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Currently Reading Book Tag

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I saw this on Thrice Read yesterday, and thought I haven’t done a book tag in awhile so why not? So if you are like me, and a lover of book tags, do this one and let me know that you did so that I can check out your answers!

How many books do you usually read at once?

Typically, I will read about 2-3 books at one time.

If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch books?

I’ll either read 1-2 books from my ever growing TBR shelf that I have in my office closet (because I ran out of shelf space in the office #sorrynotsorry), and a book on my Kindle. Most times it just depends on where I am or how much time I have in between things to pick which type of book format I’ll read. If my husband is complaining about the light, then I’ll most likely switch to my Kindle book. I think my Kindle TBR shelf is a little out of hand, I have so many eArcs that I need to read and review it is a little crazy!

Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re partway through a book?

Sometimes, but not very much. I never really use the same bookmark right after each other. Normally, I will just grab whatever is closest when I start a new book and then I will use that one for the entire reading time.

Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?

Where do I not keep them? LOL. My iPad is either right beside me or on my night stand, and the book I am currently reading I will carry everywhere around the house.

What time of day do you spend the most time reading?

It used to be right before bed, but now I have somewhat of a more flexible schedule thanks to maternity leave. I will read whenever baby Sophia is taking a nap (if I am not catching up on chores around the house or running errands).

How long do you typically read in one sitting?

This is a hard question. Some reading sessions will be an hour or two, and others are about 10-20 minutes. It really just depends on what the baby is doing or wanting at that particular time.

Do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket on or off?

Definitely off. I am particular with my dust jackets and I don’t like them to get torn or messed up. I also take them off when lending them to other people, because lets be honest you never know how they will treat your book!

What position do you mainly use to read?

Laying down on the bed, or lounging on the couch.

Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?

Depends on where I am going. If I know there will be a long waiting period then yes, if I am just running errands around town then no.

How often do you update your Goodreads progress on the book you’re currently reading?

Religiously. I love seeing the status bar move, it makes me feel accomplished. Although I am currently almost 20 books behind schedule for the year…oops.

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Trick or Treat Round the Block Book Tag

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I was tagged by Amanda from A Brighter Shade of Hope, so click the link to check out her answers! I love doing book tags, and since it is Halloween this is the perfect one to do! (P.S. I really liked her Halloweenesque photo above, so I decided to use it for this book tag as well)


#1 Creepy house on the corner of the street: book with a creepy cover

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This is probably my favorite book by Kurtagich right now, so if you haven’t read it, I definitely suggest you check it out!


#2 Lights out (party poopers): a book you want to read when you want to escape

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#3 The house that gives out the cheap candy: guilty pleasure book

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Normally I read a lot of fantasy books, but sometimes I like to pick up a contemporary romance novel!


#4 The house with the best decorations on the block: best haunting/Halloween themed cover

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Since the Wonder Woman movie came out earlier this year, you can imagine how many little Princess Diana’s are running around tonight! I think I probably saw about 10 in my new little neighborhood alone!


#5 The house that gives out the best candy: #1 Halloween recommendation

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I’ve only read half of this book so far, but I can tell you that I am enjoying it so far! It has the supernatural element that makes it perfect for Halloween!


Speed round:

#1 Corn maze or haunted house? Corn maze. Although I have learned to never go to a haunted corn maze with my husband, because he will leave me behind. Can you imagine what would happen if we went to a haunted house?!

#2 Classic or unique costume? I love unique costumes, but I am not creative enough to make them so classics are best! My little girl went as Cinderella and Tinkerbell this Halloween, and I definitely just bought them from the Disney store. lol.

#3 Sexy or scary costume? Can I choose comfortable? When I was in college and high school, I definitely choose sexy as much as possible. Now though, I would just prefer to be comfortable especially since all I do now is pass out candy and eventually start taking my baby trick or treating.

#4 Comedy or horror Halloween film? Comedy, because I’m a wimp and can’t handle scary movies.

