Booktube Drama Tag !

Hey, loves! Happy Tuesday :)

Today I thought I would do this tag that Boston created! She actually tagged me to do it but I haven’t been able to sit down and film it, so I thought I would bring it to book bloggers instead!

If you are an active Twitter user, as I am, you would know that there is always tons of drama in the book community on there. I wouldn’t even call most of it drama… just people blowing trivial topics up. Boston’s tag is meant to be lighthearted and poke fun at some of the ridiculous arguments that have started!

Definitely be sure to check out her video for some background info on all of the drama!

Let’s get into the questions :)

Dick Soap Gate- Your favorite smutty book

Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas: I haven’t read many smutty books, but I’m slowly getting more into them! This one was good, I really enjoyed it. It is also definitely one of the smuttiest books I’ve read.*

*But I don’t have much to compare it to, for reference

Incest Shipping- Your favorite sibling duo

Caraval by Stephanie Garber: The first one that came to mind was Scarlet and 51meBqxPwcL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Donatella from the Caraval series. I recently finished this one, so it’s on my mind. I loved the relationship these sisters have. They are very protective of each other but also know how to lay low and give each other space if needed. I think they are a great duo!

Handbook for Mortals Drama- An overhyped book

51j9XTR5oZL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: Sorry, but this book is just way too overhyped. Don’t get me wrong, it was good. But it wasn’t anything special by any means. I didn’t even want to read it initially, but because it gained so much popularity, I decided to pick it up. I had expected to love it so much, but the hype definitely made it fall flat for me.

JKR Drama- A character that makes questionable choices

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Jay Gatsby makes incredibly questionable The Great Gatsbychoices. I mean, he bought a house across a lake just so that he could sort of coax Daisy, his love from years ago (who is now MARRIED), back to him. Strange, odd man.

Marie Kondo- If you could only keep one book, what would it be?

Image result for the night circusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: I thought about this question recently for a collab youtube video I was a part of. I chose this book for a few reasons- it’s long so you can read and re-read it forever and always find new parts that you didn’t pay much attention to. Also, the writing is so beautiful and it’s an inspiration for my own writing, so I would definitely want to keep it around. Also, it’s fantasy, and since I mainly write contemporary, I would want a break from it at times.

Tomi Adayemi vs Nora Roberts- Two books with similar titles

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman:

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These are just the first ones to pop into my head but there are THOUSANDS of examples.

Booktube Group Photo- A full-cast audiobook you love

91ZkXtpaFxLDaisy Jones and the Six by TJR: I will use any opportunity to promote this book. IT IS AMAZING. Please read it. Listen to the audiobook. And then read it physically. Then read it one more time (if you want to be as crazy as me).

 

 

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I hope you enjoyed this post! I had a lot of fun writing it and thinking up these answers :) If you would like to do this tag, then I tag you! If you do it, please leave a link in the comments so I can check it out, too.

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August TBR

Hey, loves. The last month of summer is upon us. I am so confused as to how that happened but I’m also so excited to get back to school already, so it’s very bittersweet.

I read so many books in July, so I am not stressing myself out too much when it comes to reading this month. There are two read-a-thons that I do want to participate in, though. Both are month long, so I have plenty of time, and I am definitely going to be stacking up on challenges between the two.

N.E.W.T.S:

I sat for my O.W.L.S back in April, I believe, so I am ready to take my N.E.W.T.S now! I was a journalist/writer, which means I have to get an A in two subjects, and an E in one subject. That is only 4 books in total, which is completely doable.

E in history of Magic
– A- read a fantasy: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
– E- read a book with a map: The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

A in Muggle Studies
– Cover that includes an actual photo element: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

A in any other subject (herbology)
– Listen to an audiobook: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Disney-a-thon:

This is a new month-long read-a-thon where you get to pick a team and then complete the team challenges. I have chosen to be part of team Tangled because it’s one of my favorite Disney movies. Let’s look at the challenges.

Rapunzel- Read a book with glowing reviews: Fix her Up by Tessa Bailey

Flynn Rider- Read a dark/mysterious book: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

The Snuggly Duckling Crew- Read a book with a dreamy cover: 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons

Mother Gothel- Read a book with a power-hungry character (must be out of your comfort zone): The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett
*I’m not sure if this one entirely fits, but the father is a treasure hunter and he seems scary (and it’s historical fiction so definitely out of my comfort zone)

Maximus- Read the group book: A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Special Ability: we can travel the map as we please

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In all, this is only seven books that I need to read, which is something I have been doing each month. I am stressed because I’m a mood reader, but hopefully, I can convince myself to read all of these!

