The End of the Year Book Tag

Hello everyone! I am back from my week-long hiatus after Blogtober. I thought that now that we’re in November, meaning there are only two months of the year left, that I would do this fun tag! It was created a few years ago by Ariel Bissett on Youtube, so be sure to watch her video as well.

Before I get to the tag, though, I just wanted to ask if you all could fill out this quick survey for the end of the year. It’s a list of questions about my blog and what you would want to see in the future. It should only take a couple of minutes to complete, and it would help me out a ton! Thanks!

Okay, let’s get to the questions!

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

The Secret History. I have not yet finished this one. I’ve been reading a chapter or two every month for the past 5 months now. I am determined to finish it (hopefully this month) before the year is over. I will not go into 2020 with this book still unread.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

The Starless Sea (I will be recommending this book for the rest of my life). It is such a cozy, feel-good book full of magical descriptions and complex characters. And it’s out as of a couple days ago! I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t already.

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

Queen of Nothing

The only release I’m waiting for is Queen of Nothing by Holly Black but only because I want to finish the Folk of the Air trilogy. I gave the first and second book both 3 stars I believe. There was nothing special about them to me, but maybe I’ll finally see all of the hype about Jude and Cardan in this one.

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

  1. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo- I don’t know if this one will happen yet. I might save it for 2020 so that I don’t rush through it.
  2. A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti- This one is going to be on my December TBR, so hopefully I will actually get to it!
  3. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord- This one is on this month’s TBR, and I definitely think I will finish it fairly soon. I have high expectations for this one, though, so I’m a little nervous.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?

I honestly don’t think anything can beat out my favorite book of the year (The Starless Sea if you didn’t know). I’m not going to say it’s impossible, but it’s pretty unlikely for anything I read to top that one!

Have you already started making reading plans for 2020?

Sort of. I decided that my reading goal was going to be 52 books again, just as it was this year. Even though I surpassed this goal fairly quickly, I liked that I didn’t feel pressured to read too much. That’s about as far as my reading plans have gone, though.

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What does your reading look like for the rest of the year? How many books have you read? Let me know in the comments!

Jessica

Book Bucket List Tag / Blogtober Day 27

Hello! I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of tag posts recently, but don’t worry, this is my final tag post for Blogtober. I found this one on Kristin’s blog, so be sure to check her post out as well! Let’s get into the tag.

What books or series that intimidate you (because of length, density, subject) would feel like an accomplishment to finish?

  • The Diviners has me TERRIFIED. But, I’m going to try to read it for a read-a-thon that my friend Liv will be hosting starting in December!

What author would you like to co-author a book with?

  • I would love to co-author a book with Jenn Bennett. I think that she’s someone who knows how to craft a story really well, but it would be easy to combine my own writing style with hers. It would be really cool.

If you could interview any author for your blog, who would it be? What’s one question you would ask?

  • Definitely Erin Morgenstern and I would ask her what her writing process looks like. I just feel like she must have such a complex process because her books are all so intricate. How does she come up with them?

As a writer, what genre is out of your comfort zone that you’d like to conquer someday and write within?

  • I would love to write an urban fantasy novel. I tend to stick to contemporary- mysteries, romance, etc. BUT, I think an urban fantasy would be so much fun to write, and one day I hope to attempt it if the right story comes to mind.

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What specific edition of a book would you like to own someday? It could be rare, a first edition, an anniversary edition, signed, or one with a cover special to you, etc.

  • I would love a signed copy of To Kill a Mockingbird. This is my favorite book of all time and it’s so near and dear to me. It’s my dream to own a signed copy, but I don’t want to spend $200+ on one, oops.

Are there any books or bookish items that you’d like to collect?

  • I’m not much of an items collector, but I would like to collect different editions of The Night Circus and The Starless Sea (once it’s out). They all look so beautiful.

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Name one bookish place you’d like to visit. (Not somewhere you’d like to visit because of a book and not a fictional place within a book. A library, bookstore, etc.)

  • I would love to go to Powell’s bookstore in Oregon. It’s considered to be the largest bookstore (in the world, I think) in terms of shelf space. THAT IS SO COOL!! One day I hope to make my way there.

Name one bookish event you’d like to attend. (A festival, a signing, a book fair, etc.)

  • I would absolutely love to go to YALLWEST. If one day I get the chance to go to California, I would try to plan the trip around the time of this book festival so I could attend!

Your WIP is getting published and designing the cover is solely up to you. What does it look like?