#5 Chocolate or sour candy? Is this even a legit question? Chocolate all the way!


I’m tagging anyone who wants to do this cute fun little tag! Although, in my time zone you only have an hour and a half to complete this before Halloween is over!

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A cute picture of baby Groot and Star Lord funkos, just because =)

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Fall Activities Book Tag

I found this tag Sam’s @ RiverMoose-Reads blog and thought what a cute little tag to do now that it’s “Fall”.

Technically in south Texas we don’t really have a fall, but this week has been raining a lot so it’s in the 70s!! While I’m enjoying that the weather is finally below 90 (for a short time), my sister on the other hand had her first snow already!! 😱 lucky.


Apple Picking

A book on your TBR that looks so delicious you can’t wait to take a bite out of it

Corn Maze

A book that’s so much fun to get lost in

Haunted Houses

A book that scared you silly


Pumpkin Patch

The latest book you picked up (purchased)


I might have gone a little overboard on my latest book purchase on Book Outlet. #sorrynotsorry 😜

Scenic Drives

A book that is lyrically beautiful

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Pumpkin Carving

A book you didn’t like and wouldn’t mind carving up

Drinking Apple Cider

A sweet book to curl up under the covers with

Jumping in a Leaf Pile

A book that reminds you of your childhood

Scary Movie Night

Your favorite spooky read

I loved the book that this novella is based upon!! It has been awhile since I’ve read The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich, so reading this brought me right back in

Bonus! Costume Party

A book with an eclectic cast of characters


How could I not go with the Six of Crows duology?

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The Fall Time, Cozy Time Book Tag

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Hey guys, it’s been awhile since I have done a book tag! I saw this over at Thrice Read, and lets be honest they do the best tags and I love reading them and doing them myself!

 

Crunching Leaves: The world is full of color – Choose a book that has reds/oranges/yellows on the cover

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Cozy Sweater: It’s finally cold enough to wear warm cozy clothing – What book gives you the warm fuzzies?

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Fall Storm: The wind is howling and the rain is pounding – Choose your favorite book or genre that you like to read on a stormy day.

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Cool Crisp Air: What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

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I wouldn’t mind being a really cool assassin!

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Hot Apple Cider: What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

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Coat, Scarves, and Mittens: The weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up – What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

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I’m not a huge fan of people on covers of books.

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Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favorite fall time comforts food/foods?

Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie….sweet potato anything really =)

 

What’s your favorite underrated books?

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Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag

Hey guys! I am in the middle of some books right now. So, as a result of not having I a book review to post anytime in the near future, I decided to do a book tag! I found this book tag by Eden @Thrice Read, and let’s be honest they find the best book tags and I love seeing theirs and actually doing some of them. So without further ado here are my answers!

1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far.

Hmm…this is a hard one. Looking back through my lists I only gave three 5 star ratings this year! So then I’ll have to say Caraval by Stephanie Garber, Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer, and Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far

I’ve actually only read one sequel so far this year, and I wasn’t impressed with it as I only gave it 2 stars. Sooo I guess since that was the only book I read it’ll have to do. icekissed

3.New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?

There are so many new releases that I want to get my hands on!! Some of them include Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab and Once and for All by Sarah Dessen.

4. Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2017

This definitely goes to Leigh Bardugo and her new book Wonder Woman: Warbringer!

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5. Biggest Disappointment?

Hm…I would probably have to say Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer. I wasn’t very impressed with the art and the writing wasn’t the same caliber as with the series.

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6. Biggest Surprise?

I normally don’t read bibliographies, but I found myself really enjoying Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham.

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7. Favourite New Author

She isn’t new to the scene, but I discovered her for the first time this year! So my new favorite author is Susan Dennard! I absolutely loved Truthwitch and I can’t wait to read more books by her!

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8. Newest Fictional Crush

Hm…this is a hard one. I don’t think I have one.

