New Year’s Resolution Book Tag

I came across this book tag through Kristen Kraves Books. While I don’t keep up with New Year’s resolutions, I feel that bookish ones might be a bit easier to follow!

An author you’d like to read that you’ve never read:

Talia Hibbert. I picked up Get a Life, Chloe Brown a few months ago, and I can’t wait to read it!

A book you’d like to read

Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan. I enjoyed the first installment of this series so much!

A classic you’d like to read:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I finally picked up this classic very recently!

A book you’d like to re-read

There are so many, but I think I would choose Shanghai Girls by Lisa See.

A book you’ve had for ages and want to read

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. I downloaded this on my Kindle a couple years ago, but have yet to read it!

A big book you’d like to read

I can’t think of one offhand, but I’m sure one will come my way!

An author you’ve previously read and would like to read more of

I enjoyed Natasha Ngan’s stories, so I’m looking forward to reading more of her work!

A book you got for Christmas and would like to read

I received Go Set a Watchman during Christmas, so I can’t wait to read that one!

A series you want to read from start to finish

I loved reading Ransom Riggs’s first novel in the Miss Peregrine series, and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this series. The content is very enjoyable!

A series you want to finish that you’ve already started
Same as above!

Do you set reading goals? If so, how many books do you want to read in 2020?

I’ve set my Goosreads goal at reading 30 books this year. Hopefully I can surpass that number!

Blogmas Day 10: Christmas Tag

Today I’m taking part in a Christmas Tag! I came across this tag on Beth Olivia’s page.

–As a kid, did a sibling ever receive a present that you wished was for you?
I had younger cousins growing up with me, but yes! They would receive gifts like game consoles, and I would be in their room playing with it for weeks!

–Do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
I love giving gifts to people so much…but receiving them is nice also!

–Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
I’ve always owned a fake Christmas tree. It’s fun decorating it will beautiful lights and ornaments!

–What’s your most memorable holiday moment?
Receiving gifts from Santa for the first time, that I could remember. I was shocked to see so many gifts under the tree!

–What makes the holidays special for you?
Gathering with friends and family, sharing stories for a few hours!

–What’s your favourite Christmas colour?
Red and white!

–If you could only buy one person a present this year, who would it be?
My niece Ana. I love her more than life itself!

-What’s your favourite Christmas smell?
Gingerbread. It’s the best!

–Do you use advent calendars?
Yes, I have two: A Trader Joe’s calendar with chocolate, and a Nativity scene Advent calendar.

–If you could be in any Christmas film, which one would it be?
Love Actually. Only because I enjoyed the film greatly!

Blogmas Day 3: Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

Hi everyone! Blogmas is underway, so I decided to work on the Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag. I came across this tag on Jenniely‘s page. It has a delightful touch of the holidays throughout the tag!

Received an ARC and not reviewed it   (No)
So far I’ve been pretty good at following up with that!

–Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley (No)
I have 69%…so I need to post some things soon!

Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) (Yes)
I’ve done this with a few books I rated on there! Sometimes it’s easier to just post the star rating and be done with it!

–Folded down the page of a book (No)
I used to do this a lot when I was younger, but not recently!

–Accidentally spilled on a book (No)

DNF a book this year (Yes)
Yes, and with a book I was looking forward to reading for a while!

Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it (No)
If you have no intention of reading it, you shouldn’t buy it!

–Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) (Yes)
Yup, all the time!

–Skim read a book (Yes)
As long as you can grab the idea of a plot, skim away!

–Completely missed your Goodreads goal (No)

–Borrowed a book and not returned it (No)

–Broke a book buying ban (No)

–Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about (No)

Wrote in a book you were reading (Yes)
I used to do this back in my college years!

Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads (Yes)
I’ve done this once or twice!

–Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend (Yes)
It began as a book given to me…then a few months later she changed her mind. This was two year ago! But really, was it a borrowed book to begin with?

–Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book (No)

–Broke the spine of someone else’s book (No)
I would never!

–Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged (No)

–Sat on a book accidentally (Yes)
Thankfully, nothing happened to the book!

That’s it! I hope everyone has a fun Tuesday!

NetGalley Book Tag

Happy Tuesday everyone! I came across the NetGalley Book Tag, and I thought it was a fun post to take part in!

  • Link back to the tag’s creator (Kourtni Reads)
  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you (I wasn’t tagged, but I came across this tag through A Little Haze Book Blog)
  • Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!
  • Tag a few people to do this too (If you would like to do this tag, feel free!)

Auto-Approved: Who’s one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what they’re about?
I would love to read Lisa See’s work. I enjoy reading historical fiction novels, I can never get enough of them!

Request: What makes you want to request a book that you see on NetGalley?
I briefly read the synopsis, and if it grabs my attention, I request!

Feedback Ratio: Do you review every book you read? If not, how do you decide what books to review?
Yes, I review every book I read.

Badges: If you could create your own badge to display on your blog, what would it be for?
Probably one displaying my love for NYC historical fiction stories. It’s the city of my heart.

Wish for It: What’s one book that you are absolutely dying to read?
‘Unravel the Dusk’ by Elizabeth Lim

NetGalley Challenge: What was the last book that you received as an ARC that you reviewed? If you’ve never received an ARC, what’s the last book you reviewed?
The last NetGalley book I reviewed was Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan. I gave it 5 stars.

That’s all for now! This tag is not affiliated with NetGalley, it’s just an enjoyable tag for book lovers/reviews!

End of Year Book Tag

Hi everyone! I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!

For this post, I’m taking on the End of the Year Book Tag. I can’t believe that 2019 is nearly over!
I came across this tag on The Book Prescription‘s page.

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Yeah, Crooked Kingdom…I’ll get to finishing this book…hopefully!

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

As of today, I’m waiting for my copy to be available in the library! I can’t wait to read it!

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

I love reading a little of every genre!

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?
Maybe…I guess I’ll find out when I read the stories!

Have you already started making reading plans for 2020?

Of course! I plan on getting more involved in attending book clubs. I also intend on reading more contemporary stories.

The Reader Problems Book Tag

I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!

Today I’m working on the Reader Problems Book Tag. I came across this tag from Stephen Writes‘s page.

You have 20,000 books on your TBR, how do you decide what to read next?
Hmm…usually I choose stories based on where my emotions lead me. Unless it’s a book that’s been released recently, then I approach that one first!

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?
I do my best to plug my way through it, unless I absolutely can’t tolerate the content.

The end of the year is coming and you’re behind on your reading challenge. Do you try to catch up? And if so, how?
Sure, I just dive right in through audiobooks in the evening.

The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?
I appreciate a book regardless of how the cover looks.

Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?
I turn to a close friend, who won’t judge my reading preferences lol

You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?
I grab tissues out of my purse and run!

The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?
No, I’ll read the sequel to have my mind refreshed. It will be like a new story!

You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?
I’ll be honest with them. I’ve had too many instances of people ‘borrowing’ forever, never again!

You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?
Yikes, this happened to me a few months ago! Since I was working a job that consumed nearly all of my time while enduring my slump, I threw my focus on that. This lasted for about a month, then the reading slump faded.

There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read. How many do you end up buying?
I try to stick with 1-2 books a week. I also make requests in the library.

After you purchase all of these books that you’re dying to read, how long do they sit on your shelf before you read them?
It depends…some books are weeks, other books are months. I have so many to love!

That’s all of the questions!

Hocus Pocus Book Tag

Today I wanted to try a tag with a Halloween inspired theme in mind! I discovered this tag through Romance Book Binge.

A Great Trilogy

I loved L.J. Smith’s The Secret Circle trilogy. One of my favorite book series that I read in high school!

Winnifred Sanderson
A book with a truly evil villain

Dolores Umbridge. She was quite a character!

