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Tag It Thursdays: The TBR Book Tag

Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!

Normally, I post my Throwdown Thursday Meme on the last Thursday of the month, but I’ve opted to discontinue that feature. I might make it a seasonal feature for my blog but at this moment I’m undecided. But without further ado, here is my latest tag!

This month’s tag:

The TBR Tag

I was tagged AGES ago by Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts, last August to be specific. Thank you Joey! Despite this being at the top of my “to write” list, I never got around to it and postponed its publication numerous times. Since it is a bit of a “time sensitive” post (meaning my TBR changes on an everyday basis), I wanted it to be as accurate as possible when I finally published it. Not some post I wrote in October but didn’t publish it until March.

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I wrote a whole series of Tips posts on this earlier this month but I primarily have 2 ways of keeping track of my TBR: Goodreads (I have shelves for books that have to be published, sequel TBRs and “new” books) and an Excel spreadsheet of all my book purchases. But I would say Goodreads is my main tracking method.

Is your TBR mostly print or eBook?

My Excel Spreadsheet of purchases is all eBooks, as is my TBR “star” jar. But my main TBR list via Goodreads is basically any format I can get my hands on. I don’t discriminate 😉


How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

For my Rock My TBR Challenge, I pull a star out every time I finish one book/series. Most of the time though, it is whatever holds I get in from the library first that determines my next read.

Another method I use to find my next read is to randomly generate a number and use that to pick out 2 or 3 books from some sort of list I have created. Then, I read the synopsis for each and decide which book “speaks” to me the most. (The curse of being a mood reader I think).

Love StruckA book that’s been on your TBR list the longest?

I bought this book for my Kobo as soon as I got my eReader in 2011. It was one of my first purchases, meaning I didn’t have over 300 books to read instead. What’s even worse is that it is only a novella that is 58 pages long–why I have never found the time to read something that’ll take me an hour at most is beyond me :S

Beyond that one, it’s really hard for my to say what has been on my TBR the longest since I only joined Goodreads in 2012 and did a bulk shelving of books I wanted to read as soon as I joined.

 A book you recently added to your TBR?

 Outrun the Moon

Air Awakens (Air Awakens, #1)  January (Calendar Girl, #1)
 New Novel/Series #MakeMeRead It

 Newest Purchase

Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows, #1)A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

I have yet to truly enjoy a Sophie Jordan novel despite attempting 3 different series by her. While I am intrigued by the concept of this novel, the mixed reviews lead me to belief I won’t enjoy it BUT I cannot resist that cover!

 Unintentional VirginA book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?

This question was really hard to answer because I plan on reading every book on my TBR even it that isn’t practical. However, this book popped into mind because I did start to read it but couldn’t stomach anything past Chapter 2. I tell myself I will read it simply because I purchased it and hate leaving books I purchased unread but, let’s get real…I’m not picking this up again.

 An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

Starfall (Starflight #2) Heartless Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2) United as One (Lorien Legacies, #7)

I couldn’t pick just one!

The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1)A book on your TBR that everyone has read but you?

I feel like I am the only blogger in the book blogging community who didn’t get an ARC of this novel—it was EVERYWHERE this year! From January right to its actual publication date, this novel stalked my Twitter and Blog Reader feeds for months! I always planned on reading it because I read anything with a hint of Russian Imperialism but I’ll admit the hype definitely made me curious…and a little scared to actually read it.

  Uglies (Uglies, #1)A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

I’ve had numerous requests from people to do a series review for the Uglies. I hope to get that published early this summer once school is officially finished!

 A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

The Morning Star (Katerina, #3) Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2) The Girl with the Iron Touch (Steampunk Chronicles, #3) Dark Tide (Waterfire Saga, #3)

These are all sequels to series I really enjoyed but I haven’t gotten a chance to read!

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

The short answer according to my Goodreads account:

  • 1193 new series or standalone novels
  • 47 books that have yet to be published
  • 390 sequels

Thanks again Joey!

What about you? Do we share some similar answers? Are you also overwhelmed by your TBR?

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Tag it Thursdays: The Emoji Book Tag

Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Once a month I will post my response. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!

This month’s tag:

The Emoji Book Tag

The rules are pretty simple. It’s just about pairing up the most used or recently used emoji with a book.