9. Newest Favourite Character

I really liked Scarlett Dragna from Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

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10. Book That Made You Cry

There has been a few books that made me cry this year, but the one that made me cry the most was Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer. If you haven’t read this book yet, I definitely suggest you pick it up!

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11. Book That Made You Happy

Hm…I don’t know if a book has ever left me feeling happy, but excited to read it? Sure. I guess if I had to choose one, I would choose Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter. The book as a whole didn’t make me happy, considering that it was a little confusing and kind of out there, but the way that it ended had a happy ending. Sooo…there’s that, I guess that counts.

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12. Favourite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year

I’ve only seen Before I Fall, but I haven’t had a chance to read the book yet.

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13. Favourite Review You’ve Written This Year

I would probably say…my favorite review so far this year was for Truthwitch.

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14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year?

Considering that I haven’t bought that many books this year, since I am on a ban, I’ll just have to go with Caraval

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15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?

There is way too many books to list! A few of them though would have to be Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell, Metaltown by Kristin Simmons, and Windwitch by Susan Dennard

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Days of the Week Book Tag

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I found this book tag on @Thrice Read, and thought it was a cute and short one to do. I don’t really like tagging other people to do things, so if you like this one then I nominate you! Just let me know if you do it so that I can look at your answers.

Monday: Book you’re too lazy to read ||
Sometimes, I just get into book slumps and I just don’t want to read anything. I really get lazy reading long books, or series that has a lot of books in it. For instance, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I have all of the books, but I am just too lazy to read them all. Mainly because I lost interest after book 2 or 3.

Tuesday: A book that was hard to finish
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I will have to go with Dorothy Must Die: Stories Vol I by Danielle Paige. It’s been awhile since I have read the first two books, and I thought I would be fine reading one of the short stories volumes. Boy was I wrong, it took me forever to finish because I thought it was so boring compared to the actual series.

Wednesday: Book you haven’t finished ||
I probably read the first 100 pages of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I loved the movies when they came out, so I decided to read the books that they were based off of. I started when I was in middle or high school, and I haven’t picked it back up since. I read The Hobbit with no problems, so I thought TLOR would be no problem.

Thursday: Book you don’t recommend ||
For this one, I will have to go with Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. There was so much hype for this book when the movie came out last year, and honestly I thought the book and movie were just a big let down.

Friday: A book you can’t wait to be released
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How do I pick just one book? There are so many that will be released soon that I can’t wait to get my hands on! I guess, I’ll just say Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab and Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo as two of the big ones I am waiting for.

Saturday: Book you wanted to re-read right away ||
And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich. This was such a fantastic and creepy book, I felt like I missed a lot of clues throughout that was explained at the end. I would like to reread to see if I can pick them up before the reveal happens.

Sunday: A book you didn’t want to end
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There are a lot of books that fit this description. I’ll go with Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. I like that this is a series, because I just really loved the world building and all of the characters!

What’s a book you didn’t want to put down? Let me know in the comments!

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My Life in Books Book Tag

IMG_0723I found this tag on Thrice Read’s page who found it on jessicamarie493 page! I thought this was a super cute idea and figured I’d join in! Check out my answers below and tag yourself if you would like to participate!


Book for Each Initial

S- The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

A- And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

M- My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

A- The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay

N- The Number 7 by Jessica Lidh

T- Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

H- Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

A- And I Darken by Kiersten White

Age – Count Along your bookshelf

I decided to just go from the top of my shelf and count down to 27 books. So with that being said I landed on Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I honestly haven’t read this yet, and I don’t know if I actually will TBH. I read up to book 3 of the MI series, and I just lost interest. I have heard of good things about this spin off, so maybe I’ll give it a chance. Has anyone else read this book? Did you enjoy it?

Book that Represents a Destination You Would Love to Travel Too.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I would love to be part of the Dregs, learning a thing or two from the wraith!