  • I am loving the whole illustrated covers trend that’s happening right now. Here are some beautiful covers that I would draw inspiration from:

What’s one thing you’d like to accomplish within the bookish world? As a writer, reader, blogger, whatever you want.

  • Finish an actual novel. I’ve written tons of short stories. And I’ve started multiple novels, but I never actually finished one. I get discouraged or stuck and just abandon the book completely, but I would love to actually finish one in the near future. Even if it’s not one that I would actually want to publish.

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That is it for today! This was a really fun tag. Again, I tag anyone who wants to do it. If you do answer these questions, be sure to link your post in the comments so I can read your answers :)

Jessica

Totally Didn’t Book Tag / Blogtober Day 23

Kerri tagged me to do this super fun tag a few months ago, but I never found the time to do it. I finally sat down and thought about my answers to this tag, and I’m going to share it with you now!

  1. Totally didn’t need to have a sequel/sequels.

I actually don’t really have an answer for this one. I don’t really read many series. There are some series I think suffered from middle book syndrome (*cough* Grisha trilogy), but I wouldn’t say the rest of the series was unnecessary.

  1. Totally didn’t need to have more than one point of view.

Finale by Stephanie Garber. I loved that the first book followed one sister, and the second book followed the other sister, but the third should not have followed both. It was really confusing, and I don’t think it did the story justice.

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  1. Totally didn’t need to change cover art through the middle of a series.

The Diviners. I love the original cover so much, but I’m not really a fan of the rest of the series’ covers. I haven’t read the books, so I can’t talk about whether the change reflects the book better, but I do know that I wish they continued with the look of the first book.

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  1. Totally didn’t need a love triangle.

The love triangle trope is so overdone that you can name pretty much any book and that would work. One example that really comes to mind is The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. I hate the falling in love with two brothers thing. Not really a fan of that.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

  1. Totally didn’t need this book to be included in this series.

Like I mentioned in the first question, I think the second book in the Grisha trilogy (Siege and Storm) was not necessary. I feel like nothing really happened for most of it except for a love square. It could have either been shortened by like 100 pages, or should have been removed completely. It honestly barely added anything to the story in my opinion.

  1. Totally didn’t need a cliffhanger.

I actually can’t think of an answer for this one. I can’t think of a book that had a cliffhanger but didn’t have another book in the series. Or, if it did end with a cliffhanger, it was meant to and it worked well for the story (Wilder Girls, for example). I usually don’t mind cliffhangers. I do remember there was a book I read for school with a cliffhanger that made me so angry, but I can’t remember what book it was or what it was even about.

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  1. Totally didn’t need to have just one point of view.

I think Eliza and Her Monsters could have had another point of view in their- one for Wallace. I felt like they were both such interesting characters so it would have been interesting to see his side of the story.

  1. Totally didn’t need that much hype.

Fix Her Up. I just don’t get why so many people liked this book. I’ve ranted about it enough, though, so I won’t torture you more here.

  1. Totally didn’t need a relative book reference. (Eg, For example: Hunger Games fan would love Divergent.)

I’m going to steal Kerri’s answer for this one and say anything that gets compared to Harry Potter- usually it’s nothing like Harry Potter (and many times it’s actually better than HP). I don’t ever really decide to pick up a book just because it’s said to be similar to another book, so I feel like I can’t say much for this one.

  1. Totally didn’t deserve my time.

The Death of Us by Alice Kuipers. This book was just so poorly written, it seemed as though no one had even edited it before it was published. I was not a fan of it at all, but it was a really short book, which is the only thing that got me through it.

Also, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert is another one. I’ve heard so many people rave about this book, but I thought it was a waste of my time. The author did not provide anything new to me, it was boring, and I would not recommend it to anyone.

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That is it for this tag! I hope you enjoyed it, and maybe even agree with some of my replies! I tag all of you to do it if you want :)

Jessica

I Should Have Read That Book Tag / Blogtober Day 19

Hello, I’m back with another tag today! I found this one over at Paperfury, and I really liked it. I wasn’t tagged, but I decided I would answer these questions for you anyways!

A BOOK THAT A CERTAIN FRIEND IS ALWAYS TELLING YOU TO READ

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I can’t even tell you how many times people have told me to read Six of Crows. I plan on it, I swear. Now that I’ve read the Grisha trilogy, I can finally read this one. I’m just waiting until I have time to read it- aka probably not until January. I have some other higher priority books right now, so once I am free of those commitments, I will tackle this one.

