Behind the Blogger Tag

I’m here with a tag!!! Thanks to Ally @ Ally Writes Things for the nomination!! 🙂

THE RULES

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag

WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING & WHY HAVE YOU KEPT BLOGGING?

I wanted to have a way to talk about books since I don’t have many in my life who read books and I thought that starting a blog would be the best way to interact with other readers. Also I wanted to write more, especially reviews, so blogging is the best way to do those things. Blogging has been so great and I’ve discovered new books, interacting with great people in the book blogging community, and it’s just pure fun.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TYPE OF BLOG POST TO WRITE?

Recommendation posts all the way. It’s so easy and fun to gush about your favorite books and yell at others to go out and read them.

I also enjoy writing my Favorite Blog Posts of the Month posts because it’s a good feeling to support other bloggers out there and seeing people feel validated is so nice. I’ve missed out on these posts this year but they’ll start back up very soon.

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 FAVOURITE BLOG POSTS?

Time to get honest here and say that I’ve never been fully satisfied with any of my posts. Mainly because I tend to not do very original posts, since I usually do the weekly meme posts such as Top Ten Tuesday, etc. But these three are some posts that I did enjoy writing up and I hope others thought so too:

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO TO RELAX?

Some basic things like listening to music, watching a movie or show. I also enjoy making lists. I have so many notebooks and random sheets of paper filled with lists. Playing video games especially Animal Crossing Pocket Camp because it’s a stres-free, chill kind of game. I also like watching ASMR videos.

WHAT ARE 3 OF YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS?

My family. My pets. Coffee.


WHAT ARE YOUR PROUDEST BLOGGING MOMENTS?

I’m a very simple person so I have to say things like getting my first comment because I didn’t think anyone would interact with me. BTW I have to give a shoutout to Ally because she was the first person to ever comment on one of my posts!! 🙂

Posting reviews in general I’m very proud of because I’m always nervous every time I post one.

Reaching over 100 followers has been a very unbelievable moment for me and I can’t wait to see if I ever get more followers.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF BLOGGING?

I don’t really think I have any other hobbies outside of blogging and reading. I think I should start up knitting or something like that.

DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY IN 3 WORDS

Introverted. Patient. Open-minded.

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 PET PEEVES

  1. Being late for anything. I think it’s just because of my anxiety but I HATE being late and I kind of hate when other people are running late. I like being early to stuff so I know where to go and whatnot.
  2. People who don’t tip. Really pisses me off.
  3. People who smack on their gum. Please stop!! This happens at my workplace a lot.

WHAT’S SOMETHING YOUR FOLLOWERS DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?

There aren’t many things I can actually do, but here are some things that I can’t do: I can’t drive, I can’t ride a bike, and I can’t swim very well.


I’m going to tag:

Aurora @ Aurora Librialis
Meaghan @ The Words Gremlin
Carly @ Reading Is Kind of My Thing
Consu @ Paper Eyed Girl
Jess @ The Book of Jess

Book Postscript Tag

Hey everyone! It’s been quite a while since I last posted. You know, life and whatnot gets in the way sometimes unfortunately.

I was tagged by the always amazing Aurora! Thank you so much for the opportunity to do this tag 🙂 This tag seems perfect because I really didn’t do much a wrap-up for 2018 and this will help me reflect at reading and blogging from last year.

1. The longest book you read this year and the book that took you the longest to finish.

On a Sunbeam – 544 pages. Even for a graphic novel that’s pretty hefty.

The Unexpected Everything – August 15-September 22.

2. A book you read in 2018 that was outside your comfort zone.

This novel is told in verse and I didn’t expect to really enjoy or understand it but this became a favorite read. I highly recommend this story. But beware of triggering content such as sexual assault; depression; abuse.

3. How many books did you re-read in 2018?

I don’t typically re-read books but I do reread manga. I also didn’t keep track of them this year on Goodreads. So here’s a few volumes of manga I re-read randomly throughout the year.

4. Favorite re-read of 2018

The same answers above. I enjoy all of four of these manga series for different reasons.

5. A book you read for the first time in 2018 that you look forward to re-reading in the future.

SOOOO MANY but I’ll share just a few because I think contemporaries are the easiest kinds of books for me to re-read.