I was tagged by Jessi @ Princessica of Books in October to do this tag. It was actually harder than I thought because I don’t really use Emoji’s per say. BUT, I do use the Minion Stickers on Facebook Messenger a lot so I’m going to use those for the purpose of this tag.


The “I Wanna Kick Your BUM” Minion

For this one, I’m picking two characters I want to knock some sense into. I actually have a list of heroines I can’t stand on my Top Picks page and a few appropriate tags. But for this one, I’m going to pick a pair of leads for this meme instead of picking on a lady. Can you guess who? How about Evie and Jack from the Arcana Chronicles? Both are equally annoying and do many questionable things, making it very frustrating to read about them…


The “How You Doin'” Minion

I’m going to pick my newest book boyfriends: Kai from the Lunar Chronicles and Nicholas from Passenger. It’s hard to choose between these two because I read them both so close together. Kai is so sweet and, understandably, charming. As for Nicholas, he’s a PIRATE! I don’t think I need to elaborate on that but he is also completely swoon worthy <3


The “OMG” Minion

For this one, I’m picking a book that kept me on the edge of my seat going: excuse me? No, that cannot be happening! And that book is November 9 by Colleen Hoover. There were so many “OMG NO!” *headshake* moments throughout that book.


The “Shhh, Don’t Tell” Minion

I suppose it isn’t much of a secret for those who have read my previous tags but I’ve never finished a single Harry Potter novel–and an even bigger secret is that I probably never will.

Perhaps another secret is that I’m not even sure what that minion is supposed to be doing. Is it a sexy pose or is he shhing someone? I just don’t know.


The “WTF” or “Huh?” Minion

I enjoy LOVE the occasional “mindf*ck” novel and in 2015 the ultimate WTF series was Nocte by Courtney Cole. Just when I would think that I had a handle on things, I would get totally blindsided. So much fun even if my brain hurt.

Thanks again Jess!

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Tag It Thursdays: Disney Tag

Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Once a month I will post my response.Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!

This month’s tag:

Disney Book Tag

I originally saw this tag on JJBookLoversBlog and planned to do it because I LOVE Disney. Seriously, I love Disney! I’ve never lost a game of Disney Scene it! Then, I was tagged by Joey @ Thoughts and After Thoughts and so here we are! I encourage you to check out both of their posts! They have some great picks!


The Little Mermaid — A character who is out of their element; a “fish out of water”

I think Laia doesn’t get enough credit for her role in An Ember in the Ashes. Sure, she isn’t my favourite character ever but she finds herself in a situation she never expected to be in. She does the best she can and I think she develops at a decent pace.

Cinderella — A character who goes through a major transformation

To me, Fangirl is the quintessential coming of age story. Cath is one of the most stubborn girls I have ever had to read and it was interesting to watch as she comes to grips with what her life has become. It was great to watch her transform from a somewhat selfish girl into a  semi-aware human being who takes other people’s feelings into account.

Snow White — A book with an eclectic cast of characters

Lumière has one of the most intriguing cast of characters I have ever read. You can tell that the world is influenced by the circus and old fashioned “freak-shows”. You have Urlick with mysterious scars and Crazy Legs who has no arms and a slew of other misfits. They are all a lot of fun to read about and it makes for an interesting story!

Sleeping Beauty — A book that put you to sleep

I was really looking forward to reading Spinster. In fact, I had it on my hold list at the library before it was released. I wanted to read a modern take on why women and societies expectations of them. Instead, I got a dull read about a woman who discovered old female poets and how it changed her life. Yawn…it was a snoozer.


The Lion King — A character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood

I think you could pick any of the characters in Pushing the Limits for this category! From Echo’s torn family life to Noah’s time before and after foster care, this is one heartbreaking story. And that isn’t even including Isaiah and Beth…yet.

Beauty and the Beast — A beast of a book that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful

Forbidden had been on my TBR list for years before I picked it up in the summer of 2015. A book that focuses on the romance between blood siblings was something that scared me! But I am so glad I picked it up! This story is so heart-wrenchingly beautiful and I think a lot of people will miss out on it because of the simple word: incest.

Mulan — A character who pretends to be someone or something they’re not

Not only is Emily in First Touch working undercover to find out what happened to her friend but she is also struggling with who she is as a person. So as you can expect, she has a hard time being honest with herself and those around her as she tries to solve the mystery.


