Would You Rather Book Tag

Would You Rather Book Tag

It’s been a wild week around here. My next round of grad school classes started Monday, four – yes, four – TVs have broken in my living room, along with my desktop computer and printer (both of which I fixed but RIP TVs), and my kitten was spayed yesterday (even though it feels like it’s been two weeks). She’s refusing to wear the cone of shame and her stitches are dissolvable so we’re all taking turns following her around the house and staring at her to make sure she doesn’t lick them.

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All that to say, I needed an easy, no-pictures-to-insert, no-links-to-find post to whip up really quick so that my website didn’t go into hibernation. Thank God this was in my drafts!


Read only trilogies or stand-alones?

DEFINITELY trilogies. If you saw last week’s Top Ten Tuesday then you know I don’t read very many standalones. I don’t actively avoid them, but I’m more drawn to a series.

Read only female or male authors?

I don’t pay very much attention to the gender of the author I’m reading, but looking at a list of my favorites and the bookshelves behind me, I read mainly female authors (a lot of historical fiction – especially inspirational and Amish historical fiction – writers are female. I’d be very sad to lose George R.R. Martin and John Jakes, though!

Hardback or Paperback? 

Paperback. Preferably the big floppy kind.

All books become movies or TV shows?

TV shows, because they’re more versatile. A standalone can become a limited series and a longer, more detailed series can have as much airtime as they need to tell the story. And anyways, is it just me or do TV adaptions seem to be a lot better than movie adaptions lately?

Read five pages per day or five books per week?

I could manage five pages a day much easier than 5 books a week, but I don’t want to be limited…. hmm…. I think I’ll suffer through reading 5 books. Now that I’ve finally gotten on the audiobook bandwagon it would be a lot easier.

Be a Professional reviewer or author?

Ugh, the first question where I want to be both! If I had to pick, professional author would win hands down. But I’m having fun doing both right now!

Only read your top 20 books over and over or only read new books you’ve never read before?

New books! I love to reread my favorites, but I think I see a loophole here…. wouldn’t new editions of a book *technically* count as a new book that you’ve never read before? So if you pick new books then you get to read new books and your favorites, once a new edition is published. Sign me up for law school.

Be a Librarian or a Bookseller?

Librarian! It’s so much quieter than being a bookseller. I actually did quite a few volunteer hours at my local library in high school and assisted in the maintenance of a museum library during my undergrad.

Only read your favourite genre, or every genre except your favourite genre?

My favorite genre, which would be historical fiction. I really enjoy fantasy too, but I’d have to make that sacrifice!

Only read physical books or ebooks?

Physical. I read a lot of ebooks too, since I borrow them from my library, but there’s nothing like a physical book in your hands.


I wrote this post in 15 minutes, y’all. That has to be some kind of record! Back to cat wrangling I go… Hopefully I’ll be a little more organized next week!

 

Greek Gods Book Tag!

Greek Gods Book Tag

I finally finished the Percy Jackson series a few week ago and in honor of me finally getting myself together (and being kinda sad that the series is over) I thought it would be fun to do the Greek Gods tag, originally created by Zuki @ Book Bum.

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Zeus: King of the Gods – Your Favorite Book

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

 

 
Wow, so glad we started with an easy one! To avoid my brain spontaneously combusting I went with the classic favorite fall back, Harry Potter. There are plenty of other books I call my favorites, but it’s just too hard to pick.

 

 

 

 


 HERA: QUEEN OF THE GODS – A BADASS FEMALE CHARACTER

 

 

 

 

I know that everyone loves Inej – I do too! – but Nina Zenik is one of my all time favorite badass women.

 

 

 

 

 

 


JANUS: GOD OF BEGINNINGS – YOUR FAVOURITE DEBUT(S)

It’s hard to believe that A Discovery of Witches and Daughter of the Pirate King were debuts. They’re both so rich and detailed!


ATHENA: GODDESS OF WISDOM – YOUR FAVORITE
NON-FICTION BOOK

Call the Midwife

 

 

 

Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth is one of my favorite non-fiction books of all time. I started watching the TV show when it first came out years ago (I’m a PBS junkie) and finally got around to reading the first book in the trilogy last year.

 

 

 


APHRODITE: GODDESS OF LOVE – A BOOK YOU ADORE
AND RECOMMEND EVERYONE READ 

Code Name Verity

 

 

 

 

I will forever push Code Name Verity. I don’t care if you don’t like historical fiction or WWII settings, YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!!

