book or a fictional character you think deserves more love and appreciation and deserve to be put on the nice list?

Two things have been making me thing of this Robin Hood book a lot lately: I caught part of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves on Wednesday, and this book is far superior, but it put me in the Robin Hood mood and, b) one of the characters in my current WIP has white-blond hair like Robin in this book. Anyway, I haven’t met many people who have read this and I’d love to gush about it with more people.

Red, Gold and Green. A book cover that has a wonderfully Christmasy feel to it.

I think this is the only book that I’ve ever read that’s explicitly Christmas themed. But, yeah, Christmasy cover!

A book or series you love so much, you want everyone to find under their Christmas tree this year so they can read it and love it too?

This was my favorite book of the year. I want EVERYONE to read it.

Tag, you’re it!

Autumn Tag

I saw this tag on Victorious Pages and thought it looked like fun. Since I’m currently juggling fifteen million books and finishing none, I thought I’d do this instead of my usual Monday review.

Hot Chocolate – what is your comfort book?

I’m sure it will come as no surprise if you’ve been around awhile that my comfort read is Beauty by Robin McKinley. It’s my favorite book and whenever I need a pick-me-up, I always return to it.

Pumpkin Carving – what is your favorite creative outlet?

I love writing, but I also love singing and making costumes. If I had to choose one, I’d say singing, because it’s the easiest to do at the spur of the moment.

Falling Leaves – changes that appear bad but you secretly love?

I actually kind of like it when the time changes. Not in the long run, because I get depressed when it’s dark, but the first few days of waking up to light and getting home when the sun is setting gives me a cozy feeling.

Pumpkin Spiced Latte – something you love that others tend to judge

Hmmm, I’m not sure. I love getting up early, but the trade-off is I have to go to bed early, and I think people judge that. Adults go to bed after a certain time, and I go to bed before that accepted time. Even my mom is like, “You go to bed that early? Why?” Well, I wake up around five. Sometimes four thirty. I need my sleep.

Bonfire Night – what makes you explode with joy?

Going to Disneyland or the beach. I love both those places. In an ideal world, Disneyland would be on the beach.

Fright Night – favorite scary book or film

Is Interview with the Vampire scary? Because that book and probably 28 Days Later for film.

Halloween candy – favorite thing to eat

Anything chocolate.

Scarves – your autumn ‘must-have’ accessory

Gloves. My hands get cold so easily. Of course, the gloves don’t really do anything, but I dare to dream.

Fire – a book or film that burns your soul

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. OMG, I love that book so much. All the characters are wonderful, the plot is great, and it just makes me so happy.

Toffee apples – a book or film that seems one thing but really has a different inside.

I can’t really think of anything.

I’ve had quite a few new followers in the last few weeks, so if you just started following my blog, consider yourself tagged. I also tag anyone who wants to do this.

Inside and Out Book Tag

I’m not sure who originated this book tag, but I found it on nickmags @ The Secret Library Book Blog and thought it looked like fun!

Inside flap/Back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough?

I want some information about the book, enough to tell the general plot, but no spoilers. I just want to know who the characters are and maybe what problem they face. It drives me crazy when there’s no information at all; I need some idea what the book is about if I’m going to read it. Tease me and tantalize me!

New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: Audiobook, E-Book, Paperback, or Hard cover?

Ideally, I want paperback or hardcover, but I’ll take e-book in a pinch.

Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, take notes, make comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean?

I keep my books clean because I never know what to write in my books. I wish I knew how to annotate and scribble, because it seems like fun, but I don’t know how.

Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?

I tend to gravitate first to female authors, but I don’t reject male authors. But my reading list is primarily female.

Ever read ahead? or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?

 I did when I was a kid, but I don’t anymore.

 Organized bookshelves, or outrageous bookshelves?

I like organized bookshelves, but I’ve run out of room on mine, so I’m doing some stacking. But I like being able to look at my shelf and know what’s where.

 Have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?

No.

 Take it outside to read, or stay in?

I usually stay inside, because the majority of my reading is done right before I go to bed. However, during the summer, I like to go to this tiny beach that’s usually devoid of people and read. It’s my favorite reading place outside of my home.

That was a lot of fun! If you’d like to do this tag, please consider yourself tagged!

Book Snob Tag

I saw this tag over on Emma’s Library and though it looked like fun. I don’t know who did the original, so if you do, let me know! It looks like this tag originated at Tia and All the Books on YouTube. Thanks, Emma, for letting me know!

Adaptation Snob – Do you always read the book before you see the movie or tv series?

I’m actually really weird when it comes to this and prefer to read the book after I see the movie or TV show. If I read it before, I spend the whole time I”m watching comparing it to the book, and it ruins my enjoyment. However, if I read the book after I see it, I can enjoy the book much more.