Aladdin — A character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse

All you need to do is read the synopsis for Crushed and you can see where I’m going with this. You’ve got Michael who wants to get over his heart-break and Chloe who just wants to be noticed. Add some tricky family drama and you’ve got a perfect “careful what you wish for” situation.

Toy Story — A book with characters you wish could come to life

It’s no secret that I love the characters in the Mortal Instruments Series. I would love to run around fighting demons with this cast of characters. Plus, I think Magnus and I would be besties in real life.


Disney’s Descendants — Your favourite villain or morally ambiguous character

Ironically, I pick a Disney villain to wrap up my tag. I’m not sure who my favourite villain would be honestly when it comes to books. (For the record, Loki from Marvel’s Thor is my favourite). But I really enjoyed this perspective of Captain Hook’s rise to infamy in Never Never.

Thanks again Joey for tagging me!

(So sorry that it took me so long to finish it!)

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Tag it Thursday: Fireworks Book

Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Once a month I will post my response. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!

This month’s tag:

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Fireworks Book Tag

I was tagged to do this WAYYY back in August by Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books. She has some great answers so I encourage you to read her original post here!

I LOVE fireworks! They are so much fun to watch and I have to say the best I have ever scene have been at Disney World in Florida. Their displays are amazing and magical–always a highlight of my trips there!


Missing Dixie (Neon Dreams, #3)SCREAMERS: A book that made you want to scream, in a good, or bad way

I’m going to go with what I am reading right now which is Missing Dixie by my fave, Caisey Quinn. Damn, these two had me screaming at them every chapter to just talk to each other! Their sexual tension is mindblowingly strong and I just want them to work out all their problems and let me sleep easy knowing they are finally together (or at least getting some closure if they don’t end up together!).

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)BOMBERS: A book that you read before it “exploded in the book community”

This one is tough for me to gauge because I’m always a little late to jump on the bandwagon AND I wasn’t a part of the “book community” when this book first came out. But I read all the novellas before the release of Throne of Glass and read my copy as soon as it was published so I like to think I was ahead of the game with this series!

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)BANGERS: A banned book you read

I’m going to pick an odd one for this–you know, one of those fireworks that just comes out of nowhere. I’m going with the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy which was banned in Malaysia for its content according to Wikipedia;  though I’m sure a lot of people in North America wish the same thing…


PEONY: A book/author you think everyone needs to read

I’m going to pick one book that really stuck with me last year and that was My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Wanga. It was a tough call between this, All the Rage and Written in the Stars. All three books deal with topics I feel society doesn’t talk about and do a fanastic job of sharing the issues while captivating the reader. But My Heart and Other Black Holes was just so real and approachable and I feel like not enough people have read it and its great take on mental health.

RookCROSSETTE: A book/series with a complicated plot

I’m sure I’ve read more complicated plots (Throne of Glass seems like a good series to pick) but I was really impressed with Rook. There were just so many layers to this story and that made it so much fun to read! I loved its unpredictability and the game strategy all the characters seemed to have. One of my faves from 2015.


City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)DIADEM: A book/series with a set of amazing central characters

The Mortal Instruments was the first series that popped into my head! I connected so fast to these characters and loved every minute of it; even if I don’t particularly like them coughcoughClary. I just couldn’t get enough of these folks! Its prequel, The Infernal Devices also counts in this as well 😉 A close second would be the Vampire Academy/Bloodlines Series.


Agree or Disagree?

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Tag it Thursdays: Bath & Body Works

Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Twice a month (or so) I will post my response. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!

This month’s tag:

Bath and Body Works Tag

I was tagged by Summer @ XingSings wayyyy back in August–thank you Summer! The tag was originally created by Analee @ Book Snacks–who states that she really loves Bath and Body Works. I myself don’t really shop there all that much–I find the store to be really smelly, not in a bad way, just in a way that makes me have to blow my nose every 5 seconds. They do have some really great products though and some crazy deals every once and a while too! Maybe I should make an effort to buy my hand soap there….

The Perks of Being a WallflowerPure Paradise: A book that was simply perfection

This one was really tough! At first I was going to pick a book that I read this year but then decided to go with a classic. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of my all time favourite books. I think I felt every emotion reading that book. And I can’t forget to mention the absolute perfection that is the movie adaption! It might not have followed the book exactly in terms of plot but it was so on point with the themes and the characters that I was really impressed!