Sarah Sanderson
A book that uncannily attracts children

A Series of Unfortunate Events was a big favorite of my cousins when they were younger!

Mary Sanderson
A book that is just plain silly

Any of the Peanuts character strips. They’re so fun to read!

A book that is trying really hard to be cool, but doesn’t always succeed.

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero. As much as a liked the premise, I wasn’t too thrilled overall.

A book that isn’t afraid to tell it like it is

Wasted by Marya Hornbacher. It’s an autobiographical account of a woman’s struggle with anorexia. It was such a powerful story!

A book series that just won’t die

The Twilight series. I never hear the end of these books!

A book with a character that’s dumb as a rock

Alina from the Grisha trilogy. She didn’t make a lot of smart choices!

The Black Flame Candle
A book or series you wish you could resurrect

I would have to say Poppy Z. Brite’s books. They were very good vampire tales!

Headless Billy Butcherson
A book not as bad as people make it out to be

Miss Peregrines’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I’m in love with that book!

Willifred Sanderson’s Spell Book
A book with a mind of its own

Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall. That book took so many crazy turns!

Garry Marshall
A book with a cameo

Blackwood Farm by Anne Rice. The Mayfair Witches & Lestat together!

That’s all for now!

The Autumn Tag

Yes, with the passing of Labor Day weekend, it means that Summer is officially winding down. While we say ‘bye-bye’ to long, humid days, it’s
‘Hello’ to colorful leaves, long boots, and Halloween, and I’m perfectly fine with that! I’m doing The Autumn Tag as part of welcoming cooler days and spooky themes! This tag is featured on Jenniely‘s page, and I couldn’t wait to complete it!

1) Hot Chocolate: What is your comfort book?

‘The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Z Brewer. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this first book in a series about a teenage vampire trying to navigate the social dramas of high school while fighting off supernatural forces. I have the last installment in my Kindle, ready to read!

2) Pumpkin Carving: What is your creative outlet?

Along with reading, I find writing to be such a creative outlet! My love for writing began with poetry during college, and continued over the years with fiction writing.
I also have a deep-seeded love for crochet! I’ve been crocheting scarves and amigurumi since my grad school years, yet it’s been temporarily sidelined due to a wrist injury last year. I’ve been itching to pick up the hooks once again, I adore it so much!

3) Falling Leaves: Changes that appear bad but you secretly love?

I would have to say the changing weather! While many don’t look forward to the cooling breezes, I love that the humidity is finally fading! It makes managing my wavy hair so much easier!

4) Pumpkin Spiced Latte: Something you love but others tend to judge?

I’m a devout lover of Snoopy and Peanuts characters! I have a little Snoopy figure from Hallmark that I take pictures of regularly. People aren’t so thrilled by that, but who cares lol

5) Bonfire Night: What makes you explode with joy?
I love the holidays linked with Autumn (Halloween and Thanksgiving) since it’s a time celebrating with friends and family. it builds up to the exciting Winter holiday season!

6) Friday Night: Favorite Scary Book or Film?

I would need to refer to my Stephen King memories for this question!
For movies, I enjoyed Pet Sematary (I saw the original book adaptation, not the more recent one) It was the first movie I watched that legit scared me so much that I had trouble sleeping!
For books, my favorite scary story was a group of them: Night Shift. A rather excellent compilation of frightful tales!

7) Halloween Candy: Favorite thing to eat?
I love to eat fruits and yogurt. I especially love the key lime flavored yogurts. And peanut butter/chocolate combinations!

8) Scarves: Your Autumn must have accessory?
During Autumn, I can never be without my long boots and cardigans!

9) Fire: A Book or Film that Burns Your Soul

I love ‘The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane’ by Lisa See. She writes such beautiful historical fiction based around China and Southern California, heavily centered around mother/daughter relationships.

10) Toffee Apples: A Book or Film that seems one thing but really has a different inside

One movie that stands out is Bridesmaids, with Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph). It was hilarious, but had a lot of heart!