Book Tag|| 20 Questions.

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Hey!

I was tagged by Lilly from Lair of Books to do the 20 questions tag. Go check out Lilly’s blog! Her blog is one of my favorites to read and she’s super cool! I am so far behind on doing tags (I have a ton of drafts started, so I know what tags I need to do), so hopefully this will get me in the mood to finally catch up on all those tags!

The Questions:

How many books is too many books in a book series?

+ This is a tough one, because it all really depends on the series. I think I’ll go with five books. I think after that then it’s usually a bit much. I do love the Falling Kingdoms series so much though and that’s six. 😛

How do you feel about cliffhangers?

+ I have a love/hate for cliffhangers. I love them because they are usually really crazy and leave me a wreck. I hate them because if the series isn’t already completely published, then I have to wait until I can read the next book. The wait almost always kills me more than the cliffhanger.

Hardback or paperback?

+ Hmmm….I guess I’ll choose hardback for my official answer. They are a lot prettier and look nicer on my bookshelves. I do love paperbacks though, they are a lot easier to read, not as heavy lol.

Favorite book?

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+ Psycho by Robert Bloch. I loved this book so much. I love that they made a TV show based on Norman Bates (Bates Motel). I actually think this is a series too, but I never got around to reading the other books. I would love to get my hands on copies of them though and read them.

Least favorite book?

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+ This is a tough question, because I’m not really sure what I would say is my least favorite book. Here are five books that I either gave a 1 or 2 stars to.  The Curse Keepers, The Last Star, The Shock of the Fall, Illuminae, and We Were Liars. Unpopular opinion with Illuminae, but oh well. It was not my jam. I think a lot of people loved We Were Liars too, but I thought it was so boring. I don’t even want to get on the topic of The Last Star, UGHH.

Love triangles, yes or no?

+ No thanks. I find them a bit annoying.

The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

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+ The last book that I could not finish was I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn. I couldn’t get into it. It was boring. I didn’t like the characters.

A book you’re currently reading?

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+ I am currently reading Hot Mess by Emily Belden and also Member of the Family by Dianne Lake. I am hoping to have both of these books finished this week.

Last book you recommended to someone?

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+ The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel. I told my sister she needed to read it, because it was just so crazy and disturbing.

Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

+ The oldest book I read was The Day Boy and the Night Girl by George MacDonald. It was originally published in 1882. It’s actually one of my favorite stories too.

Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

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+ The newest book that I read was Love & Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves. It actually doesn’t get published until May 15, 2018. The newest book I read that is already released though is Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes.

Favorite author?

+ I’m going to go with Mitch Albom and Rick Riordan for this one. So far I have really enjoyed all of their books that I’ve read. They are also some of my auto-buy authors.

Buying books or borrowing books?

+ I like buying books, but I don’t mind borrowing them. I usually check out e-books and audiobooks from my library a lot.

A book you dislike that everyone else seem to love?

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+ A Court of Mist and Fury. ACOMAF was not the greatest and also why I don’t even know if I can pick up another Sarah J. Maas book again, to be honest. It was boring a lot of the time, Feyre was annoying AF, Maas messed Tamlin up BADLY. LIKE WTF? It was like he was a completely different person than he was in the first book. Feyre did so much in the first book for her love with Tamlin and then it was completely thrown out the window in this book like it didn’t mean anything. I’m just confused by the entire thing, to be honest. What was the point of ACOTAR? ACOMAF took everything from the first book and threw it out the window. It just shouldn’t have ever existed with what she did with ACOMAF, to be honest. Such a disappointment, because I absolutely loved ACOTAR. I don’t know if I will be continuing the series or not. Haven’t decided.

Bookmarks or dog-ears?

+ Bookmarks! I feel guilty even accidentally messing up any of the pages in my books. I probably have like 100+ bookmarks.

A book you can always reread?

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+ Harry Potter series or the Razorland series. I love these two series so much. I am in need of a Harry Potter reread ASAP.