Format Snob – You can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks?

As much as I love physical books, I’m going with ebooks here. The thing I love about ebooks is when you finish one, you can get another one right away without having to wait for it to come.

Ship Snob: Would you date or marry a non-reader?

I so want to weasel out of this one by saying I don’t date or plan to marry. But… I don’t know, really. I guess I would, as long as they weren’t rude about me being a reader.

Genre Snob: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?

Fantasy, but only if fairy tale retellings aren’t considered fantasy. If they are, then het romance.

Uber Genre Snob: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?

M/M romance.

Community Snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

Fantasy.

Snobbery Recipient: Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?

Yup. When I was in high school, I was told I was boring because all I talked about was books and movies. I guess I should have been gossiping about other people or something.

If you’re reading this, haven’t done it, or just want to do it, consider yourself tagged!

What are you snobbish about in your reading? Drop a comment below and let me know!

The Summer Sweat-along Book Tag

The Summer Sweatalong Book Tag was created by Jo, the Bookworm Dreamer. I saw it done on Zezee with Books and though it looked like fun. So, I’m going to do it.

My favorite season and why I like it:

My favorite season is summer. I’m a teacher, and I love having the summer off. I love the warm weather and sunshine. Where I live, it generally doesn’t get too warm (in fact, sometimes, it’s too cloudy for me). I love going to the beach and reading for hours, or walking by the shore listening to books. It’s just an amazing season, and I wish it lasted longer.

Don’t stop
A book you couldn’t stop reading

The first time I read The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles, I couldn’t put it down. I loved both the main characters so much, and the chemistry between them just scorched the page (or screen, since I read it on my Kindle). I was intrigued by the plot and hung on every word until the end.

You’re a cheetah.

A book you read in just one day.

So, I had a totally rocking New Year’s Eve this… last year. Not only did I read This Side of Murder by Anna Lee Huber in one day, I read it in a few hours. I looked at it, thought, “I wonder if I can read that before midnight,” and then I did. Totally rocking.

Couldn’t let go

A book you reread straight away

Something Upstairs by Avi is the only book I can remember ever opening up and rereading right after I finished reading it. It was creepy and spooky, and it scared the heck out of me, but I loved it.

Calm it down!
A book that got your heart racing

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff had my heart pounding and me sitting on the edge of my seat. It also made me cry really hard. It’s just a roller coaster of a ride.

Second best
A sequel you read faster than the first

It took me a few days to read Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, but it only took me one to get through Clockwork Prince.

Books on fire!
A series you read straight through

I read all six published books in the the Lady Darby series by Anna Lee Huber in just a few weeks. I think I only had to wait for them to be delivered from ThriftBooks, but I tore through that series. It’s just so good.

Midnight madness
A book that kept you up late

I didn’t want to put A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer down. It kept me up well into the night. I cannot wait for the sequel.

And that’s the Summer Sweatalong tag. If you’re reading this and feel so inclined, consider yourself tagged. Have fun!

Reader Confession Tag

I saw this somewhere on the blog-o-sphere but forgot to write down whose blog I saw it on. I also don’t know the original creator, so if you know, please tell me. But, I thought it looked like fun and it’s been awhile since I’ve done a tag, so here I go!

Have you ever damaged a book?

Yes. I tend to read books until they fall apart. My copy of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire has been through the wringer, and my grandmother’s copy of To Kill a Mockingbird literally came apart in my hands (although, in my defense, it was already falling apart when I read it). I’m much better now about keeping books nice looking, but when I was younger, I was a lot harder on books.

Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

Yes. When I was a teenager, I had to buy my friend a lot of new copies of books she lent me because I’d accidentally damaged them. Most recently, I dropped all the avocado off my avocado toast onto a library book. I was able to get it all off, but the page was discolored. Luckily, the library didn’t charge me.

How long does it take you to read a book?

Anywhere from 2 to 4 days, usually.

Book that you haven’t finished?

There are quite a few, but my most recent DNFs are:

Lavinia was actually really good, but it just wasn’t working for me right now. Maybe another time. Dark Side of the Moon was just kind of boring. Plus, I don’t like the depiction of Artemis.

Hyped or popular books that you didn’t like?

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor was just too stressful to me. And I didn’t like the intimate scenes between Lazlo and Sarai.

Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

I really don’t want to tell my sister I’m reading Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis, but usually, I don’t tend to hide what I’m reading.

How many books do you own?

200?

Are you a fast or slow reader?

I think I’m a pretty fast reader.

Do you like to buddy read?

I’ve never done it before, but am open to the experience.

If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?

I’d choose Beauty by Robin McKinley because it’s my favorite Beauty and the Beast retelling and makes me happy.

If you haven’t done this tag yet, consider yourself tagged. I’d love to see your answers!