6. Favorite single short story or novella that you read in 2018.

I don’t think this honestly counts but since I didn’t read any short stories or novellas I’ll use this as my answer because it was the shortest book I read this year at 96 pages.

7. Mass Appeal: A book you liked and would recommend to a wide variety of readers.

I think I chose Sadie because I’ve seen it on many other bloggers’ favorites/wrap-up lists. For a good reason this is book that deserves to be read. It may not be for everyone because of the content in it and its a rough read but I think its one that a wide variety of readers could get into.

8. Specialized Appeal: A book you liked but would be hesitant to recommend to just anyone.

While I enjoyed the slow-pacing and the gothic romance, I don’t think that this is a book for everyone.

9. Reflect on your year as a bookish content creator (goals met, good/bad memories, favorite videos blog posts you made, etc).

2018 was my best year for blogging. I gained more amazing followers and I learned so much more about blogging. I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for me.

I enjoyed making my Favorite Blog Posts of the Month posts. Those really reflected the amazing content of other book bloggers and the support in the bookish community is incredible. The weekly memes such as Top Ten Tuesday, Top 5 Tuesday, and Top 5 Wednesday are always fun for me.

While I do have a majority of good memories I do think I should share some of my shortcomings. I definitely had some reading and blogging slumps throughout 2018 and I hope I can at least improve on my activity in 2019.

10. Tag some fellow bookish content creators.

I’m going to tag Ally, Meaghan, and Ben!


Book Blogger Test Tag

Hey everyone! Here’s a fun ol’ tag that I’m gonna do!

I was tagged by the wonderful Ace of Bens! Thank you so much!!! 😀 💜 💫

THE RULES:
1) Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
2) Answer the questions asked on this post — don’t stress it’s quick!
3) Nominate and notify some peeps. 5 preferred.


WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 BOOK PET PEEVES?

  1. Long winding descriptions can be this for me sometimes. I do love lush and flowery words most of the time, but there’s been a few occasions where it’s gotten out of hand for me.
  2. nOT LiKe OthER gIRLS
  3. MISCOMMUNICATION. DEAR GOD.

NAME A PERFECT READING SPOT.

Definitely a nice bed by a wonderful with sunshine coming through with a blanket and the AC on. AKA my room.

GIVE 3 READING CONFESSIONS.

  1. I have never read the Harry Potter series. I’ve only seen the movies. Which I know is considered a crime in the book community lol. Forgive me please. I just know a lot because of the book community and basically the internet.
  2. Sometimes while I’m reading I have to reread a sentence/paragraph just to make sure I processed all the information correctly. This is probably why it takes me so long to read sometimes, unless it’s something I just want to quickly devour.
  3. I have a tendency to skip ahead a few pages from the page I’m reading just to see what I think is going to happen, happens or not. I have no shame.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED DURING A BOOK?

Yikes I guess this is another confession. Give me a tragic/emotional book and I will start a waterfall. I think the last book I cried during was Sadie. It had so much tragedy that felt so real and it the kind of tragedy that happens in society everyday.

NUMBER OF BOOKS ON YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE?

Currently, two on the bedside table. Which are An Enchantment of Ravens (which I’ve finished and can finally return to the library) and The Wicked Deep, which I’m still currently reading. Also my kindle which has a bunch of books that I don’t feel like counting right now lol.

FAVORITE READING SNACK?

Fruit like grapes or apples. Can be sticky so beware.

WHAT ARE 3 BOOKS YOU’D RECOMMEND TO ANYONE?

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

3 of my favorite reads from this year that I think are not only accessible but also enjoyable for everyone!

PROVIDE A PICTURE OF YOUR BOOKSHELF.

My main bookshelf is a work in progress so here’s a picture of my bed’s little bookshelf (which is also a work in progress but at least in better shape!)

I’m also lacking some bookish knick knacks and items for it! 😢😢😢 Also sorry for the quality I took this at night!

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HOW MUCH DO BOOKS MEAN TO YOU IN 3 WORDS?

Escape from reality.

Thanks for reading! Now time for some tagging! 🙂 Also no pressure or anything if you have done this already or just don’t want to do it!