Favorite Color

Green- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

Fondest Memories of

I know at this point it is probably a cliche to put Harry Potter, but honestly I have the best memories from elementary all the way up to high school with this series. I first discovered the series in 5th grade and I received The Sorcerer’s Stone in paperback for Christmas. I probably read that book about 3-4 times that year alone! Typically a new book would come out during the summer break, and most likely I was at the beach. So my dad and I would go to the bookstore and pick it up while we were vacationing in Myrtle Beach! One year, I was in Alabama and attended a midnight premiere with my good friend. And the very last book came out in the middle of band camp, so my best friend and I got the book and discussed it during our breaks!

Most Difficulty Reading

The book that I had the most difficult time reading was probably Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I loved The Hobbit but I just couldn’t get past page 100 in the first book. I really loved the movies, so that’s why I even stuck it out that long.

Which Book in TBR Pile Will you get the Biggest Sense of Accomplishment From?

I have so many books on my TBR pile and it’s getting a little out of hand! I would have to say that I will get the biggest sense of accomplishment from reading Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. It’s been on there for awhile and then I’ll get to finally read the Christmas present my husband gave me!

 

What would your life in books look like? Do this tag on your blog so I can check it out!

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Bookish Book Lover Tag

I saw this on ThriceRead and thought what a cute fun little tag to do on a lazy Tuesday during break! If you too are enjoying a lazy day and want something fun to do, then I tag you to participate!

Rules:

  • Use the original banner.
  • Answer the questions!
  • Use lots of book covers.
  • Tag your friends.

What book are you currently reading?

Right now I’m in the middle of And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich, and let me just say right now I am really doing this tag to take a break from the creep factor! I don’t read horror that much, but I will read her novels and I need something to hide behind while reading this!!!

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What’s the last book you finished?

The last book I finished was Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (check out my review here). I also tried to read How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather but I had to DNF it. Check out my review of it here.

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Favorite book you read this year?

It is so hard to pick just one book! So, I will have to go with Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo! This was a great ending to the duology and I wanted to prolong the experience as much as possible! Check out my review here.

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What genre have you read most this year?

I tend to stick towards fantasy with a little dystopian mixed in.

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What genre have you read least this year?

Hmm… probably contemporary. I tend to stick to only a few authors that I really like and this year I was introduced to an author that I will be checking out her earlier books!

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What genre do you want to read more of?

I would like to read more science fiction. My dad is a huge sci-fi fan so it would be great to be able to talk to him about books that he has an interest in. I just don’t know if I can get into Star Trek as much as him.


How many books have you read this year, and what’s your goal?

I have read 93 book and 100 was my goal. I was in a bit of a reading slump this year so I am not surprised that I am 7 books from my goal. Hopefully next year I will be able to meet it!


What’s the last book you bought?

I bought a couple of books from Book Outlet last month. I bought Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell, The Rose Society by Marie Lu, and The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine.

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What book are you saving up to buy next?

I am a huge Gilmore Girls fan and I would love to get my hands on Lauren Graham’s Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between. My birthday is coming up in two weeks so maybe my hubbie can surprise me with this (hint hint nudge nudge) or maybe I’ll gift it to myself =D

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How many books did you check out last library visit?

I honestly don’t know. I only check out ebooks since they seem to have a bigger selection of books I like, and I don’t have to leave my house.


What’s a book you can’t wait to read?

There are a lot of books that I can’t wait to read! But if I had to just pick one, I will go with A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah. J. Maas. I just love this series and her TOG series! May can’t get here fast enough!

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What’s a series you’d recommend to everyone?

I would definitely recommend the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo and the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. They are two of my all time favorite authors and I just love all of their books!


Who’s an author you’re hoping writes more?

All of them! Is that a good enough answer? No? Okay, I choose Leigh Bardugo, Gena Showalter, Sarah Dessen, Sarah J. Maas, and J.K. Rowling.


A few books your heart adores?

Just a few? Okay my heart adores:

  • Harry Potter (all of them) by J.K. Rowling
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • The White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter
  • The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

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What series’ coming conclusion makes you sad?