Are you participating in any read-a-thons? Let me know in the comments!

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Life Update + Current Reads

Hello loves, it’s been a while. I was doing a really good job of posting twice a week on here for the past two months, but I finally wore myself out. I needed a bit of a break because I was feeling super slumpy about the blog. I had no motivation or inspiration, so I needed to step back for a little while before I started posting again.

I recently moved into a new house and while it’s been an overall good experience, it’s also extremely exhausting. On top of that, this week is the reading rush, so I’m trying to get a lot of reading done, which leaves no time for anything else.

I am hoping to get back into the rhythm of things, but I will be going back to posting one day a week, rather than two.

That’s all as far as my update goes, so let’s talk about what I’m currently reading!

It is day two of the reading rush when this post goes up, but it is day one as I am writing it.

So far, I have started the audiobook of Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout and I’m about 20% in. I am hoping to get over 50% by the end of the night. I am also reading The Year of Living Awkwardly by Emma Chastain, and I am only about 100 pages in, but I am hoping to finish this one tomorrow. I am not stressed about not finishing a book today because my hope is that I will finish both of these tomorrow, which will put me on track.

Aside from reading rush books, I’m also in the middle of The Secret History by Donna Tartt. It is on hold this week but I will pick it right back up as soon as this read-a-thon is over. I am hoping to finish it soon, but it’s been taking me so long already, who knows how much longer it’ll take.

Finally, I am reading You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman, which is also currently on hold. I may try to finish it this week in place of another book to complete a challenge, but I’m not sure if that will happen yet.

My reading this month has been going really great- I read mainly 4 and 5 star books, so hopefully, that trend will continue!

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Thanks for reading! Let me know what books you are currently reading, and if you’re participating in the reading rush. See you soon!

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June Wrap-Up 2019

Hey, loves! Happy fourth of July!!

I wasn’t planning on doing any more wrap-ups on the blog since starting a Youtube channel, but I don’t have time to film one, so I thought I would put it in writing instead.

This wasn’t my best reading month, as I’ve only read 7 books, which I think is my lowest number of the year so far (I’ve been doing a good job of reading 10+ books each month). BUT, I did read some new favorites!

Let’s look at what I read last month:

 

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All four of my 5-star reads have instantly become favorites for me.

Wilder Girls: This is an ARC I received on NetGalley, which I am so thankful for. It comes out in a few days and YOU NEED IT IN YOUR LIFE. It broke me, it was incredible, and the ENDING… that’s all I’m going to say.

With the Fire on High: This is Elizabeth Acevedo’s second book, and it was definitely one of my most anticipated releases of the year. I’m so happy that I was finally able to read it, and it was exactly what I needed. It’s a really quick read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Night Circus: I got an ARC of The Starless Sea recently, but before I started that, I wanted to re-read this one. I read it back when it was still a newer book, before I had any bookish social media, before I was a critical reader. I didn’t remember anything from it, like at all. BUT, the re-read was so worth it. I don’t remember loving the story as much as I did this time. It is now one of my all-time favorite books. I can’t wait to read Erin Morgenstern’s next novel.

Aphrodite Made Me Do It: This is a poetry collection from Trista Mateer, and I LOVED it. It was so well written and really unique.

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Truly Devious: I am trying to work my way through some of the mystery/thrillers I have because I love reading them, but don’t pick them up as much as I’d like. This one was really good, especially for YA. I am definitely going to pick up the rest of the series.

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here: This book was just ok. I don’t want to talk about my feelings about it too much because I will be posting a video where I talk all about it!

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Romeo and Juliet: I was so bored by this play since I’ve known this story for years (as do most people). I don’t think I got anything new out of reading it. I could have just stuck to the movie adaptations.

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That is all for this short wrap-up. Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what your thoughts were! See you Tuesday :)

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July TBR 2019

Hey, loves! Happy July :)

Last month was not my best reading month, so I’m really hoping to make up for that this month. My TBR is a little ambitious, but I am determined to get as much reading done as I can. So, let’s take a look at what I’ll be reading!

Currently Reading:

 

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid- This is a buddy read with Jaime, or Leo Reads on Youtube, which I am almost done with. I am really enjoying it and it has been such a quick read.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt- I put this one on hold for a few months now, and I’m pretty sure it was on my TBR for June, but some other books came up and I didn’t get to it. I know I’m going to love it (I already do and I’m only one chapter in), but I haven’t been able to dedicate the time to it yet.