A BOOK THAT’S BEEN ON YOUR TBR FOREVER AND YET YOU STILL HAVEN’T PICKED IT UP

Beholding Bee

Choose any of 70+ books on my TBR. But seriously, I have a bad habit of buying books knowing that I won’t get to them for at least a month. Probably more than that. If I had to go with just one for this, it’ll be Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton Fusco. I bought this one with my first every purchase from BookOutlet, and let me just say- I went a little book crazy. I added a lot of books to my cart that I had never heard of, simply because they only cost a dollar or two. I have curbed my impulsive spending since then, but this book has not yet made its way off of my TBR and into my read pile. One day.

A BOOK IN A SERIES YOU’VE STARTED, BUT HAVEN’T GOTTEN ROUND TO FINISHING YET

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I read Illuminae in like 2017, but I haven’t continued the series since then. I really, really enjoyed it, but I don’t own the rest of the series. That’s pretty much my only reason for not continuing. I don’t want to borrow the e-book or audiobook from my library because of the format of the book, and I’m away at school most of the year, so I can’t borrow the physical copy. Maybe one summer I’ll find time to get it from the library!

A CLASSIC YOU’VE ALWAYS LIKED THE SOUND OF, BUT NEVER ACTUALLY READ

I actually just wrote a post about some of the classics I want to read. I’m trying to get better at reading classics, but I don’t pick them up that often because they usually require more time to read. Even shorter classics take more time than regular books because of the style of the writing. I just prefer to read them slower to actually absorb the information!

A POPULAR BOOK THAT IT SEEMS EVERYONE BUT YOU HAS READ

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware. This one just came out, but it seems like everyone has already read it. This is a thriller inspired by the book The Turn of the Screw. I honestly have no idea what either of them is about, but I’m okay with that. I just know that most people loved this one and think it’s Ruth Ware’s best book.

A BOOK THAT INSPIRED A FILM/TV ADAPTATION THAT YOU REALLY LOVE, BUT YOU JUST HAVEN’T READ IT YET

Carrie by Stephen King is the first one I thought of. I really enjoyed the movie, but I haven’t found time to pick up the book. I think I’ve been a little worried about picking up King again because I didn’t like “It.” I do think I will enjoy some of his other novels, though, and Carrie’s a shorter one, so it’s manageable. Again, this is not a high priority of mine, but I will hopefully read it eventually.

A BOOK YOU SEE ALL OVER INSTAGRAM BUT HAVEN’T PICKED UP YET

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The Devouring Gray. This book is beautiful, so it’s no surprise that everyone has been photographing it. I think I will absolutely love it, so I definitely want to read it eventually. I’ve been eyeing this one ever since it came out. I’ve been very bad at staying on top of new releases, though because of my long list of backlist titles to read.

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That is it for this tag! These are just a few of the many books that I should have read by now but haven’t. This was a lot of fun, so I tag everyone to do it if you want to!

Be sure to leave a comment telling me what books you haven’t read yet but really should have.

Jessica

Get To Know Ya Tag / Blogtober Day 14

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Hello everyone! I am here with another tag today. This is one I saw on May’s blog, and it looked like a lot of fun. I wasn’t tagged, but wanted to do it anyway :)

1. Favorite book of all time

 

 

This is too hard to answer with just one book. Here are my top 4 (not in order)

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  3. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  4. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

2. Favorite book five years ago

 

 

Again, I can’t answer this with just one answer, so I have 2 books that I remember loving back in middle school.

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

3. Favorite duology/trilogy/series

For this one I would have to go with To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. This was my favorite series throughout high school, and it means so much to me.

4. The last book you read

It’s been a few days since I finished a book, but I think it was Frankenstein by Mary Shelley!

5. The last poetry book you read

This one was Maroon Daydreams by Cheyenne Raine. It was really well written and a pretty short read!

 

 

6. What book most influenced your life?

This is such a hard question. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was definitely a very important read that touched me in so many ways. I also want to mention Turtles All the Way Down and Every Last Word because those are two books I really saw myself represented in. This one is tough, I feel like there are so many.

7. A book that made you ugly cry

The Starless Sea actually made me cry a couple of times, I really love that book. I wouldn’t say “ugly cry,” though. A couple of tears just slipped. 

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8. A book that made you laugh

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett definitely made me laugh over some of the witty banter! Jenn Bennett’s books always make me both swoon and giggle. She gives her characters so much life and depth!