Can you read while hearing music?

+ Not usually. I lose focus on the story if I do. I like complete silence. I discovered this group called Sparrow Sleeps and they do lullaby covers of some of my favorite bands/songs. I end up singing along (even though there are no words), haha.

One POV or multiple POV’s? (POV’s = Point of views)

+ I prefer one POV. Sometimes multiple POVs annoy me, especially if there are a TON of them. I read a book once that had like seven POVs and I ended up hating the book. I better connect with the characters when it’s only one. Maybe even two. With the exception of the Falling Kingdoms series….Morgan Rhodes made it easy to connect with all of them. It seems like Falling Kingdoms is the exception for everything. LOL.

Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

+ Rarely do I ever read a book in one sitting. I am not going to lie, I get distracted a lot (stupid iPhone). So I’ll read some pages, scroll through my phone, read some pages, scroll through my phone, etc. So I usually read over multiple days. There have been a handful of times where I have read books in one sitting though.

A book you’ve read because of the cover?

+ Almost all of them? LOL. Not going to lie, I tend to only look up books if I see a cover that I really love and then I’ll go check out what it’s about. I know that’s bad, haha. But I am guilty of this 9 out of 10 times.


I Tag:

I’ve seen a lot of you already did this tag, so I won’t tag any specific person. If you want to do this tag though, please feel free to link me to your posts so I can check them out! 🙂

In case you missed it;
Random|| Picture Update.
Thoughts|| Invictus.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Tag|| The Book Blogger Insider.

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Hey!

I’ve been slacking with tags over the last year and I want to get back into doing them. I think my last tag was even in February 2017 (LOL). I also have been tagged a lot recently and need to play catch up! I was tagged by Avery from Red Rocket Panda to do the Book Blogger Insider tag.

Rules:
1. Answer the questions below
2. Credit the creator Jamie @ALittleSliceofJamie
3. Tag at least 5 people
4. Have fun!


Questions:

Where do you typically write your blog posts?
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My blog posts actually start as drafts in my “notes” app or as a draft in my email that I later paste and fix up on my blog at a later time. I’m not always near a computer, so I usually draft them on my phone to post later when I am at a computer and can preview them.

How long does it generally take you to write a book review?
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Honestly, it depends on how I felt about the book. Sometimes I can write them in minutes and other times it can take a lot longer.

When did you start your book blog?
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I started my blog in January 2015. Ahhh, crazy that it’s already been three years of having my blog. I honestly didn’t think it would last this long.

What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?
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I think coming up with content to post about is one of the worst things about blogging. Sometimes I have no idea what to post about, so I end up not posting at all and I hate doing that.

What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?
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One of the best things is connecting with other bloggers. I love reading other bloggers posts and interacting with them. I’ve met so many awesome bloggers and have had so many cool experiences and opportunities because of blogging.

What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far? 
+ I always have fun doing my picture update posts. I love sharing my pictures and adventures with you guys. You can check out my “photography” tag/category linked here to see posts I’ve done over the years. This also can be listed as my favorite type of blog post as well (next question), but I’ll do a book related one.

What is your favourite type of blog post to write? 
+ Book related, I like to do the WWW Wednesday meme. If you’re not sure what that is, here is an example of my most recent one. You basically update about what you’re reading, what you just finished reading, and what you plan to read next. I like sharing what I’ve been reading throughout the week and seeing what everyone else is reading.

When do you typically write?
I usually write them in the mornings before work or at the end of the day after work, to post the next day.

Do you review every book you read?
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I do not review every book I read. I used to do that, but for some reason I stopped. Right now I usually review super new releases or ARCs. I want to get back into reviewing more books though. That’s one of the reasons why I started this blog in the first place.

How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?
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I don’t have a typical “how” or anything like that when it comes to writing reviews. I just sit at the computer and type away. I don’t like too many distractions when I do reviews, because then I can’t ever focus on what I am trying to write about.