🌟 The Book of Jess

🌟 Paper Eyed Girl

🌟 Merline Reads

🌟 Books & Munches

🌟 And whoever else wants to do this!! You’ll be “tagged” officially by me if you see this post!

 

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Would You Rather? (Spooky Edition)

I know yesterday was the end of October, the end of Halloween. But that doesn’t mean spooky stuff has to end!

I saw Sara @ The Bibliophagist do this tag and it looked very fun!

This post somehow also turned into a recommendations post of me just listing off some of my Halloween favorites so there’s that too!


THRILLERS OR SUPERNATURAL(S)

This one is pretty hard difficult because while I love a good supernatural movie that gives me the creeps, I think I’ll have to go with thrillers. I especially enjoy psychological thrillers like The Silence of the Lambs, Psycho, The Shining, Rosemary’s Baby, Primal Fear, etc. etc.

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GHOSTS OR ZOMBIES?

Ghost are underrated in my opinion. I think we should get more ghost stories! I appreciate both friendly and angry, vengeful ghosts.

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 VAMPIRES OR WEREWOLVES?

VAMPIRES for sure! I don’t think I’ve ever been that interested in werewolves (sorry werewolf fans! I did like Ginger Snaps and An American Werewolf in London though!) But most of my favorite Halloween movies and shows in general feature vampires (The Lost Boys; Fright Night + it’s 2011 remake; True Blood; What We Do in the Shadows; Interview with the Vampire)

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WITCHES OR MONSTERS?

WITCHES! Witches are so emblematic of empowerment and sisterhood! I 💜 them. Gif courtesy of The Craft which is a very fun and cult-classic 90s witch flick!

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WOULD YOU RATHER READ A BOOK WITH 13 CHAPTERS OR WITH A BLACK CAT ON THE COVER?

Definitely a book with a black cat on the cover! I love black cats (I currently own one!) I hate the fact that some people believe that superstition enough that apparently black cats don’t get adopted enough because of it. But they’re awesome! Also reading a book with only 13 chapters isn’t fun for me.

WOULD YOU RATHER READ A SPOOKY BOOK IN THE DARK WITH ONLY A CANDLE FOR LIGHT OR BY YOURSELF IN A LOCKED BRIGHTLY LIT ROOM?

I mean the most logical choice would be locked in a brightly lit room because I need my eyes, but I did a while ago read a book with just one candle lit, granted I was reading off my Kindle so I didn’t damage my vision! Highly recommend that for sure.

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WOULD YOU RATHER FACE YOUR WORST FEARS OR BE TRAPPED IN THE MIND OF A KILLER?

DEAR GOD. This question is messed up LMAO. How about neither? Can I just say neither??

WOULD YOU RATHER WATCH A SCARY MOVIE OR READ A SCARY BOOK?

Another tough one. I guess I’ll go with a scary movie. But it has to be during the day time and someone needs to be in the house with me.

WOULD YOU RATHER READ SPOOKY BOOKS DURING THE FALL TIME OR ALL YEAR?

Reading these books during the fall makes for such a perfect reading atmosphere but I definitely love spooky books all year long.

WOULD YOU RATHER READ 10 SPOOKY BOOKS IN OCTOBER OR 10 SPOOKY BOOKS ALL YEAR?

Read 10 spooky books all year!!!!

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Thanks for reading ✨✨✨

Everyone is free to do this tag! So I hereby declare whoever reads this is TAGGED ✋

The Weather in Books Tag

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I was tagged by Meaghan @ Words Gremlin, thanks so much and sorry that this is super late!


Sunshine: A Book That Made You Smile

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

I got exactly what I wanted out of this book which was fluffy and lighthearted feelings and cheesy rom-com antics. *chef’s kiss* Perfect for a summer read!

Rain: A Book You Couldn’t Put Down

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Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

A fun, adventurous, Japanese inspired fantasy that kept me reading into the early A.M. hours. It hooked me from the very first chapter until the end!

Wind: A Book That Blew You Away

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

The writing in this was SOOO great. I’m officially in love with Brandy Colbert’s storytelling. Her characters felt so real and natural. I typically enjoy these contemporaries that have a slice-of-life and this was no exception. I also highly recommend listening to the audio book because the narrator is so wonderful.