9. A character you’d like to be for the day

I would love to be Celia from The Night Circus. That entire world is so incredibly cool, and to be able to live in it would be incredible. Also, she has magic powers, and that would be so fun. There really aren’t a lot of worlds I’d actually want to go to or characters I’d want to be because they usually go on some crazy and super scary adventures that I would not do well in if I’m being honest. I’m not meant to be a YA protagonist. But Celia is someone I’d love to be.

10. A book so good you dreamt about it

I’ve definitely dreamed about going to Hogwarts when I was younger. I can’t remember ever dreaming about any other books though.

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11. A book you DNFed

I DNFed Emma in the Night by Alice Walker for now. I want to pick it back up, but I wasn’t in the mood for it when I first picked it up. I also DNFed The Diviners, but again, I’m going to read it eventually, I just picked it up at a time where I couldn’t focus on a super complex narrative. I am actually very excited to read both of those, though! I don’t truly DNF (abandon completely) that many books. If I don’t want to read a book I know it from the first page most of the time, so I don’t even consider it started.

12. What book are you most excited to read?

I’m really excited to read Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. From the people who’ve read ARCs, I heard it was really good. I feel like it will totally be up my alley, so I’m excited to pick it up as soon as I can! I’m also excited to read Poemsia by Lang Leav, which is her second novel! I enjoy her poetry but haven’t had a chance to pick up Sad Girls, her first novel, yet. This one is about…you guessed it! A poet. I probably won’t get to it for a while, but it’s on my TBR!

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I hope you enjoyed this post! I tag…

Kim / Jordan / Vinny / Melanie 

See you tomorrow!

Jessica

Currently Reading / Blogtober Day 13

Hello! Today is a chilly day, so I’m snuggled up in a warm blanket, I made myself some tea, and I’m about to start reading a book. Sundays are the perfect day for this type of activity.

I thought I would tell you all about what I’m reading and what my thoughts are so far. I’m really proud of myself because I’m actually sticking to a TBR for once. It’s incredible. I am currently in the middle of 4 (technically 5, but I put one on hold for now) books, and it’s stressing me out just a little bit, so I thought I would tell you what they are! Maybe this will get me to read them faster (hahahahaha please send help).

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin:

This is an e-ARC I got a little while ago, but I wasn’t able to read it before the publication date. I am now trying to buddy read it, but it’s been a bit difficult to get into. That being said, I’m still only a few pages in, so I can’t really give my thoughts on this one yet. The e-ARC is also formatted a bit awkwardly, so that’s putting me off from it, too. I’m hoping to pick it back up over the next few days and get a little deeper into it!

Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert:

This is another e-ARC, but luckily I’m enjoying this one a lot more! I think it has actually helped me get out of a slump I was in for a few days. I’m almost done with this one now, so I think it’ll be around 4 stars for me! It’s a cute romance and it’s a quick read. I might even finish it by tonight if I have some time. It comes out next month, so I recommend checking it out if you like romances!

 

Disconnected, Volume 2 edited by Michelle Halket:

This is an anthology of poetry and short stories by a ton of different poets that I love! Basically, one person writes a poem, and another writes a story inspired by the poem, and so on! I love the concept so much. I have only read a couple of the stories so far, but I’m loving them! This book is already out, so make sure to pick up a copy if you’re interested!

Furyborn by Claire Legrand:

I also have an ARC of this one (oops I didn’t realize these were all ARCs), but I’m actually listening to the audiobook of it. The physical copy was a bit intimidating, and it just happened that I got the audiobook from my library a few days ago. I really love the story! I’m so glad that I finally decided to pick it up, and I will most likely be continuing on with the series at some point!

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Those are all of the books I’m currently reading! I’ve had a pretty good reading month so far, especially compared to last month’s. Let me know what you think of these books if you’ve read them.

Bye!

Jessica

Books I Meant to Read Last Year / Blogtober Day 12

Hello! Today I am doing another post inspired by The Library Looter’s Blogtober list. I am going to share three books I meant to read last year with you guys, and they are all ones I still haven’t read.

I know, I’m disappointed in myself, too.

I actually have a post up about the books I want to read before this year ends, but I made one of those last year as well. These are 3 that were on that list:

 

The Diviners by Libba Bray

I initially planned on reading this at the end of last year, near the Halloween season. That didn’t happen. I tried to start the audiobook this year, but I felt like I needed the physical, so I stopped. I will read this eventually. I swear. It’s just a longer book, so I don’t have the motivation to start it. BUT, there are a bunch of read-a-thons happening for this book very soon, and I may possibly join one!