Every ending makes me sad, just because I know that it’ll be the last one and I won’t have another book to look forward to the following year. It does get exciting though when the author gives us a brand new series to look forward to!


What books are on your wish-list?

Lets see….hmm…I’ll just list a few:

  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
  • Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
  • Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

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My Tags:

I tag anyone and everyone that is reading this tag. I had a lot of fun and would love to see your answers.

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Jingle Bells Book Tag

Hello!! It is officially a week before Christmas! Do you know what that means?! It means that in two weeks it’ll be New Year’s Day, and then in three weeks it’ll be my birthday! I love this time of year, because usually I am with family and we get to celebrate two special occasions together. Unfortunately this year I won’t be traveling home to visit family, but I will get to spend it with my husband and pups. What are you doing this Christmas break?

So with that being said, I am participating in this Christmas-y book tag to begin my countdown to Christmas!!

I originally found this tag on ThriceRead, but they found this book tag on rwh92!


“All I Want For Christmas Is You…” | What book do you want to see under the Christmas Tree?

I have a lot of books on my to buy list, but I could settle for seeing the first two books of the Grisha series and Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige!

“Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time…” | What book that you have read this year have you enjoyed the most?

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

“It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” | Which book has most festive look to it?

 

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Elf | What book unleashes your inner child?

l’d have to say Harry Potter, I started this series when it first came out when I was in 5th grade! So when I think back to my childhood, this is the first series that comes to mind!

The Grinch | Your favourite villain…

My favorite villain would probably be the Darkling from the Grisha series!

The Holiday | Name your favourite TWO couples…

Oh, man how am I supposed to pick just two?! Hmm….I would have to go with Piper and Ash from the Steel and Stone series and I really like Celaena and Chaol together before all the shenanigans happened (although I am only a few pages into Queen of Shadows and so far I am not liking Chaol)

What book would you like to give as a present to your followers?

Six of Crows because it is seriously one of the best and I love the duology so much!

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This or That Book Tag

Hey my fellow readers and bloggers!

I feel as if it’s been forever since I’ve really posted something that wasn’t my normal Monday and Wednesday posts! I haven’t had a lot of time to read this week or last due to finals week and all my classes giving final exams and/or papers, so I figured I would do a quick little book tag to make things interesting on my blog. =p I found this on Kaytlyn @The Bohemian Bookworm‘s blog, and thought why not. I need a break from writing my final paper.


Reading on the couch or on the bed?

I enjoy reading on the couch when I am watching tv, but I read mainly in bed right before I go to sleep. Which is where my iPad comes in handy.

Male main character or female main character?

I tend to choose books that have a female main character TBH, but I am not opposed to books that do have a male mc!

Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?

I tend to eat a lot of chips when I am reading. Typically, when I am on the couch, I am reading/watching TV before dinner and just really need a snack to help me make it to dinner. =)

Trilogies or quartets?

I really don’t have a preference for this, but I do like to start them when they are finished. I really like to be able to binge read the series, instead of waiting for the next one to be released. So it doesn’t help that I’ve started Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series! I just need them all!!!!!

First person point of view or third person point of view?

I think I prefer first person POV or multiple POV’s if done correctly.

Reading at night or in the morning?

I can read anytime, but I mainly read at night since that is when I have most of my free time.

Libraries or bookstores?

I love checking out the e-books at the library. Mainly because I can do that from the comfort of my home. Most of my books though do come from bookstores, or lately from subscriptions.

Books that make you laugh or make you cry?

I don’t mind both. It’s how I know if I am invested in the book or not if it makes me feel any sort of outward emotion.

Black book covers or white book covers?

I tend to gravitate towards black book covers. IDK why, but I do…

Character driven or plot driven stories?

Why can’t I have both? I really enjoy books more that include both.


Well that concluded this episode of This or That Book Tag!

I really did have fun answering these questions, so here’s to passing the fun along…

I tag: anyone who would like to participate!