When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?
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Sometimes I’ll write them right after and other times it can take a day or two. It just depends on how I feel after I read the book. Sometimes I need type to digest everything I’ve read and sort through my thoughts. Other times I already know what I want to say and start writing right away.

How often do you post?
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Honestly, it varies. Some weeks I’ll post every day. Other weeks I’ll post a few times a week. Sometimes I even skip a week. I get into blogging slumps a lot (which also goes along with the “worst part about blogging”) and just not in the mood to blog.


Tagging:

Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books
Lilly  @ Lair of Books
Georgina @ Daydreaming Roux
Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall
Kristi @ Confessions of a YA Reader

And anyone else that would like to do it! If you’ve already been tagged, link me to your posts so I can check them out! 😀

In case you missed it;
WWW Wednesday #47.
Photo A Day|| February Part One.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Tag|| Lunar New Year.

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Hey! 🙂

I was tagged by Joey from Thoughts and Afterthoughts to do the Lunar New Year book tag! This tag looks totally awesome and there are really cool graphics that go along with it. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a tag post. It was created by Joey and Tiff from Mostly YA Lit. You can also link of your posts to their link page and check out posts from other bloggers that did it as well over here. One more link for you guys… you can download the graphics/banners for this tag over on Tiff’s blog: https://www.mostlyyalit.com/download/3491/

Now onto this fun tag! 🙂

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Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz

I talk about this series so much, because it holds a place in my heart. I love the series so much. Bird is also such a cool person and she writes amazing books (and poetry). Shattered Blue is out now and the sequel (Renegade Red) will be released March 14th. It has definitely flown under the radar and I think more people should be reading and talking about it.


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I honestly have no idea who to put down for this one. I’m drawing a serious blank. I guess I’ll just go with Hermione from Harry Potter even if I REALLY DO NOT like her at all. She had a strong desire to do good with her school work and didn’t really seem to like having fun very much…..which was annoying. I swear she never let Ron and Harry have fun.


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The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

This book was not my favorite book, but I felt like it was a really important book and I would still recommend everyone to read it. It’s a real eye opener as well and will open your eyes to the world around you.


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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon and Blue. They were so cute together and I love this book so much. It was hard not to smile non-stop while reading this book.


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The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

I recently read The Crown’s Game at the beginning of the year and I enjoyed it so much. It has royalty in it; the prince Pasha is heir to the throne.


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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Mayor Prentiss hands down! His character was brilliant. You wanted to hate him so badly (and at times you really did hate him), but then you also wanted to believe every single thing that came out of his mouth and trust him more than everything (and at times you really did trust him). I think he was very good at manipulating people in the book and even us readers!


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The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

This was one of my favorite books last year, so I have to include it in this list. I think everyone should read it. It was so good, but keep tissues on hand! I can’t wait to get my hands on Jeff’s new book; Goodbye Days.


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The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone

This is one of my favorite book cover designs. The cover is so pretty with the yellow, the anchor, and the flowers. Under the dust jacket is even more amazing and pretty! It’s so colorful and I am obsessed with it. It was a total cover by for me, but I am really looking forward to reading it as well.


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I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Howie from I Hunt Killers is SO hilarious. I laugh out loud anytime he opens his mouth. Even if they are in a sticky situation, he has something funny to say.


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Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
Caraval by Stephanie Gerber

Luckily, these are both out now and I own copies. I can’t wait to dive into them, because they both sound so good. I also LOVE Divergent so much, so I am stoked to see what Carve the Mark is all about.


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I don’t really reread books very often, but I think I’ll go with Harry Potter for this one. The books are so fun to read and I love to watch the movies over and over again.


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I bought two Renegade Red inspired jewelry pieces. I wouldn’t say that I spent too much on them though, because they were fairly reasonable pricing and the quality is amazing. It’s probably the most expensive book-related items I have bought. Above is a picture of my red tube bracelet. I haven’t received my second bracelet yet. I will say though as far as too much time goes, I think I invested way too much time into the 5th Wave series only to be completely let down with that ending….WTF?!