 

 

 


HADES: GOD OF THE UNDERWORLD – AN EVIL BOOK YOU WISH DIDN’T EXIST

There aren’t any books that I wish didn’t exist. There are definitely some books I didn’t enjoy, but one reader’s least favorite is another reader’s most favorite.


POSEIDON: GOD OF THE SEA & EARTHQUAKES – A BEAUTIFUL & GROUND BREAKING BOOK

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Love Comes Softly isn’t just a beautifully written story, it was Janette Oke’s first book. Her writing carved out the inspirational historical fiction genre. She paved the way for so many authors (like me!) and really changed the way historical fiction was written.

 

 

 


APOLLO: GOD OF THE ARTS – A BEAUTIFUL BOOK COVER

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Cherokee America was the book cover that made me stop and gawk most recently.

 

 

 

 

 


HYPNOS: GOD OF SLEEP – A BOOK SO BORING YOU ALMOST FELL ASLEEP

If I find a book boring, I’ll immediately stop reading it. I have no problem putting a book down two pages in if I feel like I’m not going to like it, so I don’t have an answer for this one.


HERMES: MESSENGER OF THE GODS – A BOOK YOU SPED THROUGH

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The Journey of the Heart book series has six books and all clock in at just at 100 pages. I flew through the whole series in just a few days!

 

 

 

 

 


Who’s your favorite greek god?

2019 Bookish Academy Awards!

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Here’s the thing… I couldn’t care less about the actual Academy Awards. I read through a list of the big winners in the morning and save myself 4 hours of cheesy jokes and commercials.

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BOOKISH Academy Awards though… that’s a whole different story. This tag was originally created by Bookadoodles in 2014 and it’s made the rounds ever since. I’m only going to answer using books I read in 2018, so that next year I can do this tag all over again!


Best Actor
Best Male Protagonist 

Six of Crows

 

 

Definitely Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows, even though he walks the line between protagonist and antagonist. We love an anti-hero!

MY REVIEW

 

 

 


Best Actress
Best Female Protagonist

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Alosa from Daughter of the Pirate King was SO fun. She was blurbed as a female Jack Sparrow and didn’t disappoint.

 

 

 

 


Best Cinematography
Best Plot Twist

Six of Crows

 

 

 

Our first double category winner! Six of Crows was nothing but plot twists.

MY REVIEW

 

 

 


Best Costume Design
Best Book Cover

A Holiday by Gaslight

 

 

 

I absolutely LOVE A Holiday by Gaslight’s book cover. Everything has significance and it’s SO pretty.

MY REVIEW

 

 

 

 


Best Supporting Actor and Actress
Best Male and Female Sidekick

The Lightning Thief

 

 

 

Annabeth and Grover from Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series!

MY REVIEW

 

 

 


Best Original Screenplay
  Most Unique Plot or World

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In the All Souls Trilogy vampires, witches, and demons exist and there’s an elaborate political system in place to govern them. It was so immersive!

 

 

 

 

 


Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Book to Movie Adaptation

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War technically came out at the same time as Sebastian Junger’s documentary Restrepo, but both are based on Junger’s time in the Korengal Valley at the height of the war on terror.

 

 

 

 

 


Best Animated Feature
A Book that would work well in animated format

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When Dimple Met Rishi would be super cute as a animated movie or TV show!

 

 

 

 

 


Best Director
A Writer you discovered for the first time

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Almost everyone I read in 2018 was a new-to-me author, but I think Tricia Levenseller is going to be a long-running favorite. Her next book comes out in 2 days and I can’t wait to snag it!

 

 

 

 

 


Best Visual Effects
Best Action in a Book

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Keep Me Safe was one of my only 2018 rereads. This series is PACKED full of action.

 

 

 

 

 


Best Musical Score
Best Music in a book-to-movie adaptation

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Okay, I’m fudging this one a little bit and saying the Hamilton soundtrack. Hamilton obviously wasn’t adapted from Alex and Eliza, but close enough! Same people.

 

 

 

 

 


Best Short Film
Best Novella or Short Book

A Holiday by Gaslight

 

 

 

A Holiday by Gaslight was my favorite short read of 2018!

MY REVIEW

 

 

 

 

 


Best Picture
Best Stand-Alone

Call the Midwife

 

 

 

  Call the Midwife is technically part of a trilogy, but all three of the books can be read alone. Especially the first one, which was ahhhhhmazing.

MY REVIEW

 

 

 

 


Best Documentary
Best Historical Fiction or Non-Fiction

Caroline

 

 

 

Caroline: Little House Revisited was by far my favorite historical fiction of the year. I love all things Little House!