The Heartbreakers (The Heartbreak Chronicles)Sweet Pea: A romance/contemporary novel that you really enjoyed

YA Contemporary is just not my thing. This year I’ve tried to jump on that train but have failed every time… until I read The Heartbreakers! This book was exactly what I needed after a reading slump! The romance was adorable, the drama was delivered perfectly and the characters had great development. It was just fantastic and I can’t wait to read more in this series!

Vengeance RoadFresh Strawberries: A book you really enjoyed that came out this year

I’ve never read a Western novel before (I think Dmitri from Vampire Academy reads them all the time though right?), but Vengeance Road makes me want to read every single book and watch 5 Western movies! I’ve read a lot of great books this year but this one really stands out for me with its different plot line and strong female lead. Plus, look at that cover!

Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road, #1)Warm Vanilla Sugar: A character and/or book that made you feel all warm and smiley. 

I have an official list of book boyfriends on my Riffle account, but my most recent addition to that list is Oz from Nowhere but Here. He just had that right combination of being a bad boy and being a total sweetheart at the same time. Talk about swoon-worthy!

As for a warm book: The Heartbreakers is the most recent one I think.

RookParis Amour: A couple you majorly ship together

It’s just pure coincidence that there is an Eiffle Tower on this cover! I literally just picked the last couple I added to my fav couple list on Goodreads and it was Sophia & René from Rook. They were just a couple that I wanted to get together as soon as I met them.

If you want to know about the couples I rooted for but alas they weren’t destined to be, check out this Top Ten Tuesday Post.

Legend (Legend, #1) I <3 Cake Books: Favorite book/character

I saw this and immediately thought “favourite heroine” and that would be June from the Legend Trilogy. She is such a strong, intelligent female character and I simply loved that. It had been a long time I found a lead heroine that I could really respect and root for before I read Legend and I was just really impressed with her character.

My fav book series is Vampire Academy with the kickass Rose.

Frigid (Frigid, #1)Winter Candy Apple: A book set around Christmas or during winter. 

Gulp! I panicked on this one! I don’t think I read very many wintery books so I just picked the first one I saw with snow on the cover. And Frigid was it! I think this takes place on Christmas break or maybe it’s Spring Break? Regardless, it snows a lot in this book!

I suppose Kiss of Frost also would have worked!

The Gathering Storm (Katerina, #1)Beautiful Day: A book with an unusual/interesting/appealing setting

For some reason, Imperial Russia really intrigues me! From the politics to the outfits, it seems like a very interesting time period to have lived in. That’s part of the reason why I adore the Katerina Trilogy. While I wouldn’t want to live in that time period forever (just read Anna Karenina and you’ll get my gist), I think it would be fun to attend a royal ball or a ballet.

Dazzling Diamonds: Gorgeous cover(s)

A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1) Rogue Wave (Waterfire Saga, #2) Mechanica The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight, #1) A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1) The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

Of the books I’ve read this year, these are my fav covers so far!

Thanks again Summer! This one was a lot of fun–and a great distraction from doing homework!

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Tag it Thursdays: Reader Problems

Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Once a month I will post my response. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!

This month’s tag:

The Reader Problems Tag

I was tagged by Summer @XingSings wayyyy back in July to do  this fun tag. We actually share a lot of the same problems it seems 😛 Thank as always Summer!

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
Who doesn’t have that many books on their TBR? What I read next is almost entirely based on what books come in from on hold at the library–a problem I identified back in late May of this year and decided to do something about with my Tackling the TBR personal goal. I do have a beautiful TBR jar for all my purchased books when I manage to get a chance to pick something out (it’s colour coded and it is glorious) and thanks to my TBR challenge, I’ve been able to do that a lot more! Prior to my TBR jar I used to use a random number generator to pick from a list of 5-10 books I was in the mood to read.


2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
I actually have a 50 Page Rule when it comes to books: if I’m not loving a book and by the end of the first 50 pages, if I don’t care what happens next, I drop it! Most of the time these are books that cause my mind to wander while reading or even worse, cause me to NOT want to read! GASP! After reading and blogging for two years, I think I have a good handle on what I like and don’t so I rarely have to do this. More often than not, I will keep reading it. Sometimes I will book that book up at a later date if I think it was just my personal mood preventing me from liking it or the pressure to finish it before I return it to the library was stressing me out too much.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?
I’ve never had this problem. I’m constantly underestimating how many books I can read in a year. Take for example this year, I had completed my Goodreads goal by August!