Secret Project:

I am doing a little bit of a secret video for my Youtube channel, and there are 4 more books I have to read for that. I don’t want to give them away, but they are on the TBR!

Biannual Bibliothon: July 11th-19th

This month is also the last time that the biannual bibliothon will be running, so I want to participate. There are 9 challenges, but I will be aiming for 5. I combined a few of the challenges because I know there is no way I will be able to do all of them.

 

Adult Book: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

A Book Based on its Cover: 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons

Free Choice/ Wild Card Book: The Secret History by Donna Tartt (I know I’m currently reading it, but I probably won’t continue until the time of this read-a-thon)

A Book from an Author You’ve Never Read Before/Read One of the Hosts’s 5-Star Reads: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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Read a Book You Were Really Excited for, but Never Picked Up/Read a Predicted 5-Star Read: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

The Reading Rush:

I will also be participating in the reading rush (formerly known as the booktube-a-thon), but my TBR for that will go up later in the month on my channel, so be sure to subscribe if you don’t want to miss that!

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I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Let me know what’s on your TBR this month! I am always looking to add new books :)

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Audiobook Tag!

I have been loving audiobooks for quite some time now, so I want to share my love of them with you guys through this tag! I just stumbled across it today on Kristin’s blog, so be sure to check out her answers as well.

Have you always listened to audiobooks or when did you begin?

I have not always listened to audiobooks. I began around my junior year of high school, so about 2.5/3 years ago. I discovered the Overdrive app where I could listen to audiobooks from my library on my phone. I have been listening ever since, but have expanded my platforms- I’ve tried Audible, Scribd, etc., but my favorite is Libby.

What is your favorite audiobook?

The Woman in the Window: This is such a good thriller, and hearing the story rather than listening to it really added to my enjoyment. I think this one is perfect for audio listening.

Daisy Jones and the Six: Full cast, great story. Do I need to say more?

What is your least favorite thing about audiobooks?

I listen at 2.5 speed, so if I lose focus for even a couple of seconds, I miss so much of the story. With audiobooks, you can multitask, but it can be easy to get distracted as well. Sometimes I have to rewind the audiobook because I missed a huge chunk of the chapter.

What do you think is the difference in experience between physically reading a book and listening to it?

There was actually a study done that showed that there is no difference in the way you process the story when you either listen to a book or read it physically. However, your experience is different. An audiobook narrator can either make or break the story for you. Some people listen to a book and hate it, but when they physically read it, they like it a lot more. So the difference is really in the way you experience the story. Sometimes one format doesn’t click with you the way another would.

How and when do you listen?

I listen on my phone through the libby app, as I mentioned before. I listen pretty much whenever I have time- between classes, while cleaning/cooking, before bed, in the bath, etc.

What style/genre do you prefer?

Anything but fantasy. I love contemporary romances and thrillers the most, but I can not do audiobooks for fantasy novels. There is just too much to pay attention to, so I need to take my time and see the actual words on the page. Otherwise, it can get very confusing.

What are some audiobook/narrator recommendations?

Talking as Fast as I Can: If you like Gilmore Girls, you will love this. It was funny, fast-paced, and really interesting.

Turtles All the Way Down: This is another one of those books where I am glad I listened to the audiobook. It really enhanced the experience for me. Very well done.

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I hope you enjoyed this tag! If you like audiobooks, I suggest doing this tag yourself! I would love to see your answers :)

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2019- (I am actually freaking out)

Hey loves! Can you believe we are already halfway through the year? I am so proud of myself for all of the reading I’ve done so far (59 books!!) and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the year takes me.

Today I am doing the mid-year book freakout tag, and let me tell you, I really did freak out while picking my answers to these. It’s so hard to choose, ok?

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1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019?
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  • Daisy Jones and the Six: I read this book twice in one month and I am already planning another re-read, so I think that explains it all.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019?
  • Catching Fire: I haven’t read too many sequels this year, but my re-read of Catching Fire was probably my favorite. It brought back so many memories, and I love that feeling of nostalgia.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

 