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

This book I will probably get to either this year or early next year. I really feel like I’m going to like it, but I haven’t had a chance to get to it yet. The goal is to read it in November if I can, but who knows what will happen. I need to get through my October TBR first!

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

I’ve talked about wanting to read this one (and the second book) so many times. I’m actually embarrassed that I haven’t read it yet because of how I often I said I was going to. But I just haven’t been in the mood for it, even though I’m really interested in it. I will get to it eventually, definitely at some point in 2020, and I want you all to hold me accountable for that.

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What books did you mean to read last year and still not get to? I feel like I could make this list incredibly long because I am so bad at getting to the books on my TBR.

Jessica

The Sunshine Blogger Award / Blogtober Day 9

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Hey, loves! I was recently tagged to do the Sunshine Blogger Award by Sofi from A Book. A Thought. and I thought it looked like so much fun (yes, I was tagged months ago. I’m late to everything, just ignore it.)! Thank you so much to her for tagging me, I’m honored!

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions asked
  • Nominate 11 more blogs and give them new questions

The Questions:

What was the last book you strongly disliked?

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey. I gave it one star because I did not enjoy it at all. There were so many issues I had with it. You can check out my rant review on Goodreads here.

How does your star rating system work for your reviews (if you use one)?

Again, you can find my rating system on Goodreads. I scale the books I read from 1-5 stars. I do not rate DNFs, and I do not rate (most) books I have to read for school. Here’s a basic rundown:

  • 1 Star- I really didn’t like this book and I would never recommend it to anyone. I had a really hard time finishing it, probably came very close to DNF’ing it.
  • 2 Stars- This book had potential but there were many things that made me dislike it. Usually, I liked one element of it, but not enough to enjoy the whole book (i.e. just the plot, characters, etc.)
  • 3 Stars- I enjoyed this book- It was well written and was solid structure-wise, just not one of my favorites! Probably wouldn’t read it again.
  • 4 Stars- This book is great. Nearly perfect and I would recommend it to many. I loved it so much, and it’s definitely well written. Might consider re-reading!
  • 5 Stars- Wow, I love this book. I probably finished it quickly because I couldn’t put it down. Flawless and perfect in my opinion. Absolute favorite book and can read it over and over forever.

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

I actually only really like plain pizza! Occasionally, I’ll get a white pizza with broccoli or a ziti pizza, but that’s as crazy as I’ll get.

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Would you rather read a great plot with mediocre characters or a boring plot with amazing characters?

I definitely prefer a boring plot with amazing characters. Characters always make or break a book for me. If I don’t care about the characters, I don’t care about the action in the story either. I need to be able to relate to or connect with the characters in some way in order to enjoy the plot. I also don’t need a book to be plot-heavy as long as the characters are great.

However, by great characters, I don’t mean that they have to be morally good. I love villains. I love morally grey characters. They just have to be fully developed and be done well!

How many books are you currently reading, and which one is your favorite so far?

I honestly couldn’t tell you because I’ve started and stopped a few books that I still plan on reading. If we’re going by Goodreads, it’s three. But this is subject to change at any minute. As far as favorite, I don’t feel like I’m far enough into most of them to be able to decide that just yet. I’d have to say The Secret History as of now, but that’s because I have read the farthest in this one!

What was the last book review you posted?

It was a review of The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern and I’m kinda really proud of it, so you should check it out ;)

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Do you prefer MG, YA, NA, or adult books?

I don’t have a preference between YA, NA, and adult. I enjoy all of them equally. I do tend to read mainly YA, but I have definitely branched out to more adult and NA books in the past year. However, I don’t tend to gravitate towards MG. I’ve read a few MG books in the past year or so, but again, I need to be able to relate to the characters in a book, and as I’m past the suggested age for MG books, I do not really relate to them anymore.

Is there a popular author you’re NOT interested in reading anything by? (Elaborate if you’re comfortable doing so!)

Sarah J. Maas. I’ve read ACOTAR but never continued the series. I’ve just heard many problematic things about her and her books. I also don’t plan on reading anything else by Rainbow Rowell because of the racism in Eleanor and Park (which is the only book of hers I’ve read). Basically, whenever an author is problematic, I write them off from my TBR list.

What marginalized rep would you most strongly like to see more of in books?

I think any and all marginalized rep is important. There are still many minority groups that are not getting the recognition that they need and deserve in books. Race is obviously one that needs more representation, as well as sexual orientation and chronic and mental illness.

Do you listen to music while reading?

