Monday, November 11, 2019

The Netgalley Book Tag

NetGalley is both my friend and nemesis! I love me a good browse of new releases on NetGalley, but I haven't been on there are often as I have in the past as I have a backlog I'm trying to clear. I think one of my 2020 goals will be to clear my NetGalley list, so this seems like a great tag to do near the end of the year in order to prepare me for 2020.
  • Link back to the tag’s creator Kourtni @Kourtni Reads.
  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you. Not tagged, but this is where I found the tag: The Bibliophile Girl
  • Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!

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

I have a few: Rainbow Rowell, Jennifer Niven, and Courtney Summers.  

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

The cover, the title, the author - totally depends. All of those things catch my eye, then I read the synopsis and decided if I want to read it.

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

I try to review any books I've requested for review, but I don't review every book I read. If I requested it, I make my best effort to provide a review. If it's my own book or a library book, I review if I enjoyed the book or have something to say about it.

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

I post the NetGalley badges on my blog already, but if I were to create a new badge it would probably be one to represent people like me who request too many ARCs and never seem to catch up on reading/reviewing. So I'd call it the Neverending Pile badge!

5. Wish For It: What's one book that you are absolutely dying to read? 

Hold On, But Don't Hold Still by Kristina Kuzmic

6. 2019 NetGalley Challenge: What was the last book that you received as an ARC that you reviewed? If you've never received an ARC, what's the last book you reviewed?

Foul Is Fair by Hannah Capin - just finished reading it, but my review doesn't go live on my blog until February for a blog tour.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

The Birthday Book Tag


It’s my birthday! I saw this over at Quite The Novel Idea's blog on her birthday and knew I needed to do this tag for mine too. This was created by Antonia at Always Books.

1. Birthday Cake - a book with a plot that seems cliche but you adore it anyway 


 Forbidden romance! I don't always love a forbidden romance, but in this instance it works and that story is so intense. Not only is there a big age difference, but there is also the fact that Anna was hired by the T.J.'s family to tutor him. WHAT? Exactly. BUT - there are extenuating circumstances that lead them to be together. I'm sure many don't or won't agree, but I just couldn't put this book down. - ON THE ISLAND by Tracey Garvis Graves

2. Party Guests - your most anticipated book release this year


There were quite a few books that I've been waiting for, but there two are probably my top choices.


 Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks & Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson


3. Birthday Presents - a book that surprised you with how much you loved it


The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd - I don't know what I was expecting at all with this story. I was drawn to the cover and title. Look how gorgeous both are! But I was completely blown away by the subject matter and how such a terrible reality was woven with such magical elements and written so beautifully. I think it made the topic a little less dreadful, but also helped you see what those poor children went through.


4. The Happy Birthday Song - a book the certainly deserved all the hype it got


Sadie by Courtney Summers - This book is probably my top book of 2019! If you haven't read it, then do it. BUT listen to the audiobook if you can. It's a full cast as so amazingly done. I finally picked myself up a hardcover copy for my collection of Courtney Summers books. It's an amazing revenge plot book all packaged up via alternating views from the main character and a serial podcast. Sidenote: Trigger warnings for paedophilia, child sexual abuse, rape.


5. Happy Music - a book with some beautiful and truly memorable quotes 


Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven - so many amazing quotes in her books, but this one was my most recent read. 

“It's the suddenness of life changing in an instant that makes me anxious when I sleep and makes me tell myself to breathe when I'm awake.” 


“People are shitty for a lot of reasons. Sometimes they're just shitty people. Sometimes people have been shitty to them and, even though they don't realize it, they take that shitty upbringing and go out into the world and treat others the same way. Sometimes they're shitty because they're afraid. Sometimes they choose to be shitty to others before others can be shitty to them. So it's like self-defensive shittiness.”


“Dear friend, You are not a freak. You are wanted. You are necessary. You are the only you there is. Don’t be afraid to leave the castle. It’s a great big world out there. Love, a fellow reader” 

6. Getting Older - a book that you read a long time ago, but you think that you would appreciate it more if you read it as a more mature reader

I'm going with Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - I have not read this since I was a small child and I honestly forget a lot of what happens in the story, but I have a suspicion that I might just enjoy it a little more as an adult.

7. Sweet Birthday Memories - a book that kept you incredibly happy during a sad or demanding period of your life



The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick - I remember reading this a few months after losing my Mom and just needing this style of romance and comedy in my life. I read the book and watched the movie and it was just what I needed at the time to help me with my grief. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Spookathon 2019

I'm participating in Spookathon 2019! It's hosted by Kayla from BooksandLala and runs from October 14 - 20.

There are challenges for this one, but nothing is mandatory so do as many or as few as you like.

*read a thriller
*read a book with red on the cover
*read a book with a spooky word in the title - Down Among The Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
*read a book with a spooky setting
*read something you wouldn't normally read - Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell (graphic novel)

Follow via Twitter @thespookathon

And now these are the books I'm hoping to work through:

I might switch it up, but pretty sure these will be the books I use for the challenges. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Gilmore Girls Readathon

So I haven't blogged much in a while, but I was looking around at some readathons to try and get back into reading and blogging. I found a ton of amazing ones but the first one that I am 100% committed to is: GILMOREATHON! How could I pass up such a great readathon and the prompts are amazing. Follow via Twitter & Instagram

I'm telling you know that my TBR might change as I have some books on hold at the library and if they arrive in the next few days then that will alter everything, but for now this is what I plan to read for the prompts.

Anne of Avonlea by LM Montgomery - School setting & Next in series
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman - mother/daughter
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng - Asian author/Asian rep
The Cake Therapist by Judith Fertig - Food
Kiss Me in Paris by Catherine Rider - Fall/Winter

Still trying to figure out: Complicated Love Interest... HIT ME UP WITH SUGGESTIONS PLEASE!!

I'm trying to read books from my own shelves, but if my library books come in then I might switch a few:
-Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks in for the fall/winter prompt
-Down Among The Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire for School setting/Next in series

UPDATE: The two books that I was able to complete were Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman & The Cake Therapist by Judith Fertig. I had planned to fit so much reading time in, but then my little girl got sick and we spent a few days snuggling watching shows instead. Loved this readathon and hope to try again next year!

And I've just recently read Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham, so I don't need to do the group read. I rate it 4 stars and listened to the audiobook - highly recommend giving it a listen.

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