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?


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!

Coffee Book Tag

I saw this tag done on Bits ‘n’ Books and thought it looked like fun. I love coffee and I love books, so it’s a match made in heaven! So, let’s get started!

Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

I’m going to go with Twilight for this. I tried. I was hugely into vampires when it came out, and I knew the dynamic between Bella and Edward was one that I’d be into. But I couldn’t get past two things: the writing and the fact the vampires kept going to high school. I can’t with that idea, that not only would anyone willingly subject themselves over and over to high school, but that it was any way feasible for them to do so. It was too much of a stumbling block for me.

Peppermint Mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.

I really don’t know. I mean, I guess anything seasonal, especially romances. Like Let it Snow by Heidi Cullinan. I think I may have started rereading it this winter, in fact.

Hot chocolate: What is your favorite children’s book?

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. It’s about a woman who, when she’s a child, vows that when she grows up, she’ll travel to far away places, have a house by the sea, and do something to make the world a more beautiful place. And she does just that. It’s a beautiful little book; I read it twice a year to my students.

Double shot of espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles had me on the edge of my seat. It starts with the main character under a spell that forces him to almost kill himself and doesn’t let up on the tension. It’s also very sexy and romantic.

Starbucks: Name a book that you see everywhere.

Right now, it’s Priory of the Orange Tree. Everyone seems to be talking about it. That, and Girl, Wash Your Face.

That hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shout-out.

Is Jordan L. Hawk an indie author? If they are, then the Hexworld series.

Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from.

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. I really enjoyed Strange the Dreamer, but Muse was just too… irritating to me. I hated the romance an the intimate scenes between Sarai and Lazlo, I hated how the antagonists were so over-powered. I felt helpless during the book. I only liked the beginning and the end; the middle was agony.

The perfect blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.

I’m going back with Charm of Magpies series by K.J. Charles. There were moments that were sad and bitter, it was sweet, and it was so, so satisfying. I like how it ended, but I want more of the characters. Still do. I hope they appear again, but I doubt they will.

Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

I can’t believe it’s half-way through the year already! Despite having some moments where it’s dragged on, I’m still stuck thinking that it’s March or April, not June! And I’m out of school, too, which is fantastic!

I’ve seen this tag in a few different places, but forgot to write down where I saw it last.

The best book that you’ve read so far from 2019?

Best sequel that you’ve read so far in 2019?

New release that you haven’t read yet, but want to?

Most anticipated release for the next half of 2019?

Biggest disappointment in 2019?

This wasn’t a bad book by any stretch of the imagination. It was very well done and well written. However, it was dark and depressing and left me feeling down, which was not what I expected.

Biggest surprise in 2019?

How much I liked the Infernal Devices series.

Favorite new author (debut or new to you)?

Bridget Kemmerer is a new-to-me author who has become a favorite.

Newest fictional crush?

Grey from A Curse so Dark and Lonely.

Newest favorite character?

Audrey Rose from the Stalking Jack the Ripper series.

A book that made you cry?

But out of happiness.

A book that made you happy?

The most beautiful book you’ve bought or received in 2019?

The Infernal Devices trilogy. The books are gorgeous, right down to the spines.

What book do you need to read by the end of 2019?

A Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, dammit!

Tag, you’re it!

Literary Dinner Party

I saw this tag over at Literary Book Fanatic and though it seemed like fun. It was created by NEHOMAS2 on YouTube. The point of the tag is to imagine you’re hosting a dinner party. There are 10 questions and categories to fill and 11 characters you can invite.

One character who can cook/likes to cook.

Is it bad that my first thought was Hannibal Lecter? But I don’t want him to do the cooking at this party, so I’m going with Emoni Santiago from With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo.

One character who has money to fund the party.

Ozymandias/Adrian Veidt from Watchmen by Alan Moore has enough money to fund the party.

One character who might cause a scene.

Lydia Bennett from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen adores causing a scene.

One character who is funny/amusing

Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

One character who is super social/popular.

Lord Akeldama from The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger.

One villain

Grand Admiral Thrawn from Star Wars Heir to the Empire (and other books by Timothy Zahn)

One couple – doesn’t have to be romantic

Catherine Morland and Henry Tilney from Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.