I technically can, but I usually don’t. If I’m in a really noisy environment where I can’t hear my own thoughts, I might put in headphones and listen to acoustic music. But when I’m just at home, I don’t.

Do you prefer book twitter or bookstagram?

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If I answered this a few months ago, I would have said book twitter- I spent more of my time on there and have made most of my friendships because of it. I thought Instagram was nice for my creative side and for building an audience, I never really used it for creating friendships and actually meeting people. But I’ve been spending a lot more time on Instagram in the past few weeks, and it’s definitely growing on me. I’ve actually found that I spend less time scrolling on Twitter and more time on Instagram, especially recently!

You should definitely follow me on both Instagram and Twitter, though! I post a ton of updates on each platform :)

My Questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. Do you write in (annotate) your books?
  3. What’s your favorite tv show?
  4. What’s the last book you rated five stars?
  5. What genres do you read the most of?
  6. Do you buy books based on covers? If so, what do you look for in a cover?
  7. What are your favorite books tropes?
  8. How do you organize your shelves?
  9. Do you prefer paperbacks or hardbacks?
  10. What fictional world would you want to travel to the most?
  11. How many books do you own that you haven’t read yet?

 

I Tag…

Kerri // Nikki // Amanda // Kristin // Chloe // Holly // Tiffany // Avhlee

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Thanks for reading, and again thank you to Sofi for the tag! I had so much fun doing this.

Were your answers similar or very different to mine? Let me know!

Jessica

My Favorite Reading Snacks / Blogtober Day 7

I’m honestly not a big eater when I read, but I do occasionally munch on some snacks, and I’m almost always drinking something. So for today’s post (based off of The Library Looter’s Blogtober challenge), I am going to share my top snacks and drinks that I eat when I read.

Iced Lemon/Peach/Raspberry/Green Tea

I love iced tea. I love pretty much every single flavor, and I drink it on a daily basis. My parents buy it in bulk at home, so the fridge is constantly stocked. This is an obsession my entire family has, though, so don’t worry, it’s not just me drinking it. We go through at least a gallon a day, I swear.

Sunflower or Pumpkin Seeds

This is such a simple snack to munch on while reading. It’s light and it takes a lot of them to actually make you full, so you can continue eating this for the duration of an entire book. I’ve only recently gotten into pumpkin seeds, but now I can’t stop eating them.

fruit / acai bowl

Gummy Fruit Snacks

These are a really simple, no-mess snack. I don’t want to eat anything too complicated when I’m reading or else I’ll focus more on the eating part and less on the reading, so I choose simple snacks like these. You can just eat a little packet and pop them in your mouth.

Water With Lemon

I drink a lot of water every day, or at least, I try to. So this is probably my most common drink of choice while reading. I pretty much never leave the house without my water bottle. Also, I started buying lemon juice to pour into it instead of cutting actual lemons and that has gotten me to drink lemon water much more frequently cause there’s less hassle. Also, I usually run out of lemons quickly, but the bottle of juice can last weeks.

Smoothie

This is something that I have less frequently when I read because it requires more work and preparation, but I LOVE smoothies. I spend way too much money on them at school (luckily I can use my declining dollars), but at home, I make them myself. There are so many ways you can make them, so it’s so much fun to try out new flavors. I usually go for the classic strawberry banana, but I love berry smoothies, mango ones, and the occasional green (spinach and kale) ones.

Fruit

Finally, I like to snack on some fruits. This is usually blueberries, pineapple, apple slices, or strawberries. Sometimes I make a fruit salad and mix all of these. It just depends on what’s in my house. But I love fruit, and it’s super healthy for you!

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Those are pretty much the majority of the snacks I eat while reading, but for the most part, I don’t eat anything while I read! Let me know what snacks you munch on while reading, if any :)

Jessica

Books to Read Before the Year Ends

I can’t believe there are only a few months left in the year. 2019 went by faster than any year for me so far (except, I probably say that every year).

Anyways, there are still quite a few books I want to get to before the year is over, so I thought I would talk about those with you all today. I’m not going to go in-depth on them, I’m simply going to write the title cause there are a lot.

Also, this does not include the books on my October TBR because that post is going up in just a couple of days!

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

When We Collided by Emery Lord

The House by Christina Lauren

I was Born for This by Alice Oseman

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

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There are 12 books on this list, which means I would only have to read 6 a month (November and December). So, that honestly might be manageable.

Alright, wish me luck, and let me know which of these you’ve read, if any! See you soon :)

jessica