But, if I did have this problem, I would read lots of novellas, join a few readathons and set aside some weekend days just for reading!

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
Haha you know, this was never a problem until I started blogging and read about other people freaking out over this. I’m not really picky about hardcovers mixing with paperbacks (the frugal reader in me doesn’t mind so long as the artwork is the same). BUT, I recently bought two books I already owned to make them match the other books I have in the series. They were only a couple of dollars, I think I spent more to ship them! I only plan to do this if the price is right.

5. Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
This happens a lot actually, as does the reverse. Part of the reason I started blogging was to have this outlet to share my feelings about books. No one I know really reads books like I do (though my best friend from university is pretty close!). For example, I was a huge Throne of Glass fan but totally thought it was an underdog when it was first published (maybe it was? I dunno because I wasn’t following blogs online when it first came out); so imagine my surprise when everyone starts to rave about it once I do start to blog! I’ve tried some groups on Goodreads but people don’t really discuss it

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
I totally struggled with this at work the other day! I’m pretty good about holding back my emotions in public because I am very aware of where I am. But if I was alone in my room at home, full out sobs. #noshame

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads?
Time for a shameless self plug! I actually have recaps for a lot of book on my blog for this very purpose! Because I read so many series and don’t have the time–nor the desire for some series–to reread all the books, I created a word document for myself that summarizes the key points of the book–especially the ending! I do this for all the sequels and I’ve even started to do it for romance novels that have sequel books with different leads just to keep my memory fresh.

But a helpful hint is that some series have great fan-run Wikia pages and even Wikipedia has detailed summaries for very popular novels!

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
I actually don’t mind people boring my books. I don’t have a lot of physical books anymore so I suppose I am possessive of them (they are books I consider to be my favourites that I want to pass on to my kids one day). But I am also a firm believer in sharing the joy of reading with anyone who wants to read something and if borrowing my book will let them read, I’m all for it.

I just make sure to tell them to return it in the same condition when they are done AND TO BE SURE THEY RETURN IT!

9. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
I had this problem at the start of July and it sucked! Nothing was wowing me and I hadn’t had a 5 star read in WEEKS! I got over that one by reading a sequel to a series by one of my favourite authors (FYI it was Empire of Night in the Age of Legends Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong and it was AMAZING!). It depends what type of slump I am in. Most of the time reading something I’ve been dying to read will work; other times, reading a favourite authors work will do the trick. Most of the time though, I good romance (usually New Adult) will make me happy again (unless I am in a slump from reading too many romance novels than a good dystiopian or high fantasy will work).

Can you tell that I am a mood reader yet?

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
I don’t by very many “new books”, I put them at hold on the library. I don’t reread a lot of books so I don’t see the purpose of buying them. Most of the time, if I really enjoy a book and think I will reread it once I have read it from the library, I will buy it later. I do buy lots of Kobo eBooks but mostly when there is a contest promotion so I get coupon codes. Again, I am a cheap person. So unless a book is under $3 when it comes out, I won’t buy it immediately. I’ll wait until I get a coupon or a sale or it drops in price.

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?
I have books that have been on my shelf since 2009 if not a little sooner. I had been hoping to read them when I was home at my parents for the summer before I left for school but (as I write this, it is the first week of August) but that doesn’t look like it is going to happen. BUT, does it count if someone else has read them? I think my mom has read most of them 😉

Thanks again Summer!

Do we share any of the same problems? Tag yourself or comment below!

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Tag it Thursdays: Secret Life of a Blogger

Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Once a month I will post my response. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!

This month’s tag:

The Secret Life of a Blogger Tag

I was tagged by my favourite rambling and ranting blogger, Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts to spill my guts with this tag. Thank you Joey for the tag!

How long have you been a blogger?

I’ve been blogging since April of 2013 which I’ve mentioned many times. I suppose the big “secret” is that I did have a brief Anime Series Review blog back in high school that I never really did anything with. I think back then, there wasn’t as many useful blogging platforms to use so it was a lot more html/css coding–which I enjoyed–but I found I spent more time formatting than watching anime which is what I wanted to do more 😛

At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?