I Tag:

Maren @ The Worn Bookmark
T @ Bookworm Coalation
Lilly @ Lair of Books
Brandie @ Brandie Is A Book Junkie
Jesse @ Book at Dawn
Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books
Nicole @ Awayinneverland

And of course anyone else that would like to do this tag as well! Feel free to link me to your posts, so I can check them out.

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| January.
Recap|| January.

I hope you have a great Friday and weekend!

ashleybluegray

Tag|| Netgalley.

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Hello!

I seen the Netgalley book tag over on Yvo’s blog It’s All About Books and I decided to do it as well. It looks like a lot of fun and I use and love Netgalley! 😛

Rules:

  • Link back to the tag’s creator (Kourtni Reads)
  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you
  • Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!

Questions:

Auto-Approved: Who’s one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what they’re about?

So many authors! Here are several (it’s too hard to choose one) that I will automatically read anything they write without question: Barry Lyga (Jasper Dent series), Veronica Roth (Divergent series), Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson series), Lauren Bird Horowitz (the Light trilogy), Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking trilogy), Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms series), Leigh Bardguo (The Grisha trilogy), Colleen Hoover (Ugly Love), and Mitch Albom (The Five People You Meet In Heaven).


Request: What makes you want to request a book that you see on NetGalley?

I tend to go for the books that I think (or know) are going to be really popular or if it’s an author that I love. I don’t always love hyped books a lot of the time, so I want to read them before they get even more hyped so I request them as early as I can in hopes that I don’t fall victim to the hype and end up hating the book. If a cover jumps out at me, then I will read the description and if I like it I’ll request that way as well.


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

I don’t always review every single book I read. If it’s a popular book, then I’ll review it. If it’s a new release, then I’ll review it. I tend to not review older books that have been out for over a couple years. I have reviewed them before, but if I choose not to do a review on a book I read then that’s typically the reasoning behind that decision. I try to review all the books I read though.

As far as Netgalley goes though, I review every single book I request over there or if I am sent ARCs (or already published books) from authors/publishers then I always review those as well. My actual feedback ratio on Netgalley is 100%!


Badges: If you could create your own badge to display on your blog, what would it be for?

Hmmm…I am not creative at all, so this is a tough question. As far as my reading goes for this year…I think I would probably earn a badge for being in the most reading slumps and for not blogging as much this year. So I guess I create those badges, LOL. Maybe it’ll boost my spirits and get me back on track! I am Queen of the Reading/Blogging Slumps. I have five actual badges on Netgalley.


Wish for It: What’s one book that you are absolutely dying to read?

This is a tough question, because there are a ton of books that I am dying to read! I think I’ll break the rule and mention the top three books that I am dying to read!

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber
The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

I want them all! I am dying to read them and the book covers are so amazing. I need to own them as soon as possible. 😛


2016 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?

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I think that last ARC that I reviewed was Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. It wasn’t what I expected and ended up not liking it as much as I had hoped. You can check out my review over here. The last book that I reviewed that wasn’t an ARC was Dark Matter, which I loved more than words could ever explain. You can check out my review over here.


I Tag:

Maren @ The Worn Bookmark
Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks
Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts
Jesse @ Books at Dawn
Brandie @ Brandie is a Book Junkie
Kayla @ Booked Solid

And anyone else that would like to do this tag. It was a pretty fun tag! Feel free to link me to your posts if you decide you want to take part in this tag, so I can see your answers too!

In case you missed it;
Random|| Update & Bookish Pictures.
Thoughts|| Dark Matter.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyhalloween

Tag|| Reader Confessions.

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Hi!

I was tagged by Alex from Young at Heart to do the Reader Confessions tag. I’ve been so busy the past few weeks, so I haven’t been updating as much. I haven’t even finished a single book yet this month and it’s driving me crazy! It’s been a bit since I’ve done a tag post and I do have tons to catch up on. Thanks again for tagging me, Alex! 😀

QUESTIONS:

Have you ever damaged a book? 