  • I Wish You All the Best: This one came to mind first because I’ve been eyeing it for so long. I hope to pick it up before the year is over!
  • The Unhoneymooners: Everyone has been raving about this one, and I love me a good romance.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
  • The Starless Sea: This was my most-wanted ARC at Bookcon, and I am so happy to say that I got it (I’m sorry I will take every chance to brag about that because I EARNED IT after getting up at 4am!!)
  • The Library of Lost Things: This is a book I sadly did not get at Bookcon, but I will be buying it on release date for sure.
  • The Tenth Girl: I’ve talked about this book so much, I need it in my hands like NOW.
5. Biggest disappointment?
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  • The Cruel Prince: Ok, I didn’t hate this one, but I also didn’t love it. Everyone hyped it up too much, and I think that ruined it a bit for me (still going to read Queen of Nothing, though, duh).
6. Biggest surprise?
  • The Thing About Jellyfish: I do not read middle grade, like, ever. But I picked this one up because I did a project for one of my English classes in the Fall semester where I had to create my own book club for children, and this one caught my eye. I really, really loved it.
7. Favorite new author (Debut or new to you)?
  • Taylore Jenkins Reid: I read Daisy Jones and Evelyn Hugo this year, which were both 5 star reads, so I definitely need to read more by TJR ASAP.
  • Casey McQuiston: Debut author of Red, White, and Royal Blue which was INCREDIBLE. I highly recommend reading it if you haven’t yet!!
8. Newest fictional crush?
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  • Kevin Day – Foxhole Court: He has a soft spot in my heart, ok?
9. Newest favorite character?
  • The whole group of friends – Red, White, and Royal Blue: I would die for them. There is nothing else to say.
10. Book that made you cry?
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  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: It was beautiful, it was sapphic, it was so well written.
11. Book that made you happy?
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama: It just made me feel so empowered and it really uplifted me. I love the Obama family so much.
12. Favorite book to film adaptation that you’ve seen this year? 
  • The Hate You Give: This movie came out in 2018, but I didn’t see it until this year because I suck. But it was just as good as I imagined it would be, and I am so happy that such an important book was brought to life on the big screen.
13. Favorite review you’ve written (Booktube or written)?
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  • Again, But Better: I’ve really been working on my reviews this year and trying to do more. This one was a good one, in my opinion, and you should go check it out ;)
14. The most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)?
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  • Wild Beauty: This cover is stunning
  • With the Fire on High: HAVE YOU SEEN THIS NAKED BOOK? Stunning. (I’m in the process of reading this right now, but it’s probably going to be up there with Daisy Jones).
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
  • The Lady Rogue: I was sent an ARC of this book (which I will forever be grateful for). If you didn’t know, Jenn Bennett is one of my favorite contemporary authors of all time. I will definitely read this before release date.
  • Wilder Girls: This actually comes out very soon (in a few weeks), and I’m in the middle of it now. I love it so much already, so you all should add it to your TBRs.
  • Grisha Trilogy and SOC duology: A tv show adaptation is coming out for both of these pretty soon, and I have actually not read either of them yet. I know, it’s hard to believe. I just felt like it was too late for me to read it because of how long I’ve read it, but I decided I still want to.

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Thanks for reading this post! If you do this tag yourself, be sure to let me know so I can check it out :)

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Recently Added To My TBR

Hey loves! Today I am doing a post talking about some of the books that I recently added to my TBR because these are books I am excited to read but I either 1. won’t get to them anytime soon or 2. they’re not out yet. These are books I still want other people to know about, but there is no good way to mention them on the blog.

Let’s take a look at what they are!

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My Dark Vanessa

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

I got an ARC of this at Bookcon a few weeks ago and it sounds so interesting. It was blurbed by Stephen King, so obviously I have to read it. It’s a story about a teenage girl and her sexual relationship with her teacher. It is definitely going to be a hard read, but hopefully a good one.

Deposing Nathan by Zack Smedley

In all honesty, I don’t really know what this book is about. HOWEVER, my friend Boston (Boston Reads Books on Youtube) talked about it at Bookcon and said it was one of her favorite reads this year. I actually just won a giveaway for an annotated copy of this book from the author, so I hope to read it soon!

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

Everyone knows Christina Lauren. This author duo has come out with some very popular romance books (which I have not read yet. It’s tragic, I know). All I know about this one is that it follows an actress who runs into her first love on set one day. This is right up my alley. I love reading books about Hollywood, so I really hope I love this one.

The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

I’ve talked about this a lot over on Twitter, but I am absolutely dying to read this one. I have not been able to stop thinking about it ever since I heard the synopsis. It follows a school that is supposed to have 10 students, but one of them goes missing. I will not say too much about this one as mystery/thrillers are best when you go in blind. Everyone should add this to their TBRs immediately, though.