That is an excellent question and one I’ve pondered a lot in the last few months when trying to figure out if I want to take my blog to the next level (ie WordPress.org). Right now I still have another year and a bit of schooling. Because blogging is a great stress reliever for me, I plan on continuing. (My dirty secret is that I’ve already started to schedule standalone reviews for 2016 so I will have material for the next little while). How long after that, I suppose it depends on my job and what ever else life throws at me.

What’s the best thing about blogging?

The main reason I started blogging was to have an outlet for all the books I was reading. I’ve shared it many times before, but not all of my friends read or it they do, they don’t read the same books. So I never felt like I had someone to share my reading experience with or talk to about books. Now, I have this community that loves (or hates) books as much as I do and I feel like it’s really improved my reading experience.

Oh, and now I have a place I can refer back to when it comes to reading books in a series! My reviews serve as refreshers for me personally to remember what I liked and didn’t about a book which really helps set the mood for picking up that sequel!

What’s the worst thing about blogging?

The compulsive need to always deliver is the worst thing for me. While I tote blogging as a stress reliever, it also causes me a lot of stress sometimes too.

In the last year, I’ve added more features to my blog and have started reviewing requests/ARCs and because most of those have deadlines, it adds pressure to something I consider to be a fun hobby and makes it feel more like a job. Then you start to think: am I posting too much? not enough? do I have enough followers? etc. That slope can be a slippery one if you let it be and sometimes I think it gets the better of me.

How long does it take for you to find/create pictures for your post?

I don’t really have many pictures on my blog besides book covers that I source from the internet; so I would say it takes me maybe 2 minutes? Movie posters for my Movie Mondays can take a little while longer.

The graphics for my features took anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour. And that is mostly because I am a perfectionist or change my mind halfway through about what I want.

Who is your book crush?

You can find a whole list of my book crushes here for your reading pleasure. But I’ll go with my most recent addition to that list and that would be Oz from Nowhere But Here.

What author would you like to have on your blog?

As in to interview or as a guest post? I’m not sure. William Shakespeare?

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

This sounds like a question a sleazy person asks another when on the phone…

If you really must know, I wear clothes. There, mystery solved!

How long does it take you to prepare?

A blog post? It really depends on the type of post.

Standalone reviews can take 10 minutes prep (all the meta data like cover, synopsis), 15-30 minutes writing the actual review and another 5-10 for proofing and adding tags.

Series reviews can take anywhere between an hour to months! Because I need (usually) more than 2 books to make a series review, it can take awhile for me to read the necessary books.

Tags/Top Ten Tuesdays/etc can take 15 minutes to an hour depending on the topic or length of the questions.

If you are asking how long does it take me to get ready in the morning: the answer is 10 minutes.

How do you feel about the book/blogger community?

Overall, I think it is a really awesome place! I’ve “met” (ie virtually) a lot of cool people over the last year. I say “last year” because I really didn’t interact much with the community until then. When I first set this blog up I didn’t really consider myself to be a blogger. It was more of an information review website that used a blogging platform as it’s website template.

Now, that might seem contradictory to what I said earlier about blogging being an outlet but I’ll explain. When I decided to create my blog I just wanted to express my feelings about a book. I didn’t really consider the social aspect. I just wanted to give my two cents about something in the hopes that it might be helpful to someone else out there.

But now, I very much feel like a blogger because I really love talking to people and having those conversations about books, authors and characters.

What should be done to achieve a successful blog?

I think first and foremost you need to define what your idea of a “successful” blog is. Is it having the most followers out there? Is it getting 50 comments for one post? Is it posting something every day? Is it getting lots of requests/ARC offers? Is it relieving the stress of your everyday life by posting? Is it meeting lots of like minded people?

Blogging is a very personal thing to do and I think what bloggers get out of it varies for individuals. It’s easy to get caught up in the statistics of it all and that can either enlighten or dampen your blogging experience.

So know what you want to get out of blogging. It doesn’t have to be a set thing! My goals for success have changed every year! And once you have your goal in mind, come up with a game plan! Try new things, get feedback, explore other people’s blogs! Never be afraid to change things up!

Thank you Joey for the tag!

If anyone else wants to share their “secrets”, consider yourself tagged!

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Tag it Thursdays: Summertime Madness Tag

Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Once a month I will post my response. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!

This month’s tag:

The Summertime Madness Tag

Summer has officially ended here in Canada and so I decided to hold on to it for a little while longer with this tag. I was tagged (slightly ironically I have to say) by the amazing Summer @ XingSings earlier in August! Definitely check out her post if you have a chance because she has some great picks!