I probably have, but not intentionally. I would never intentionally damage a book. I am actually struggling with this right now for my wedding LOL! I want to have a lot of bookish things incorporated, but I don’t want to damage books in the process haha. I had to order book pages online, so I wouldn’t have to destroy books myself.

Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

I don’t borrow books very often and I don’t think I have ever damaged a borrowed book. If I had, then again it wouldn’t have been intentionally.

How long does it take you to read a book? 

Sometimes it can take me a week or longer to finish a book. Depending on my mood and if I am enjoying the book. I can also read a book in a day or two as well. It all just depends on how I am feeling about the book and my mood. I tend to get into a lot of reading slumps.

Books that you haven’t finished? 

I’ve started to DNF a lot of books over the last year and a half, but the ones that come to mind off the top of my head are:

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Paper Towns by John Green
Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Paper Towns was annoying. I didn’t like the characters and it wasn’t that exciting. Never Always Sometimes was giving me the Paper Towns vibe and I just could not do it. Nevernight had so many things wrong with it for me, but I still want to give it another chance one day. I had an eARC of the book and the footnotes were at the end of the chapter, which was annoying to have to switch back and forth on an e-reader/Kindle. It was a really slow start where I found myself bored to death and I was also REALLY confused with everything going on. When I would stop reading for the day and pick it up the next day, I couldn’t remember anything that happened because I was just not at all invested in it. The footnotes and excessive descriptions of things made it hard to enjoy.

Hyped popular books that you don’t like?

Sometimes I struggle with hyped books. It’s hard for me to get past all the hype and actually enjoy the book. There have been tons of books where I’m just like “why do people love this so much?”.

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Illuminae by Jay Kristoff/Amie Kaufman
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

We Were Liars was just plain boring. Nothing exciting happened. The characters were flat. The ending was kind of lame. Illuminae had a cool concept and the layout was interesting, but the story itself was not that great. There were a lot of things I found annoying with the Wrath and the Dawn and the book itself was just confusing, especially with all the characters having so many names and it being so hard to pronounce a lot of the names. I spent more time trying to remember names and pronunciations than actually being able to enjoy the book. I found it to be pretty boring as well. I also didn’t really enjoy the the Lunar Chronicles that much. Some books were okay and others were pretty boring. It was also SO hard for me to get through Throne of Glass, because it was so boring and not a lot happened. Everyone swears the series gets better, so I will probably read the second book and see.

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

Nope, I don’t think so. I don’t think anyone should be ashamed about what books they read or loved.

How many books do you own? 

As of right now I own a little over 600 books. That’s with Kindle and physical books. I actually have a page on my blog that shows you all the books that I own. 331 physical books and 282 Kindle books, lol! I’m drowning in books.

Are you a fast reader or a slow reader? 

I am definitely a slow reader. It’s kind of annoying at times, because I have so many books that I own that I would love to read.

Do you like to buddy read?

Yes! Buddy reading is a lot of fun. I haven’t done a buddy read in awhile though!

Do you read better in your head or out loud? 

Definitely read better in my head. I don’t think I ever read out loud. I might if there is a lot of background noise and I am finding it hard to concentrate.

If you were only allowed to own one book what one and why? 

Nooooooooooo! This is the worst question in the history of bookish questions! I guess I’ll go with my favorite book and that is Psycho by Robert Bloch. I love that book so much and it’s so entertaining.


I TAG:

Maren @ The Worn Bookmark
Jesse @ Books at Dawn
Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts
Kayla @ Booked Solid
Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks
Brandie @ Brandie is a Book Junkie

Sorry if you have already done this tag! I’ve been kind of MIA from the blogosphere lately, so I haven’t been keeping track of all the tags floating around. If I didn’t tag you and you would like to do the tag, then please feel free to do it too and send me your links, so I can check out your answers! 😀

I hope you have a great day!

ashleybluegray

Tag|| Goodreads.

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Hey!