MY REVIEW

 

 

 


*Insert shameless self-promotion* 2018 was also the year my first book was published! It was a good year for books.

Would you have picked any of the same books as me?

The Book Courtship Book Tag!

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This tag was created by Hi I Love Books.

Happy Valentine’s Day! I thought it would be fun to do a cutesy, romance-y all around Valentine’s Day approved book tag. This one won out because it’s less about romance books and more about the 9 stages of a courtship, so it’s super easy for readers of all genres to participate.

Phase 1: Initial Attraction
A book you bought because of the cover

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Believe it or not, I’ve never bought a book solely based on the cover. I mean, I’ve wanted to, but who’s got the money for that? The Cover of Gunslinger Girl did catch my attention though and after reading the description I bought it!

 

 

 


PHASE 2: FIRST IMPRESSIONS
A Book You Got Because of its summary

  Children of Blood and Bone 

 

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi isn’t something I would naturally gravitate towards, but when I read the summery I was hooked. It didn’t hurt that I’d seen it called a sophisticated Avatar the Last Airbender filled with African folklore. Hopefully I’ll have time to read it soon and see if that’s true!

 

 

 


Phase 3: Sweet Talk
A Book with great writing

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein has indescribably good writing. I can’t put into words how much I love this book (although I’ll try to later this year when I reread it). Every word Wein writes is gold.

 

 

 

 


PHASE 4: FIRST DATE
THE FIRST BOOK OF A SERIES THAT MADE YOU
WANT TO READ THE REST

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The Next Always by Nora Roberts is the first book of the Inn Boonsboro Trilogy. I borrowed these books at the insistence of a friend, fully expecting to give them back unread a month later. Turns out, I absolutely loveddd this book. I read the next two back to back and then bought them all!

 

 

 


PHASE 5: LATE NIGHT PHONE CALLS
A BOOK THAT KEPT YOU UP ALL NIGHT

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Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern is told entirely through emails, letters, IMs, texts, etc. which made it soooo hard for me to put down. It was super engaging and creative, and I remember staying up half the night to finish this because I needed to know how everything wrapped up.

 

 


PHASE 6: ALWAYS ON MY MIND
A BOOK YOU COULD NOT STOP THINKING ABOUT

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This is my obligatory Harry Potter answer. When I finished Deathly Hallows I couldn’t get it off my mind and I wanted more!

 

 

 

 


PHASE 7: GETTING PHYSICAL
A BOOK THAT FEELS AMAZING

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I have what I call the ‘big floppy’ paperback box set of the Song of Ice and Fire series and I absolutely love the way the book feels. If it’s a book over 600 pages, the big floppy edition is the only way to go.

 

 

 


PHASE 8: MEETING THE PARENTS
A BOOK YOU WOULD RECOMMEND TO
YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS

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This is a tricky question to answer because I recommend books to my family and friends all the time. I actually just sent an entire email’s worth of book recommendations to a friend last night, but the latest book I’ve actually put in someone’s hands in Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.

 

 


PHASE 9: THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE
A BOOK OR SERIES YOU KNOW YOU WILL RE-READ
MANY TIMES IN THE FUTURE

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I haven’t even read all of the books in this series yet, but something about Beautiful Disaster calls me back over and over. I’ve already reread it once and I’m honestly ready to pick it back up for a third time. 

 

 




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What book are you currently in love with?

 

Bare Your Bookshelf Book Tag

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Since I finally cataloged my books last year and now I’m trying to read through some of them with Beat the Backlist, it’s only right that I bare my bookshelf! This tag was originally posted on PaperFury and I last saw it at Tomes with Tea.


Book you own but haven’t read yet

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This made me laugh out loud. I have about 300 books I haven’t read yet, so I’ll list some of the most pressing reads: Crooked Kingdom, Every Breath, Caraval, The Night Circus, Witches, and Children of Blood and Bone.

BOOKS YOUR FRIENDS LOVE

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A good friend absolutely loved the the Inn Boonsboro trilogy and brought all three for me to borrow. I fell in love with them too, so much so that I had to buy them! It’s been a couple of years now so I’m ready for a reread.

BOOKS BY AN AUTHOR YOU LOVE

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The Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke. She’s my absolute favorite writer and one day I’d love to own every book she’s ever written – I have 18 of them so far.

Book at the bottom of the TBR

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I don’t really rank my books because I am the textbook definition of a mood reader. I guess something that I won’t be picking up anytime soon is the Song of Ice and Fire series because I’m currently watching the TV show.

Book with color in the title

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Between Shades of Gray (recently renamed Ashes in the Snow) by Ruta Sepetys, Black Dove White Raven by Elizabeth Wein, and Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick.