I will admit that it took me awhile to come up with this list! I spend a lot time listing to music (specifically The Weeknd & 5 Seconds of Summer), scrolling through my Goodreads account to find the perfect books. Here’s what I came up with:

No One Needs to Know1. Show a book with a Summery cover! (i.e Sun, Beach etc.)

Where I live in Ontario, cottaging or going to “the lake” is a common summer getaway. For some reason, this cover for No One Needs to Know just reminds me of swimming on a really hot day at a small lake after a BBQ.

A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1)2. Pick one fictional place that would be the perfect destination for your Summer Vacation!

I enjoy travelling, especially internationally! I would love to explore the many shades of London in A Darker Shade of Magic. It might not be a summery type of place, but I like to think I would have a lot of fun jumping between the alternate Londons with Kell and Lila!

Maybe Not (Maybe, #1.5) 3. You’re about to go on a flight to your Summer Vacation. But you want to read a book that lasts for the whole flight, so what novella do you choose?

Honestly, any novella by Colleen Hoover will do. She is probably one of my favourite novella writers because they still feel like whole stories. Maybe Not was a lot of fun to read as was Finding Cinderella–excellent ways to cap off those respective series!

The Book of Awesome4. You have a case of Summertime Sadness what happy book do you pick up to shine a smile on your face?

Sometimes, you just need to be reminded of all awesome things in life. It could be as simple as taking your bra off at the end of a long day or as complicated as finding that perfect cereal to milk ratio. I promise you, that after just a few awesome pages of The Book of Awesome, you will be smiling again 😀

Sweet Filthy Boy (Wild Seasons, #1)5. You’re sitting at the beach all alone…which fictional character would be your beach babe?

Well, truthfully it would be Adrian from Vampire Academy / Bloodlines but he wouldn’t do so well in the sun… So I think I am going to pick Ansel from Sweet Filthly Boy. He is so funny and sweet and so I think he would be fun to go to the beach with 😉

Crushed (Redemption, #2)6. To match your ice cream you want an icy cool sidekick! Which fictional sidekick do you pick?

Definitely Chloe from Crushed! I feel like we would be BFFs in real life. She is hilarious! I wanted her to be my new BFF after only reading 2 pages of her POV.

7. Share the Summertime Happiness! Who do you TAG? 

I’m going to take the cheap way out and tag anyone who wants to do it! Hold on to that little bit of summer for as long as you can! And for my fellow Canadians:

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Thanks again Summer!

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Tag it Thursdays: Blog Most Likely To

Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Once a month I will post my response. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!

This month’s tag:

The Blog Most Likely To… Tag

I was tagged by the ever insightful Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts–thank you! This one really made me think. I could do the obvious: Blog Most Likely To “write series reviews” but that’s boring and predictable. And I couldn’t think of anything witty (that’s what happens when you get a soccer ball to the face the night before you write a blog post) and I didn’t want to be greedy and choose 4.

So, in the end, I’ve decided to go with…

The Blog Most Likely to…be unintentionally pun-ny!

I think my sense of humour doesn’t really come across in my blog. Not to toot my our horn (I was actually going to pick idioms –a fixed expression or one with a literal meaning–but it was too hard to find examples in my posts because I use a wide assortment), but I’m considered to be the witty, sarcastically funny one among my group of friends. I always joke that sarcasm was my first language because I use it ALL THE TIME. And, believe it or not, sarcasm is hard to convey in written text–and I’m NOT being sarcastic when I say that!

Because I love humour, I try to add it to my reviews and I think the best way to do that in written text is through puns! Here are some of my favourites!

The Grisha world is so cool! It’s a great blend of science and magic so it’s not very “witchy”, which (no pun intended) always worries me when I pick up a magic novel (for some reason I don’t like witch series).