I seen Maren over at The Worn Bookmark did the Goodreads book tag and I decided that it looked fun and to do it myself! It’s also been awhile since I’ve done a tag and I noticed a lot of fun ones circling around. You can check out more of my Goodreads page over here and feel free to add me as a friend! Now onto the questions!

What is the last book you marked as “READ”?

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Shattering Glass by Gail Giles

I actually really enjoyed this one a lot, although the ending could have been better. I wanted more, but was left hanging! It was still really good. Here’s the Goodreads book description in case you’re interested:

Simon Glass was easy to hate. . . . I guess, really we each hated him for a different reason, but we didn’t realize it until the day we killed him. Fat, clumsy Simon Glass is a loser who occupies the lowest rung on the high school social ladder. Rob, a transfer student with charisma to spare, immediately becomes the undisputed leader of the senior class. And he has plans for Simon. Rob enlists the help of his crew—wealthy, intellectual Young, ladies’ man Bob, and sweet, athletic Coop—in a mission: Turn Simon from total freak to prom king. But as Simon rises to the top of the social ranks, he shows a new confidence and a devious side that power-hungry Rob did not anticipate. And when Simon uncovers a dangerous secret, events darken. The result is disquieting, bone-chilling . . . and brutal.

What are you currently reading?

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I am about 90 pages into Anna and the French Kiss and it’s pretty enjoyable so far. It seems like a fun fast read and it’s definitely what I want right now. Here is the Goodreads book description in case you’re interested:

Anna has everything figured out – she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere… Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-missed end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?

What was the last book you marked as “TO READ”?

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How to Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole Cozzo

The last book that I added to my “TO READ” shelf on Goodreads was How to Keep Rolling After a Fall. It sounds really good and so far it has pretty good rating. Here is the Goodreads book description in case you’re interested:

After a cyber bullying incident turns her life upside down, a handsome wheelchair rugby player shows a former mean girl that everyone deserves a second chance. The party was at her house. The photos were posted to her Facebook account. That’s all the evidence anyone needed to condemn Nikki Baylor for a cyberbullying incident that humiliated a classmate and nearly resulted in the girl’s suicide. Now Nikki’s been expelled from her old school, her friends have abandoned her, and even her own parents can’t look her in the eye. With her plans for the future all but destroyed, Nikki resigns herself to being the girl everyone hates – almost as much as she hates herself. But then Nikki meets Pax, a spirited wheelchair rugby player who knows what it’s like when one mistake completely shatters your life. Refusing to judge her because of her past, he shows her that everyone deserves a second chance… and everyone deserves to be loved.

What book do you plan on reading next?

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It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

It Ends With Us will be delivered to my doorstep on release day (Tuesday!!!!) and I plan to drop everything and lock myself in my room and read and read and read. I am so stoked for this! No book description, it’s quite long, but it’s CoHo…you don’t really need a description. JUST READ IT! 😛

Do you use the star rating system?

Yes, I use their star rating system. If I think something deserves a half star (ex: 2.5, 3.5, etc.) then I usually give it the lesser star. So a 2.5 would get a 2, a 3.5 would get a 3, etc. I don’t ever give it the star above it, because if it deserved the higher star than it wouldn’t have been a half. If any of that makes any sense, lol.

Are you doing the 2016 Reading Challenge?

YES, of course I am! I had my reading challenge set to read 75 books this year, but I am already at 61 books, so I actually just increased my challenge today to 100 books. I’m sure I can make that happen.

Do you have a wishlist?

I don’t really have a wishlist. I guess I have an Amazon wishlist, but it’s not current with the books that I want. I usually just buy what I want and have no time for wishlists, lol. I’m trying to step back from buying books though.

What book do you plan on buying next?

Even though I am trying to stay away from buying books, I do have some preorders floating around until the end of the year. The next two preorders that are coming next week are:

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

I am VERY stoked about both of these books, because JK ROWLING, HARRY POTTER, COLLEEN HOOVER. Enough said. GIVE ME GIVE ME GIVE ME!