Book set somewhere you’d like to visit

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I’d love to visit the UK someday!

Most collected author

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My most collected author is actually Janette Oke at 18 books, but since I already talked about my massive Janette Oke collection a close second is Nicholas Sparks at 15.

Mismatched series

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The Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer is probably the most noticeable mismatched series I have. The first three books are the original cover and short, the next five are the updated covers and tall, and I still have four more to buy!

Book you love but don’t remember well

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When this book came out I was SO. EXCITED. Alternate history where women are drafted and fighting in WWII? Yes, please. I read it in 2016 and never got a chance to buy the sequel so I can hardly remember what actually happened. It’s on my reread list for Beat the Backlist.

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I’ve got a lot of reading ahead of me! What’s on your bookshelf?

The 20 Questions Book Tag!

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I’ve had my nose to the grindstone all week working on The Brides of Blooming Grove Book 2 and school work, so I thought it would be fun to keep going with the get to know me style tags. This one’s about my reading preferences, but the last one I did was all about me!

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How many books are too many in a series?

That’s a tough question because it really depends on the series and genre. If I had to pick I would probably say trilogies are the sweet spot. Just enough without overdoing and stretching the story line. There are always exceptions to the rule though, like Harry Potter and Bloody Jack.

How do you feel about cliff hangers?

I actually don’t mind them because 9.9 times out of 10, I’m reading the book so late that the next book in the series is already out. In the off chance that I have to wait for the next book in the series they help keep me interested. As an author I’m a HUGE HUGE fan of  having mini-cliff hangers at the end of each chapter so the reader wants to keep going!

Hardcover or paperback?

Either works for me. With the rare exception, I always buy paperbacks when I’m buying brand new books because they’re so much cheaper, but if I’m buying a box set or buying used I’ll just take whatever’s available. Big floppy paperbacks are the best!

Favorite book?

I could never narrow it down to just one! My *most recent* favorite book is Six of Crows, though. 

Least favorite book?

There aren’t any books that I particularly despise, but *most recently* I was pretty disappointed in Daughters of the War.

Love Triangles: Yes or no?

I definitely don’t seek love triangles out, but I usually don’t mind them if they pop up in a book I’m reading.

What’s the most recent book you couldn’t finish?

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz. I can’t remember the last time I DNF’ed a book because I’m pretty honed in to my reading tastes but I only got through the first ten pages.

What are you currently reading?

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, A Woman of War by Mandy Robotham, and The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman. I’m in a reading slump right now and far more interested in watching TV than reading on my down time so progress is slow.

What’s the last book you recommended someone?

Six of Crows!

What’s the oldest book you’ve read?

According to Goodreads it’s the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (published in 1791), but I’ve read a TON of Shakespeare and classic literature that I’ve obviously forgotten to add to Goodreads. I want to say that Canterbury Tales is the oldest thing I’ve read.

What’s the newest book you’ve read?

A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews published on November 13, 2018.

Who’s your favorite author?

If I had to narrow it down to one I’d probably say Janette Oke, but I could name plenty of runner-ups!

Would you rather buy or borrow books?

Well, based on the astronomical number of books sitting on my shelf, I’d say buy. As I work through reading a chunk of the books on my shelf this year (thanks, Beat the Backlist!) I’m going to work on paring down my collection and transitioning over to borrowing more than buying. That’s the plan, anyway.

Is there a book you dislike that everyone else seems to enjoy?

The Maze Runner series for sure. I read it when I was a teenager and dystopian trilogies were being published left and right and it just didn’t entertain me the way the other series did. Maybe I was just burnt out on dystopians!

Do you prefer bookmarks or dog ears? 

I shouldn’t even justify this question with an answer. Bookmarks ALWAYS.

What’s a book you could always reread?

The Slow Burn series by Maya Banks, Harry Potter, anything by Janette Oke but especially the Love Comes Softly series, the Beautiful series by Jamie McGuire…. I could keep going forever.

Can you read while listening to music?

Only if it’s instrumental! I have a hard time focusing if the music has lyrics. Plus, my reading time is pretty exclusively right before I go to bed these days which means my brain is already done for so the less focus required to read the better!

Do you prefer one POV or multiples?

I’d say multiples, both as a reader and an author, as long as they’re done well. Two is my sweet spot but some authors (lookin’ at you, George R. R. Martin) can do a billion and make it work.

Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

It depends on how much time I have and how into the book I am, but I usually go for multiple days. 

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Let me know if you’ve done the 20 questions tag so I can get to know you too!