By the Book by Amanda Sellet

I saw this book on Twitter a few days ago, and I honestly only added it because of the cover. It is gorgeous and has books on it, so of course I want to own it.

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That is all for today’s post. Leave a comment letting me know what books you recently added to your TBR. I would love to add some new ones. Thanks for reading :)

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forget-me-not // Poetry Review

Hey loves, Jess here. Today I am doing a review of a wonderful poetry collection that was sent to me fairly recently. It is Kara Petrovic’s “forget-me-not.”

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Let’s start with the synopsis:
Kara Petrovic reflects on a single relationship in their life and invites the reader to follow along their journey: from falling at first sight, to seeing this person’s true colours reveal themselves before their very eyes. Petrovic paints the picture of pain and betrayal that comes with realizing one is being abused, or in a toxic relationship, and likewise the desperation we feel while we hold onto vehement denial. 

My Review:

Initial thoughts- First off, forget me not flowers are my absolute favorite, so I was intrigued from the cover and title alone. When the author reached out to me, I was excited to read it.

The poems- This was a collection filled with emotion- that much is true of almost all collections, but it is also the most vital part. If you can feel the emotions that the poet is feeling, you will be able to connect with the poems, even if you can’t personally relate.

The collection details the events and experiences that took place during the course of a romantic relationship, and I found that to be very unique. Many collections I’ve read do focus on love as a theme but do not tell a story the same way this one does. I really enjoyed the way the poems were organized, it worked very well.

In addition, the writing itself was beautiful. You can tell that a lot of thought went into each word, each line, and of course, each poem as a whole.

It also tackles some very important topics such as abuse, toxicity, and internalized homophobia, so I want to add those trigger warnings here.

However, I do wish it were a bit longer. I love a quick-to-read book, but this felt more like a chapbook than a full collection. It’s under 70 pages, and many of the poems go onto a second page but only with a couple lines, so there is a lot less than 70 poems in it.

Also, I only tabbed a few poems that I absolutely loved, and for a collection this short, I would have liked to love a few more than I did.

It was still a great read, and my overall rating is a

3.75/5 stars.

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That is all for this review- If you enjoyed it, definitely let me know by leaving a comment! Also, recommend me some poetry collections down below as well :)

See you soon!

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Inside and Out / Book Tag

Hey, loves! Today I felt like doing a tag because I haven’t done one in a few months and they’re always fun. I am not sure who started this one because I’ve had the questions saved for months on the notes app, but didn’t save the post I saw it on by accident. I tried looking for it but wasn’t able to, unfortunately.

If you do know, please leave a comment and I will be sure to add that!

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1. Inside flap/Back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough?

I think that the synopsis on the book itself is usually just enough or not enough. It is rarely “too much” because then it would reveal the entire book and no one would read it. I personally prefer when it’s not enough because I like to go into my books blind, so I don’t want to know more than a few lines describing it.

2. New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: Audiobook, E-Book, Paperback, or Hardcover?

I am a paperback person. Always have been. However, I also love listening to audiobooks, but those I typically borrow from my library. Therefore, if I’m getting a new book, I would like it in paperback!

3. Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, take notes, make comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean?

I definitely write in my books, and if you’ve been following me for a while you know that I do. I used to use a lot of colors- highlighters, rainbow pens, post-it flags, etc. More recently, I’ve stuck to black pen and the occassional yellow post-it note. I’ve always loved the look of a well-worn book. I do the same to many of my books.

4. Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?

I prefer to read books by female authors, especially if the main character is female, but I don’t really pay that much attention to who the author is when deciding on if I’m going to read a book or not.

5.  Ever read ahead? or have you ever read the last page way before you got there? 

Sometimes when I’m reading a scene with a lot of action or dialogue, I skim read it because I want to know what’s going to happen next, but I always go back after the scene and re-read the sentences I skimmed. I never read the last page first, though.

6.  Organized bookshelves, or outrageous bookshelves?

Organized shelves- Sometimes they can be a bit messy when I run out of space (I end up cramming books everywhere). They are currently organized by genre and then alphabetically by the author’s last name.

7.  Have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?

Yes, 100%. I think most people have done that.

8. Take it outside to read, or stay in?

I do both. It obviously depends on the weather, but also on my mood. Some days I don’t want to get dressed up to go outside, so I stay in. Sometimes I can’t stand to be inside anymore so I go out to a nice park. I like both equally, though.

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That is all for this tag! I tag anyone who wants to do it- if you do, be sure to leave the link for me so I can check it out :) See you on Tuesday!

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