Hurricane: A Tragic Book

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Sadie by Courtney Summers

This is definitely one of the most tragic books I’ve read this year. This a YA thriller that tackles some very difficult topics such as sexual abuse, grief, and addiction. The ending is definitely one of the most shocking and bittersweet endings I’ve read recently.

Blizzard: A Book You Had High Expectations For

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Hunted by Meagan Spooner

I DNF’d this one about 5 chapters in. I couldn’t get into the story because the characters didn’t interest me. The pacing felt super slow, since there were just a bunch of long winded descriptions of the environment and the day in the life of the character. I always hate to say that a book “bored” me, but this one bored me. I was expecting to like this one because I saw some reviewers I trust give this 4/5 stars and I like Beauty and the Beast. I may try this again if I don’t have other books on my queue.

Tornado: A Book You Didn’t Like at First but Ended Up Loving

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Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

This book has been one of my most surprising reads from this year because I didn’t expect that I would end up really enjoying it. At first I thought it would be a typical coming of age romantic drama and that is exactly what it is but it’s done well. I felt very attached to the main characters, Juliet and Declan.


I’m going to tag…

Ben @ Ace of Bens

Dezzy @ The Thoughtful Voice

Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams

Aurora @ Aurora Librialis

Ally @ Ally Writes Things

No pressure to do this tag!!!

Also anyone else is free to do this. If you want it to be “official” you can comment down below and I’ll tag you.

Trick or Treat! Book Tag

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I saw Merline @ Merline Reads do this tag and its perfect for this month! I love the idea of this one. This tag was created by Bookish Pisces so check out their post as well! What you do for this tag is rate books either a treat (a book you liked) or a trick (a book that you didn’t like). So I just decided to pick from the books I’ve read this year, my most memorable and most forgettable…


Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

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TREAT!

This was a fun, adventurous Japanese inspired story that made me so happy to read. I became so invested in the characters and I can’t wait for the sequel!

Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black

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TRICK.

I didn’t hate this one, but I didn’t love it or really even like it that much. I expected so much more from this because it sounded to me like a great YA gothic story but it ended up being more like an angsty teen romance that just happened to have some murders in it.

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

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TREAT!

I’m not going to stop talking about this book until I get more people to read it. One of my favorites reads this year if not my most favorite read. Such a powerful story with one of my favorite main characters ever, Jade. TREAT YOURSELVES TO THIS AMAZING STORY!!

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

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TRICK. 

The only book I’ve DNF’d this year (thus far). I didn’t enjoy the slow pacing of this even though I never usually mind a slow-paced story. The story and its characters didn’t grab me enough for me to want to invest time in reading this. I was pretty disappointed when I had decided to DNF this one because I saw that the reviews for this were mostly positive and I expected to enjoy this because its a Beauty and the Beast retelling which is a favorite of mine.

I Spy Book Challenge

Hi everyone! So this is a fun little challenge that I am so ready to do! I was tagged by Dezzy @ The Thoughtful Voice for this and I appreciate it so much! Please go check their blog out! I was tagged back in June and I’m sorry for being late on this but now that I have some time to do this, I can’t wait!

I plan on timing myself using my iPhone to see how long it takes me because I’m pretty sure it’ll take me more than the given time to actually find them all, but I’ll attempt to do it within 5 minutes.

How to do this challenge:

Find a book that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want, and do it within five minutes!

MY RESULTS:

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Yeah I timed myself and I  did better than I thought I would, so there’s that.

FOOD // TRANSPORTATION // WEAPON // ANIMAL

NUMBER // SOMETHING YOU READ // BODY OF WATER // PRODUCT OF FIRE

ROYALTY // ARCHITECTURE // CLOTHING ITEM // FAMILY MEMBER

TIME OF THE DAY // MUSIC // PARANORMAL BEING // OCCUPATION

SEASON // COLOR // CELESTIAL BODY // SOMETHING THAT GROWS


So I’m honestly not sure who I want to tag in this so this will be a free for all for anyone who hasn’t done this yet!

Sav