What is your favorite quote?

Hmmm…good question, I think I will go with one of my recent favorite quotes from the book My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul:

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“There are so many things in life that you simply can’t control. You just have to accept them, even if they don’t make sense.” 

Who are your favorite authors?

I guess I have tons of favorite: Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Mitch Albom, Morgan Rhodes, Colleen Hoover, Rick Riordan, Lauren Bird Horowitz.

Are you a part of any Goodreads groups?

I am a part of some book club groups, but I haven’t really been active in any of them anymore. I don’t really use the groups feature very much.

What could Goodreads do better?

I don’t really have anything negative to say about Goodreads. I mostly just use it to keep track of the books that I read and want to read. I guess half star ratings option would be nice and beneficial.

I tag everyone! This was a lot of fun and I want to see all of your answers, so please feel free to link me to your post, so I can check them out. Or if you already did this post, comment below with your link and I’ll go check them out!

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| July E-Book Haul.

I will be posting my July recap/wrap up post and my July book haul (the physical books I bought) in the next few days. 😀

I hope you have a great weekend!

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Tag|| Book Buying Habits.

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Hello!

I was tagged by Jesse from @ Books at Dawn to do the book buying habits tag. This looks like such a fun tag and it’ll be cool sharing my book buying habits with you guys!

Questions:

Where do you buy your books from?

I buy my books from Target, Amazon, and BookOutlet.com. They all have fairly decent pricing on books, especially Amazon and BookOutlet.com. Other book stores are just way too pricey for me.

Do you ever pre-order books and if so do you do this in store or online?

Sometimes I do pre-order books if I really want it right away or if it’s a favorite author. Sometimes if an author or publisher is giving away bookish goodies for pre-ordering, then I do that as well. I usually always pre-order from Amazon.

On average, how many books do you buy a month?

OMG this question, TOOOO MANY! 😛 Lately it has been 20+ books; physical and e-books.

Do you use your local library?

I do use my library’s online database for audiobooks and e-books. I don’t actually go into my library and check books out. I have my own library of books (e-book and physical) that I should probably be reading though. I have a bad habit of buying tons of books and then getting e-books from the library.

What is your opinion on library books?

I think libraries are important and pretty amazing as well. I know there are tons of people that love reading, but can’t always afford to buy every single book. So it’s nice that there are places for people to read for free. I think everyone should utilize their library!

How do you feel about second hand books?

Love them. I actually became addicted to getting second hand books from Goodwill or other thrift stores. You would actually be surprised by the amazing quality of the books you can find too! I can get almost perfect condition books from $0.75-$2!

Do you keep your TBR pile on your main bookshelves or no?

I don’t really have a TBR pile. All of my books are on my shelves in random places. I actually don’t really have them set up in any particular way. I’m waiting until I get my new shelves to organize them. So they are all mixed together whether I have read them yet or not.

Do you plan to read all of the books you own?

I HOPE SO! Realistically though, probably not. I’ve gotten so many books and some don’t sound as appealing as they did when I first got them.

What do you do with books you feel you will never read/did not enjoy?

They just sit on my bookshelves with the others or I might give them to my sister. I don’t really do anything with them.

Have you ever donated books?

I have never donated books, but I have been really thinking about it a lot. The previous question I mentioned that I don’t do anything with the books that I will never read/did not enjoy, so I am thinking of donating them.

Have you ever been on a book buying ban?

I’ve tried book buying bans, but they never seem to work. I love buying books and I don’t really want to stop doing something I love to do.

Do you feel that you buy too many books?

I probably do buy too many books, but I love them. I’m working on not feeling guilty about buying so many, because I don’t think I should feel guilty for something I love.

I tag:

Maren @ The Worn Bookmark
Kayla @ Booked Solid
Emily @ The Diary of a Bibliophile
Yvo @ It’s All About Books
Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books
Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks
Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions
Casey @ Adoptabookaus

I hope you have a great Monday!

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