~Grisha Trilogy Review

It’s just as easy to come up with these excuses for Fifty Shades of Grey (if you strip *no pun intended* all the BDSM away, at its bones, it is a love story and the later books do get a plot line)

~Meme-ful Musings: Critiqued for Your Reading Choices

The TV Show really revamped (no pun intended) these characters. [When talking about Vampire Diaries TV Series]

~Throwdown Thursday: Vampire Diaries Book Series vs TV Series

Great concept, poor execution (no pun intended). [When talking about a book series that targets teens for a harsh punishment]

~The Fury Trilogy Review

 I also didn’t mind (no pun intended) the whole mind-powers bit that vampires possess–initially. [When discussing Edward’s powers]

~Throwdown Thursday: Twilight vs Vampire Diaries

And once I was a few chapters in, I was sold (no pun intended) on everything this book was bringing. [The Winner’s Crime starts when Kestrel buys Arin from a slave auction]

~The Winner’s Trilogy Review

I was going to try to come up with some pun about this series not being what I wanted and “I want it that way” but I couldn’t come up with anything creative. [The first book in the series is I Want it That Way]

~2B Trilogy Review

I guess you can say that a better superlative for my blog would be:

The Blog Most Likely to be Unintentionally Pun-ny!

As I actually intend for my puns when I say type them–despite evidence for the contrary 😉 Whether people actually understand them or laugh, I dunno and I’m OK with that! I get a giggle out of them and that makes me happy!

Thanks again Joey for the thought-provoking tag! It really forced me to be creative!

What is your blog mostly likely to be?

Let me know below because I tag anyone who reads this!


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Tag It Thursdays: The Reading Habits Tag

Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Once a month I will post my response. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!

This month’s tag:

The Reading Habits Tag

I was tagged ages ago by super-wonderful Summer @ Xingsings to do this tag that was originally created by TheBookJazz. Everyone has their own reading habits so I thought it would be fun to share mine with you! Feel free to tag yourself!

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I mostly read in my bed (I prefer to lay down when I read so the bed is the perfect place). But in the summer, I LOVE reading on my back deck!

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I select my bookmarks randomly when I read physical books. Most of them are random pieces of paper I have decorated and not bookmarks you would buy in the store. Sometimes, I use the library receipt or a post-it if I’m travelling or forgot to grab a bookmark. But I mostly eRead so I don’t have that problem too often.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?

The end of chapter! I hate stopping in the middle of one and I only do so when I have to (like I have to rejoin the real world because work/friend/family/I’m-going-to-be-late demands it). Page breaks (you know, scene changes) are also times when I stop if the book’s chapters are especially long (or there are no chapters). Even when I make myself read a certain # of pages in a sitting (I often do this with super long books or books I am having a hard time getting through), I count out the number of pages and then mark my stopping place at the closest chapter to that page location.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

At work, I read on my lunch break so while I’m eating my book is in front of me. If I’m outside, I have water with me while I read (it gets hot!). But otherwise, not really.

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

I’m easily distracted when it comes to noise so most of the time I read in silence. But if I am on public transportation, I play music to help me concentrate on reading and not the conversations around me. I don’t really like reading in front of the TV because I think it is a waste of electricity (I’m so absorbed in the book I even forget the TV). BUT, I definitely blog/read blogs while watching TV.

6. One book at a time or several at once?

I’m a one book at a time type of person. I read books so fast and I alternate genres regularly that I don’t see the point of reading two simultaneously. However, if I have multiple books due at the library OR the book I am reading is really long and/or boring, OR is an anthology, I will start a second book. In the case of reading a second book because another is boring, this new book acts as a reward for reading a few pages of said boring book. I find it keeps me motivated to read. As for anthologies, I like taking them one story at a time.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

This question is a joke right? Obviously EVERYWHERE and that’s how I roll.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Um, I read some…ok, a LOT of books with steamy love scenes so I don’t read them out loud. I do read out loud though when I am studying for school; I find it helps me retain information better.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

I’m definitely guilty of having eyes that jump to words when I change the page. It’s especially bad with hard copy books because you have TWO WHOLE PAGES before you that are tempting you to gaze upon them. I still do it with eBooks but not as much because you go one page at a time.

I wouldn’t say I “skip” pages but I do “skim” pages when I’m loosing interest in a book. And I only read ahead sometimes if I’m debating about enacting my 50-page rule to DNF a book.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I assume this question isn’t asking if I accidentally break the spine because that’s what happens to me. I HATE breaking the spine, I cringe when I realize I do it. And then I begin to comfort myself by saying it is a sign of a well-loved book…that doesn’t always work.

11. Do you write in your books?

For school I do–especially in English class! I also post-it note the sh*t out of my books when I’m writing essays so that they are twice the regular size. Otherwise, nope.

Thank you for the tag Summer!

I’m going to tag whoever decides to read this!

Or if you have already done it, please leave a link below!