One hero/heroine

Charlotte Doyle from The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

One underappreciated character

Cobbler, Joe Ledger’s cat in the Joe Ledger series by Jonathan Maberry. The poor thing was overshadowed by Ghost the super dog.

One character of your own choosing

Nico from Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series.

So, those are my choices for my dinner party. Who would you choose? Please consider yourself tagged!

Book Addiction Tag

I saw this tag done on A Dreamer’s Library and thought it looked like fun. This tag was created by Always Trust in Books.

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

I think a day? I read pretty much every day. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I didn’t read every day, except in February when I was deeply depressed and in a reading slump. Even when I went to Disney World last summer, I read to calm down before I went to bed. It’s just part of my daily ritual.

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

I usually just carry one physical book with me at a time. On my kindle, I have every book I’ve ever bought. Can you take them off? I don’t know, I don’t care. Actually, since this is my third Kindle, I may have not re-downloaded some of my earlier purchases, but if I’m carrying my Kindle, I’ve got over a hundred books with me.

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

I don’t keep every book I get, only the ones I love or think I’ll reread. Last year, I did a huge declutter and got rid of books I knew I wasn’t going to read again. I’m not quite ready to do another one yet; I’d rather get another bookshelf.

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

I’ve been trying to cut down on buying books, so it’s not fun to go to the bookstore and not be able to buy anything. When I do buy books, I’ll spend about an hour.

How much time per day do you actually spend reading?

Lately, it’s been about two to three hours. Before that, forty-five minutes to an hour.

Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?

Always before bed. Lately, in the evening, starting around six or so. Sometimes at lunch.

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

About 220 physical books and about 240 Kindle books. So, over 400.

Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?

I don’t… know? Depends on who I’m talking to. If I’m talking to my sister, a lot. If I’m talking to someone at work, probably never.

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

I think the longest book I’ve read was Les Miserables which was 1463 pages.

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

I’ve looked pretty hard for The Beacon at Alexandria by Gillian Bradshaw, but can’t find it anywhere.

A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF.

I really struggled with Six of Crows, but, after putting it down for a few weeks, managed to get through it.

What are three of your main book goals for 2019?

  1. Read 100 books.
  2. Review all or most of the books I read.
  3. Branch out and read some books out of my usual niche

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

Um, I’m not sure? I had a student who didn’t like to read, I gave his parents some suggestions, and, from what I hear, now he’s a reader. His parents thanked me, but I don’t know if I really did anything.

Describe what books mean to you in five words?

Stress-relief, portable magic, security

I tag: Evelyn @evelynreads, Jess @Comfort Reads, and Rachel Patrick @DiaryofaReadingAddict and anyone who wants to do it!

This or That book tag

Today I’m here with another tag: the This or That book tag. This tag was created by Paper Fury. I saw it done over on The Kingdom of Pages and thought it looked like fun. So, I’m giving it a try!

Series or Standalone?

Obviously I want whatever is going to serve the story the best, but if it’s really good, I generally want a series so I can have more.

Magic earned or magic born?

Either, as long as they have to work and learn to control and use the magic. If they’re born with it and it comes as naturally as breathing, I’m less interested, but if they have to work to learn to control it, it’s okay.

Enemies-to-lovers or friends-to-lovers?

I tend to like enemies-to-lovers better. I’ve always been a sucker for when the bad guy has to join up with the good guys to defeat an even bigger bad guy, and that’s a little of what enemies-to-lovers gives me.

Hilarious banter or emotional ruin?

Hilarious banter.

Love triangle or insta-love?

It depends, is the isnta-love due to a biological imperative or soul-bond? Because I love that. But if it’s just two people falling in love instantly… eh, I think I’d still prefer that to a love triangle. I’m tired of those.

Keyboard smash fantasy names or all names start with the same letter?

All names start with the same letter. I don’t read keyboard smash fantasy name books.

Mean parents or dead parents?

Dead parents.

Supermodel looks or constantly says how plain they are?

Supermodel looks. That’s how I’ll picture them anyway.

Face on cover or typography on cover?

Depends on how pretty/arresting the face or typography is. I’m not particularly drawn to one over the other.

Villain turning a little good or hero turning a little bad?

I probably already answered this, but villain turning a little good. It’s catnip to me.